Athletes demand it.
Good writers swear by it.
Yoga instructors hope for it.
Meditators make a point of doing it.
So why do people who do The Work just think about it?
I’m talking about daily practice.
Everyone tells me that they want peace of mind. They all say enlightenment and freedom are a high priority for them. They say they want it so desperately.
And you know what? It sounds like blah blah blah blah to me.
Because no one is doing what they need to do to find that peace of mind. The tool of self-inquiry is sitting there unused.
Would you waste your money learning how to meditate only to sit down and do it just once in a while on your vacations? Probably not.
To get your money’s worth out of meditation, you’re probably going to do every day, for years. It becomes a way of life. It becomes a part of a balanced daily routine.
But That’s Not What We Want To Hear
No, our lives are full already.
And I say, full of crying and complaining. Full of arguments and unhappiness. Full of running around like chickens with our heads chopped off.
Are we really so busy that we can’t stop and do The Work for 15 minutes once a day? Why do we resist the very thing that could help us regain our perspective?
Simply Because It Takes Commitment
And that’s something we’d rather put off.
Here’s one client’s experience from his email to me this week.
"Thanks Todd. Yes, the sessions are helping me a lot, and part of this is the laughter! I’m beginning to realize that for inquiry to yield a richer fruit it must be attended to daily, and in different ways—on paper alone, with a facilitator, and as ’emergency first aid’ in difficult situations (like yesterday my car broke down, unexpectedly, on a motorway, and I had forgotten to bring my cell-phone, and I was able to sit down with a small notebook and pen and work the thought ‘I need to resolve problems now’)."
But The Problem Is Most Of Us Only Work Emergencies
We do The Work when emotional crises come up. And we forget about it the rest of the time.
But I’m willing to bet that this client who wrote me would say that the reason he had the presence of mind to do The Work when his car broke down was because he has been doing The Work twice a week with me, and with others on top of that.
And he’s been participating daily in my Slow-Cook Inquiry sessions online. And he’s even been sending me email versions of his longer, written work as well.
In other words, he has been doing The Work as a daily practice.
And When You Do It Every Day, It’s On Your Mind
So when situations come up, you’re ready for them. You’re even excited by them. Because you know you’re going to learn a ton.
It’s exciting when your practice is strong enough to turnaround any negativity that you might encounter.
So Vary It Up This Week, And Do What Meditators Do
Make The Work a daily practice. And as my client says, do it in different forms. Sometimes written. Sometimes with a facilitator. Sometimes on the fly in an emergency.
Join us for Slow-Cook Inquiry. It literally takes five minutes of written work a day. And do some facilitation sessions with me. It helps to get the momentum going.
This work is lots of fun when you put your heart into it.
What is The Work?
Relationship and Family Issues
Money and Job Issues
My Process Exposed