Creating An "Aha" Experience
Like a good health drink there are several items that can go into a blend designed to help transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.
First of all how many times have you seen that bumper sticker that says, “Expect a Miracle.” I don’t know about you, but miracles fall into that sort of “Oh my god” category and they certainly don’t seem to happen frequently. So that kind of a sticker doesn’t have much impact on me. It can become an empty slogan because I don’t give it any energy. But I do keep posted a reminder to “Expect pleasant surprises.” They can happen daily. Yet if I am not aware that I am looking for them, they can come and go as if I am asleep. I won’t associate them with any particular desire. The nice thing about “pleasant surprises” is that it doesn’t take much for the universe to deliver, and if you expect or demand them, they are on order. They can be the person or situation causing you to burst out laughing, the string of traffic lights that are synchronized to turn green as you cruise along, the waiver of some late fee on a bill, the best table in a restaurant being vacated as you arrive. It might be that you stop to admire a beautiful flower, or design, or anything that creates a sense of gratitude for something novel entering your space.
The second component is based upon the idea that “Karma” could be true and could be immediate. if not what difference would it make. I had an acquaintance once who told me that he makes it a point to consciously do at least one nice thing a day for someone. Of course we may do many nice things for many people, but the idea here is that you acknowledge that a particular action is that one nice thing. Maybe you help someone who has dropped something or let someone in front of you at a check out line. Or maybe you give someone a ride which is a little out of your way.
The third component is more like an extra, an insurance policy so to speak. I went to an eight month training once called The Academy, hosted by Trinidad Hunt, author of the best selling book, Learning To Learn.
During the course of study we were introduced to the idea of cutting out all swear words for at least 21 days to see how we would feel. I felt like many of the rough edges buffed down. Things just got smoother. So make it a conscious effort to eliminate this habit if it is one. I’m not saying that there are not times when your don’t get truly irritated and you need to cut loose. But I am saying that if you can cut out those words when they are just routine banter, you can reduce a negative energy at no real cost and possibly a benefit. So take these three practices into your daily life,of expecting pleasant surprises, doing one nice thing a day for someone and eliminating swearing.
The second part of this exercise is simply to acknowledge every thing pleasant that happens to you in the course of the day. In other words you can begin to credit incoming pleasant surprises and conditions of well-being, as results of your expectations and behavior. When you do this, these little experiences will be like small “aha’s.” Who knows a string of small “aha’s” could lead to one big “aha.”