On a cold, rainy, windy, late-autumn New York evening, I found myself hurrying up Sixth Avenue to my friend’s birthday party. Gusts blew the rain in all directions. I huddled under my umbrella, trying to keep as much of myself dry as I could. I was still getting cold and wet, especially my feet. I was miserable and tense.
A few minutes later I found myself striding confidently, relaxed, and open in the same cold, rain, and wind. I felt joyful. When I noticed the change, I laughed out loud.
What happened in between? Where did the joy and confidence come from?
I had been working on increasing my self-awareness for about a year by then and had reached a level where I could create and adopt new beliefs without thinking ...