Friday, April 3, 2009

Quietening the "Upstairs" Voices

Three weeks ago, I wrote about the difficulties I had in writing an article when my head got involved. This is an important concept and it bears repeating.

When I write because I want to do a good job, the ego gets in the way. Switching to my heart suddenly allowed the words to flow - I was writing for the joy of it, not for recognition, or validation or even because I had to. The difference was extraordinary.

I've been struggling with my writing the last few weeks. Some would say that the muse left. I know it had more to do with the pressure I put upon myself. As soon as I acknowledged it, I felt better about writing.

When we learn to quiet the voices "upstairs", and speak or write from the heart, we do better. The brain is important - it allows us to reason, to think, to decide, to problem-solve. However, without heart, those things are cold and often empty - without heart.

When we are acting from the heart, there is a quality that infuses our work and our play. It is joyful, engaging and full of love.

I've learned that my brain can be my own worst critic. Picking apart, reviewing, questioning and generally being a pain in other parts of the body! This is stress and also stress-creating behaviour.

There's a strange thing that happens when I am determined to write a great article. It seems that the more pressure I put on myself, the harder it is to write. The trick is in learning to allow the flow of words to stream - it's about getting out of my own way. Which, by the way, is one of my mantras!

If I just sit down and write, it happens. It's a weird and wonderful feeling - magical, yet practical! And, learn-able!

When I practise stress transformation techniques I activate the power of my heart. The more I do that, the more I am truly in the moment and I say and do the right things. After all, the heart is about love in its purest and simplest form.

Has stress taken over your life? When and how?

Photo courtesy of Sanja Gjenero

4 comments:

  1. I would not call it stress but, yes something has certainly taken over my life just now. It is the sense of irreplaceable loss of a dear one. I try to get away from that sense by writing and I find that if I just start, it flows. I have been writing some serious stuff, some funny stuff and some truly effective business letters too. The Erato is working overtime I guess.

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  2. I have found your post to be accurate for so many activities. Shooting a basketball, taking a test at school, hitting a golf ball, speaking in public...having a relationship!

    Now, if I can just figure out how to sing...

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  3. I am with you on this. Instead of fretting or even thinking too much about it, I just hit "start." sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

    GLH
    www.whatwoulddadsay.com

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  4. Ramana,
    It is understandable that you are feeling a sense of loss deep in your heart. Part of your healing process involves writing and the fact that you get into the flow, means that your heart rhythms are smoothing out...the key to stress transformation.

    Conrad,
    So true. In the flow, in the zone, copasetic...we have words & phrases that describe "that place".

    When you get the singing figured out, please let me know. Do-Ti-La-So...

    GLH,
    "Just hit 'start'." A variation on "just do it". I like that image...pushing a giant start button which happens to be located on one's heart!

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