I am so honored to share with you a form of self-inquiry that truly is “Yoga for the Mind.” It is something that has completely transformed my life and continues to give me a direct path to inner peace in any stressful situation. The Work is a simple and profound process of identifying stressful thoughts and questioning them. It’s a way to clear the mind and fall in love with reality, just as it is. The Work consists of 4 questions and turnarounds. The questions are:
- Is it True?
- Can you absolutely know it’s true?
- How do you react, what happens when you believe that thought?
- Who would you be without the thought?
The turnarounds are a way to look at the original stressful thought from different perspectives. There are 3 or more ways to turn the thought around: to the self, other, and opposite. For example, if I am believing the stressful thought, “he doesn’t appreciate me.” I see the following turnarounds and would find at least 3 examples for each.
To the self: “I don’t appreciate me.”
To the other: “I don’t appreciate him.”
To the opposite: “He does appreciate me.”
I’ve been a student of The Work since 2009 and at 1st, I didn’t think it was possible for something so simple to be the answer to all of my suffering. So I started to test it out over and over and over again – in all of my relationship issues, health, self-judgments, work, sex, food, judgments about corporations, god, even small things like traffic, lawnmowers, & ATM machines. So far, there is nothing The Work can’t handle. What I realize is that it’s not the person or situation that brings me stress ~ it’s what I’m believing about them that creates my suffering. Some benefits I experience from an ongoing practice of The Work are:
- a greater sense of inner peace and joy
- direct experience of yogic principles such as oneness, presence, non-attachment, and non-judgment
- less reactive, more open-minded
- deeper relationships with others and myself
- less tension in my body, decreased physical pain
- fearless approach to experiencing illness, such as cancer
- the ability to see how life happens for me, not to me
- more creativity and clarity in life and work
- more compassion, gratitude, and acceptance
- more energy, less emotional roller coasters
Right now, The Work is my go-to peace tool for dealing with stress around my recent breast cancer diagnosis & treatment plan. It has taught me a completely different perspective on pain & illness: it’s here to be my teacher of unconditional love, compassion, and presence. Something I once thought would be my worst nightmare has become my greatest blessing. Follow my blog to learn more about this journey.
With this work, I continue to find that reality is always kinder than the stories in my head. I still continue to explore The Work on a daily basis and I have yet to find a stressful situation where The Work doesn’t serve me. Do I still experience stress? Yes. The difference is now I know what to do with it ~ it feels like I have the most compassionate inner support system. And please don’t believe me at all, I invite you to test it out for yourself.
When you feel stressed, perhaps your mind is simply just full of BS (belief systems)? Let’s find out.
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