When we try to solve a problem, we often find ourselves going around and around in circles about a feeling or fact, we get stuck in a particular mental mode or “gear”, which can be very difficult to get out of.
Genuine spiritual practice is never about fixing yourself because we are not broken. It’s about becoming awake to who you really are, to the vastness of our True Nature, which includes even the parts of yourself you label as “bad” – Ezra Bayda
Feelings vs Reason
When trying to solve our problems, as humans we have a propensity to focus on something in particular and lose sight of the whole picture. We tend to fixate on a problem and not be aware of the space around it, which is where our options for change exist.
Sometimes when we get stuck on a problem or situation and feel frightened, we are either flooded with feelings and emotions and cannot reason our way out, or we are trapped in analytic thinking; processing, reprocessing, and dissecting the experience over and over trying to reason our way into the future.
If we are aware and able to recognize where we are caught, we can intentionally change gears to a more useful one.
The Analytical Mode
When we turn on the analytical mode, and we can’t figure out a solution to our particular problem with analytic thinking in a few moments- at least a few minutes- it is probably a good sign that we are in the wrong gear. Then a good practice is to switch over to “free-flowing” thinking and engagement of your feeling/emotional self.
Its time to listen to your intuition, what is your heart telling you to do? What is your intuitive sense of what’s best? Silence the mind and listen carefully!
Solve Problems with The Emotional Gear
On the other hand, when the opposite happens and we get caught in the “feelings and emotions gear” we dwell on events and experiences over and over, we go around and around in never ending circles of sheer emotional torture and pain that can even end up manifesting in physical pain as well.
What we need to do when this happens is to actually switch to the “analytical” gear, and ask ourselves:
- What are the facts of the situation?
- What is really bothering me?
Try to step out of the situation and look at it with the eyes of the observer for a moment. We might need to turn our imagination off, because it often plays mental games with us.
The first step when we are stuck is to stop looking at a fixed point and see the whole picture. In other words, becoming aware and understanding where we are stuck and consciously switch gears to see more clearly.
We are not bad or broken because we are stuck. We are just trapped in a particular gear or mental mode.
Shift gears and experience the relief that comes form looking and thinking about your problem from a different perspective. Get unstuck and move on!
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