The Daily Think: Basics

Spend enough time in any spiritual practice where you really get to know your own mind – meditation, yoga, certain kinds of prayer – and a magical thing starts to happen: you start to make magical things happen.

I’ve manifested lots of great things in my life. Actual things: like a nice house to live in, and non-thing things, like passion and enchantment.

Lately, I’ve recognized the need to get the manifesting machine going in a big way. I’ve been waiting to feel settled in from a move a few months ago, but if anything the chaos has compounded and I’m less settled. For at least a month or two, perhaps longer, I’ve been waking up every morning with a mind like a blast furnace. Yet, despite the cacophony every morning, I lay there until the last possible moment, unable to get my day moving.

I know something needs to change. I have a sense of what it is. I just haven’t figured out the marching orders. I was ruminating on this today, wondering again and again, “Why I can’t I figure out what I need to do? I’m not at peace. I need to do something. Why can’t I figure it out?” While unloading the dishwasher, I realized I’d been answering my own question: I can’t figure it out because I’m not at peace and I need to do something.

It’s such a simple thing, and so obvious that it’s cliche: you can’t fix something until you make peace with it, what you resist persists, etc. It’s still so easy to forget. And when peace is forgotten, even spiritual, empowering practices are reactive and create chaos.

Of note here is that this is one of several epiphanies I’ve had while while emptying the dishwasher. It’s a good appliance for me.