Saturday, August 10, 2013

"I must have an inbuilt block—some ingrained, deep-seated conditioning—that holds good things away from me"

(photo: jonycunha via Creative Commons license)

Editor's Note: Below is part of an email exchange I've shared over the past 24 hours with a dear friend who is also a Mindful Living Guide student-client. The exchange was inspired by two pieces I recently posted to SeanMMadden.com: one, two.

Eva has given me permission to share this with the Mindful Living Guide community. And although she told me it would be fine to use her real name, I've changed it to protect her privacy. As she's far from being alone with her concerns — it's likely we've all experienced them ourselves over the course of our lives — I thought others might benefit from our email discussion as well.

Hello Eva,

Thank you so much for your follow-up email, below, and for all you shared therein.

> I am a good kind open person. I know that for sure.

Of course, there's no doubt of that.

> I must also have an inbuilt block — some ingrained, deep-seated karma/conditioning — that holds good things away from me.

I don't believe that's true. There's so much in this world we don't have control over.

> So what am I doing wrong?

Nothing that I see.

What I think is important is to continue to tap our creative/spiritual/love inspiration to expand upon those realms of our life that we can influence, even if only bit by bit over the course of our day-to-day lives. To live artfully. To continue to explore, to open to new things, to follow our natural curiosity, and to invest our time and energies into those things which, in fact, do give us energy, which somehow feed us, make us feel whole. Of course, the flip side to this is perhaps letting go of some of those things which gobble up our energy, our inherent creativity, including relationships which aren't built on mutual respect, love, openness, etc.

Regarding fear, I think it's safe to say we all feel it, that we can all feel its gravity-like pull to keep us in place, to not put ourselves further forth into the world. I don't think it's something to overcome, but a natural feeling which has its place. My approach is to allow it to be there, to feel it fully, to listen to it, to see what it has to say — but, too, to err on the side of taking action, and noticing, too, how taking those first few steps can almost immediately begin to transform fear and stasis into inspiration and movement. The subject of our Creative Thunder Manifesto.

All for now, Eva, though please let me know if you'd like to talk, ever.

With love from us both,

Sean & Mufidah

Do you have a related story to share — or perhaps a question to ask, or thoughts for the Mindful Living Guide community to consider? If so, please leave a comment below.

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