GLOSS Issue 20 FEB 2015 - Page 78

Do what you should do Shomo Morita taught his patients that our emotions, like the weather, have nothing to do with our need to do the work, to live our lives. Emotions like fear and anxiety come and go, and we can note them, but we don’t need to battle them or obsess over them, particularly when they become an impediment to creation. If fear is able to keep up us from showing up when it’s our turn, then fear has won the day and it will return again and again. Morita took a different approach: When fear arrives, do what you should do. Note the fear, welcome it if you can, but do what you should do. It’s noisy out here Which means you’ve got to figure out how to make it quiet in there. There are two places to find our footing, to get the stability we seek. The most common way: We can buy into the industrial system, seeking to make everything okay by finding and grabbing sinecure, a niche where the world will leave us alone. How’s that working for you? The alternative is understanding that the world isn’t going to provide this haven. The only reliable way to find our footing is to create it, to change the story we tell ourselves, to build an internal foundation that not only tolerates a crazy world filled with change, but embraces it. The sailor doesn’t mind a rough sea. It’s not because he’s physically different from you - it’s because the rocking of the boat is expected. We naturally find our own horizon when the external one is rocking. Suffering comes from the impossible juxtaposition of a world that can’t possibly live up to our unreasonable expectations. "THE EXPLORER IS THE PERSON WHO IS LOST." At night, clouds can float in front of the moon, but it doesn’t change the fact that the moon is still there. There’s nothing at all we can do about the clouds, and trying to will away our anxiety or to wait until we’re in the mood to do our best is an invitation to frustration. - Tim Cahill Morita therapy was developed in Japan in the 1920s. The essence of the approach is that productive people are able to distinguish between their feelings and their need to their work, to show up with mindful effort.