Ever notice how some people seem able to go through life's ups and downs without becoming disillusioned? And others, maybe even less plagued, walk around angry and bitter?
One perceptible difference between these two types seems to be the ability to learn from whatever comes into their path…
To paraphrase one of our favorite quotes from the Dalai Lama: those who come out on top seem clearly to be those who can take, or gain from the 'lesson' and leave the experience behind!
DANCE WITH IT! EXPERIENTIAL APPS
An opportunity to experiment with some fun ideas...
GOLD MINING 102
You can do this experiment by yourself or with a partner:
*Focus on an experience that has you upset or blue.
*Describe what happened.
*Who were the 'players'? Describe their behavior and demeanor in this story.
*How did you feel?
*Now take it to the extreme and do the 'VictimDance'.
We all know how to do this one! Exaggerate your position of being 'done to'. Moan and groan about the unfairness of the whole thing. Really get into it. The clue that you have it nailed is when you crack a smile or even manage to giggle at the absurdity of the whole thing.
*Next play 'WiseSage' and help yourself find the gold.
This means looking at this past experience as a learning tool - you know you've got it when you can take a deep breath and feel some of the tension leave your body.
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