After the super heavy subject of yesterday's post, I bring you to a much lighter subject, or do I? I took this picture of a discarded cigarette two years ago. What drew me to photograph it, was the fact that it was the single object on the vast wooden walkway, it stood out in the scene. It was a challange to take the picture, it being at such low angle.
As i was trying to chose the picture for today, this jumped out as if it wanted to be the center of attention, just like on the day I took the picture.
I guess it also posed me a challange to see how to tie the image with the subject of self discovery?! I guess this image takes me back to a conversation I had with another client, and we were talking about the survival instinct and that our whole system is striving to make us survive in this world. Yes we are back to the survival mechanism. It is the one that kep us alive, that continues to keep us going. But despite that intense urge to survive, many humans go against it and take part in activities that can put that whole plan in jeopardy. HAve you ever considered that smoking actually is counter intuitive - remember we need oxigen to survive, without oxygen basically our brain dies, if brain dies, we are well and truely gone - and yet millions of people on this planet go out of their way to impair the intake of oxygen by smoking and thus introducing toxic elements into their lungs. In a similar way we drink and increase the toxicity levels in our liver, and some of us drink to that level that we kill off our liver. We deprive ourselves of sleep by staying later on our devices, despite the huan brain needing sleep to recover and reorganise everything we have expereince that day, in fact out whole body requires sleep in order for the metabolism to do it's thing. We over eat, therefore clogging up our arteries. We drive cars super fast, we go down hill on bikes super fast, and so on and so on. And then of course we are faces with talking to a stranger and all of a sudden we feel like we are being hunted by a lion. Do you see how many things in what we do as humans does not make sense?!
It was a spark that helped us become humans, and with the help of our ancestor's amazing ability to survive, we can sit here looking at a picture and trying to make sense of the world around us. Then just as I have been imbolding you to ask yousefl, what makes you go against that very survival? What would take to recognise your own magnificence? What would allow you the space to open your mind to the possability of embracing this world in all it's glory?
Have you sat down and figured out what is it you are being excessive about? What is it that you do evey day, that perhaps goes against that survival? What is it that your mind is making up about the world, that when examined at the light of day, may sound less believable?
Here's a trick I taught one of my clients, I asked the client to make her inner critical voice to sound like some character talking as if on helium. When I aske the client to do it for the first time, the client laughed at me, so i asked them again to try and imagine that inner critic talking on that ridiculouse tone of voice as if on helium, and the client could no longer take on board the critical admonishment of the inner voice, so they moved beyond their "worry".
Are you ready to put that spark back into your life?
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