Yesterday was an interesting day being one of those days where nothing seemed to come together. In the morning I wrote the post 6 Steps for Letting Go of Mental Resistance . Now most of my blog entries flow and I can complete them within 45 minutes to an hour. This one took almost 3 hours to write. Over the weekend I had done some work around letting go of resistance and it seemed like a no brainer. Thinking, I’ll write this up pretty quickly and I’ll be on my way. Boy was I wrong!
Monday’s are usually my toughest day to get into the flow of writing or work. My mind is usually a little more relaxed and I find it takes me time (at least the morning) to get up to speed for the week. The rest of my day flowed in some ways but by about 5pm I was spent. I was exhausted and my wife said to me, you look frustrated. I acknowledged that I was frustrated and took some time away to clear my head. At the same time there was other chaos going on at the house that pushed my buttons. I got angry, frustrated, pissed off and recognized that these emotions were not going away any time soon. Better to just relax, read a bit and ride them out.
As I went to bed last night I was angry, frustrated and pissed off at just about everything. I slept well and when did wake I lay there for a while processing these emotions.
Law of Attraction & the Downstream Flow
Jerry and Ester Hicks in their books on the Law of Attraction frequently say, if you want to move toward your goals learn to align yourself with the downstream flow of your life. My understanding of this teaching is to let your emotions be your guide and let go of rigid thinking (beliefs, opinions, judgments) Rigid thinking keeps you paddling upstream and against the natural flow of your life. In the downstream the goal is to get to the better feeling place, which most times we think is a positive emotion or thought, however Hicks also say that sometimes the downstream thought is a negative one like anger, frustration, even rage and resentment.
Observing my anger and rage I started to realize that all my anxiety and frustration from the day before was all about my resistance to going with the downstream flow (which for me yesterday and this morning is anger, rage and resentment).
Negative Emotions as a Positive Motivator
When I get into those feelings my anger and rage do not become outer manifestations for yelling or tearing a strip off someone, although some might note that I seem a little more abrupt. The anger and rage are my inner emotions that I connect to, observe and feel within my mind and body. Using meditation I let those emotions sit and simply become the observer.
Being in the downstream flow these emotions of anger, rage and resentment are actually positive motivators and give me more determination to go after my goals. This is good thing to note because quite often people think only the positive thoughts and feelings matter.
Today as I go about my day I’m going to observe and play with these emotions. What I’ve found is the downstream changes all the time and as long as I’m moving within the flow then I’ll know that I’m moving in the direction of my goals.
Footnote: Anger is not a place where you want to stay for long but when the emotions do come up it's good to meditate with them you'll find they'll eventually change to something more positive.