The NEXT LEVEL practice of Inner Alignment
Find internal peace with this one decision.
Recently we explored extreme options as one of the best ways to decide “right action” based on inner alignment. And if you regularly practice letting go of “shoulds” “ought tos” and “have tos” and choice, you’re bound to get really good at captaining your ship to the best seas, guiding yourself into the best conditions, which makes for pretty smooth sailing.
But here’s the NEXT LEVEL:
Can you accept whatever situation you’re in and find, or create an INTERNAL STATE OF PEACE???
This is some Viktor Frankl level sh!t here!
Here’s an easy example from a couple of our friends who attend hot yoga Monday through Friday every day at 9 am consistently for years. A new teacher was slotted for a certain day of the week whose phone or cord connecting to the stereo was bad, causing the music to go in and out throughout the class. One of our friends said. It was horrible! I was so distracted that I couldn’t enjoy my practice. Weeks have gone by, and she hasn’t fixed it! I think I’m going to have to go to a different class at noon on that day.” Our other friend, who has become an expert at being internally peaceful and content, modeling himself after Pooh in this book, said, “I don’t mind what the teacher does or doesn’t do, or what happens with the music cutting in and out during class. I am just tuning in to my breath, enjoying stretching my muscles, and being in the room with people I enjoy!”
Our first friend uses CHOICE to guide a desired outcome.
Our second decides on contentment as his inner state of BEING.
The NEXT LEVEL practice is to go along with the ebbs and flows that arise, see what experiences the universe brings to you, and ride them by ACCEPTING the is-ness of whatever situation you find yourself in. Instead of changing the external conditions, you decide, you choose to determine your internal state. And you decide that it’s going to be one of inner-ease.
It takes deliberate decisiveness that no matter what situation you find yourself in, you guide yourself to an internal place of contentment. And even through harsh conditions, you find meaning that allows you to experience an internal state of ease.
Where are you at in your practice of self-guidance?
Which one do you want to work on more: choosing what action to take OR choosing your inner state?