Of all the ideas in this series on learning to love your life at work, this is possibly the most powerfully and immediately impactful. Being conscious of your stories and working to shift them in a more positive, enlivening direction is one of the single most powerful habits you can develop. You can go at it from multiple angles, with ever-increasing amounts of nuance and awareness.
Next time you find yourself feeling constricted, maybe frustrated, irritated, angry, etc., stop and ask yourself those three questions.
If we don’t have awareness, we remain at the mercy of whatever constricting story is at the heart of it.
I see the effectiveness of exploring different stories all the time in working with my Passion Catalyst clients. One big source of frustration was the game-playing (or, as he perceived it, manipulation) that was rife in the industry he worked in.
He kept working with that, and it created a complete shift in what had been a major source of the steam coming out his ears by the end of the day. As I described in my post about how to do an internal energy audit, there are three broad areas you’ll find your stories. Stories about circumstances: Do you feel like a victim of circumstances or do you habitually look for ways you can improve things?
Any time you notice any of those, you can step back and say, “OK, what’s my story about this? The more aware you can be of your limiting stories, the better equipped you are to explore the opportunities to sculpt them in a more affirming direction. He even took it a step farther by starting to ponder what the story behind the drama might be for the person or people in question. Recent CommentsCamping Shack on How DO you get Wild About Work?Can you answer this question? When I first came across Christie Marie Sheldon’s talk from Awesomeness Fest on Youtube titled, ‘How to change your frequency to change your reality,’ the skepticism was hard to hold back.
Sheldon raises some hard hitting points to being with-ones that if you are willing to be honest with yourself- will make you squirm. To demonstrate her question, “Can you and your energy influence your environment?”, Sheldon cites Dr.  Emoto’s experiment with water crystals. If your gut reaction, like mine, is to scoff then recall these words by Maria Popova, “Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. The good news here is that you can choose to install what programs you like and remove the ones that are weighing you down and affecting you negatively. Cellular biologist Bruce Lipton, a leading authority in this field, has this to say: “Your mind will adjust the body’s biology and behaviour to fit with your beliefs.

In fact the power of thoughts are allegedly so powerful that they not only affect ourselves but, when harnessed collectively, can change the outcomes of society as a whole. Though not without its share of skeptics and critics (who raise fair points), the Maharishi effect has nevertheless been studied under rigorous scientific methodology and has, for decades now, yielded stunning results which defy human logic.
Register now for India’s most exciting developer event of the year and gain a year’s worth of learning in a day! So often we react to what we see through the lens of our stories as though it were solid Truth with a capital T.
If we look at them more objectively, we often see that we’re looking through a lens that encourages us to confirm that point of view. For example, I had one client who couldn’t stand the drama and conflict he saw all too often in meetings. While I try to maintain a healthy distance from lifestyle coaches, internet savvy spiritual leaders and self-help gurus of all kind- I am also aware that treating everything to be hogwash keeps me from discovering information that can be genuinely helpful and sometimes, like in this case, even life changing. Hope without critical thinking is naivete.” So hold on to your judgements, but don’t let it undermine your capacity for wonder. Emoto’s findings have their own share of supporters and critics and you should form your own opinion on the veracity of his claims. The windows you browse (your consciousness), the websites you visit, what you tweet, post on Facebook or Instagram and the kind of content you consume informs your thoughts, opinions and perceptions and guide your understanding of the world.
The earlier belief was that life is mostly predetermined for us because our temperament, attitude and outlook is influenced by our genetic and molecular makeup- a gift inherited from our parents and the gene pool they come from. If you’ve been told you’ll die in six months and your mind believes it, you most likely will die in six months. Lipton believes that gene activity changes on a daily basis, that the perception of the mind is reflected in the chemistry of the body. Equip yourself and your team for the cognitive computing era at the first-of-its-kind developer event – IBM DeveloperConnect India. By the time he reached out to me, he was so frustrated with his work that he wanted to quit immediately. One easy way to start building awareness is to start noticing the things where you feel a constriction and contraction. But if you’re like most of us, you inflict a lot of unnecessary suffering on yourself simply through stories that could easily be changed.
Then, for the next week, play with catching the story in action and swapping it out with the new one.
Though it is best to be wary of many of her projected metrics (love vibrations?), her talk is eye opening in many ways.
Masaru Emoto conducted an experiment with water to test out a hypothesis about how positive and negative energies affect our environment.

Sheldon endorses them wholeheartedly and asks us to think that given the human body is made up of 70 % water, what kind of energies are we transmitting in our own lives when we go are so hard on ourselves for our mistakes (You fool) and judge others constantly. But the impressions do not stop happening once you close the tabs and switch off your browser. It is these factors which influence our thoughts, perceptions and behaviours and ultimately our actions.
So the more self-critical and judgemental you are, the more your subconscious will work to convince you of your worthlessness.
First published in a paper in 1976, it was reported that when 1% of a community practiced the transcendental meditation program, the crime rate was reduced by 16% on average. Twenty first century science finally proves what Buddhist philosophers and ancient statesmen knew all along- that an individual’s full potential can only be realised when there is complete harmony between the soul and the body. Then realize all the things that have come up that stand in the way of us carrying out that choice. Learn about the latest in emerging technologies, play with these technologies at the hands-on Open Lab, hear what tech gurus are talking about, and network like never before. Emoto, on his website, says, “This world is filled with wonders and mysteries that get more incomprehensible if we try to think of a reason. Goals, whether to eat, mate or devour an iced latte, are like neural software programs that can only be run one at a time, and the unconscious is perfectly capable of running the program it chooses,” reports the New York Times regarding a recently concluded Yale research. The programs installed in the machine continue running and it is they which ensure the efficiency of the machine.
But if you make a habit of surrounding yourself with positive reminders and vibes, then the same thoughts will direct your actions towards goal orienting behaviour.
In 1960 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founding father of this movement, predicted that one percent of a population practicing transcendental meditation technique would produce measurable improvements in the quality of life for the whole population. Except for some of truly basic things, no one disagrees that there are still so many unknowns. Though you can’t control how your subconscious directs your actions and perceptions, you can choose what to feed it. Two different people can experience the exact same thing and, depending on the story they tell, come away with two completely different impressions of what happened.

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