Daily Nugget #81

cork vs. rock

 

are you a cork?

or

a rock?

 

how do you experience

your day

your life?

 

do you bob along

floating

riding the waves

up and down

with the occasional

submersion

or

pull from below??

 

or

do you just sink to the bottom

and

stay there

in the darkness

heavy

gasping

with no way to get to the surface?

 

hmmm.

 

i experience both.

sometimes floating

sometimes sinking.

sometimes i’m a GREAT surfer.

sometimes

omg

i forget how to swim.

 

how is this possible

to forget how to swim?!

isn’t it supposed to be like riding a bike?

how can sometimes

i feel light and buoyant

in body and spirit

and

other times not.

 

such is the ebb and flow

of life

and

the emotions that make us human.

so really

this cork vs. rock thing

is about HOW

we navigate our emotions.

how we address

handle

process

and

release

that which we FEEL.

 

why is it that life draws such powerful things

out from our depths?

why is it that we sometimes cannot deal with what surfaces?

maybe that is when we sink to the bottom.

when what comes to the surface is just too much.

 

but WHY is it too much?

what can we do to address it?

face it?

dissolve

whatever ‘it’ is?

 

ah

the question of human existence

the BIG one.

how do we gracefully navigate

what lies beneath the surface

within us

within us…..

with the potential to consume us.

 

how does it get there?

where does it come from?

why? why? why?

 

i often ponder the existence of emotion

how it serves

and

how it can destroy.

 

combined with the all powerful mind

you potentially have a deadly cocktail

or

a healing elixir

a panacea.

 

when we find ourselves sinking

we hold the life raft.

when we find ourselves getting pulled under

we can grow gills.

we can morph. change. evolve. expand. regenerate. adapt.

but we still find ourselves @ the bottom of the ocean.

 

why?

so many questions.

 

what it comes down to

i feel

is our lack of tools

for our unruly minds

and

our belief that ‘i can’t’ <

 

tools?

training the mind requires

persistence

and

absolute commitment.

 

each time you find yourself thinking an unpleasant thought <

or reacting to an emotion <

you MUST counter it with a thought that FEELS better >

climb UP the thought ladder >

 

this can even be done when sinking.

there is ALWAYS a thought that feels better

than the one you are experiencing.

 

our emotions can trigger thoughts

which then trigger old beliefs

which then constrict our entire being

and

limit our possibilities

our life

and

our world.

 

cork? or rock?

some

i feel

are addicted to being a rock.

the ever sinking

impossible life

of a rock at the bottom of the abyss.

 

even a rock in an abyss can get moved

somehow making it to the surface

right?

a playful dolphin

a curious scuba diver.

there is ALWAYS a way to the surface

unless you don’t want to find it.

 

why does it sometimes feel better to just sink

and

get swallowed by the circumstance

give in

give up

not care anymore.

 

i know sometimes it feels like a fight

but we are only fighting ourselves.

me vs. me: the Great Battle

 

we have and have always had the power within

to bear, endure and rise to the surface!

we have the POWER!

did you hear that?

the change that lies just above the surface

is ours.

ours.

 

we are infinitely powerful beings

capable of whatever we seek.

don’t let anyone

especially yourself

make you believe otherwise.

 

even tho we have been trained

by our family

and

our culture

to believe we are less than <

we truly are great >

 

deep thoughts on a tuesday.

may you climb the ladder of good feelings

good thoughts

and

the belief that YOU ARE AMAZING.

xoxoxoxo

 

surf it, baby!

surf it, baby!