This is Jodie and Stephen from These Days gallery and bookstore. They are awesome and if you are in downtown LA go visit them. We did a book signing at their place last night and it was super fun.
I kinda left out a few things from my last post about the reality mirror. I was writing about how if things aren’t going your way externally, then there may be something going on internally. And I know what it feels like to seemingly be doing everything right yet everything is still seemingly very wrong.
Luckily, we were born with a built in alarm system. That is your emotions. When you start to catch a cold, your body will give you a heads up with a runny nose, maybe a cough, maybe some tiredness. This is your body telling you to slow down and take care of it. I think it’s the same with your emotions and your mental, physical, and spiritual well being.
When you are feeling sad, angry, frustrated, jealous, etc, it’s something telling you to address the situation. We are all too good at making ourselves feel better, but then sooner or later the same problems rise up. This is like taking the battery out of the smoke alarm because it went off on accident and is super annoying, but it is there for good reason.
I’m saying if you are feeling bummed out, you may need to lean into it deeper and find out why you are bummed. It’s too easy to go get ice cream or tequila and worry about it later. It’s too easy to say, “I’m just being dumb, everything is all good.” While everything is all good, it’s not really all good if you are not feeling all good. I say feel all good once the alarm has been cleared and reset but not before.
That being said, what we think we want mentally may not be the same as what we want physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This is the “alignment” I was talking about.
It is turning out that this path of betterment and self mastery isn’t a path at all. It’s a choice. The choice to pay attention or not and act accordingly. Not saying it’s easy though. But we are in this together.