– Heartwood Path Waypoint 60.2 –
Face Failure, Your Fears, And Regrets
The fear I spoke about in a previous activity was most likely a recollection (prompted by me assuming the essence of a boulder) of what Lester Levenson is reported to say: “Fear, and it will appear” (Dwoskin, 2009, p. 277). His disciple, Hale Dwoskin elaborates: “By placing a continual emphasis on avoiding what we fear, we call it to mind over and over again, like a perverse mantra, or a focal point for meditation, and it becomes a program limiting our happiness and freedom (p. 277).
Concerning failures, to paraphrase Lord Tennyson: it’s better to have acted and failed than never to have acted at all. Failure is just a judgment given to action. There are no failures, only produced results. These results contain valuable lessons. Each result judged to be negative shows you one way not to do things. You are not a failure because of your produced results.
Concerning your regrets, avoid them. You will most likely not regret what you do as much as what you did not do. And if you do find yourself in regret, leave this wasteland. All you can do there is wallow in frustration. Learn from whatever you produce. Do things that you do not know how to do, if only to learn. Avoid concerning yourself about what others think.
While it is important for you, generally in your life, to minimize judgments that are evaluations, one way to help yourself do so is to make a self-assessment and then work on being done with the habit of constantly evaluating. The next activity will provide this outlet.
If this is not a day when you prefer to spend time in nature without an agenda, do the following activity:
Evaluating Aspects Of Your Life
HumaNatureConnect Activity: Evaluating Aspects Of Your Life. With pen and journal in hand, go to an attractive natural area and, in a spirit of appreciation, look around you to find something that is attractive to you. Once you find an aspect of nature that is attractive to you continuously for at least ten seconds, use the optimal functioning you receive along with your continued attraction (which can be thought of as your consent to do this activity with the help of the attractive natural being) evaluate the aspects of your life on a scale of 1-10 (10 being very satisfied). Evaluate each of the following aspects of your life: time, purpose, values, vitality, careers, spirituality, talents, health, relationships, money, housing, and environment. What areas would you most like to improve, and how? Write your responses in your journal. Remember to make a reassessment when you finish this course and then periodically throughout your life.
Natural Systems Reflection Process
For best results, write down your impressions of this activity in your journal using as many of the following components as you see fit, afterwards, share your interpretations with others.
The Heartwood Path Exchange:
Swap Your Ideas, Impressions, Photos, And News With Others
Your input is vital. Enjoy sharing!
Heartwood Path Axioms: