Posts tagged ‘transformation’
Out of nowhere, like a fresh breeze in a marketplace crowded with advice on what to think and believe, comes Byron Katie and what she calls “The Work.” In the midst of a normal life, Katie became increasingly depressed and desperate. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now in Loving What Is you can discover the same freedom through The Work.
The Work is simply four questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light. As Katie says, “It’s not the problem that causes our suffering; it’s our thinking about the problem.” Contrary to popular belief, trying to let go of a painful thought never works; instead, once we have done The Work, the thought lets go of us. At that point, we can truly love what is, just as it is.
Loving What Is will show you step by step, through clear and vivid examples, exactly how to use this revolutionary process for yourself. You’ll see people do The Work with Katie on a broad range of human problems, in their relationships, at work, and on their deepest anxieties and fears. Once they have done The Work, they experience a sense of lasting peace and find clarity and energy to act, even in situations that had previously seemed impossible.
“Her method can cut through years of self-delusion and rationalizations.”
–Los Angeles Times
SURF LIFE with Rick Cowley
Inspiring Young Adults Through Cancer
There is a way of being where you are at peace, you trust Life, you take one simple step at a time, you let yourself and your Life move forward into the unknown and you know that everything is going to be fine. You feel ease. You are breathing. You are aligned with your Inner Being and the subtle pulses of the Universe. You are real. Your attention is here and now. You easily tie up loose ends and ride the forward momentum of Life.
This is what I call The Flow; and it’s akin to surfing a wave.
It’s where synchronicities happen. It’s where you are letting very good things happen with not much effort. It’s where Life feels like an adventure that’s really fun and sometimes scary (but that’s fun too). And best of all it just feels really really good–like surfing.
Getting diagnosed with cancer as a young adult is like getting a shot of this PRESENCE into the heart of your Being; ALL THE LITTLE THINGS THAT YOU HABITUALLY WORRIED ABOUT SEEM TO DISAPPEAR; YOU ARE SCARED, IT’S OKAY; YOUR HEART OPENS UP, AS DO THE HEARTS OF THOSE AROUND YOU; YOU HAVE THE FREEDOM TO BE YOURSELF, TO EXPRESS YOURSELF; THE ILLUSION OF “SOME DAY” EVAPORATES; YOU TAKE A MASSIVE STEP CLOSER TO REMEMBERING YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE.
You start getting glimpses: YOU create your Life. But how? How did this happen?
You start asking important questions: WHY AM I HERE?
YOU START PAYING ATTENTION TO HOW YOU FEEL: EASE AND ALIGNMENT? OR DIS-EASE?
You start creating more, as you were meant to… maybe painting or writing about your journey. And creating bigger things–like a healthy harmonious body and mind.
An important part of you gets awakened: I want my life to make a difference, I want my life to count. I want to be fulfilled.
But most importantly:
I want to BE ALIVE, right here, right now, in the Flow of Life, in the Flow of Love, in the pulsing heart of this miracle of Life.
This is the gift of getting cancer as a young adult. You CAN change your life to align with who you really are and what you came here to do.
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” – Joseph Campell
“For me, the ultimate reality is to surf my way through life; to experience the same sense of exhilaration, co-creation, flow and fun that I do on a wave, moment to moment, as my Life unfolds.” – Rick Cowley