Jungle Lessons for Tough Times (Contained as a Cat)

Has relevance to: Managing my pressures! (FT102); Dealing with personal setbacks (FZ101);

covers:


... what does the cat do?
... what are the desired behaviors?
... what are some quick-fixes (band-aids) to get started on the do&learn?
... what are some do&learn ideas to implement over time?

what does the cat do?


Contained as a Cat

  • is a successful animal. has thrived through evolution and more recently co-existed - with respect & independence - with the most aggressive and destructive species on earth (mankind! :))

  • is reputed to have 'attitude'. Garfield (for example) does not let anything affect his appetite and sleep!

  • is independent of thought and action, without fear of relying on others or reluctance to do so.


what are the desired behaviors?



  • tough times in one aspect of your life, do not affect you too much in other aspects of your life. example: a breakup or a death in the family, does not affect your work too much. example: your children do not suffer too much, if you miss a promotion.

  • your difficulty does not appear like an insurmountable mountain. it does not bleed into other areas or situations of your life.


what are some band-aids to get started on the do&learn?



  • write down different outcomes of your challenge. compartmentalize adversity by drawing cause-effect and relationship linkages.

  • read from our scriptures where dispassion/ non-attachment is preached

  • change your physical attributes when you change the context. examples: don't take work home. if you are of a different mindset when you are dressed ethnically than when you are in business formals, then change consciously on going home or sitting down to work. examine your habits with this lens to see if you can play with it!


what are some do&learn ideas to implement over time?


In tough times ... be SCARED!

  • take up meditation - or do a vigorous workout regularly. Calm the tornadoes of your fertile mind :)

  • take up community/ social service activity to teach yourself working without attachment to outcomes

  • practise dispassion as preached in our scriptures - as an awareness exercise, whenever time permits.



In tough times ... be SCARED!



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