Monday, September 06, 2010

Daily Reminder # 99

Energy flows where attention goes.

Not sure what to write about today.  Maybe because I've been paying so much attention to politics, I've been having really strange awful dreams with a quality of foreboding that something bad is going to happen in the world. Maybe it's all the negativity around the President. Or the coming of the anniversary of 9/11 at the same time so many are spewing hate against Muslims.

Fahreed Zakaria, who actually researches and reads and has in depth conversations with people.  Among today's conversations, he spoke with a British Imam who is a fanatical jihadist. Here's a link if you are interested in hearing the conversation.  It was - to say the least - bizarre and disturbing. He guy basically was making up his own world. We all do it, I guess, but this man was so utterly convinced of his rewriting of reality, which he then used to rationalize and justify that things he condones and advocates directly contradict the faith he claims to be defending from the evil Americans and other who seek to destroy it. Fascinating and disturbing. 

My dreams aren't specifying whether "the awful thing" is something internal - some crazy person who thinks Obama is a Muslim terrorist - or something from outside.... Probably they are just dreams, but I hate that I am having them. I try to remember that what I pay attention to, I give energy to. I just wish my unconscious would start behaving itself. Maybe my unconscious is trying to tell me that I've been paying too much attention to arguing about mosques and Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. Maybe my unconscious is trying to tell me to use my energy better. 

The holiday weekend has left it quiet at Huff Po so I have withdrawn from it for the past couple of days. In one way, I miss the energy of being engaged intellectually with other people, even if it's mostly arguing with them. On the other, I don't like feeling cranky and upset by the fact that crazy people seem to be ruling the world. 

So my reminder today - to myself mostly - but to anybody else who is foolish enough to listen to me is to remember that "energy flows where attention goes,"  or what you focus on you give power to. The more I rail against things that bother me - especially if/when I'm not careful about how I do it - the more I may be empowering it - the very opposite of what I want to do. Good reminder. I hope I stop having those dreams. The superstitious part of me is all agog trying to frighten me. 

So that's it, except for

Some things I'm grateful for today:

  • Coooool weather
  • water
  • Angel and Tara Grace
  • coffee
  • paper towels
  • great literature
  • friends


1 comment:

Janie B said...

Can you believe you are on the eve of your 100th Daily Reminder? That is amazing! Good for you. Try not to watch too much of that garbage on TV about politics. It's too disturbing. If you are dreaming about it, you are too consumed by it. Look for lighter, happier topics. (Just a thought.) Can't wait for #100!