"It is on no map. No true place ever is." - Melville
Trying to describe the nature of the mind is a little bit like giving directions to a place that is on no map. How do I tell you how to get there? It might be easier to come along with me and see for yourself. If you pay attention along the way, you'll learn how to get there on your own.
This is the last in my 4-part series on Life Coaching Basics. I started out with my best description of what a life coach does
, with a reminder that there are some things you just have to experience first (and getting coached is one of those things). Then I presented Martha Beck's beautiful model of The Change Cycle
. It's a great starting point for making sense of things when everything is changing and you're wondering what to do. Next I dove deeper into the subject of how our essential self speaks to us
, and how our bodies convey important signals to listen to.
The final part I'll cover in this series is perhaps the most important, and also the most challenging to grasp at first. Since we are using the mind to consider the mind, it's a little...well, mind-bending! I like to call this "Yoga of the Mind", because it's really about building flexibility, balance, and strength
(yes, all three!) in your THINKING
, in the same way that most people think of yoga doing this for your BODY.
Turning Your World Upside Down
Lately I've been trying to stand on my head for at least a few minutes each day. Not only does it help align my spine and bring energy to my body through the brief reversal of blood flow, but it helps me literally see the world from a different perspective. Up is down. Down is up. It's not just making fancy shapes with your body, it's literally yoga for your mind.
In order to change your experience of the things that happen in your life, your awareness needs to change. That means, not only your thinking, but becoming aware of what you are thinking
Becoming the watcher of your thoughts requires asking the question, "What am I using my mind for?" Continue reading