Every experience we have can trigger us or open us. For most of us even the things that feel good have a background fear of things eventually going wrong. The old saying “if something can go wrong it will go wrong” was built around that kind of thinking. How do we change this constant fear? We feel what most won’t, we feel that which triggers us. Amazingly it will lead us to balance and happiness. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
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Life is an art not an equation. You can make all the plans you want but what occurs is an ebb and flow of being and doing. The more being you have the more life is a beautiful dance. The more doing you have the more life is a series of dramas that demonstrate an array of conflict and achievement that is hollow because it is so temporary. Learning to feel our feelings is an integral part of that art and it is the avenue to being. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
“The soul usually knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.”–Unknown. This quote came via Rachel Sprinkle, thanks Rachel!!
This really is a key ingredient on the path to healing and a major component of the Wonder Method. The art and action of feeling our inner conflict is the avenue to silencing our mind and as that occurs health and balance return to our life. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
In a recent study, UC Berkeley suggests that awe has profound psychological, social, and physical health benefits.
Wonder by definition is curiosity mingled with awe. It is a fabulous entry point to feeling and is one of the key parts of the Wonder Method. It is an opportunity to enter sensation and ride that feeling into bliss. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
Our lives are filled with doubts and uncertainties. Let’s pretend, what if every thing you see brings you wonder? What if every experience you have is laced with feeling? What if each conflicting thought is like a box that isolates us from those feelings…the source of all true joy and motivation? These feelings are also where we need to go in order to return balance to our lives, for as we give ourselves permission to feel, the mind experiences peace, often for the first time since the doubts began. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
Laying on your back watching the clouds in the sky is an experience of presence. Feeling our feelings and allowing them to carry us like drifting clouds leaves us on the shore of presence as well. There is nothing to attain here, presence simply is and the opportunity to feel the vastness of wonder smooths the path. Enjoy the journey. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
#4 The Tao is like a well: used but never used up. It is like the eternal void: filled with infinite possibilities.It is hidden but always present…. excerpt from the Tao te Ching translation by Stephen Mitchell
The more we unwind our limiting feelings, the more we experience the eternal void. Some are concerned that this means we can’t think or function normally in the world. Actually, we function even better because as the internal conflict drops away, the mind is not only quiet and peaceful but more efficient and clear. We realize that the quiet, the eternal void truly is filled with infinite possibilities and creation is only a moment away. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
“For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
In order to experience change we need to be willing to enter new territory. This creates freedom from the restrictions that hold us in our old world view, and allows new possibilities to be revealed. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
You do not change the world, the world is changed by you. This may sound a bit like double talk but it is so very true. When we attempt to force change we create a kind of conflict, a deepening of the drama so to speak. If instead we become present and find the point or state of balance that exists within us, we change our relationship with the issues that we are in conflict with. This allows change to occur and things simply work. When we practice this, life becomes a meditation. ~Alain & Jody Herriott
As we approach the conclusion of another year we have been thinking how each day, each moment really is an opportunity for discovery. Yet each opportunity is often judged rather than allowed to unfold into a new balance. This is t when consistently applied, it shows us that each experience provides us with the seeds of freedom. ~Alain & Jody Herriott