– Heartwood Path Waypoint 42 –
Prepare Yourself For Some Emotional Unpleasantness
A journey down the Heartwood Path will inevitably cause self-reflection and some short-lived emotional pain. Give yourself permission to examine what is painful to you. Know that this examination is an integral part of the pathway that leads to ecstasy. Those who loiter in comfort often end up uncomfortable while those who loiter in discomfort often end up comfortable. The Heartwood Path will show you how to rapidly convert debilitating tribulations into strengthening solutions. You won’t be stuck long in any bog of unpleasantness. Often such unpleasantness arises when parents, activists, and so-called “nice people” too often put the needs of others before the needs of themselves. When this happens consistently over a long period of time, one tends to become unpleasantly resentful and “burned-out.”
If this is not a day when you prefer to spend time in nature without an agenda, do the following activity:
Assessing The Rift Between Where You Are and Where You Would Like To Be Regarding Putting the Needs of Others Ahead of Your Own
HumaNatureConnect Activity: Assessing The Rift Between Where You Are and Where You Would Like To Be Regarding Putting the Needs of Others Ahead of Your Own. Go to a natural place, the wilder the better, find an attractive natural being, see if it retains its attractiveness for at least ten seconds, and, if so, use the clarity and calmness imparted by your natural natural being to help you assess whether too often you place the needs of others ahead of your own. Write down where you are with deferring to the interests of others. Then write down in your journal where you would like to be in this regard in the not-too-distant future. If you have difficulty or would like a second opinion, assume the essence of your natural being and, as it, tell yourself what you need to know about putting the interests of others ahead of your own. Identify the rift between where you are and where you want to be as either “Expansive,” “Workable” or “Inconsequential.” These are assessments of quality and not quantity. Affirm that keeping your own interests in line with the interest of others makes you happier. And affirm that, since you are not over-buying to take away the emotional pain or ending your involvement in conservation due to burnout, staying happy and involved in conservation gives the environment a better chance to become more sustainable.
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: