From Our Director of Religious Education, Laura Beth Brown – August Newsletter Article
There is a wonderful book that was recommended to me in June, The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield. I wish I had discovered it 13 years ago when it was published! In the book, Pressfield tackles the subject of resistance, and how we can create the appropriate mindset to attain success in our endeavors. I love the following quote from the book:
“Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance. Therefore the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That’s why we feel so much Resistance. If it meant nothing to us, there’d be no Resistance.”
Resistance manifests as saying “no” or “not now” to something that is calling for our attention. To be a people of “Yes,” we will inevitably meet with resistance and fear. If we want to grow, however, we will learn to recognize fear as a sign of what we must do.
To this end, the Spirit in Practice Circles will be exploring “unmet challenges” this month. What in your life keeps calling to you that you continually put off for “another day?” Can you recognize the resistance? I’ve learned that I get overwhelmed if I think about a project or goal in its finality. “How can I possibility achieve that?” I say to myself. I’ve also learned that taking one small step each day toward that goal is all it takes to keep resistance at bay.
Perhaps there is one small step you can make today. Say “Yes!”