moving forward from yesterday's post, part two of Three Simple Steps tackles rewiring our neurology so we're primed for insights. scheduling time for stillness each day is a major part of this step.
predictably, this is the step most people skip completely or discount. because, “we are brought up in a society where focusing outward is acceptable but looking inward is associated with being esoteric.” for example, media coverage of Steve Jobs’ death, according to Blake:
“Journalists waxed lyrical about his brilliant mind, his micromanagement style of leadership, and the impact his inventions had...the fact he left college to travel around India…then spent the rest of his days as a practicing Buddhist…was almost always a throwaway line. It was as if they were saying he was 95 percent normal, and it is okay to allow him 5 percent weird…”
can i get an "Amen!"?
reconnecting to nature is another part of step two. as a person who:
- calls out, “human beings were made to walk!” to friends who complain about how far i parked
- flees buildings with stale air for the outdoors, even just to a fire escape or roof
i was thrilled with Blake’s mandate to book time in nature. in his words, “nature is a unified network. When you step into it often enough, you become part of it. Connected, you have access to the infinite source of nothingness, which, therefore, gives you unlimited potential to attract anything you want, including great ideas.”
since creating my own schedule, i’ve taken this a step further by writing outdoors. a local park has wifi and café tables, so it’s my go-to “outdoor office.” an actual café near yoga has a private back patio under mature trees.
i know i’m spoiled with excellent weather year-round. still, bundle up to brave the cold or rain for a few, head-clearing minutes outside. it's worth it. while i can't guarantee you'll see a disgruntled deer like this one every time you're in the woods, you might...
finally, tucked away in a short paragraph is a crucial metaphor about change—the winding staircase. basically, change happens as it will, not as we will it. our job is to keep moving forward.
“It is all too easy to become discouraged when we can’t see, and therefore believe, we are heading in the right direction. You have to trust in the way of the winding staircase because, when it comes to success, seeing is not believing, but believing leads to seeing…”
join me tomorrow, for my review of the final step—living in a state of knowing.
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