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Does Your Mind Groove?

24 March

Rutting DeerThe groove I’m talking about just might be a rut. And, the rut you’re in may be easier to get out of than you imagined.   We’re programmed for the rut – and it’s not always a bad thing.

Understanding when it’s good, when it’s dangerous and how you can open to life-changing possibilities is what being open to a new idea is all about. Sound intriguing? Take 10 minutes right now and change your life. Sound like a big promise? That’s because it is!

Take Each Day at a Time

We all have a certain pattern of moving in the world and of acting and reacting to all the things that are presented to us every day – and those are many and increasing all the time. Our lives are busy and with all the media we digest and the snippets of information that pass by our view, we’re used to tuning a certain amount out, just to keep sane and stay focused on the things we have chosen and want to be ‘dialed into’.  The tuning out serves us in the moment, but does it serve us long-term overall? Yes and no…

Our brains are marvelous creations. Each of us has a natural coping mechanism that allows us to process new input and stimuli. We reference it against what we already know so that every single thing isn’t a brand new experience totally unrelated to all the experiences in our existing ‘data bank’.

This means that we can do a certain number of functions on a very effective ‘autopilot’. This way, we don’t have to think through in detail and depth, every single thing we do and decision we make. In order to keep us sane and functioning at a high level, our mind processes the many tasks we do over and over on a repetitive basis without our having to think about them overly much. We literally dig ‘grooves’ in our brain of repetitive patterns  and that makes it easy for us to do certain things on virtual autopilot, so we don’t have to make the same decisions over and over again – or evaluate information anew.

This serves us very well in our regular routines and it’s the reason you can move through things you do often or drive somewhere and realize afterward you weren’t completely aware of what you were doing. Have you ever had the experience of getting behind the wheel, arriving somewhere and thinking “I’m here already; I don’t even remember driving through town”? Or you realize you’ve already fed the dog and the kids and have packed lunch and are almost ready to walk out the door and you have to stop to remember if you did something that you already did – on your ‘autopilot setting?” You get the idea, you’ve had this experience in some form, we all have.

However, the existence of these grooves and our natural patterning doesn’t necessarily serve us when new ideas are presented. I’m not suggesting that we have patterns for everything and that we’re so programming that we’re either brain dead or boring.  Quite the opposite. The grooves allow us to conserve energy. It’s not that we can’t decide what to think or whether or not to be open-minded, but by creating a pattern and sticking to it, we are able to use our creative energy for bigger and newer ideas. The grooves we create serve us well and fit naturally into our desire for order and efficiency.

We just don’t want the autopilot to become the preferred way of moving in the world; otherwise you become closed to the new possibilities that pass your way when they arrive.

Decision Points

When you allow yourself to be open to new ideas, you allow possibility into your life. Think of these moments as decision points – and as opportunities. And, they’re opportunities for all kinds of things: growth, enlarging your experience, maybe changing course or realizing greatness. It may just show up looking like new people in your life who bring new experiences and change your thinking, your vision and thereby your life! When we’re paying attention, we know that everything is showing up for a reason and we’re drawing the right experiences to us. However, even if we accept that premise as our reality, we can get lost in busy and miss the very thing we’ve asked for when it shows up in our universe.

And, what you ask for doesn’t always show up looking like you thought it would, so part of the creative process is being open to what’s offered you and the possibility that what you ask for will manifest, even if it’s not exactly how you pictured or envisioned it. Sometimes it doesn’t look how you imagined; turning out to be way better and bigger than you would have allowed us.

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