Oftentimes when someone suggests or gives me a book to read I am very reluctant. It takes me back to my younger years when we were required in school to read books that I didn't particularly like or even understand (reading anything by Shakespeare was a nightmare!). I found after reading the first few pages of “Being of Power” that this was not going to be the case with this book. Since I started practicing at Shine, over two years ago, I have been on a journey of self betterment. I've realized through my practice, and things teachers have said during class, how much I let my anxiety and over thinking rule my life. This wasn't really a surprise to me, but I'm at a point in my life where I'm ready to change and have since vowed to take back my power. This is a wonderful sbook that gives great tools, exercises and examples that I feel will really help me take those steps.
Although I highlighted and took something from each chapter, Practice 7 (Embrace Naked Reality), really resonated with me. The chapter begins with an example of a woman named Scarlet who was packing for a workshop when she found her twins, being typical children, were covered in ointment. It goes on to describe Scarlet’s reaction and the fact that she added more, in her mind, to the situation than was necessary. As Baron explains “The problem wasn't that Scarlet’s twins made a mess...it was that she made the experience mean something”. I find that I do this often, not only with my children, but in a lot of other situations in my life. I add a lot of unnecessary fluff to my stories and experiences which makes it snowball into something bigger then it needs to be.
Baron says, “We have a breakthrough in seeing that nothing has any meaning except the one we give it”. That is mind blowing to me because I never thought of it that way. It is so simple to consciously take all the unnecessary “BS” out of an experience and look at it from the facts only. I thought to myself after reading this chapter how much simpler life would be if we get rid of all the extra stuff and just “root ourselves down in reality”.