Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

July 14, 2012 by  
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Sometimes, I really think I have two brains.  One, my lower brain, which gets upset with the small stuff and is often a victim of anxiety, anger and frustration.  The other, my higher brain which listens to the lower, but doesn’t get embroiled in any of the issues the lower brain does.

Basically, the lower brain keeps our nose to the ground while the higher brain lets us see the big picture.

Growth comes from listening to the higher brain which has the ability to stop the obsessive inner-dialogue of the lower brain.  It understands thoughts like: “he/she didn’t call, I must not be important enough, I didn’t get XXX, I must be really stupid etc.” but it doesn’t become a victim of it.  Quite the contrary; it understands the pain and confusion, but instead of letting us be stuck in the muck, it offers us a grander view of our own lives.  It asks us to take a step back.

The higher brain is a byproduct of our wisdom.  Better yet. It is its pro-active side.  But, it takes time and discipline to allow the higher brain to take over, because our lower brain is so busy being compulsive, attached, and resentful, that in the beginning a fierce inner-struggle is certain to happen.

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