Several months ago I met someone at a little gathering and she just got on my nerves. I feel like I've already met her many times in my life in other versions, and I'm just not interested in having this person in my circle. And this might be a totally valid response, or I might be preventing myself from engaging with, or even enjoying, someone new. So I believe this deserves some inquiry, since that's what we do when we're in the self awareness game.
Interestingly, the word "resistance" keeps coming up in conversation these days, so I thought it was time to take a look at this issue from the angle of resistance. The kind of resistance I'm talking about is a sense of pushing back against what you know you should do, what you actually want to do, or to what you have to do. For example,
Can you see yourself in any of these examples? I know I can.
So rather than let the resistance win, which can actually exclude us from some great stuff in life, we can get curious. Let's ask our resistance what's up. Or, as Christine suggested in class, "Invite our resistance to have a cup of tea."
Can't you just picture it?
You might get some great insight from one session, or you might want to sit with it several times over the next few days. It can be helpful to befriend your Resistance. Name it. Smile at it. Acknowledge it for whatever purpose it is serving in your life. Is it protecting you from something, but it's running on an old script? Is it simply working from attachments and aversions? It might be there to help you grow as you move through it, or it might be a true signal to stop and go a different direction. The quiet stillness will help you know best. It's all information for you to increase awareness and see what's going on behind the curtain of your mind.
May you enjoy a cup of tea with your resistance, and may you learn some valuable information that will lead you to YES.
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