So at 9 A.M., I was pulled into one of my boss’ LONG meetings where the same point is repeated over, and Over, and OVER again. Wait! Hmm yesterday I said I loved repetitious sounds…see how the universe so easily brings into manifestation your own thoughts and words! Yea, well not these sounds, not these words, not this repetition. I said that I would NOT take in sounds that do not speak to my soul. So I didn’t.
At first, I fell back onto an old technique, one that I use to share with all of my co-workers. I remember in the past after more and more people caught on to “finding their happy place” I would look around the room to see only half blank grins on everyone’s face.
But not now, not this time. I am heading towards home, not playing games to trick my psyche into believing that I am there. Presence is what I am seeking in this quest for home. Knowledge and comfort in knowing that right here right now, I am exactly where I am suppose to be and being at home with the thought.
So, faced with the inability to fall back on my old methods of dealing or really avoiding the moment, I needed to come up with something new, FAST! I began to wonder, as I looked around at the rolling eyes of my co-workers (who evidently had not slipped into their own happy places as of yet) and thought which is worst here, the sound that I find so unpleasing or the sound of my judging thoughts of the sound. After struggling, fiercely, with the thoughts of which was worse (oh yeah my monkey brain was on a roll) I recollected something that I read recently.
In Eat, Pray, Love Liz was given a new meditating technique by the medicine man in Bali. He told her to sit quietly and smile.
So simple, so sweet was this bit of advice. So much easier than concocting a story in my head (more noise) to take me away was this simple idea. So I tried it and something amazing happened. As I looked around and smiled into the faces of the rolling eyes of the people who had been sitting in the meeting for an hour plus, I relaxed!
The monkey went back into his cage and guess what, I actually began to listen and participate and that participation gave way to finding a comforting place in the conversation and we all know that comfort=home.
So today I am thankful for the very simple, very easy, very soothing smile, it can change your outlook on your world. Try it.
Lifeis: A Smile