There is a genius inside us.
Slow down for a moment. Take a deep breath and exhale slowly. Come into your body more fully.
Now, let's notice what our minds are busy with. Notice that we are deciphering symbols which form a language which enables us to share information and ideas across time and space. We might also be listening to music, thinking about dinner and noticing the temperature of the room.
Over the course of one day your mind might use speech and written language, solve math equations, exchange money, maneuver heavy machinery, follow directions, read music, develop solutions, make complex decisions, reason deductively, sing songs from memory, follow through on plans made in the past, write a poem, prepare a meal, tie a knot, engage with laws of physics, make plans for the future, plot a garden, teach someone else something and interact socially with others of your species. This, of course is just the beginning of a very long list!
It's no wonder we're tired at the end of the day. Yet, even while we sleep, our minds are busy teasing out solutions to problems or literally dreaming up new and useful ideas.
For most of us, this continuous intake, sorting and output of information takes such little effort we aren't even aware we are thinking! We are smarter than we believe.
When was the last time you recognized or gave yourself credit for your genius? Sadly, we are accustomed to taking ourselves for granted. We might habitually belittle ourselves with name calling or allow others to do the same. We might believe stories we were told about ourselves in school or at home when we were children. We may have never considered the magnitude of our own minds because no one told us we were geniuses!
Take another long breath while you consider your genius now.
No matter what may have happened in the past which led you to negate or undermine your Genius Self, know that the truth is you have a brilliant mind.
Daily Commitment: 9-24-09. Today, make a point to stop two or three times over the course of your day and take a long, slow breath. Notice all the ways your Genius Self is engaged. Honor this part of you who is working on solutions even while you sleep. Allow yourself to really feel wonder and honor as you contemplate the enormity of your own mind. Breathe into these feelings of wonder and honor so they expand. When you feel full, exhale with an "aaaaahhhhhh" sound and imagine all the universe smiling in acknowledgement of your brilliance.