That when The Uni-verse was passing out the skills for talent, or beauty, or ability, or style or charm – you missed school that day?
Have you ever felt isolated by your thoughts and thought that you were the only one thinking them? That of course, you must be crazy because no one else would think such scary and dark and messed up thoughts as you?
So obviously, there’s something wrong with you.
Those thoughts – which are alienating – make you feel even more alienated because you think you’re the only one who has them. Well, not really. There are some seven billion people on the planet now. And we all collectively share many of these same thoughts. Gandhi did. JFK did. Madonna does. And J Lo.
The work that is before us – and it’s only up to you – is to decide you’ve outgrown those thoughts that no longer serve you and really, never did.
But also part of the process is to not beat yourself up for having them because on your journey – those thoughts have lead you to right now. All the events of your life and all events of the entire cosmos have lead you to right now – this exact moment. So there has to be something perfect and wonderful and magical about that, even if you feel it sucks.
The thoughts you think repetitively are feedback loops. They are circles. Not a straight line. And because this circle is simply a neural groove that you get stuck on, it replays itself. Like a record.
But we can play new records, and because they too are circles, they are all interconnected.
Once you’ve decided that you’ve had enough, you can jump onto a new feedback loop. One that’s higher than the previous one. One that makes you feel better about yourself and encourages you and inspires you, rather than depresses and defeats you.
Think of it as ascension.
Because that’s what’s possible for all of us.
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Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer/director/producer/teacher and Artistic Director of Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop – where the “right brain rules” – in Los Angeles and New York. He is endlessly inspired by his students’ fearless creativity and is tireless in discovering new ways to help us all get out of our own way a little bit more each day. He just finished writing/directing his first feature film, Birds of A Feather.
Twitter – @AnthonyMeindl