last week, i drove to yoga and parked. it was legitimately cold, not the typical, “it’s only 65 degrees in January…” LA wimpiness.
freezing and already starving, i thought, how will i get through an hour-and-a-half class like this? then,
i won’t. this is not how it’s going down. i want to eat a burger, then go to the movies.
uncharacteristically, off i went. reading the menu i balked at my decision, trying to soften it with maybe i should get salmon instead because i don’t usually eat it and it’s healthier.
but i knew i’d be unsatisfied.
i needed to follow the inspiration verbatim…to a delicious burger that was genuinely medium rare.
then i decided on “The Big Short” and hurried to the fancy Landmark Theater in West LA. like going to the movies in Rome, the experience is kind of a fashion show.
but not for me. i was acting spontaneous, remember? i was clad in batshit yoga pants, glasses, and minimal or no makeup.
the Landmark is also the closest thing to your living room you’ll find in public. and depending on the quality of your sofa, it might be better. they sell beer and wine—in real glasses!—you’re free to bring into the theater. attentive, well-trained teenagers collect them afterward.
the film was incredible, the experience was important, the missed yoga was worthwhile.
i attribute my spontaneity to writing down and thinking daily about the sentence i want to know what i want. the more i do it, the more i realize its effectiveness for finding balance between a productive routine and our moment-to-moment desires.
but hearing this from yourself, to yourself is infinitely better than hearing it from me.
so although there are no guarantees, here’s an expanded outline of my system:
- every morning write the sentence “i want to know what i want.” three times
- remind yourself of it periodically
- listen to the feedback
- follow it as closely as possible, i.e. if it says “burger,” provide burger. no (salmon) substitutions, please
- understand that some days there won’t be any messages. accept, accept, accept. it’s completely cool.
- be patient, attentive, and consistent.
see what happens, and let me know in the comments. if you think this is bogus, tell me that, too!
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