Most of our lives we are taught that being the same as everyone else is what makes us good, well behaved and a part of society. We are encouraged to mimic the people around us, and in particular our parents and families. Children are often being told how much they look just like their mother, or behave just like their father, or have similar talents as their siblings.
Do you ever feel like you're going crazy with mind chatter? I used to be the best person I knew at this, I could be having a conversation with someone and still have mind chatter. In fact, if there were a prize for mind chatter I would have been the world champion 100 times over...I was an over achiever in the area!
During my more 'spiritual' times when I was practising meditation and yoga in an attempt to find a sense of peace in my already over active world I would go to sleep and as soon as my head hit the pillow I would be thinking about the following day and all the meetings I would have...while I was sleeping. No dreams for me! For years I tried everything I could think of to have a peaceful night’s sleep… I didn’t even try and quieten my mind during the day, that would have been a whole other mission impossible. I was going to take this in baby steps!
I remember years ago when I began my professional working career I was invited to a week in Madrid where 24 candidates would be analysed and interviewed in a board-meeting setting for a full 5 days, in order to determine who in the group would get the job.
I was facilitating an X-Men: Disabilities or Abilities? evening taster class the other day and we had been talking about how a question empowers and an answer dis-empowers.
One of the things that kept coming up in the class was, what if you could ask kids more questions that would empower them to know that they have a level of awareness that is valuable and that they can access their own awareness?
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