"That’s the juicy part to know, this is where the real power lives…"

Daily Meds #1, This Too Shall Pass

Daily Meds #1: This Too Shall Pass

Try this medication out: Read the title above once again, while placing your attention inside your heart to hear it land in there.

Did you do it?

Now try it again while placing your attention inside your belly this time.

So, what happened in there?

Say it once again, though now with enough slowness that you can quietly hear the words inside your head, ‘This too shall pass."

In any of these inside places—heart, belly, head—did you notice the power of what I'm pointing you to?

It's often said there's power in words, but the truth is the power is not within the words, it’s not in the letters that combine to make words, it's in the inside places where the words can land, it’s in the vibration when words become sound, sound that must be heard, even when the sound comes from thoughts alone.

Words are abstractions, and need a listener, a speaker, a receiver, to gain any potency.  That's where the true power lives.

Did you notice that?

Pay attention to those bodily places where the words can land, as there is no real value in words otherwise.

So speak it or think it once again : "This too shall pass."

Did you notice something stir?  And did you notice just what it is that lets you know that something stirred?  And what I mean by 'notice' is just that:  to notice, not think nor analyze.  This is powerful skill to learn.

Noticing in this way will help you define it more.  And by 'define' I mean this:  to gather up what arose, which only gathers when given enough noticing time.  [1]

After you notice just enough, you'll see that something else will want to arise. Something asking for something more.

Is that a strange thing you've just read?  That what arises, when gathered up enough, will soon be asking for something more?

Maybe it’s simply asking for another breath? [2]

Then notice that, and take that next breath, and then notice what comes next. There's a rhythm in all of this, just like a dance. [3]

So, pay attention to that, both the dance itself and the change that it brings.  These are subtle things.  You’ll need to go slow to sense and know what I mean.

If you like, spend some more time continuing in this way, noticing what arises after these words land in a bodily way: "This too Shall Pass."

Step by step, something comes, and when it completes itself, then something more is sure to follow that. [4]

This is just how it is, this is the flow of life.  We all can pay a bit more attention to that from time to time. 

Notes

  1. To 'notice' occurs at a slower pace than 'thinking' typically does, making 'thinking' actually less powerful and commonly more reactive, unless the thoughts are informed by, or flow from, the slower noticing step.  Often, folks stricken with rapid thoughts feel out of control mentally, and often the purpose for this kind of rapid thinking is that it reflexively serves to block out deeper emotions that have stirred.

  2. In just a sliver of time, an impulse arises between each step of your inhale and exhale.  Can you sense for it?  Noticing after a breath fills, there comes an impulse that lets you know its done, and then a sudden releasing impulse follows that, and then the release itself will occur, and then a next impulse when that is done, asking for the next breath to begin, and then a next breath begins to flow in, and on it goes.  Can you wait on each impulse of this dance of breath enough to notice that?   Practicing doing this makes breathing a meditation practice, and that’s a really powerful skill to learn.

  3. Sometimes the breath's dance is a waltz, or a tango, hip hop, jazz, or just rocking out, depending on the circumstance.  In every case, just notice what the dancing of your breath is asking for.

  4. When something doesn't complete itself, for any host of reasons, then something else will follow as well, only it will live in a very different way and impact you accordingly.  Bodily tensions and aches are a strong indication of when this occurs.  You can read more about that right here.