Worth Reading: Off the web … simple yet powerful practices from The Work that will give you new ways of looking at your life circumstances, and in that, create new possibilities for self-realization. I hope you’ll find them as helpful as I have.
1. Reversing Judgments
Practice noticing when you judge or criticize someone or something. For example, in a grocery store line, you might be impatient and think the person in front of you is disorganized and rude. Quickly turn your judgment around and ask yourself: “Is it just as true about me? Am I rude? (Am I rude sometimes; to others – or to myself?) Am I being rude inside of me when I think they are rude?”
This exercise takes your attention off the “other” and places your attention on you.
Forgiveness naturally results. Placing the blame or judgment on someone else leaves you powerless to change your experience; taking responsibility for your beliefs and judgments gives you the power to change them. Remember, beyond the appearance of who it is you are looking at, it is always God disguised standing in front of you so that you can know yourself. Reversing judgments allows complete forgiveness. Forgiveness leads to awareness of oneself, and reestablishes personal integrity.
2. The Three Kinds of Business
Notice when you hurt that you are mentally out of your business. There are only three kinds of business in the universe: mine, yours, and God’s (or nature). Whose business is it if an earthquake happens? God’s business. Whose business is it if your neighbor across the street has an ugly lawn? Your neighbor’s business. Whose business is it if you are angry at your neighbor across the street because they have an ugly lawn? Your business. Life is simple. It is internal. Count, in 5 minute intervals, how many times you are in someone else’s business mentally. Notice when you give uninvited advice or offer your opinion about something (aloud or silently). Ask yourself: “Am I in their business? Did they ask me for my advice?” And more importantly, “Can I take the advice I am offering and apply it to my life?”
3. Being in Nobody’s Business
After working with the practice of staying out of others’ business, try to stay out of your own business as well. Hold lightly whatever you think you know about yourself. “I am contained within this physical body.” Is it true? Can I absolutely know that it’s true? What do I get by holding that belief? There is a widespread belief that we are our bodies, and we will die. Who would I be without the belief?
4. “Detaching” from Your Body and Your Story (helps eliminate “ego”)
Try speaking about yourself, for a period of time, in the third person rather than as I or me. Instead of saying, “I’m going to lunch”, say, “She’s going to lunch,” (referring to yourself), or, “This one is going to lunch.” Do this with a friend for an hour, the afternoon, or the entire day. Eliminate the use of all personal pronouns (I, me, we). For example, “How is that one (or this one) today? Does he want to go to the park?” Experience impersonally the body, the stories, and the preferences which you think you are.
5. Speaking in the Present Tense
Become mindful of how often your conversations focus on the past or future. Be aware of the verbs you use: was, did, will, are going to, etc. To speak of the past reawakens and recreates it fully in the present, if only in our minds, and then we are lost to what is present for us now. To speak of the future is to create and live with a fantasy.” If you want to experience fear, think of the future. If you want to experience shame and guilt, think of the past.” ~ BKatie
6. Doing the Dishes
“Doing the dishes” is a practice of learning to love the action that is in front of you. Your inner voice or intuition guides you all day long to do simple things such as doing the dishes, driving to work, or sweeping the floor. Allow the sanctity of simplicity. Listening to your inner voice and then acting on its suggestions with implicit trust creates a life that is more graceful, effortless, and miraculous.
7. Listening to the Voice of the Body
The body is the voice of your mind, and it speaks to you in physical movement as muscular contractions – as twitches, twinges, tickles and tension, just to name a few. Become aware of how often you move away from peace or stillness. Practice stillness and let your body speak to you of where your mind contracts, no matter how subtle the flickering contraction may be. When you notice a sensation, inquire within, “What situation or contracted thought is triggering this physical sensation? Am I out of alignment with my integrity in this circumstance, and if so, where? Am I willing to let go of this belief or thought that causes my body to contract?” Listen and allow the answers to guide you, and return to the peace and clarity within.
compiled by Mary Lynn Hendrix
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