The Art of Anchoring 4
Our goal should be to get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed. (Abraham Heschel)
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“That quote by Abraham Heschel expresses one of the most important life practices. I call it radical amazement.
But even though I recognize it as one of the most important practices, I keep forgetting it.”
“To practice is to remember to practice. Remembering is the bottleneck in any practice. It’s not a matter of knowledge – which you have –, but access.
It is impossible not to forget. Thoughts are fleeting. Your conscious mental space is limited.
Forgetting is outside your control. What you can control is the frequency of remembering.”
“How can I maximize the frequency of remembering?
“Fill your life with reminders. This is a design process.
I like to distinguish between several types of reminders: direct and indirect, external and internal.
Direct reminders are explicit reminders. You can write physically on pieces of paper, or digitally in various places on your computer:
What gifts are you taking for granted?
Indirect reminders are things that you turn into reminders. You can write it on the sky – make the sky a reminder for the practice. You can make a color a reminder for the practice. You can surround yourself with human reminders, people who embody the practice and thus constantly remind you of it.
All these are external reminders.
You can also use internal reminders – turn certain thoughts and feelings into reminders for the practice.”