More is not always more. This week I discovered the following:
Too much cheese can ruin the delicate balance of flavors in my spaghettiThe extra-strong button on my coffeemaker doesn't actually make tasty coffee in the new brand I'm trying12 hours of sleep doesn't bring me to that cheery, alert state nearly as well as 8 hours.
We live in a society of more. We live in an age of more.
Sometimes people come into my office with the goal of spiritual enlightenment (which I love, by the way!). They have enrolled in a panoply of classes all over the city, figuring that the more they take, the faster enlightenment will come. While sensory overload can exhaust our regular defenses, triggering a breakthrough on occasion, I believe the quality of our experience is far more important than the quantity. When we are present in our body and aligned with our core truths, it takes less to get us where we want to go.
In this busy age we are often asked to multitask in our workplaces, and we are lauded for it. Are you bringing this multitasking into the rest of your life? Are you constantly trying to "kill two birds with one stone," and rushing through everything? Why/ Why not? Is what you gain from these regular patterns really more than the sum of its parts?
I don't have answers to any of these questions. There's no right or wrong, just self-knowledge. I encourage you to take one minute to close your eyes, and truly ask yourself the above questions before continuing.
What would happen if you stepped out of the intellectualizing mind of fitting more into less time--or adding more to the mix, or however "more" shows up-- and instead asked your heart and gut these questions: "What is my priority right now? What will best serve me on all levels? How can I joyfully and efficiently accomplish the work in front of me?"
By connecting your powerful intellect with your heart wisdom and the intuition in your gut, you come into alignment with your core. Please place your hands on your heart, and ask for this wisdom. Place your hands near your belly button, and ask for that wisdom.
The answers you receive from within your body will be much more connected to the truths that are integral to the happiness of your whole being, your whole lifestyle. You may be asked to slow down. Or you may be shown pathways you didn't know existed. This applies equally to connecting with your life's work, and making great spaghetti.
This body wisdom is as precious as gold, and I daresay the quickest, most engaging path in whatever you are doing, is right here, within you.
What are your thoughts?
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