Being considered a professional is important. But most of us are 'old' professionals, not old in age, but old in thinking style and approach to living. Old professionals separate science and spirit and think in terms of either/or - 'you're either for me, or against me.' New professionals connect science and spirit and think in both/and terms. Please read: The New Professionalism: Connecting Science and Spirit, available at www.WisdomAtWorkUSA.com.
Monday, December 3, 2012
The kind of ‘thinking’ I’ve been writing about, is the
so-called ‘loose/tight’ kind, the kind in which you hold your usual, habitual
ways of thinking loosely, but cling tightly to your ideal spiritual vision. The
habitual ways you want to hold loosely are: pessimism, fear, pre-emptive
attack, blame, hyper-vigilance and business as usual planning. The ideal
spiritual vision you want to cling to is: optimism and a vision of an inclusive
world that works for everyone and everything in it. We need not know how, and
indeed can not know how to bring such a world about, but only that we desire it,
believe such a world is possible and are willing to take the next step, the
step that feels right, that we are guided to take.
‘Loose/tight’ thinking is more intuitive than rational, more
inner than outer. It involves both sides of our brains, the rational analytical
left side and the intuitive visionary right side. It is ‘whole brain’ thinking,
both/and thinking, in which we use
all of our mental capacity. It emphasizes the intuitive and visionary, because
normally we de-emphasize these.
Loose/tight thinking is the kind of thinking that enables us
to be aware of our intentions, will not engender blame or guilt when we ‘fail’
to meet them, but rather sees such ‘failures’ as opportunities for a necessary course
correction. Loose/tight thinking is more about resonance than deciding. It’s
like the way we appreciate a song, a painting or a sunset. The song just
resonates within us and we like it. We don’t decide to like it, we feel
we like it, we know we like it, we just like it.
So loose/tight thinking is the kind of thinking I’ve been
writing about. Try it, it works, plus it’s a great freeing, empowering, more
creative and less stressful change from our habitual ways of thinking.