"A revelation of insight into the foundations of human suffering & transcendence. It not only lays out essential steps for inner freedom and joy but illuminates the way to true human potential." Paul Rademacher, author: A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe

"The masterwork of a profoundly gifted healer of the soul. Dazzling, challenging, wondrously useful." Peggy Rubin, author: To Be and How To Be, Transforming Your Life Through Sacred Theatre

"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world and practical. The implications are profound." Peter Shepherd, author: Daring To Be Yourself

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Remember to Remember

I've borrowed the title for today's post from Henry Miller's book by the same name Remember to Remember, although the resemblance ends there.

If you are trying to change something about yourself, it's clear that if you don't remember to do whatever it is you have decided on that will create the change, then nothing will change. So if you want to create firm triceps, or improve your accent in a foreign language, if you don't remember to do the exercises that either of those goals entails, you will not see any results.

When you work on changing inner facets of yourself - such as becoming less impatient, critical or judgmental, as I posted about a few days ago in Cultivating Patience, or other inner changes that I posted about in Changing the World: One Person At A Time, and in Intention - what you are undertaking, as a matter of fact, is remembering to remember to do these things.

Perhaps you think this is overly obvious. Why bother to state anything that is so obvious? And yet, what I see time and time again, with individuals from many different walks of life, is the fact that for all their good intentions, they fail to remember to remember to do the simple little exercises that will help them attain the desired goals. And especially when we are working on our inside, psychological and spiritual self, as opposed to our outer, physical self, or our intellectual self, we seem to have greater difficulty in remembering to remember.

For this reason I recommend something utterly simple: put up some post-its in your house, perhaps in your bedroom on the mirror, in your bathroom on the mirror, in your kitchen on the refrigerator, and on your laptop monitor, and write something on them that will help you to remember. What you write is less important than knowing that it means you are to remember to remember.

Creating a new and better, more balanced inner state is of prime importance for your inner well-being. Remembering that you want to remember to do the exercises or implement the new knowing, mode of behavior, or reaction each time such-and-such occurs, will be the first step to take you to your ultimate goal. What steps are you taking to improve your inner well-being today?

For more information about remembering, inner well-being, loving the self, creating healthy boundaries, and self-love, get my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self, available both in paperback and e-book for Kindle. Click here to download the first chapter.

Book Description

Ask anyone, whatever their circumstances, if their life is vibrant, fulfilling, harmonious and happy. An honest reply is likely to be 'no', because to answer a truthful 'yes' is no mean feat. Only to grow psychologically and emotionally is not enough. And only to grow spiritually is not enough either. All three dimensions need to be developed in order to realize your full potential. If you are willing to assume total responsibility for the self and to start what is an on-going journey, you will quickly begin to glimpse the first fruits of the ultimate goal: inner well-being, freedom, peace, harmony and joy. This book sets out the pathway to self-mastery and self-discovery and walking that pathway will be the most exciting adventure of your life.

Photo: Pre-Columbian site (precursor to the Incan sites) of Tiahuanaco, Bolivia

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