What does Dora the Explorer have in common with your intuition? Find out in an episode dedicated to finding YOU.
Find your true north voice of intuition and the place of inner compassion and self-love. It exists!
Through a riddle and discussion, you will discover the part of you that can guide you much more effectively and solidly. Find a soft place to land inside your internal world.
Calm the drama in your head. Learn a new way to think about your stories, habits, beliefs and personality traits.
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I’m the Ground … I’m the Ground…I’m the Ground…I’m the GROUND!
The title of this episode occurred to me while I was attempting to meditate with Dora the Explorer stuck in my head: “I’m the map, I’m the map, I’m the map…” yea you get it.
Let’s start with a riddle.
Imagine you are on a halfway crowded dance floor, dancing to amazing music. Look around at the people you see.
Suddenly, something about the arrangement of the people on the dance floor bothers you. So you move one tall guy with blonde hair over and pair him with a smaller woman dancing with her eyes closed. They continue to dance. You try to push a small stout man off the dance floor with a shove, but he doesn’t budge. Then you run quickly over to try to calm a hysterical child in the other corner.
Then, everything feels ok again.
You go back to dancing and enjoying the moment, the music.
But then a woman starts screaming and brings you back into more dance floor drama. You move quickly around the dance floor, making peace, trying to re-arranging people, to fix everything.
WHO are you?
This little riddle actually demonstrates how we run the show in our heads. Each person on the dance floor of your mind is a belief, value, story, habit, or personality trait inherited from your past.
We spend our time trying to control these dancers and brutally change parts of ourselves using self-criticism, shame and guilt. We think that if we can just find the right way to do things and fix the broken parts of ourselves, then and only then we can relax, receive, and enjoy our lives.
But all of this work on our heads is exhausting. We can never seem to get it quite right. The process seems to create more anxiety, fear, and stress. And worse, we’re missing the party!
What if there was a different way to do it? What is there was an internal voice that we could listen to that would calm us, give us compassion, and help us make decisions outside of all of that noisy Stuff.
To find that voice, we have to answer the original riddle.
WHO are you?
You are reorganizing the people, rearranging, but you are not the people. You are not your stories, or beliefs. You are not even your “personality.”
You are the ground underneath it all.
You are just the ground. You are that which supports your stuff. You are the one with the front row seat to the craziness that happens in your head.
You don’t have to please those voices, calm the storms, fix anything about yourself, or get caught up in your “Stuff Drama”. You can watch it like a movie – the neutral observer mentioned in mindfulness teachings.
There is nothing that can happen that could make the ground bad, or wrong, or not good enough. That sounds ridiculous. The ground just is.
And you just are. All of that stuff can dance around on top of you, but YOU are that support for it.
So many of us feel like our value as people, whether we are a “good person” or a “bad person,” whether we are deserving of love, and whether we can let ourselves enjoy the moment, is related to how well we can organize our stuff and succeed.
If we don’t succeed, or feel happy, or be social enough, or buy the house, or whatever standard we set up – we don’t let ourselves relax, receive, and enjoy our lives. We must fix!
When you realize that you are the ground, you realize that your ability to relax, receive, and enjoy is not tied at all to your success, failure, or any other stuff.
Let yourself be the ground, and you will stop getting so caught up in the drama of your head. That’s when your intuition will show up in full force.
You will start to find compassion, kindness, self-love, and the YOU that you’re always looking for.
SO whenever you notice yourself getting caught up in your “Stuff Drama”, maybe feeling ashamed, criticized, anxious, depressed, or any emotional storm, remind yourself “I’m the ground, I’m the ground, I’m the ground, I’m the ground, I’m the GROUND!”
And remember that none of it means anything about you. I mean, you’re the f-ing ground. Why should you care?