Just Let Go of the Wheel
It’s been just a few weeks, since I returned from Ecuador with Anita Sanchez and many others on the Pachamama Alliance trip. I’m still in awe at the subtle effects that adventure has had on my thinking about the way we live in our modern, urban lives.
In my contemplations, I’ve been reminded of the very event that was the impetus for me writing Jungle: A Journey to Peace, Purpose & Freedom. For those of you who haven’t read the book, I was on my fast track, working 70-80 hours a week––and then I collapsed in the elevator of the building in which I worked. I was on disability for months and thought I could project manage my way back to health. Yet, no matter how hard I tried to apply all my skills and expertise into controlling my recovery, it didn’t work.
Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when created them.” And that’s exactly what I was trying to do. I had to let go of the wheel. And for me that meant accepting my situation, and then trying a different approach.
I turned first to meditation and studied Primordial Sound Meditation at the Chopra Center. There’s something about pausing and reflecting that allows us to connect the dots, as Steve Jobs would say. It was only then that I realized I had to change my ways. I had to slow down and be more in the flow of life than trying to wrestle life into my agenda. And I had to stop living my life to earn the love and approval from those around me which was a way for me to make up for the lack of love and approval I so longed for from my father and never received until the very end of his life.
And yet I’m grateful for this experience. My illness over fifteen years ago was a very necessary disruption––for without it, I might not be alive today.
Even to this day, meditation is a daily discipline. It slows me down, and allows me to see what’s working and what’s not working in my life. Then I get to make some changes and do some course correction. I let go of what’s not working and focus more on what is.
As I look back on that disrupted event, I realize I might not have needed it had I been more aware of the subtle signs and synchronicities warning me that I was about to drive myself into the ground.
So I ask this of you: What’s working in your life and what’s not? What can you do about it?
P.S. If you’d like to hear me speak about Jungle: A Journey to Peace, Purpose, and Freedom, join me at Bookstar located at 3150 Rosecrans Pl, San Diego, 92110 on Saturday, August 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Or if you can’t make the event, remember you can get an excerpt from Jungle at: http://bit.ly/jungleexcerpt
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