NASH FLASH

THE DAILY MANDALA by Henry Reed           

INSIGHT

is the software for one who knows the observable world that each one of us experiences  (‘outsight‘) is the result of our prolonged, habitual focus and the quality of that attention.

Our constructive or destructive interpretation of what we experience determines what follows for us.    

NASH FLASH

THE DAILY MANDALA by Henry Reed

INSTANT GRATIFICATION

SHORT TERM GAIN = LONG TERM PAIN

Controlling people use force, manipulation or intimidation to ‘succeed.’

Leaders use personal Power, magnetism or inspiration to succeed.

Can you guess which one gets what they are seeking?

ASK NASH

“It wasn’t meant to be.”

Really?

Decide.  Intend.  Detach.

 Resignation is not a part of the formula. 

If it seems hopeless, you are micromanaging (trying to control). It is just the particular means you have chosen that is “not meant to be.”

  1. Make a general decision eliminating all other options (de-cide = to-kill).
  2. Intend to focus solely on what is in line with the vision/goal or what it will feel like when it is. Intend that you will know which actions you can take todayeffortlessly.
  3. Detach by being open to and enjoying the process – free from preconceived expectations about the who, the how, the where, the when and specifics about the what.

The goal is not in doubt. If it is your will, it is meant to be.  And, it will be – if you let it and don’t force it!

 

Lesson from Job(s)

It is our great fortune to have witnessed the personification of so many Truths in the life and achievements or Steve Jobs.  His iconic legacy will be available for all to draw upon when illustrating Natural Law, the governing principles of Creation.  His larger-than-life demonstration of The Power of Pure Potential (aka the Power within), The Power of Intention (focus), The Power of Self-Referral (not accepting conventional wisdom), The Power of  Visualization (imagination), The Powers of Simplicity and  Boldness (‘just do it’), The Power of Detachment (from fear, from the outcome, from the known) brought us closer to understanding that while human, we are also super-human.  If we allow ourselves to seize these Powers, move out of the illusion of safety of our comfort zone and venture forth into the realization of our seemingly miraculous potential, we can, like Steve Jobs, achieve anything we can conceive and believe.
Jobs, sadly, also demonstrated the results of violating these Laws.  Stories of his impertenance are sprinkled throughout accounts of his creative prowess.  In addition to his micro-managing (controlling? autocratic?) leadership style, he was known to belittle people, seek revenge, and harbor grudges.  Whether he was ignorant, defiant or disdainful of such fundamental Laws as The Power of Love, The Power of Attraction, The Power of Compassion, and The Power of Forgiveness, Steve Jobs has left us a few poignant examples of  what happens when we believe we are the Power or that immutable Natural Laws don’t pertain to us.  It is impossible to fool Mother Nature.  We will always reap what we sow.  Pumpkin seeds will never bring forth cherries.  Imagine if he was able to weave the Power of Potential & The Power of Intention with The Powers of Love & Compassion and the Powers of Attraction & Purpose.  He may have inspired the realize-ation of boundless Potential within those he employed.  Empowering others motivated by an absolute trust in the Power of Love without any attachment to the outcome (e.g. not fearing that Knowledge or information is dangerous or belief that your investment in another  may not pay returns) must buoy the leader/teacher exponentially.  It is Law.
Additionally, had he chosen to empower and inspire rather than intimidate, the inescapable Law of Attraction is likely to have drawn far less toxicity to his life experience and perhaps the potential for disease encoded in his DNA could have remained un-real-ized, dormant.  Nature does not compartmentalize; neither do we.  It is impossible!  We cannot have one kind of thought and a different kind of body.  Your body will reflect, measurably, whether you are stressed, angry, grateful or loving, etc.  Make sure that that you employ the Power of Love in all of your intentions, interactions and creations.  The Law of Attraction says we receive back the energy we emit multiplied on all levels – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  Do you want back what you are giving out?  How would you like it on steroids?

NASH FLASH

Attraction Confusion

 like attracts like 

and opposites attract

The two are not mutually exclusive.  The subject and quality of our focus determines what we attract.  A loving person focusing on what they hate (illness, mean people, etc.) is likely to attract just that!  Onlookers will say, “How unfair!”  Actually, the law is non-discriminating applying to everyone.  

A simple shift of focus to what is desired with a grateful, expectant heart will produce  miracles!


THE DAILY MANDALA by Henry Reed

NASH FLASH

INDEPENDENCE

In-dependence
of each other,
our environment
and a higher power,
free from control.

THE DAILY MANDALA by Henry Reed

NASH FLASH

A mis-perception of independence as a human being

will cause hubris, ignorance of the fact that we are actually

in dependence of something greater than ourselves.

THE DAILY MANDALA by Henry Reed

NASH FLASH

LUCK

is a dismissive word describing a result of a force of Nature

that science hasn’t been able to fully explain or quantify.

~ Intention ~ 

The cumulative effect of optimism, gratitude, faith, focus, commitment,

and action (simple forward movement as opposed to force or strain),

can attract spontaneous results that the ego labels “chance,””co-incidence,”  “miraculous.”

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NASH FLASH

FAMILIAR TERRITORY

is a cruel lover.  Seduced by its deceptive appeal, we stifle our soul and pretend to be alive.

THE DAILY MANDALA by Henry Reed

Don’t Like Reality? Change It

What does reality mean to you? Although it sounds like the question has an obvious answer, if you ask five different people, you’ll get five very different, very unique answers. Our choices, preferences, upbringing and past experiences all play a part in coloring our perception of reality. In turn, those perceptions manifest the reality we perceive.

