“You Don’t Have to Be Smart – You Only Have to Be Quiet” Aging Like a Guru – Who Me? with Dr. Rosie Kuhn, Podcast #137
You Don’t Have to Be Smart – You Only Have to Be Quiet
One of the most challenging practice for most human beings is to be quiet with themselves, and to listen within the stillness for the wisdom of their inner guru. It’s even more challenging to be quiet when you’ve been stirred by someone or something, which leaves you feeling emotional, irritable and anxious. But, truly this is the very time required to slow down, quiet down, and be present to your wise-self.
Prayer, Meditation and Listening
I’ve heard it said that prayer is when you are talking with God, the Universe, Oneness, letting them know what it is you are wanting, what you are afraid of, and how you want support. Meditation is when you stop talking and be in a state of listening – tuning into your greater wisdom. I like this description!
My experience is that when I’m more tuned into my emotions, my irritability, my anxiousness, I’m ignoring the words of wisdom that constantly flow to me and within me, especially when I need them most.
Last night was a perfect example.
I’d received an invitation to do a workshop in California on Aging Like a Guru. I love facilitating workshops, retreats and trainings, so this initially made me very excited. Then, I experienced an interesting sensation. I felt my heels digging in, and the rise of resistance. Rather than answering the invitation immediately with a “hell no, I won’t go,” which is what this part of me was communicating to me, I said to myself, “Okay, I’ve got some wisdom that I need to pay attention to. Just quiet down, relax, and just be with what is.”
This morning I sat in quiet and listened to all aspects of myself and revealed my fear of losing freedoms to express my creativity and passion. If I take the opportunities to travel, do workshops and retreats, I’m afraid I won’t have the time to paint. However if I stay home to paint, I’m afraid I will lose the opportunity to express myself through the part of me that loves to facilitate and connect with people. It’s a dilemma.
Making the time to be quiet and listen to my inner guru allows me to understand the anxiousness of potential change ahead of me. My reactions come from a part of me that believes I have to give something up to have something else. When I sit in my wisdom, I see how I can actually have everything I want, just the way I want it.
I suspect that you are also challenged by these moments when emotional reactions want to dictate your next move. I encourage you to empower yourself to maybe slow down a bit and listen for the wisdom that you know is there for you.
It’s quite a big challenge, especially when you are feeling emotional and reactive + powerless to truly influence your circumstances. But if you can find that stillness, you will find your truth from the wisdom and intelligence of your own inner guru. And that my friends is what it’s all about!
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