by Shannon Penrod
I am an admitted control freak. The worst part of being a control freak for me is my unshakeable belief that I can solve all of your problems if you would just let me. I have no desire to work on my problems. Why would I? My problems are old, boring and insurmountable, not to mention complicated and convoluted. On the other hand, your problems are crystal clear – to me, and infinitely solvable if you would just do what I say. Of course it’s exhausting knowing how to fix your life and watching you resist my plan for you. Not to mention that quite honestly there are a few things that I need to take care of in my own life that I can’t seem to get to because I’m so entrenched in what you should be doing. There’s the rub. You know what they say, when the student is ready, the teacher appears….I must be ready, because my teacher has appeared.
I am reading Bryon Katie’s book, Loving What Is, and I am seeing myself in a way that I haven’t ever before. Even in the first few pages of the book she has challenged me to consider that there are only 3 types of business – My business, everybody else’s business, and God’s business. Katie simply asks her reader to examine when ever they are sad, lonely, angry, uncomfortable, cranky or just our of sorts, whose business they are in when feeling that way. Her supposition is that when you are out of whack it is because you are in business that is not your own. Ugghhh. This is a little too close to home. I live in other people’s business! Still, I thought I would give it a try. Oh my! In the past 24 hours I have discovered that, oddly enough, I am rarely in my own business AND when I make a conscious choice to let go of other’s business and be in my own business…I am really happy and peaceful. Who knew?
I can’t wait to read the rest of the book and see what else can happen if I stay in my own business. Is it really possible that I could turn into one of those really happy, present people who oozes peace like a Buddha on a Benadryl. I think I would like that. So here’s the really exciting news, I’m not only reading Byron Katie’s book, I’m interviewing her on my radio show this Monday at 4 pm PST – 7pm EST. You can tune in and listen to my chat with Katie by visiting www.toginet.com. Better yet if you want to work on getting your inner Buddha on give us a call during the live show and you can chat with Katie too! Simply call 877.864.4869 during the live show. For more information on Bryon Katie and “The Work” that she does visit www.thework.com. You can find her book, Loving What Is, by visiting here.