two things have been reoccurring in conversations with different people the past week:
1) the cognition that we all can have many lives within one life
2) that we must practice emotional and mental flexibility
i think these things ride tandem. the more emotional and mental flexibility we can practice in our lives allows for more opportunity to see life more creatively. i'm not talking about rose-colored glasses and Picasso-painted roads; i'm talking about the ability to reconstruct apparent "road-blocks" in life into alternative and viable routes toward success.
angeles arrien, phd., author of the four fold way, shared that we should "be open to the outcome, not attached to the outcome" (arrien, 109). if we live life inflexible to it's metaphoric curves we can become stuck in a pattern of perspective and physical routine resulting in debilitating stagnancy. how do we practice openness?
arrien suggests that acceptance of the situation before us is an act of detachment and detachment is an act of being open to the outcome. when we're detached, we objectively assess how we react to a situation without allowing our emotions to take us over. this doesn't mean that we respond heartless, it just means that we light-heartedly embrace the matter at hand from a more objective place. (112)
i believe that practicing this openness that arrien is talking about is a direct reflection of practicing emotional and mental flexibility. it also allows us room to consider that although we may want things to turn out in an exact way, it leaves considerable wiggle room for us to be surprised by different possibilities. how boring would life be if we always knew what was going to happen and couldn't express our ability to be impressive innovators?
so, back to being creative. another analogy on these two things can be this:
if we live life 2-dimensionally, it can be very beautiful. yes. we can hang a perfect picture on our wall and feel safe in its solid and simple structure. it provides us enough room for yes and no answers. it's easy.
if we live life 3-dimensionally, it can be pretty damn radical. for sure. not only do we have a solid platform for yes and no answers, but we have increased the complexity of space by adding a third dimension that goes beyond yes/no and allows for what if?
in this 3-dimensional, radical lifestyle, we can live in flexibility and dream up challenges that can lead us to cool and surprising life-paths.
just my two-cents on these two things...