"Your mind is an instrument, a tool. It is there to be used for a specific task, and when the task is completed, you lay it down. As it is, I would say about 80 to 90 percent of most people's thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but because of its dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it is also harmful. Observe your mind and you will find this to be true. It causes a serious leakage of vital energy"
Fiddling with knobs as you exceed credit balances and relationship speed limits on the Highway of Life, you struggle to dial in a radio station called Opportunity. Signals fade in and out, crackling voices barely audible. Before long you give up. Your thoughts turn elsewhere.
Your tiny attention span has timed out. You can't be bothered any longer.
You’re in a rush.
The very next day, you bump into an old friend and spend the next half hour or so transmitting Life’s frustrations, the various maladies, obstacles and people who stand in your way. You wonder why the “breaks” haven’t gone your way, silently cursing that lousy bastard called Opportunity who still hasn’t had the decency to pound loudly on your door.
Your emotional backlash registers.
Your pain duly noted on a timeless wavelength of "want".
One day, you may be lucky enough to discover Opportunity operates neither randomly nor heartlessly. One day, you may even begin to adjust your settings from “transmit” to “receive”, and tune in the gentle vibration of Opportunity, incessantly whispering in your ear.
Occasionally, those whispers are draped in a dark cloak, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. Only an investment of stillness, reflection and preparation will allow you to “see” the light of Opportunity and experience what those around you refer to as “good luck”. Rarely does a successful person “luck” into things as much as you'd like to think they do. Good luck is merely the residue of Reflection & Preparation meeting Opportunity step by step, creating great friendships, families and/or fortunes. Put another way, dumb L.U.C.K. seems to happen whenever we Labor Under Correct Knowledge.
But, will you sit still long enough to tune in?
Tired of waiting for extraordinary opportunities?
Then find a way to slow down, relax and recognize the faint signals which offer hints of greatness - and then do something about it! The way Eckhart Tolle explains it, "Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle they need to overcome. Since the present moment is Life itself, it is an insane way to live".
The timid, the talkers and the tuned-out will always drift aimlessly; waiting and hoping while you join the intrepid and insightful who continuously make their own breaks. As Edison once stated "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work".
But, first you will have to learn to put life in neutral - if only for a moment. Allow your inner voice (the critic) to fall Silent and discover how the "Secret" to listening is truly hearing both the "Words and the Music."
Emiliana Torrini learned to listen to the whisper years ago while working as a waitress at a well-known Italian restaurant her father owns and operates in Iceland. You can discover how it worked for her at http://www.emilianatorrini.com/
For the record, there are also physiological reasons why it is difficult for any one of us to re-set our dial from transmit to receive. Science confirms our human brains are just too fast for our own good. The average person speaks at about 125-150 words/minute but we can listen and comprehend up to 600 words/minute. The result is a listening channel usually underutilized 4 to 5 times its capability. Counteracting that requires a conscious effort on your part.
The whisper of Opportunity only registers with a still mind and quiet spirit.
Are you taking enough time to pause and pick up the signals?
Is there an Opportunity closer to your heart, whispering to you now?
“Invisible airwaves crackle with life, bright antennae bristle with the energy”
Originally posted September 8, 2008
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