Step 1: Be Present With Your Experience.
Instead of denying or resisting unwanted
experiences, learn to welcome them. After
all, they are showing you where you are not
Step 2: Notice the Story. Be aware of the
reactive emotion, whether it is stress, self-doubt, guilt, anger, jealousy, loneliness, anxiety, depression or fear, and then notice the
thought, belief or story feeding it. (“I’m not
good enough,” “This shouldn’t be happening,” “Life is unfair,” etc.)
Step 3: Then See the Truth. Take a deep
slow breath and relax. Continue to be with
the feeling but don’t create a new story
around it. The great freedom is realizing we
are not our stories, which – like the emotions they trigger – come and go, but rather
the luminous consciousness that is always
here. This freedom always results in a profound feeling of inner peace and well-being.
Right action then flows naturally.
For information on other writings by Jim
Dreaver, including his latest e-book, Before
and After Awakening, satsangs and retreats,
*Originally self-published under the title End Your Story, Begin Your
Life, the new edition, titled End Your Story, Begin Your Life – Wake
Up, Let Go, Live Free, will be published by Hampton Roads in late
JIM’S JANUARY 2012 EVENTS:
8 Jan. 1:30-3:30pm. “The Shift: Living
in the Flow,” an experiential workshop and
book signing. $20 suggested donation.
RakSa, 10846 Washington Blvd., Culver City,
CA, (310) 559-7200, Raksasala.com
22 Jan. 4:30-6:30pm Satsang at
Joyce & Ken Dvoren’s home in Santa Monica.
Joyce Tate Dvoren is a writer, Yoga teacher, Reiki Master
and Oneness Blessing (deeksha) facilitator who lives in
Santa Monica with her husband, psychotherapist Ken, and
their two cats. Her practice is to welcome all of her experiences. Sometimes she’s successful.