Sustainable sources of wealth for our families and communities. That is what stuck with me after reading your last post Richard. We have a broad perspective on wealth at ResonanceWithLife, however it feels important to me to take a look at how our culture defines wealth and our part in the creation of that. Where do we individually, and as communities, put our attention?
Recently I was given a very strong lesson in this universal principle – where we put our attention the energy always flows – and oftentimes makes it even stronger than it would normally be than if we put our attention in other places . The universal tendency is to place attention on what is NOT working. That could be pain, emotional upheavals, stress at work, interpersonal connections – most anything. I thought I was immune being a particularly positive person…but turns out that I certainly am not!
It is easy to see this very strong biological imprint in action that rests deeply within our cellular make up. This survival instinct has us always on the look out for anything that seems to imbalance or threaten our life as we know it. Thus, we tend to put attention on the negative things as they seem to be what is threatening us – even if they really aren’t!
For example in a recent yoga class we were asked to consciously shift our attention from our “screaming hamstring muscles” in a particular forward bend. Instead we were asked to think of someone we love and put our attention there. Immediately when our attention was taken off of the pain, the discomfort actually lessened, and in my case I realized that my range of motion also increased.
Yet another lesson in this universal principle occurred recently within a powerful change in my own daily life. Focusing on all of the negative factors put me in a place of extreme STRESS. I wasn’t happy and the stress was building. Physical health and life energy were being compromised as my new set of circumstances brought daily challenges which I was perceiving as negative. I felt trapped. An entrapment of my own making as it turns out.
Then something happened to cause me to reflect on how I was thinking and where I was putting my attention. The learning curve that I was in brought with it stress, that was certain. But, where was I putting my attention?! On how much the life that I had been leading was being affected – loss of freedom and creative time, tasks that were being given to me that I either didn’t know how to do or didn’t have time to do, interpersonal conflicts that were arising all around me…and it went on.
After reflection I decided that I would try a little experiment to see if changing where I put my attention would make a difference. An intention was set for the next day. Attention went on everything that I was doing right on this learning curve, and taken off of any mistakes or inability to perform in the way that I thought that I should. This attention also included words being used to describe experiences during the day.
You might be able to guess the result of this experiment. The day went smoothly. Interpersonal connections were easier. Everyone seemed to be happier in my environment….and I was a lot less stressed!!
So….given that our economies are under tremendous pressure and changes right now, I ask the question where should we be putting out attention? On fear of loss and drastic financial change? Or ways that we truly can create sustainable sources of wealth for ourselves and our communities NOW, based on a deep planetary interconnection with all of life?
Where your attention goes, energy flows!