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August 21, 2017

Energy Revisited

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 6:37 am

Car BatteryEight years ago today, the following showed up in an August blog post. I thought it would be an appropriate topic for a Monday. I called it “Energy.”

Are you positive or negative?

It doesn’t matter – both work.

I’m not referring to the half empty or half full mental concept of positive or negative. This is more about the energy you use to accomplish things – more like yin and yang.

Yin has been described as feminine energy and yang as masculine. We have both and use both.

Instead of arguing about which energy is superior, it’s better to notice the combination we use, and find out if it’s working to our best advantage.

There is no best side of a battery terminal. There is positive and negative, and one doesn’t work without the other. The same can be said of yin and yang energy.

Just like certain projects call for certain tools, certain situations are best served by certain energy. You are best served to have the flexibility to craft the energy combination that works best in those circumstances.

When we get stuck in one energy pattern, we stay stuck. That means we become inflexible and snap easily.

The trick is to notice our conditioned pattern isn’t working, and then summon the combination that gives us the best charge for the moment.

Now don’t get caught up in the “that’s not me” argument. That’s the argument that keeps you stuck. It’s better to notice you are all the combinations of yin and yang, not just the one you have been conditioned to prefer.

A great question to begin asking yourself is, “I wonder what energy would work best in this situation?” Don’t think your way to an answer. Just ask the question and let the energy that shows up answer it.

I realize that the first few times you attempt this practice, it will feel like working without a net. The giant upside is that you will begin to trust yourself to bring the appropriate energy to any situation.

Let your energy answer your question – not your intellect.

Letting your intellect answer is like letting the guy at the hardware store pick the color to paint your bathroom. You have a master designer at your disposal; all you have to do is summon them with a question.

Practice letting your energy answer your questions, and find that you’ll need far fewer jumpstarts in life.

All the best,

John



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August 17, 2017

Burst of Air

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 5:05 am

Screen DoorIs it “Throwback Thursday” already? I was going over some old notes and found something I called “Burst of Air.”

Screen doors let the air in while keeping the flies out. What a cool invention.

What if you could install a screen door in your mind? It could let in the air but keep out the pesky gnats.

Criticism is a stimulus we all receive and the responses to it vary with every individual. What if you could let the criticism in and keep out the piece that causes a conditioned response? The piece to screen out is the solid meaning that we attach to the criticism.

When someone criticizes you, they are giving you an assessment based on their angle of view. We tend to take it personally but when you think about it, it’s only a burst of air. Criticism is a stimulus and whatever happens inside of you is a response.

Between the criticism and response is meaning. The diagram would look like this:

Criticism ➔ Meaning ➔ Response

Meaning is something we add automatically due to our conditioning. This automatic addition robs us of “free will.”

Free will is something that most people rarely demonstrate though they will jump up and down and claim that they have it. If someone calls you a name and you immediately retaliate with a name of your own, where was the free will in your response? It was side stepped by the lightning quick meaning that you attached to the name you were called.

So let’s pretend that someone calls you a “fuzzy bellied lint licker.” Your normal response may be to respond in kind. What would happen if you threw in the clutch, and transformed the meaning of what they said to be just a burst of air? What meaning does a burst of air have? None! It’s just a burst of air. My guess is you would have a different response to a puff of air than you would to a name you have added meaning to.

This practice is a conditioning exercise. Condition yourself to have the free will that is always available but hardly ever used.

Think of your screen door as a meaning converter. It takes something that seems solid and turns it into something that isn’t. It’s like the transformation of an ice cube to steam.

You do have a choice. You can take the automaticity out of your response and move the conversation to a more productive outcome OR you could escalate it to Hatfield & McCoy proportions. You do have a choice.

Choosing takes practice and flexibility and it’s worth it. Remember this:

The person who is more flexible has more options.

All the best,

John



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August 15, 2017

Come Home

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 7:03 am

Party s OverHere’s a bit of writing I did about 10 years ago. I believe it still has legs today and beyond.

