Posts Tagged ‘unlearning’

     Oh jeez, I just looked at the temperature now 16 brrrrr…. degrees in Chicago.

I thought it was kinda cold out there on my run today.

It was not that big of a deal though…… Why?

Partially because I am used to running in all types of weather but, more so

because of the mindset and perceptions I choose to embrace.

First off, I never checked the temperature before I ran. I watched no scary news

that said “Bitter cold freeze, bundle up and stay inside!” With that I was open to experience it,

as it is with an open mind and an open body. Well, the open body thing I kind of made up,

that is a way I came up with to go through cold weather. You have to be loose and non-rigid when it is frigid.

I kind of vision the cold wind going through me as I put up no resistance to it. This seems to work for me, with that out of the way I can focus on my running

and the environment laid out before me. I have little time or energy to concern myself with an unecessary mindset of suffering due to

conditions that are out of my control. I adapt to nature and in return suprisingly at times nature adapts to me. The symbiotic relationship

between nature and I puts a smile on my face more times then not. A smile can can take you through many of mile.

    This sort of mindset tranfers to other areas of my life. There are many situations in life out of our control. I know the ego does not like to here that.

In my experience it is not the ego that truly gives you the strength to carry on. It’s beyond the ego where the true strength to endure great feats of physical and

mental endurance exist. Life will certainly throw its fair share of trouble and difficult situations our way. Adding suffering to them, adding more pain

by thinking in negative ways only makes it worse. How many times do I have to hear ” I had a tough week I deserve to ______!”. You can fill in the blank.

I have filled in that blank with so  much more pain then was ever needed for more then a decade. I have unlearned much of this and relearned to treat my body and

mind in a good positive way. Filling that blank with something good for yourself is what you deserve. Dealing with situations in the best light that you can when they occur,

rather then building them up all week then adding more pain as an avoidance of it is only creating more pain for yourself. The ego will always tell you “Stay the course… Do as I did yesterday…Why change?”

It is the small voice of reason behind this voice that is worth listening to. Build this small voice moment by moment and in time this voice will become stronger as will you!

 

“How does an artist find himself?”

Well he searches,
he looks high, he looks low,
in places he knows.
Where things that he likes,
are fostered and grown.

“Then is he found?”

Oh no… not at all, he must look so much further.
He looks deeper into things, himself and others.
So now he looks closer and works on his seeing.
Unlearns what he learned and develops new meanings.

“So surely by now… Has he found his niche?”

Oh, a niche is a ditch full with pride riddled answers.
He can die right there with his own famous cancers.

Or…

He can keep searching…

© 2012 Louie J. Auslander

Does practice make perfect?

It certainly gets you closer, then you realize there is more to learn.

Practice, Practice, Practice…

This is all I ever do,

Practice, Practice, Practice…

A better me for you,

Practice, Practice, Practice…

Until I get it right,

Practice, Practice, Practice…

Through my days and nights…

I would venture to say we all know ways in which we can become better. Our only competition in life is truly ourself. Do something special for yourself today. You deserve the best of you. Be aware of your own bad habits and learn to unlearn them. Learn to practice bettering yourself. We build ourselves in the moments of everyday, through the little decisions we make. Make this day a special day for you and those around you! Remember to Practice, Practice, Practice…

I have always been one to take my time with things. Get to know them. Ease into things. Which has been very safe and good for me in many ways. It is not the only way though. I have been unlearning and relearning very much about myself for the last 7 years or so. There are other ways. To settle into our ways is to stop learning. Do I have to lose my gradual cautious side? Of course not, this is part of me and a very good part of me. Yet, I can learn and have learned to be more courageous. To jump sometimes without knowing where I may be going, to count on instinct, to dive into fear head on knowing I will survive. Now, I become stronger. Now, I have both skills. The skill to stay still and figure before I move and the skill to move and figure as I go. Developing both, I have become better at both. Being able to see things in other ways makes one more of a multi dimentional person. To see things from only one perspective makes life stagnant and flat. To see life from multiple perspectives leads us to a more realistic truth and  understanding of life. The easiest answer is seldom the best.
This year I am taking and trying many new things and getting to know life even better. Taking interest in the unknown gradually and cautiously at times and at times just jumping into the unknown. Developing the intuition to know when to do which is the key. I am getting better at this as I go. It is all a learning process in which I embrace with full mind ,body and soul. I want to share with you my journey. I also want to share what I have learned along my way in hopes that it may be helpful in your lives as well.
So, I am new to blogging and am not a “techie” by any means. I am figuring much of this out as I go. I wanted it to be perfect before I told anyone of it. But when would that be? I just kept getting caught up in the technical end which frustrated me more then anything. Content of my writting and sharing what has worked for me in life is whats important. The fine tuning and tweeking on the technical end will come as I go, if even needed. I have been working on this off and on since November, feel free to browse around and look through the archives. I plan on blogging 2 to 3 times a week maybe more, maybe less. We will have to see how things go. NOW …….. I JUMP!