Cultivating attention and awareness to bring clarity to work
Meaningful action comes from inside
We overestimate the power of action. And we underestimate the power of attention.
If you’ve worked hard to change or improve, you may believe that you still need to work on yourself, power through, or hide that persistent flaw. You don’t need to improve. You don’t need more willpower to fight the flaw.
Instead, you could become much more familiar with how you do that thing that produces unintended impact. As we become familiar, we’re no longer surprised. No longer carried on the momentum of habit. When we can say, “Oh, there it is, that thing is happening right now and I see it,” then we begin to experience familiarity without struggle and without judgment.
I’m not solutioning now. “Solutioning” is what you do to a problem: you solution it. That’s not a thing, by the way, or even a word. But I’ve heard people use it. Many years ago, a colleague adopted it, ironically, and it stuck in our little company. He sounded like Bill Lumbergh. Used unconsciously, it …
Not in the kitchen, but in the heat and pressure of these days. Today, I read that half the world is under orders to stay at home. Literally. Whatever you do and used to do, this is a crucible experience. This isn’t a challenge to rise to the occasion, it’s just a description. Day by …
It takes practice to know the difference between the unbearable and the unfamiliar
We are living in a time of great stress, division, and change. It is a time of great uncertainty, opportunity, and possibility.
The circumstances that make up our lives may be more complex than we can easily adapt to.
And yet we are noble animals, capable of choosing how to live rather than responding to instinct.
We seek peace and satisfaction. Or is “ease” a better word? If we know how to find it, it still disappears. If we rarely experience it, we’re often striving to get it back.
It’s possible to wonder what’s wrong with the way life works that we cannot sustain a sense of satisfaction.
We all play a part in this complex, striving way of living. That means that I alone am not the problem or the solution. And neither are you. We’re in this together.
But only I can do something about me. Only you can do something about you.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with you or me. But it’s common for one of us to think there’s something wrong with the other. (Sound familiar?)
No matter the size or scale of problem we’re working on, we have to look to individuals – you, me, each of us. I am part of the problem and part of the solution. (See above.)
We experience all of the above and express it in what we say and do every day. We can’t help but feel it and react to it. We are in it; we are it.
To be able to see things clearly, including ourselves, we need to be quiet.
When we are quiet, we see that we are full of busyness, restlessness, advice, questions, commentary, complaints, and opinions, all without saying a word. When we are quiet, we find we are not still.
When we cultivate stillness, clarity follows.
How big a relief might it be to sit still, to be quiet, to listen, and to pause – without doing anything? What would it be like to try?
What would it be like to come from the clarity that follows more and more every day?
The Equipoise Project
What is The Equipoise Project?
The Equipoise Project is a community of leaders and other good-hearted people learning how to develop attention and awareness that leads to clarity, effectiveness, and meaning at work.
Everything I offer here is designed to give you resources in yourself to address all the low lights and highlights of your experience. In other words, you could experience less struggle and a growing sense of freedom of movement. You could suffer less and enjoy more.
The Equipoise Project is also a growing practice community founded on principles and programming that I’ve been offering to select colleagues for three years.
Come and see
You can sign up below to hear about short, no-cost events from The Equipoise Project. Think of it as a “tasting” to see what it would be like to join me and others.
Equipoise? Sounds fancy
“Equipoise” describes how we aim to be: attentive, aware, ready to act without impulsiveness, and familiar with habitual urges that are driven by fear and wishfulness that get in the way of clarity and freedom.
If that sounds like an exalted state – rare and difficult to achieve – you might say that. Yeah.
Experiencing equipoise every moment of every day may be hard to envision. But from time to time, you have probably already experienced ease, fluidity, and a sense of cooperating with what’s happening. Take a moment now to recall it. It’s a natural capacity that we can develop and offer for the benefit of others. It’s not out of reach for any of us.
There are many ways that The Equipoise Project may grow. For now, it is where I’ll invite you to practice-focused programs. Soon, it will also be the home for a community of people who aim to share a simple set of commitments to practice and to support one another as they carry them out. Like all communities, your participation shapes the future.
Consider trying one of my short, no-cost, “taster” events to see if The Equipoise Project has something for you. You can sign up to hear about events below.
Who knows? You may even find that new practices change your perspective and open outward from learning, developing, and growing to a glimpse of something more.
Stay in touch. Join a no-cost event.
How might more equipoise steady you for the work that’s important to you?