Friday, October 2, 2009

The Joy Diet: Week 2, Truth.

It's week two of reading The Joy Diet by Martha Beck with The Next Chapter Book Club.  This week's ingredient for a joyful life is truth.  There are so many juicy morsels in this week's ingredient that I hardly know where to start.  So I'll start with the truth.

The truth is that this week's ingredient challenged me in many ways, much more so than last week's "nothing".   And, if we are being honest, I didn't explore this chapter as fully as I might have liked, mostly due to a lack of time to get quiet and get introspective.  But here is what I know:  I've spent the past two years--in other ways, the past five--excavating my truth.  And it feels good.  Really good.  But it is a marathon and not a sprint and sometimes it is really challenging.

Beck includes a few useful questions for experiencing truth:  What am I feeling?  What hurts?  What is the painful story I am telling? Can I be sure that my painful story is true?  Is my painful story working? Can I think of another story that might work better?  And, my favorite of the questions and one that Beck labels an "action criterion", of the options available to me, which one brings the most love into the world?

Admittedly some days I got stuck at "what am I feeling?", which I think happens to everyone.  But on the days that I could work past that to the "Is my painful story working?" and "Which options bring the most love into the world?"  I tried these questions in relationship to questions and situations both big and small that I faced this week and found that it totally changed not only my perspective, but also how I reacted to what I was facing.  Turns out truth really is all it is cracked up to be and it brings a sense of peace with it.

And I leave you with a quote:

"Victor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor of the Nazi death camps, said, "There are two ways to go to the gas chamber: free or not free."  It is the truth that offers us this freedom, the freedom to test what we are taught, to accept what we feel in our hearts, to believe what we know in our bones, and to love ourselves--including the worst aspects of ourselves--until we see through enough of our illusions to discover who we were really meant to be."~Martha Beck, The Joy Diet, p. 44


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9 comments:

Karen D said...

thanks for sharing your week of truth. I came to some truths also and found once I really looked at them they were not as bad as I thought.

Lisa said...

What a beautiful way to express that truth is how we respond to what's around us... and the wonderful part is if we can rise above the feelings and dig a little deeper, we discover the truth that we have a choice. Bravo!

Diva Kreszl said...

Thank you for sharing your thougts on this chapter...I find I am learning as much from others as from myself!

Ellecubed said...

Thank you so much for sharing your approach to truth this week.

Melita said...

i love your approach to the truth. very nice quote too. have a fabulous weekend!

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

I too used Victor's quote. Great to see that you have also.

yogag33k said...

Love the quote!! Truth is certainly a lifelong process huh? Not something that can be accomplished in a week and it sounds like you've been workin' it for a while now!! Peace to you this week. Hopefully next week's Desire will bring us lots of yummy thoughts! <3

Grammy said...

I enjoyed you story of the truth. And find a bit of my self in it too. But I did not do as well as you did.

The Other Laura said...

Thanks for sharing your truth!