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In Day 5 of the Meditation Experience, the Centering Thought is focused on gaining insight and inspiration from our minds. It’s about making our minds an ally in our success. Our minds have limitless potential and somehow, we vastly underutilize it. In order to tap into that potential, we must exercise it on a regular basis through self-supportive thoughts, defeating those negative thought patterns that we continually get into.
If there is one part of the body that has always fascinated me, it would be the mind. I’ve always been a big dreamer – both in my conscious and subconscious states. I’ve always tended to think outside of the box and never really followed the path many others would follow (which always got me in trouble). As a kid, I used to start “fake businesses”, would spend all day choreographing plays, would spend hours building new buildings with legos, and questioned almost everything about anything. As I got older, school got harder. Core subjects didn’t interest me but the creative ones did. I loved dance team but hated the structure (picture the little ballerina in the corner dancing hip hop in a tutu, while all the other kids were doing their pirouettes). The older I got, the more I found myself taking risks, as well as butting up against authorities at work because my solutions to issues were more creative and out-of-the-box, while they wanted to stick with a structure or process that they knew. Life was hard for me for the first 32 years because I didn’t understand how to make my mind an ally that everyone could find an ally as well. In fact, it brought me down – it made me second guess myself and my thoughts and beliefs.
In 2009, I started my own marketing consulting firm. I was very lucky that for the next four years, I could regain control of how I approached issues and how to solve them (as well as to have that freedom to be my own boss). Customers came to me for out-of-the-box thinking because they already identified that they wanted it (making my job a lot easier!). My company helped businesses in the fashion industry (my favorite), non-profits (second favorite), IT and government. I was even a part of a gaming app development team, sat on the board of several non-profits, and helped launch some exciting events in the D.C. area.
In 2010, I was asked to write a weekly fashion column for Washington Life Magazine. In 2011, I was asked to join a growing profession of innovators, tasked with turning “old school” companies around to think more “innovatively” in their approach to solving problems. In 2014, I was getting requests to help with personal branding.
The point is, the more I regained control in my confidence of HOW I think and HOW it was positively impacting others, the more opportunities opened up for me. The more I took advantage of these opportunities, the more my mind evolved and expanded, resulting in even more opportunities and a deeper search for knowledge on things that interested me. And the more this happened, the more I set higher goals for myself that would expand this even further.
One of the greatest things a very successful girlfriend of mine taught me, “Say yes to every opportunity and never get scared if you don’t know it all, because it will open three more doors and everyone is trying to figure it out too.”