Recently my friend Chris stayed with my family for a couple days. He witnessed my morning routine first-hand and it left him puzzled.
One moment he saw me sitting on my couch in the sunroom, eyes closed, headphones on, tuning in to a thought-focusing meditation. In the next moment, my mediation complete, I turned on my stereo and tuned into my early morning companion, Howard Stern.
Chris took notice of the apparent discrepancy regarding where I chose to put my attention.
“I don’t understand how you can go from that place (meditation) to that (Howard) place,” he said.
I understood where his question was coming from. How could I go from a spiritual zone of meditation to Howard Stern’s uncensored stream of consciousness? Isn’t there a disconnect there?
He had me thinking.
With no ready response, I think I said something along the lines of, “I don’t know. I just love listening to Howard in the morning.” I moved on to fetch a cup of coffee.
This happened a few months ago, and while sometimes while in the midst of repeating my morning routine , my thoughts would go back to Chris’ question. Questions popped into my mind.
How do I reconcile these two different parts of me? Even though I enjoy both activities, does listening to Howard Stern someone cancel out the benefits of meditating?
My answer came while stacking wood and listening to my favorite spiritual teacher, Abraham, on my iPod.
Most people recognize the power of being in the state of flow (what Abraham refers to as “the vortex”) where you are connected to the thoughts and feelings that align with your desires. The idea is that when you no longer offer thoughts that run contrary to your intentions, things you really want come into your life easily.
Someone on the recording asked Abraham the best way to achieve this state of alignment and how you could tell when this state was achieved. Abraham offered a three-word response.
Be fabulously interested.
Let that phrase sink in for a minute, because those three words hold the key to your Very Cool Life.
When you feel good – for whatever reason – you are living in alignment. You occupy the space that will allow you to create a Very Cool Life.
When you do not feel good, for whatever reason, you are living out of alignment. You are choosing not to occupy the space that will allow you to live a Very Cool Life.
To really simplify whether or not you are on track, ask yourself one question.
“In this moment, do I feel fabulously interested?”
Here’s what I love about this: It’s simple. It’s clear. And the best part is that it removes any sense of judgment about what is a “good” or “bad.” The only relevant measuring stick is internal; what you like trumps everything else.
Going back to my personal example, I spend time mediating in the mornings because it feels good. When I am done, I move on to the next thing that feels good. Most mornings, that means listening to Howard Stern while I enjoy my coffee and watch the sun rise. The show makes me laugh and for a few minutes, I am fabulously interested. If I do not resonate with the content, I turn it off and move on with my day.
In a particular moment, you may be fabulously interested in needlepoint. Or hiking. Or scuba diving. Or reading romance novels. Or baking. Or playing video games. Or Twittering. Or brewing your own beer. Or napping. Or petting your cat. Or smiling at your baby. Or watching a sunset. Or writing. Or watching something on television.
You get the idea.
Your places of connection are meant to be unique and personal. What someone else thinks about the activities to which you are drawn is irrelevant.
There are an infinite number of places to focus our energies; a constantly expanding array that reflects our personal preferences. You’ve probably noticed that what you are fabulously interested in from one moment to the next can switch like an iPod on Shuffle mode. And that’s perfectly normal.
Here’s the upgrade:
Creating a Very Cool Life requires you to embrace the fact that WHAT YOU DO in a given moment matters a whole lot less that HOW YOU FEEL when you’re doing it.
When you raise your awareness and spend your time stringing together more moments when you feel fabulously interested, the end result will be a Very Cool Life.[widget id=”text-18″]text-18[/widget]
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