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Without noticing it, that little voice in my head becomes a big voice in my head and then quickly becomes The Truth. It is the way it is, and most definitely the way things should or shouldn’t be.
The thing that I always forget is that I made it up. I made it all up. From “I will always fail” to, “Macaroni and cheese is the best food in the world.” It’s something I made up so long ago that I can’t remember that I made it up, and the fact is I MADE IT UP!!
Why am I so clearly seeing this now? Because yesterday Karen Hering, our author of Writing the Wake the Soul, had me do a very simple exercise that made that story back into some thing that I made up. I wrote down all of my thoughts about eating healthy, not knowing what in the world she was going to have me do with it, and also knowing that I was very likely to have a shift inperspective by taking this on.
When she told me to cut what I’d written in half weaving around the words, all of a sudden the story was outside of me! I had already started to be able to zoom out from it just by writing it down, and somehow cutting it in half, cut my attachment to it almost completely. If you are facing a big change in your life, you must do this exercise as sort of a meditation as you .
In the interview, Karen begins by explaining how she defines a threshold. Be sure to listen to that part because I bet you about 10 things will jump out at you as she describes it that you wouldn’t have see otherwise. Then about halfway through she starts to explain the exercise itself. All you need is a half sheet of lined paper that you write on vertically, a piece of plain white 8 ½ x 11 paper, scissors, a glue stick, and a pen.
Whether you enjoy writing, or you haven’t written since the last time you sat in a classroom, there is something about it that gets in under your skin. It works its way under your guards, and needles its way past your stories, and gets to the heart of what you are dealing with. Well, as Karen very eloquently put it, the writing doesn’t get to the heart of it, the writing is the finger pointing to the moon, not the moon itself.
In doing this conversation, I remembered the joy and life that is in life outside of food – that food had become my main source of excitement and joy, and now, just like I cut right through my story, leaving an open space to create, I am ready to create new sources of that joy and excitement! Do you have any recommendations?
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