My friend and I had never discussed the topic of this clip. I think she knew I might find it interesting. I listened to the first seconds of it and heard a woman ask the speaker a question, paused it and I got really excited. I thought, oh my gosh, if he answers this question the way I think he will, I'm going to freak out.
These aha moments blow me away. I live for these types of discoveries. They rock my world.
The topic was emotional sobriety and the speaker was Father Richard Rohr. I became acquainted with him through his book "The Naked Now" in a Spirituality Quest class a few years back and then heard him speak in person for a two day ("best revival ever") conference at my church. His content is a salve to all of the fundamentalist baggage that I carry. My Sunday morning group began a Rohr book the week that I received the audio clip.
On the clip, a woman asks when anger comes up how does she "control" it?
On this blog, I have talked about learning to let my feelings flow through. I had never heard of this technique but began doing so instinctively while hearing that I needed to learn to feel my feelings not push them down with food. I didn't even realize that I was practicing a technique but I had input from therapy, Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Gary Zukav, Deepak Chopra and "Celebrity Rehab" among others. I am well rounded if anything.
Weeks ago, I saw a high school acquaintance that I had not seen in over 20 years. I knew from some of her FB posts that we would have some similar ideas about life. I took a risk and we talked about some "deep" issues. And then bam, she used the words mindfulness training. I laughed for a solid week that I had not known what I was practicing for the last two years, was called mindfulness. I knew I was training myself to change my thoughts about feelings that arose. I have learned to allow myself to feel them but not allow the feelings to own me. I knew it was hard to do. I knew that it was about changing the way I interacted with people as well, i.e. boundaries. And now I know it is about moving to higher levels of consciousness.
In this audio clip, Richard Rohr explained the art of mindfulness simply, easily and concisely. I began to jump up and down in my mind as he described it. (I want to share the clip with you but it is copyrighted)
I knew I have been on to something, something really big, to change my worldview...
and my life.
I live for these aha moments.
This is not Richard Rohr - but it describes the process as well.