 

As an example, let’s look at an employee in conflict with his boss. He requested that his boss tend to a situation that directly impacted him, ASAP. When his boss didn’t respond immediately, he took it personally. He was very angry that his boss did not take the time to communicate with him clearly and resolve the problem in a timely manner.

 

He reacted to what he perceived as a snub, with emotion – anger. Ultimately, he got what he wanted from his boss. However, he was filled with remorse for his behavior. He knew that he had sown seeds that would cause him to reap a bitter harvest at some future date.

 

In truth, the boss was entrenched in a system of poor communication and the lack of timely response had absolutely nothing to do with the employee. The employee was valued. No one in the firm ever got a direct response. There was dysfunction in the system.

 

By taking the situation personally the employee viewed current events through the lens of his memories of having been marginalized in the past. Because he could not evaluate the situation independently of his personal history – he reacted in a way that engenders disrespect. Rather than stop the cycle with new behavior, he made another contribution to this self-perpetuated reality further distancing himself from his desire to be respected and acknowledged.

 

This is the prison of Karma. Somewhere in his past our employee made a decision that life is unfair and people overlook him. When our thinking or interpretation of a situation leads us to negative emotions, which lead us to non-supporting actions, we have no power or control over our lives. We are trapped in the memory of interpretations of past events which have nothing to do with the current situation, the present moment.

 

One powerful way to bypass the prison of your own perspective is to consciously observe your thoughts, emotions and actions. Challenge your interpretation of events instead of justifying them. Communicate truthfully with yourself and others. Try this exercise the next time you find yourself suddenly recreating past negative patterns:

 

1. Ask yourself, “What just happened?” Describe the incident without judgment.

 

2. Observe your feelings without evaluating them. Be sure to distinguish your thoughts from feelings. For example, don’t say “I feel as if you should have known better” when the truth is “I feel sad.” Sadness is a feeling; feeling that someone should have known better is a thought.

 

3. Take responsibility for your feelings. What others say to us may be the stimulus for how we feel, but it’s never the cause. We choose to feel a certain way based on the interpretation we give to their comment. Do not accept judgment from others or blame them. Begin to focus on your own feelings and acknowledge your needs, desires, expectations, values and thoughts.

 

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need, and use positive language when making requests. Instead of blaming your spouse for your feelings of neglect, try saying “Honey, I’m sad that you spend so much time at the office, but I really enjoy it when you have dinner at home with the kids and me. I would love if you would come home early enough to have dinner with us at least one night a week.” Clearly requesting what you want is much more effective than accusing your spouse of spending too much time at the office and casting blame for not spending enough time with the family. Can you feel the difference?

It’s not easy erasing negative karma, and you may find yourself slipping more than once. But remember that this is a lifelong process, and every new day provides plenty of opportunity for you to change your perspective — and, by extension, your reality.

NASH FLASH

The burden of the discipline

remains constant or lessens with consistency;

the burden of avoiding it increases 

exponentially over time.

“The fastest, surest way to self-love is self-discipline.”

– Alphie

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NASH FLASH

Discipline is freedom.

Discipline frees us from the bonds of slavery to a merciless master:

seeking pleasure and avoiding pain.

When we are undisciplined and “blow-off” our homework, our diet, our exercise or (fill in the blank) in favor of some instant gratification – we set ourselves further back from realizing the true joy – the goal.  The more we avoid the initial “pain” of the associated discipline, the greater the burden we carry around daily.


THE DAILY MANDALA by Henry Reed

Resolution? Oxymoron

Almost everyone has something they would like to change about themselves.  The first of the year seems like a neat and tidy time to correct course – begin anew working at having our behavior reflect the kind of person we know we are in our hearts.  

Did you ever stop to think about how truly crazy it is that we could ever be unable to  get ourselves to do or stop doing something?  We’re in a dysfunctional relationship with ourselves!  Life can be pretty disquieting when we can’t even get ourselves to meet our own needs and desires – forget about adding anyone else into the picture!

This discomfort or dis-ease sends us to the drawing board intensifying our efforts to control our own behavior.  It is exhausting, if not demoralizing.  We set goals, list intentions, repeat affirmations and make resolutions.  It feels like we are strapping on a girdle for a very good reason…we are!  A girdle is  uncomfortable and only masks the problem. This is also the case  with resolutions.

When we make a resolution we are setting out to re-solve our problem.  This is an oxymoron.  How does one re-solve anything?  The solution is the solution.  That’s it…problem solved.  There is no need to go back a revisit a problem that has been solved.  In fact, that is only asking for trouble.

If you find yourself making a resolution, be aware that you are trying to fix the result and not the cause.  If you have a leaky basement (metaphor – cracks in your foundation), you would be a fool to continually shop-vac after every storm without finding the cause of the trouble.  So, too, with self-defeating behaviors like smoking, over-eating, shopping, drinking, gossiping, etc.

Take all of the work out of changing by simply becoming aware.  Pay attention to all of your thoughts and feelings surrounding a “relapse.”  Be thorough about this and you will discover that the  emotion, which sponsored the behavior, was not so unbearable to experience.  Paradoxically, when you admit the feeling – it is released and so is the behavior that you used to mask it. In essence, you have accepted this about yourself, which takes all the power out of it and your need for escape is gone as well.

Let it all in to release it.  That which you resist, will persist.
I know it works.  I have done this with some behaviors I never thought I could stop.

NASH FLASH

Set CLEAR goals.
Then let go of the results ABSOLUTELY.  

This is accomplished by staying in the process.

Focus on the process keeps our attention in 
the present: where potential is actualized.

THE DAILY MANDALA by Henry Reed