How to be a kinesthetic dreamer.
Well, according to Google, change is:
- Gonna come
- The only constant
The old adage of ‘constant change is here to stay’ does seem to be true so why, oh why, do we struggle with change in the way that we do?
I was walking around my garden last year and looking hungrily at the figs on my two fig trees. The previous year’s yield had been pretty poor but now the branches were heavy with purple promise, the smell of the dust and warm squished fruits rose up from the ground.
I started running through my head all the preserving recipes I had – whole fruit preserve with ginger, fig jam, spiced fig chutney…
The thought came to me, and challenged me in it’s quiet, still voice:
Was I thankful? Did I see what I was doing?
I was stood in front of this beautiful, bountiful, tree and instead of being grateful for what was before me I was looking for ways to preserve the moment, to artificially prolong the season. As if I, in all my greatness, could hold time.
In this moment I realised that this desire, this attitude, was not just confined to the garden but permeated many other areas of my life. And that because of this attitude I was missing out on the joy of the present.
The outer natural world very often mirrors our inner world: We have times and seasons of the soul. To be prepared for each of the seasons is good sense but we don’t need to fear them or to fear the changes that naturally come because of them. Change is a wonderful part of life.
Change and growth.
Our childhood dreams are often all sprinkled with star-shine and wonder and can bear little resemblance to what we dream about now. Learning to take those dreams down from the shelf is a vital exercise in discovering your deeper desires, dreams and direction. However, most adults no longer feel the need to become Batman/a pop singer/an astronaut because their dreams have changed as they themselves have changed and matured.
What if I took an understanding of my unspoilt childlike heart with its passions, dreams, and inspirations and mixed it up with a potent dose of the wisdom, insight, and discipline that I have as an adult?
From ‘The Dream Catalyst Sparker’ Step 1: What were your childhood dreams?Kate Pennell
As we actively look at our dreams we create mental and emotional energy that in turn creates growth and change. That’s why it’s kinetic, there is energy creating movement, creating development, which creates movement that creates energy … it’s a fabulous synergy of all different facets of our being working and expanding together.
You can’t steer a parked car.
The problem comes when this synergy stops.
Sometimes it’s stopped simply because someone stops dreaming or looking at their desires, and there can be different reasons for that. But without the energy being created there is no growth, no life.
Another reason for the growth/change process stopping is because a dream has already become created – or should I say cemented – in the mind. The dream becomes fixed, and the person is no longer living in expectancy.
Life doesn’t stop when you’ve painted your ideal dream. Don’t allow yourself to put limits on your dreams and desires, don’t box yourself in. Remember, you want to prune your dreams for greater growth, not bonsai them.
If your dream changes, you are not being unfaithful to yourself, rather look beneath the dream to look at the desire that flows under it that the dream was growing up from.
Change in us or in our circumstances can not only feel uncomfortable to us but to those around us as well.
Your change challenges others. But please, don’t let another’s discomfort or fear of change weigh you down. Even if someone is reacting against your change, it could be the very thing that inspires good, positive change and growth in their own lives.
You are responsible for living your life well.
Knowing what you don’t want is a key part of lifestyle design. As you begin to explore what you DO want, your dream or your life direction/vocation will start to have more clarity.
Think of someone studying medicine: I want to be a doctor … yuk, eyeballs freak me out … bones are interesting … what’s orthopaedics all about?
What would a similar process look like in relation to yourself? To your dreams and direction in life?
The power is in the process, propelling you to greater things.
A kinesthetic learner is someone who learns by doing and moving, rather than just sitting and reading or thinking about it.
Imagine the power that would be released if we became kinesthetic dreamers? Eyes wide open, dangerous dreamers?
So how will you finish the sentence?