Oh look! A dove …Posted: November 27, 2013 Filed under: Meditation, Yoga | Tags: Arjuna, Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavadgita, blogging, compassion, Dhritarashtra, Dreams, exercise, family, fitness, free range, freshly pressed, friends, gluten free, happiness, health, Hindu, Hindu philosophy, Hinduism, karma, Karma yoga, kindness, Krishna, life, love, lululemon, Mixtape, pilates, Religion and Spirituality, Sanjaya, Student, Teacher, whole foods, yoga, Yogi 8 Comments
Dreams and restless thoughts came flowing to him from the river, from the twinkling stars at night, from the sun’s melting rays. Dreams and a restlessness of the soul came to him-
During my studies with Rolf Sovik, PsyD this past weekend, I started to-day dream. I could cast blame on the beautifully clear class ceiling, allowing my eyes to wander the crisp blue sky. A handful of doves flying about carelessly to stay warm. To provide further context for this post, we were discussing teaching and learning – What follows are the notes I took detailing my little day dreaming field trip.
We are all subject to the voices in our head, I should know, seeing that I am an expert in this field of study. These inner “voices” tend to amplify our programmed lives, dial cranked to 11 – The old mix tapes that keep us stuck in a consistent loop, playing back the conscious and unconscious sides of our lives.
In the Bhagavad Gita, a conversation between Arjuna and Krishna is narrated by Sanjaya, who is charioteer to the blind king Dhritarashtra and gifted with clairaudience; which is the ability to see and hear the occurrence of events at an immense distance. Sanjaya, to me, represents our inner intuition. Sanjaya is the voice that informs the metaphorical blind of the truth, as it is, rather than as it might be interpreted or distorted.
By listening to our true-selves, rather than reading from a tired distorted script, an old mix tape … or worse yet, a “best of the 80’s” power ballads mix tape gifted to you long ago. By listening to our true-selves we experience the authentic “sides” of our lives.
A dove alighting on a tin chimney prompted me to learn myself, anew.
Scientists have proven that we are responding to a stimulus before even conscious there is a stimulus to respond to. This is a great brain fall back position as it keeps us safe, but like you say, it keeps us stuck in past responses, as our brain, while stressed, looks through it’s old files to decide how to respond to something.
On my website, I have an energy medicine technique, called Frontal Occipital Hold, to move a person from a back brain response/reaction and instead move to front brain choice decisions. When we respond from the past we are responding that way because an emotional charge gets attached to a situation and when we are operating from back brain it keeps us stuck in past responses.
Thanks for bringing up this point!
I’m really interested in learning more about the Frontal Occipital Hold technique, totally heading over to your inspiring blog as I write! Be well this evening and Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂
It is on my website http://www.empowerandbalance.com I have several pages of stress release techniques, energy medicine techniques as well as guided visualization/meditations on the front page and on a page called “more resources”. I’ve taught stress release, empowerment, team building, etc. publicly and for govt. and corporations.
Forgot to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, too!
“We are all subject to the voices in our head, I should know, seeing that I am an expert in this field of study.”
My husband has said that being inside my mind is a frightening prospect. I agree. It’s amazing what my mind can conjure up!
Same here my friend! I hope you guys are having a fantastic Thanksgiving day so far … Its early still yet and there is much to be done, its all about good company, family, friends and the most important bit – Dessert! 🙂 Take care today!
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