Category: Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week Archive

Intention and Attention

Intention and attention. In many disciplines intention and attention are baselines within the application of their work. The Wonder Method uses them as well. Many models use them with a very active or critical mental approach.

In TWM we use them only as a way to access sensation. This is where things get interesting. Feelings, or more accurately stated, sensations, arise and are given greater access by lightening the amount of attention we apply to an intention. For example if you want to touch your toes (this is the intention) most would bend forward and reach or push the body as far as the flexibility allows, and how far you got would be the result.

With TWM we choose to make it more of a journey versus an end result. We allow sensation to be enhanced by using the Breath with Wonder, and then allow that added sense of continuity to be present in our body while gently and gradually descending or pouring toward our toes. Any strain or overt stress is counter productive and implies the mind has gotten overactive and is striving. We still have an intention, to melt or flow toward our toes but only to the extent that this motion continues to be connected to a sense of inner continuity or flow.

When we reach the limit of that action (ie. touching our toes), whether we have reached them or not, or exceeded that action (like palms flat on the floor) then we reverse the motion continuing to experience that flow as we flow back up.

The whole purpose of the exercise is discovery of inner continuity versus touching the toes. This brings an entirely new spin on movement and when this is applied to emotional upset or limiting beliefs everything changes. We reawaken to the discovery of being, much as we did as a young child.
 

~Alain & Jody Herriott

attention, beliefs, emotional, Intention, Journey

Define self through others

Most people define themselves by what others think of them.  What if instead they felt the sensations within themselves, used any technique that fostered self awareness and chose to feel who they are vs what they believe other people want from them.  In our experience better balance is had for both the individual and those they are around.  Presence is usually experienced as a relative sense of balance and harmony when one is around someone who practices presence.  We encourage you to be you.  Balance naturally springs from this way of living.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott 

balance, define self, meaning, others

To become whole

 

The Tao te Ching says: “If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial.  If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked…..”  They mean we most often learn by comparison.  In effect we can’t perceive the concept of being straight unless there is some awareness of being crooked.  As the mind quiets through allowing the sensation within ourself to arise, that which felt partial becomes whole and so on.  We are now more and more at peace, balanced and in harmony with our surroundings.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

crooked, partial, straight, tao te Ching, whole

Listening to our self talk

So much of our life is spent in listening to our self talk and believing it.  It’s not that what it is saying is good or bad, it’s that it never stops, no rest.  That is what drives us nuts.  In order to bridge the gap between the overactive mind and a harmonious state, we simply feel the sensations within us that are always there.  Feeling our feelings vs simply talking about them brings us into “presence” and balance in our lives. ~Alain & Jody Herriott

balance, monkey mind, Presence, self, talk

The Lazy Man’s Guide

In The Lazy Mans Guide to Enlightenment, Thaddeus Golas says: Enlightenment doesn’t care how you get there.  So many rules are told to us about how we have to do something in order to be worthy. When things are balanced the how is less important than the willingness to embrace possibility. The sheer act of beginning our search for who we really are is the first step on this path, and whatever takes you there is exactly the path to follow.  No judgement, simply the pursuit of self.  Feeling and the unfolding of inner judgement is the way we have found that works beautifully on the path of self discovery.  Enjoy ~Alain & Jody Herriott

Enlightenment, Lazy

Nothing is as soft

The Tao te Ching says:  Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water. Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible, nothing can surpass it. Each time we feel a feeling, truly allowing it to be experienced, we are beginning to balance ourselves.  With each repetition we dissolve a layer of resistance to what we see or are upset about.  Eventually we are balanced.  Mind and body are integrated and we are at peace.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

Body, mid, Soft, tao te Ching, water, yielding

Living in resistance

Most of us are living a life of resistance. We resist certain thoughts, people and memories. In The Wonder Method, these resistances become opportunities. Once we are aware we are resisting something we have the option to feel that sensation as oppposed to pushing it away. The act of feeling the sensations also makes it possible for those sensations to change and evolve, reducing our reaction to the original trigger. As TWM is applied the resistance gradually drops away (often a matter of minutes) and balance is the result. This approach is always available, it is simply a choice to feel or resist.  Enjoy ~Alain & Jody Herriott

balance, feeling, Happiness, harmony, Life, resistance

Being and non Being

We join spokes together in a wheel, but it is the center hole that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house, but it is the inner space that makes it livable.

We work with being, but non-being is what we use.

In our life we are always looking at what is around us and believe what we see there is what is useful.  Yet as the quote tells us how we choose to use something can be viewed from a very different perspective.  We can choose to draw from innovation, from a place of inspiration that moves well beyond the norm and many will say amazing, yet we know that living in that quiet space of non-being all possibilities exist.  Enjoy ~Alain & Jody Herriott

being, choice, innovation, non being

Oneness

Can you coax your mind from its wandering and keep the original oneness?…..  (Tao te Ching #10). There are so many views on oneness and what it means to be present.  This particular stanza for us means: will you allow yourself to simply experience you and let the mind relax? Reduce the mind’s focus, let the harmonious side of you come to the forefront and simply BE.  Feeling is what takes you there and will always support you. ~Alain & Jody Herriott.

mind, Oneness, thought

In the Tao te Ching

In the 2nd Tao te Ching it says “When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly.  When people see some things as good, other things become bad.” It goes on to say “Being and non being create each other.  Difficult and easy support each other….” Our judgement of circumstances cause internal conflict. If we view right and wrong as being absolute we get caught in the mind trap that there are no alternatives to the way we are living.  Yet if we choose to experience the gentle sensations inside of us, these seeming judgements begin to drop away and we again return to harmony and a life in balance.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

bad, balance, good, judgement, Life, Tao, tao te Ching