How to Enjoy the Journey?
We hear Abraham advise us over and over again to enjoy the journey; not to suspend our “feel good” for when this that or the other happens, but rather find a way to feel good NOW.
To appreciate the unfolding of the manifestation, and enjoy the desire we’re feeling for something that hasn’t unfolded yet.
That sounds great, and from an LOA perspective it makes good sense – but practicing it can be a whole ‘nuther story.
I mean, how do we enjoy being single while we’d rather be in love? How do we appreciate our bodies when we desperately want to drop 20 pounds? How do we feel good about our jobs that we’re dying (sometimes literally) to leave behind?
Although enjoying the unmanifested desire is easier said than done, it is a skill worth cultivating.
Because when we learn to enjoy NOW .. when we don’t lose hold of our “feel good” just because a big new desire reveals itself, we stay in vibrational alignment with that new desire which allows it to manifest more swiftly. Plus it just plain feels good!
So how do we do it? How do we stop hinging our joy and happiness on something happening (or not happening) and learn to be joyful and happy no matter what, right now?
The answer may be right under your nose.
… if you’re a dog lover, that is.
Dogs have this skill mastered, as any dog lover knows. They know all about joy in THIS present immediate moment. For them, there is no “feel good when … ” Rather, it’s ALL good, all the time. 24/7, they are good to go.
It’s time for a walk? Yay!! Time for a nap? Lovely!! We’re eating next? Woo hoo!! The mail is here? Ruff ruff! It’s time to play? OMG!! Going for a ride? wag wag wag
These guys are ridiculously easy to please. Sadie thumped her tail on the floor last night just because I looked at her.
What if we could adopt their attitude? Ed Mills’ said in a recent post that he uses the phrase “it’s all good” to remind himself that everying is right. I like that, and I like even more that a dog never has to remind himself that it’s all good. He gets it. That’s all he knows. What a blessing!
“Think like your dog.”
In fact, those were Martha Beck’s parting instructions to me on my call with her this week.
She meant it in terms of don’t hold it against your boyfriend that he is a callous meat eater who refuses to acknowledge his role in the misery and suffering of millions of animals. Well, she didn’t say it exactly like that, but you can probably tell the part that was her and the part that was me. (My part didn’t sound very much like my dog.)
This came up because I told Martha my current point of suffering was that Russ refused to watch Earthlings when I asked him to. I was frustrated not only because he denied my request without consideration, but also because he’s choosing willful ignorance. I know it doesn’t sound very good vibe of me, but there I was. Frustrated. Resentful. Going from sunny to cloudy and gray in an instant.
She asked, “What good are you doing anyone by suffering?” Is it helping the animals? Nope. Is it helping your relationship? Definitely not. Is it helping you? Uh, big no.
“Then let go of the suffering,” she said. Stop torturing yourself. You’ll make a better contribution when you’re not miserable.
Shoot, I know all this. It’s a little embarrassing to have to be told.
But it is what it is. I’m letting myself off the hook and getting back on track.
And frontloading my schedule with dog time. Knowing that not only will it be good for me, but more time with them teaches me even better how to enjoy the journey.
Enjoying the journey. It’s all good now. Everything is perfect. We are not here to fix a broken world. The world is not broken. We are not broken. We are perfect, whole and complete eternal beings of love, light and joy. Completely worthy and deserving of all happiness, right now, just as is.
(Repeat if necessary.)
Let’s have a good time, huh? Ed’s right. It IS all good. Let’s enjoy the journey, and if you need help, look to your dog. As Doug Autenrieth told me at the international coach conference last month, dogs are the original coaches.
And hats off to whoever had the idea of dogs. That has to be one of the most brilliant manifestations ever!