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Wu Wei (Chinese, literally “non-doing”) is an important concept of Taoism and means natural action,

Wu Wei (Chinese, literally “non-doing”) is an important concept of Taoism and means natural action, or in other words, action that does not involve struggle or excessive effort. Wu wei is the cultivation of a mental state in which our actions are quite effortlessly in alignment with the flow of life.

This is why we do feeling work.  It is not that we are attempting to achieve an outcome that has these attributes.  It is because as we unwind that which limits us, we quite naturally find ourselves experiencing this.  Life truly does just flow and we find ourselves quite naturally in effortless harmony.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

In the last thought for the week we spoke of each moment being precious

In the last thought for the week we spoke of each moment being precious. If every moment is precious how can we live without worrying that we are wasting our life?  The limiting beliefs and the sensations they provide are the perfect entry point through which change can be facilitated.  Feelings are always with us.  While they may be pushed away through mind chatter, they are still there whenever we are willing to give ourselves access to them.  These issues then become the arrow to point us in the direction we should open.  And by allowing ourselves to feel them we find US, meaning our unfettered whole self; untainted by expectations and living in the present.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

Ever feel emotionally frozen in your day

Ever feel emotionally frozen in your day? This is an example of feeling, an inner sensation. To change it requires no thought, just the willingness to feel.  As it changes you unwind, and you experience quiet, a mind at peace. This is the goal of almost every meditative model.  This is the beginning of being; it is worth every moment of your time.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

Balance, where does it come from?

Balance, where does it come from?  Harmony– when it occurs within us we realize who we are.  We are simply a being, with nothing pushing us, nothing that “HAS” to be done.  Simply being, where every decision is an unfolding and every option brings us an opportunity to be even more.  We encourage you to feel.  It is truly the road to being wholly present.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

If you want to have everything you can’t hold onto anything.

If you want to have everything you can’t hold onto anything.  We want to be free, to have all our dreams come true.  This need inherently creates doubt or resistance, for we are taught that having everything is wrong or impossible.  Through feeling our feelings and unwinding the doubts that have been sowed throughout our life, we realize everything is already ours and there is nothing we need to hold on to at all.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

Each day we get out of bed and contemplate the day

Each day we get out of bed and contemplate the day. That is what we are taught: consider, plan, execute and deal with each complication as it arises.  Why?  What if we let each day unfold, trusted ourselves enough to take things as they come and simply allowed ourselves to be?  This is the way life works when you allow yourself to feel. Life becomes less about about overcoming inner conflicts and more about unfolding within each passing moment of the day.   ~Alain & Jody Herriott

So what does it mean to feel?

So what does it mean to feel?  Ideally, feeling is an entry point to sensation that leads to an unwinding of anything within us that challenges us or feels disharmonious.  A normal day finds most of us partially or fully caught in our minds, struggling to deal with the “drama” of those feelings that never seem to resolve.  We often feel caught in a never ending spiral of upset.  When we actually let ourselves just feel, the drama unwinds.  It lessens a layer at a time until it is no longer there, much as a cloud disappears into a cloudless sky. It is no longer a part of our world and we find ourself at peace.  With a little practice this peace becomes part of our everyday existence and balance rules our days.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

Today the wind blew in great gusts

Today the wind blew in great gusts. People said, “oh a storm is coming.”  I felt the feelings that came up and found my center.  People told me: tomorrow there are things that should cause me to worry.  I felt the feelings that arose and again returned to center.  Tomorrow will be the time to deal with tomorrow.  So I have learned; when things rise, I let them rise, when things fall I let things fall.  While many people yell out their upset, I feel me and find my center, at peace and in balance with my life.  We have this option at all times.  All it takes is the willingness to feel and unfold until we find ourself present and centered within.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

Free from desire we realize the mystery

Free from desire we realize the mystery, caught in desire we see only the manifestations, but mystery and manifestations arise from the same source, the unformed. Paraphrased from the Tao te Ching 

As we go through life there are many things we desire. We strive to have them in order to be happy; if we can’t have them we are unhappy.  Real happiness comes not from things, but from a sense of balance within ourselves.  Processing our feelings allows us to put all of this kind of thing into perspective.  We realize the nature of the mystery and in so doing realize we already have everything we will need.  All we need to do is open to it.  ~Alain & Jody Herriott

Thought for the Week

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

As we continue down the rabbit hole of self-discovery it is so amazing to find that within us all is an extreme quiet, and within that is a sense of balance the defies explanation. The Tao te Ching says you can’t know it but you can be it. Suffice to say we agree. Feeling at the sensation level will take you there if you only choose to begin the journey. ~Alain & Jody Herriott

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