Attention goes to knots

 

Something else I keep rediscovering:

Attention goes to knots. It goes to wounds and hangups, and beliefs when reality rubs up against them.

It goes to whatever is still unresolved in my stories about the past, future or present, and this takes the form of recurrent thoughts, rumination and day- or night dreams.

I don’t always appreciate it, but I find that reality is kinder than my preferences. Reality invites me to clarity and a more complete resolution, while my beliefs often would rather avoid it.

Whenever attention goes to a knot, it is an invitation for clarity. And for me, it is an invitation to allow, be with and be the emotions it brings up. To find and inquire into the beliefs behind it and find what’s more true. And to see how it is to life from this – including doing my part to resolve whatever needs to be resolved in my relationship with others.

Reality is kind, including in ways I don’t always, at first, prefer or appreciate.

And reality is quietly persistent in its invitation to clarity, healing, maturing and awakening.

Note: The other side of this is that when knots are resolved, attention is effortlessly more stable. And the more knots are resolved, the more there is an effortless and easy stable attention.

Note 2: What wants to be seen/felt/appreciated shows up in our life in all different ways – through dreams, day dreams, ruminations, body symptoms, relationships, synchronicities, nature, world events, and in any other way possible.

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  • attention goes to knots
    • attention goes to whatever is still unresolved – past, future, present (recurrent thoughts, rumination etc.)
    • reality is kinder than our stories, invites us to clarity, more complete resolution (our beliefs, personality, would often rather avoid it)
    • invitation to (a) allow experience, be with the emotions, allow it to flow through and (b) inquire into the belief, find what’s more true
    • ….

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initial draft….

Here is something else I keep coming back to:

Attention goes to knots. It goes to wounds, hangups and beliefs when reality rubs up against them.

It goes to whatever is still unresolved in my stories about the past, future or present. And this takes the form of recurrent thoughts, rumination or day/night dreams.

I find that reality is kinder than my beliefs here too. It invites me to clarity and a more complete resolution, while my beliefs would often rather avoid it.

Whenever attention goes to a knot, to a wound or hangup, it is an invitation to (a) allow, be with and be the emotions it brings up, (b) find and inquire into the beliefs behind it and find what’s more true, and (c) see how it is to life from this – including doing my part to resolve whatever needs to be resolved in my relationship with others.

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