Special Note To CTS Daily Inspiration Readers:
First of all, THANK YOU for being a reader and thank you for all the wonderful comments that I’ve received over the last four years.
It has been suggested by many people that I create a book out of the CTS Daily Inspirations. I had mixed feelings about this. As people have continued to make the suggestion of the book, I had an idea that I think would make this an interesting and unique book. If many of you who are readers, have been touched by one or more of the inspirational messages, wrote about what inspirations inspired you, encouraged change and growth and generally how they affected you in a positive uplifting way, I would gather these into what I think would be an interesting and powerful book. If you are interested, please send them to me in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will include this message for about one month so that all can see it. Feel free to send as many as you like and I will keep you posted on the progress of this idea.
The life we live,
— Steven Pressfield
I think resistance is something that we think differently about than what it really is. Steven Pressfield has a lot to say about resistance, and it isn’t kind. He says that “resistance is the most toxic force on the planet.” He talks about how it keeps us from our more creative self by putting up all kinds of roadblocks, warning signs, fearful self-talk. He thinks we need to push through it, confront it, conquer it.
About writing, he says, “it’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is resistance.” I can sure relate to that.
Resistance is like the ego and the ego is all about fear, and confronting it is one way to go, but it often may require extra courage and we may choose to consider that (procrastination) by looking at more options.
To me, the more I try to fight resistance, the more resistance there is. The harder I try (courage), the harder it fights. It’s like war and who has the biggest bomb and the most persistence wins. Yet, there is a better way I think. It is release.
It’s good to recognize, or become aware that this struggle is going on. Often we may not be paying attention and struggle out of habit or because we think that’s the way it is. Awareness is good. It tells us that we are struggling, fighting, using up our energies to stay in place. But, that’s the only attention to it that need be paid.
Getting past it is 1) the awareness of it’s existence, 2) allowing it to be (not resisting the resistance), and 3) relaxing into a different place by what I call ‘letting go of the rope.’ Sometimes when the resistance is strong, a good way to let go of the rope is to do something that doesn’t require much thought. It can be a physical activity like working out, working in the yard, or it can be something like going to a movie, or listening to music. In other words, a distraction. Once returned from the distraction, the resistance is often gone completely or so small as to not be a threat anymore.
It will be back. That’s its job. It’s all about ‘what if.’ Never fear. You create your own reality and you can choose one with far less resistance if you want.
“To Yield To Resistance Deforms Out Spirit. It Stunts Us And Makes Us Less Than We Are And Were Born To Be.” — Steven Pressfield
Spread Some Joy Today–Let go and allow your joy to express itself.