Responsibility as a physical experience

Are you ready to feel the responsibility?

Most of us grew up with the word responsibility conjuring the picture of a big condemning finger keeping us in line. For most of us, the word is filled with pressure, fear, and guilt. And often our continued experience of this aspect of our lives is heavy – ending up with us procrastinating to act and then beating ourselves up for not being responsible.

There never seems to be enough time to deal with all the responsibility that we carry – to our projects, relationships, work, livelihood. For some of us – family and partner and, and, and… responsibility has turned into the never-ending “to do list” instead of the love and attention we naturally wish to give to our lives. And within this crazy loop – our creativity always seems to fall to the very bottom of the list – to be only “enjoyed” after our “responsibilities” have been met.  So many of us never seem to get around to our most essential work – our creativity. Responsibility is the gatekeeper and you and I know – the list ain’t never finished! We find ourselves in this spiral and our lives start to feel truly – stuck.

What is responsibility?

The act of being able to respond to life and the present moment. I call it response-ability.  Responsibility is simply the ability to be attentive and to take action towards maintaining our lives in a manner which feels good and gives us energy and joy.
Seems simple, right?But it is often a huge pressure, for most of us!

As it is not that simple, this series will be split into 4 parts.

Week one: Responsibility as a physical experience.

Week two: Prioritization of our responsibility.

Week three: Responsibility to connect to the now

Week four: Responsibility as an expression of our hearts – the love for ourselves, our creative lives and those in them.

So, let’s look at what responsibility is from the experience of our body. The thing is we are always responsible – because we are alive. Our body is continuously acting and responding to reality and the moment at hand. It is endlessly adjusting and creatively arranging itself, adapting itself, to the present moment. From the body’s perspective – being responsible truly and very simply means:

The act of being able to respond to life and the present moment. I call it response-ability.  The act of being able to respond to life and the present moment. I call it response-ability.

The to-do list is really there. There is our responsibility for all that we wish to care for and do and must do. But as for most aspects of our creative flow – the distinguishing factor is how we approach being alive – and more importantly what is the experience we wish to create.

Whether we approach the endless input of actions with contraction, stress, and anxiety – adding to it guilt and shame – creates one experience. Or instead, we use the body’s natural connection with life, to ground us, to relax and expand, and simply – respond to what is. This creates another experience.

When we are response-able – our attention is focused on the act at hand. We simply do our work. Instead of all the additional effort of worry, self-image, and self-talk, self-doubt, and procrastination – we can shift our focus and attention to the practical experience of the task at hand. If I am making that phone call – I can use response- ability to focus simply on that next step.

In reality, this is actually the only possible choice. The act that we are making is that phone call. Or the act I am expressing is self- doubt and procrastinating making that call. One leads to a discussion and an action fulfilling the moment at hand, the other leads to a discussion with myself, an action that does not serve my aim, and which often results in a shitty feeling.

The distinction is simply – one is responding to the momentary needs of actual reality. The other is responding to the imaginary movie within my head. Both are actions I am taking. But each creates a very different experience. It is the experience you want to create.

So let’s do some training to connect with our physicality and see what this allows us in our ability to take simply the next step. Let’s cultivate and practice response-ability.

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Responsibility as a physical experience in Summary

 -Your body is always in the NOW. It is the natural connection with life.

– The embodiment allows you to BE present. To relax, ground, and respond to the present moment.

– Choose to respond to the actual next step – instead of the imaginary stress film in your head – and shift your experience to the practical experience of the task at hand.

And remember –
You are the Creator – when you embody your creativity – you manifest your dreams!

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  • What beliefs/feelings/reactions do you carry about the word responsibility?  And how do you tend to “deal” with the responsibilities in your life?

 

  • How does this simple embodiment exercise for breathing help you take the next step? How did you feel, and how do you plan to integrate this into your life?

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Creative D.R.I.V.E. in ACTION

Weekly implementation to deepen your practice! Simply do yourself a favor and while working with these questions – STAY PHYSICAL!

  1. Take a pen and paper and in this relaxed and experiential state write down one next step. It can be as simple as noticing I am hungry – make lunch. Or I will call so and so.
  2. Now do it.
  3. When finished. Stop and do this training with breathing – breath for a minute. Then write down the next step. Now do it.
  4. Do this three times.
  5. And then go about your day.

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