A few days before Christmas, I was driving an extended distance and was listening to a podcast from Phoenix Helix. This podcast was an interview with Byron Katie, or Katie as she prefers to be called. Host Eileen Laird titles this podcast, “Self-inquiry and Freedom from Suffering”.
Eileen Laird is an inspiration to me. She was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) about five years ago. She was in excruciating pain and very disabled. She has her RA in 95% remission through the Auto Immune Protocol (AIP) diet and lifestyle. To listen to her own healing story, click here.
During the past 2-3 weeks I have been very lax about exercise and what I am eating. And I am so incredibly exhausted and have a significant amount of joint pain. Causation? One can never say but I can definitely say that there is correlation. One of the best things I can do to keep me on the right track, is to listen to podcasts where others talk about the path that they have gone down before. I am motivated to do the hard things, which are usually the things that help me feel the best.
Back to the podcast with Katie … I listened to this podcast a few days before Christmas and I am so thankful I did. Katie has a free program at thework.com which helps people decrease mental suffering and increase current joy. She has a series of 4 questions that she says that you should ask yourself about anything that is challenging you.
Most often, our distress is because we are making assumptions based on past experience and projecting those assumptions to the future. When we realize that most of our distress is of our own making, we are able to set it aside.
The day after listening to this podcast, I woke up and asked myself what I was concerned or stressed about. I then took myself through Katie’s questions (at least the watered down version that I could remember). This process helped me let go of so much anxiety. I was able to help others in the family relax and realize that everything is going to be fine. We don’t need to be stressed about little things.
I have no way to know what the future holds. I can see warning signs for my children and I can attempt to help. But if I play out a whole scene in my head of what terrible things are going to happen because of a decision they made, I am not helping them or me. I am increasing my anxiety and becoming stressed about something that hasn’t even happened yet.
I highly recommend listening to this podcast — Eileen Laird interviewing Byron Katie. Your take-aways will likely be different than mine but I feel confident that you will learn good things from the time spent (which is less than an hour).
Life is intended to be enjoyed — not just endured.