Albert Einstein brilliant physicist and philosophical scientist stated that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Here are some very real experiences of participating in behaviors that you know do not serve your greatest highest good, but you do them anyway:
- Eating food that saps your energy and causes major distress in your body.
- Spending money that you don’t have.
- Participating in gossip because it’s familiar.
- Having the same argument with loved ones.
- Procrastinating or failing to complete something.
Participating in behaviors that lead to disempowerment can leave you feeling exhausted, discouraged, and even hopeless. Have you participated in an “insanity loop” of your own? If you have, you’re in good company. In Romans 7:15 Saint Paul wrote, “I don’t understand myself. I want to do what is right but I do not do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate … It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what’s right, I inevitably do what’s wrong.”
Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, reminded us of the importance of self-knowledge and that our most important study was observation of our own consciousness to uncover hidden motives that influence our thinking and behaviors. Exploring the following questions can help you claim Dominion and end an insanity loop.
- What is the pay-off and is it worth it?
- What does my heart truly long for?
- Am I motivated by fear or love?
First, ask yourself what pay-off do I receive by participating in this behavior? Could it be the pleasure or thrill of instant gratification? We live in a world of instant gratification and frequently when we are hungry, lonely, tired, or frustrated the tendency is great for us to look for something we believe will give us a quick fix. Therefore, many turn to substances or behaviors that can give them a “temporary ”high”. Additionally, a payoff could be postponement of doing something you deem unpleasant, so you reach for or participate in something “more pleasant”. For example, sitting in the silence in an effort to transcend loneliness can seem daunting, and so you choose to reach for a few glasses of wine or busy yourself with mindless activities instead of facing feelings of sadness and unworthiness. If you are one who procrastinates, ask yourself, “ Is my free and mindless time more important to me than taking action in order to get my dreams off the ground?” Ultimately, the gratifying feelings of a chosen quick fix will subside only to elicit deeper pangs of unhappiness.
Another area to explore is to uncover what your heart truly desires. Often individuals who desire financial security, love, and/or joy in their lives reach for external substitutes to fill the perceived void they are experiencing. Ponder,
“How might I bring joy or love into my world and into the lives of others, and what is one small step I can take to make that happen today?” Reflection on whether your choices are fueled by fear or love is another important contemplation. Are your desires to participate in nourishing your body with healthy foods and movement conceptualized as “should s” because it is the right thing to do or a means to thwart aging and getting ill? Or, do you desire to participate in empowering practices because you love yourself and are devoted to nurturing your body, mind, and soul with acts of loving-kindness? When the motivation comes from loving you an activity moves from dread to pleasure.
So, my friends, as the season of Lent, a time of reflection and elimination of what no longer serves you, comes to a close, what are you willing to release? Free yourself from an “insanity loop” and rise in all of your glory to claim your Power and you will be resurrected to new life.