Early this morning, I tripped onto a Jason Silva video, where he utters the sentence: “…we are authoring states of being that we will then inhabit…” He was talking about what it means to create a mixtape, but to me, that was a metaphor for creating the reality we live in every day.
Just like creating a playlist, we can choose who we are and who we are not. We can choose what we take in and what we put out to alter the landscape of our reality. Think about it; from the moment you rise in the morning, you’re making decisions:
Hit the snooze button? Stay in bed and look at social media, or get out of bed and start the day? Which side of the bed will I choose to rise from (unless you share it)? Workout? Green juice or breakfast? Coffee? What kind of music will I listen to on my commute? Am I rushing, or will I go at a leisurely pace?
The common denominator is a choice. We are all faced with choosing our actions and behaviors. On a deeper level, we have been given the gift of deciding what our reality looks like. What our lives sound like, feel, taste, and smell like. Many of us live in a reactionary state. We have never learned that our experience in the outer world is caused by an electrochemical reaction in our brains. This is what creates a thought or perception. Those thoughts and perceptions may carry an emotional charge that, when repeated, become a belief and voila! Our reality is created. That’s the liberating and the tricky part…
According to Dr. Joe Dispenza, our brain operates as a record of the past. When we live by the same feelings every day, we are, in effect, living in the past. Doing this causes us to pay more attention there than in the future we are creating moment by moment. External stimuli cause us to react and remind us of who we think we are as a personality, instead of the infinite creator we actually are.
To circumvent this cycle of reactionary perceptions and belief creation, we have to separate ourselves from it and connect to the creative part of ourselves. The best way I know how to do that is by meditating. Why meditation? It removes us from the constant stimulation in our external environment.
Taking a break from external stimuli allows us to reset and choose consciously rather than unconsciously. My favorite meditation techniques vary from traditional methods to anything that requires me to be fully present in my body. Walking, yoga, dance, play, love-making, or breathwork are my go-to’s.
From a place of clarity and emptiness, we can begin to fill the void conscientiously. Sometimes we don’t know what we want because we’re not present, and we’ve never taken the time to consider the origins of why we feel stressed out, bone-tired, and out of sorts.
If you’re reading this, I challenge you to take five minutes a day for the next five days to get present via some form of meditation. Connect with yourself and your future to create your reality rather than continuing to react out of the past.
As always, I’m with you on the journey.
By Crisann Morgan