The Foot That is Up!
Loss. Disappointment. Frustration. We have all experienced each of these in some way or another. If we are smart we allow these feelings to be short-lived and we move on. But what about that one thing that eats at us. It may be something on the job, a person in our lives or a difficult family situation. That’s when the real test begins and there are lessons to be learned.
There is a story Deepak Chopra shares about his experience as a monk in Thailand back in 2011. Chopra shaved his head, ditched the shoes and lived as a monk for 30 days. He meditated from 12 midnight to 4am in the morning. The part of his story that intrigued me was about his feet. After about a week, the head monk asked Chopra how he felt and he told him that his feet hurt! Chopra never had to walk through the streets and forest without shoes or socks. The monk asked him how does your feet feel when one is lifted off the ground? Of course, Chopra said it felt good but when it’s on the ground, it hurt. The monk told him to focus on the foot that is lifted. #mindblown
This story really hit home for me because, like everyone else, I have a lot of good things happening in my life but there are a handful of things that tend to feel like that bare foot on the ground, in the forest! It’s called being human. Did you know that focusing on negative thoughts is an old survival tactic? Yep, back in the day when we were fighting off lions, tigers and bears we were in constant “worry and protect” mode.
Now that the world has evolved, we tend to worry about our jobs, families, friends and our health. Negative thoughts is the number one cause of depression and fuels our anxiety. We need to focus on the foot that up and not the one on the ground.
I fight with negative thoughts daily but if there is one thing I have learned over the years for every bad thought that jumps in my head, I have the control to replace it with 2 or 3 positive thoughts. I can control my thoughts. For every foot that’s down, there is a foot that is up. With every step, you are closer to something better. So, focus on the foot that’s up. For every bad foot, there’s a good foot.