"Ironically, the things we refuse to know are by definition things we know already – that's how we know we don't want to know them, y'know?" ~ Martha Beck, The Joy Diet (pg28)
This week for the Next Chapter we moved onto the second ingredient in The Joy Diet: Truth.
Truth be told this was a bad week for me. I still have not mastered the art of doing nothing and as Martha Beck says in the Truth chapter you are not ready for Truth if you cannot do nothing.
I did as the book suggested and pondered why I was avoiding stillness and if I am being honest with myself it is because I think that if I take those 15 minutes to just be still and try to clear my mind that I will miss out on something; that I will miss the opportunity to be doing something on my never ending to-do list; that I will discover something in my deep subconscious that I won't like or want to acknowledge.
Maybe I am afraid to succeed in doing nothing as then I will have to face the answers to the questions that I am supposed to ask myself at least once a day as the minimum requirements for Truth:
What am I feeling?
What is the painful story I'm telling?
Can I be sure my painful story is true?
Is my painful story working?
Can I think of another story that might work better?
Whatever the reason I will not give up. This is a new week and I will be working harder at Nothing and I will face my Truths as we move onto ingredient three – Desire.
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
~ Rumi ~
Next week for The Next Chapter: Nothing + Truth + Desire