So, I find it fitting that during a heat wave in Southern California, my thermostat is not behaving. It is fluctuating. Up and down, up and down. Funny thing is (or not so funny), it’s not my air conditioner that I speak of, although that is acting all sorts of honky too (humpf). The thermostat that I write about is one that I learned to pay much more attention to after being blessed to meet and work with EFT (aka Tapping)/A Course In Miracles/her own “All-That-Ness” Practitioner, Robin Wilder. She has been teaching me about what to look for when the Ego and/or “Conditioned Self”, and their fear-based thoughts start a creepin’ in. When a situation arises that doesn’t make you feel good, what might that signal? Most likely, your thermostat has been tripped (Believe it or not, if things have been going well for too long, a tripped thermostat will bring you back down to the more familiar “ego” zone of struggle, frustration, lack, etc). And what happens when the thermostat is tripped? Progress is slowed.
This can be progress on anything ranging from a personal goal, like taking a new class or traveling, to professional aspirations, like launching your own business or pursuing that promotion at work. The super sneaky and totally annoying thing is, this non-feel-good-thought-or-event can come in the form of something related to your pursuit or even something that seems completely and totally irrelevant. The bottom line… if it makes you feel bad, you are less likely to move forward. The ego/our conditioned selves feel much safer staying exactly. where. they (aka you). are.
If you are curious about the “easiest” fix… What brings you joy? It starts right there. Take one moment and think of anything that makes you happy. Sometimes the thought is enough to get me back on track, but sometimes it takes action.
Here are a few of my joy inducing actions:
- Making my daughter laugh (and laughing out loud right alongside her).
- Dancing. In my living room, on the street, up in da’ club – bahaha! Wherever, doesn’t matter; music helpful, although not required.
- Working out. I am one of those, please-kick-my-bootie type of gals, and my most favorite instructor now has an in-home system (Curtis Ludlow, Bootcamp FX). This makes it really convenient for me to throw on a DVD at any given moment (well, that I am not caring for my munchkin).
- Talking with a loved one.
- Reading a sappy romance novel (guilty pleasure – I love “love,” what can I say?!?).
It might be surprising to read that I didn’t note Reiki. Why not just “Reiki myself” again? Unfortunately, sometimes when I enter into a negative emotional space, it is hard for me to focus on healing. This is probably one of those above noted sneaky tricks of my ego/conditioned self, since Reiki/healing work encompasses my new life path. What a better way to make me doubt leaving a corporate job or launching a business/blog of my own? Not cool, right? But, I bet, if you look back on instances that you pulled away from something you were super pumped about building or doing, you might recognize a moment that caused that thermostat to trip too.
Since today was one of “those days” for me, I have done all 5 items listed above and I will continue to hold onto MY JOY (do you hear that Ego?) until that darn thermostat stays at a cool and even place.
UPDATE (4/11/14): I wrote this in the midst of my fluctuating thermostat period yesterday – and true to “progress slowing” form, I couldn’t hunker down, finish and hit the “publish” button. But, today, with a fresh perspective and after allowing myself the time and space I needed to focus on my “joyful actions/happy thoughts;” all is in motion again. I am a big believer in Divine Timing (more on this in a future post I’m sure), even if it doesn’t make sense to me at any given moment. Maybe, just maybe, this time it was so that I could include this note before posting. A brief update that encourages you through your tripped thermostat day(s). As cheesy as it sounds, there IS always tomorrow (or the next day) and I can vouch, or possibly be a voice that reminds you that, ALL IS/WILL BE WELL.
With love, gratitude, positive thoughts & cyber hugs,