Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Pack your bags for the Inner Journey!

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

With the announcement for each Inner Journey Subgroup meeting, you will discover a variety of essential tools to help you navigate the inner journey.

Discovering who you are is the beginning of the bootstrap journey, so the first tool presented for inclusion in your inner journey toolbox is a simple exercise in awareness: self-observation.

There are only three key steps: observe your body, your mind, and your mood.

First, scan your body from the tips of your toes to the top of your head. Notice how your body feels overall and how parts can feel differently. Some parts may be relaxed, while others feel tense. When you discover where you hold tension, consciously allow those areas to relax.

Next, observe your thoughts. Spend a moment or two observing your inner dialogue. What are you saying to your self? Be kind to your self and try to avoid judging or criticizing what you see.

Lastly, focus on your emotional state. Notice what you are feeling. Again, be kind. Emotions are fluid. They wax and wane like the tide. Observing them can be like watching a flowing river.

With practice, you will notice patterns. When you become aware of patterns you can consciously choose to accept or change them. For example, you can take steps to counteract the tension you may hold in your upper back by changing the ergonomic set-up of your computer. Or you may replace negative self-talk with a positive reframe.

Self-observation can be practiced any where and any time. The practice can provide valuable insight into your experience. The insight gained can change your life (and the life of your business).

Join the Bootstrap Inner Journey Subgroup on Wednesday, July 8th at 7p for a viewing of Mystic Cab, a tale of two Inner Journey bootstrappers. Explore the dance of duality and share a delicious potluck with your fellow travelers.

For directions and to pre-register for the event: http://budurl.com/pmfp

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