This is a lil nasty…
I recently came back to my NYC apartment after a few days in the Catskills.
I unpacked my clothes, put my laptop in my office, and walked into the kitchen to put a few farm-stand zucchinis in the fridge.
And guess what I discovered…
Gunky water had come up my drain and into my kitchen sink.
But within a few hours I found a plumber who snaked the drain. Then I started cleaning.
Here’s the interesting thing…
Days after this incident I continued to be upset about the gunk – that no longer existed in my kitchen sink.
That ever happen to you?
Days after a situation, you continue to be upset about it and mull it over in your mind? Truth is – we all do it from time to time.
But we gotta catch it – and nip it in the bud – or flush it down the drain.
We have work to create, auditions to book, loved ones to cherish.
We want to make a difference in the world, and being in a mental drama serves no one! Plus it wreaks havoc on our nervous system.
So here’s how to convert a mental drama – about any little or big thing happening in the world – into productivity.
THREE THINGS TO DO IF THE MIND IS IN A MENTAL DRAMA…
1. Come back to this moment.
See what is actually in front of you. Play with seeing it as if for the first time. Slow down and indulge visually.
Say out loud, “I’m Back.”
Breathe deep. Breathe to feel – not to suppress.
Feel the purity of the atoms swirling around in your body.
And, of course – always a good idea to jump back into your CI Online Program and do the Committed Impulse warm-up – The Series. A sure way to pull you out
of your head and return you back into your body and the current (drama free) moment!
2. See if there are actions that need to be taken – and do them!
If you need to reach out to your agent – do it.
If you need to send a dollar to a political campaign – do it.
Whatever you need to handle – handle it!
Many times we get upset about random things because we are not taking action on the things that we know we should be doing – things that are really important to us.
3. Get back to your art. What do you need to create today?
Prep for an audition?
Write that book proposal or screenplay?
Clarify for your vision for the new business you’re creating?
Reach out to your inspired colleagues and brainstorm?
( By the way, there is a very active and supportive Committed Impulse Community on the CI Facebook Page)
SO, EVEN WHEN THIS COMES OUT OF YOUR DRAIN…
Whatever ya do – don’t waste your precious life being upset.
We need you! Your art. Your heart.
Now go create!
I so get it.
Thanks for this!!!!!
You’re so welcome, Deb!
Katrina Morris says
“Breathe to feel – not to suppress.” This is everything.
I agree. Life-changing.
Dan Tait Brown says
This is one of my favorite CI teachings – and I catch myself doing it all the time 🙂 Funny how we can do the same thing for different reasons (even with good intent) that produce such different results.
Josh Pais says
So often we practice a breathing to disconnect – kinda silly. But as we connect with our bodies via the breath – we leave the gunk of our mind.
Eric Behr says
There’s a great zen story about two monks arriving at a muddy spot on the road. A well dressed lady is trying to navigate the crossing, but is obviously distressed. One monk picks her up and carries her across, and the two go on their way. About a half hour later, the other monk says “why did you break your vows and touch that woman?” And the first monk says “are you still carrying her? I put her down a half hour ago.”
Love this! Bang on with the message 🙂
Josh Pais says
Haven’t heard this one for a while – but YES – exactly!