Do you have a sense when the party is over? Here’s a little secret I have found out. The party is over when you leave.

We have all stayed at a party too long. If we don’t want it to end, we stay on past its natural conclusion. It does take a toll on us.

What keeps us at this party? I think it’s the lure of missing something. I like to call this sense of missing something: “chasing the horizon.”

Parties are intended to be fun events where you go to entertain and be entertained. They can be wonderful, festive exchanges of our humanness – a terrific taste of life.

But that’s all they are – a taste.

To get more than the hors D’Oeuvres, you have to go somewhere else. You’ll never find life sustaining food at the party. And being a perpetual member of the party scene guarantees anti-climatic feelings, leaving you wanting more and leaving you with an empty stomach.

So, how do you know when to leave? Look at your life. Life leaves clues.

Do you feel a constant state of emptiness? Are you continually striving to fill up that emptiness by chasing carrot sticks? Do you have a penchant for doing it all? These are all clues that you are chasing the horizon.

The horizon is an illusion – a mythical mist. It seems real, but it’s always an empty promise. You can’t get there from here.

This isn’t meant to be preachy. This is just an undeniable fact of life that many people ignore their whole life.

If you think the answer is at the party, you will always be questioning and second guessing yourself.

This is an invitation to come home. Come home to the divine presence that is you. It’s a veritable smorgasbord that fills you up and sates your soul.

After coming home, you will bring more presence and fullness to the gatherings you do attend, and your soul nourishment won’t depend on the paté being served at the party.

All the best,

John



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August 3, 2017

Morning Upsets

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 6:33 am

UpsetI just made a discovery about me and I’m wondering if it applies to you too.

After I awaken and finally clear the cobwebs of sleep, my mind generates a list of things I’m upset about. I won’t bore you with my list because you probably have your own.

What an awful way to start the day.

This practice sets the tone for our day and we, unknowingly, filter the rest of our day through the prism of upset.

Some people sense this upset and countermand it with a ritual that changes their focus. Some say morning prayers, others write in a gratitude journal, some engage in a mind calming practice, but most do nothing.

Another way to mitigate the upsets is to notice them, as I did this morning.

My list, left unchecked, would have grown exponentially and would have colored my whole day gray.

When you next awaken, notice what thoughts are popping into your mind. Don’t beat yourself up about having them. Just notice them.

Yesterday I offered a meditation you can do anytime, anywhere called, “I’m in my head.” I have just discovered the best time to do that meditation is upon awakening.

Just noticing your thoughts at the beginning of the day takes away their power to influence you. By noticing, you change from being the effect of your thoughts to being the cause.

Noticing your upsets at the beginning of the day gives them less chance to influence how you’ll spend the time from when you awaken until you once again hit the hay.

All the best,

John



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August 2, 2017

Heads-Up

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 2:11 am

ThinkingThe following is a conscious meditation that can be done anytime, anywhere. You can be driving in the car, washing the dishes, mowing the lawn or relaxing in your favorite position.

It’s easy to do and the benefits are calming. Here is the meditation: When you catch yourself inside your head having a conversation or catch yourself in a thought loop, just say the following to yourself, “I’m in my head.”

When you notice yourself thinking and acknowledge that you’re in your head, you create a pause in your thinking and create some space in your mind where peace of mind can now enter.

This is a meditation that’s beneficial to repeat anytime you catch yourself in your head. Each time you do the meditation, you create calm and space. At first, you may notice the peace lasting for only seconds. But with repeated application, you increase the time you experience quiet serenity.

Our thinking goes on all day long and we rarely notice that it’s happening. It goes on unchecked and is an insidious drain of energy.

Yes, some things have to be thought through or consciously assessed but that only takes a short amount of time compared to the amount of time we spend in our head.

“I’m in my head” creates an interruption of your thinking. It’s truly the pause that refreshes. It’s a meditation anyone can do and it removes you from your mental stew.

All the best,

John



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