When we allow ourselves to feel our feelings, what should be intolerable becomes intolerable.
In an experiment, scientist placed a group of frogs in a tub of water and heated the water. As the water became hot quickly, the frogs jumped out. In another experiment, the scientists put frogs in a similar tub and increased the heat by a few degrees each day. Daily, the frogs adapted and stayed in the pond until they died. Through gradually adjusting to an unnatural environment, they lost their sensitivity to pain and paid a dear price. This phenomenon is called “Drift”.
We consider it admirable to be well adjusted, but the question is Well adjusted to what? If we are well adjusted to listening our inner voice, and acting on it, we are well adjusted indeed. But if we are well adjusted to pain, conflict, lethargy, procrastination, failure and poverty thinking, then we are not well adjusted at all.
We drift morally, when we accept things that hurt us for too long so that we lose our ability to feel the pain. Every day if we will keep adjusting to our bad habits and failures, then it is a surety that after sometime we will not be able to differentiate between our natural and unnatural states. While pain is not our natural state or our destiny, but it can certainly be, if we don’t recognize it within a curable timeframe and take it as a signal, that we must make a change.
To avoid drift, we must begin to tell the truth about our experience. If we let ourselves feel our feelings, we will discover valuable message that will guide us to rectify our direction, whenever we start to drift away. Our mind and heart will speak to us and it is up to us to act on the voice of inner wisdom within ourselves. There is no chance of misguidance, given we act on the negative signals we receive, instead of adjusting with them.
“Help me hear my guidance and act on it.”