Oh my – how the ego-mind does run around in circles and what pain it causes.
The short back story here is a company that pd.education relies on changed, not their policies, but the way they implemented them – causing our team hours of stress and our customers lost connections to good work, for a time. My ego brain made much of it – fear, frustration, anger, bewilderment, and justified outrage! Off went tolerably professional emails suggesting that we deserved better – not treatment, but notification and communication. I still think those things are true and our team learned lessons we all could take on board about how we hope to treat our customers better than we were treated. On the other hand, I lost a lot of potential joy moments because I couldn’t turn off the brain going around and around like on a hamster wheel (hence the picture).
Deepak Chopra is doing a series to help people move from their ego-mind to their true self – our unique connection to the creativity and joy of the universe. So today I am writing for anyone who can identify with this main challenge in life. Can identify with how, sometimes, it is hard leaving those other hampster brain moments where they belong – in the past.
And then, bringing grace to this writing is an interaction I just had with a doctoral student. She is in the middle of what some could see as a struggle, but she is refusing to get on that hamster wheel. “God Love us!” she says, and then tells me this is what her mother-in-law, long past, a woman from Belfast, used to say, also with a big smile on her face. If any place on earth would engender the understanding or what it takes to get past conflict Belfast would be one of them. “God LOVE us!” and keep smiling.