I had to give my head a loving shake this morning.
You know how we can read something, learn something, even practice something for a while and feel like...OK I got it.
I know this stuff.
This week I signed up for a 21 day meditation practice with the Chopra Centre. It's called the Path to Empowerment. I have read tons of stuff over the years about empowerment, I am a champion for self-empowerment. And today it was revealed to me, (by me ha-ha) that I approach things with a "well I already know this stuff; but let's just see what's here".
This morning in meditation I had a new experience. My meditation was free, open and colorful; and just so different from any of my past experiences. And in the middle of it I realized that I can often limit myself because I think I know what's going to happen, or what an experience will be like.
I am not sure why this happened today, and I don't need to know. What I do need to take away from it is that when I think I already know something I limit the possibilities and the opportunity to grow. When I take an "expert" stance I close the door to expansiveness and imagination and creativity.
What hit home today was that I can know something conceptually, intellectually. But that's quite a bit different from learning something because I'm open and curious, and willing to be a beginner. To be a student. To not know. (Yes, that's a little freaky cause most of us like to "know", it feels safer and more like it's within our control).
So tell me, do you notice this too? Are there places in your life where you can be a student, where you can be more open to possibilities and the source of creativity?
I'll leave you with the centering thought from today's meditation, which was of course perfect for today:
"I am clear that anything is in my power to change"
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