How resistance can be a good thing

Jan 29, 2014

Teaching my new course last week, I said, “What if resistance could be a good thing?”

Because if you are resisting something, that means there is something more you want.

Resistance signals a desire for more – more art, vibrancy, connection, beauty, freedom. The desire to write a poem, move your body, ease off on the relentless self-criticism, plant a row of bulbs by your front door is beckoning.

Underneath it, or on the other side of resistance, is your pulsing desire.

Yes, even under the resistance to cleaning the dirty bathroom, taking out the recycling, having the hard conversation. The more you want might be order, a thriving planet, a healthy relationship.

What if – instead of seeing resistance as a force to fight against – you see it as a mindfulness bell, reminding you to wake up, look around, and ask: “What is the more I want? Resistance tells me more is here, right now, or I wouldn’t be feeling it. That means more is possible right now. What’s the next simple step into more?”

Why not train resistance to focus you on the pull of what you desire? Then let that pull you into action, step after small step. Even pull you toward cleaning the toilet!

Welcome that scowling bad boy with, “Hey resistance, damn glad you showed up. I’m awake now and taking action on MORE!”

Remember: more not only beckons, it’s already here, ripe for the taking. Reach out your hand and grab it. Now.

Resistance in the house? Then so is desire. Turn toward what you want more of right now.
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Resistance tells you more is here, right now, or you wouldn’t be feeling it. More is possible right now.
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Train resistance to work for you.
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