I keep this poem by Rumi in a frame on my desk because long ago I learned from Soygal Rinpoche’s writings that our mind is like a flea. Thanks to him, one day when I was seriously considering suicide I sat and watched my mind for a few minutes and saw clearly for the first time that I was not thinking thoughts, thoughts were thinking me — and that if I developed the awareness to watch my thoughts and let them go my life would change. That is when I began my journey to become a meditator.
Greg and I moved to a new town in October, and this move has been much more difficult than I expected. Then, just as we got settled, I was hit with three health issues that required immediate attention. Working to get my health and energy back is especially challenging because I am dealing with three different issues at the same time in an unfamiliar city without my long-term doctors.
So my new program, Resilient Hero, has had to take a back seat because of the move and my health issues. I (my thoughts) began to despair that I would never get back to my project. And I (my thoughts) was now feeling old — being 74 never even touched me before as I have been strong, in good health, doing work I love — but I have not able to sail through this move the way I have always done in the past. And, my Mother began her descent into Alzheimers at this age, and this thought created a movie clip of her decline which wormed its way into the stream of scary, depressing thoughts as well.
An ancient map exists to help us get out of this swamp and find our way back home — it is The Hero’s Journey. You can get your free copy of my ebook about the journey, its history, how I have used it in my life, and how learning how to use it can help you move from feeling victimized and angry to a place of courage and willingness to learn from 4000 years of heroes. I hope you will read the ebook, and share this post with your friends as well.
My plan is to have my Resilient Hero program ready in March. It will include my online guided adventure in learning the twelve steps of the Hero’s Journey. This is our map. And the Resilient Hero program will teach you the eleven skills and abilities you must possess to follow the map, transcend the swamp, and transform yourself into a new kind of hero.
Enter your email below to get your free copy of “Awakening Your Hero’s Journey: Invoking the Power of Myth.” I will also be announcing an opportunity to participate in Beta testing some pieces of the Resilient Hero program. You will receive an email in early February inviting you to be part of the Beta Test if you are willing to spend time to take the quiz, do one of the lessons, and answer my feedback questionnaire. I look forward to learning from you . . .