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February 14, 2013
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FENSKE: Don't live life viewed through the rear view mirror

"A car has a relatively small rear view mirror so we can occasionally glance back to where we've been. It has an enormous windshield so we can look ahead to where we are going (and where we are in the moment). Now is the time to look forward and re-imagine all the possibilities that lie before you." - Television advertisement for AARP----------------------Watching the Grammy Awards I was entertained by all the clever advertising during the sponsor breaks from the show. One in particular, the one quoted above, struck me as a real metaphor for life. It also can double as a lesson for life.If, while driving a car you were focused mainly on the rear view mirror, the likelihood of an eventual crash is pretty real because you aren't seeing what is right in front of you. In life if you are focused mainly on what is behind you, your past, the likelihood of an eventual crash is pretty real as well."What does she mean by this?," you may be asking. Let's look at it from the point of view of small mind, of limited mind, of ego mind. If you continually live in the past and tell your story from that perspective it usually contains within it feelings of fear, blame, lack of appreciation, victimization, unworthiness, not deserving, anger, judgment, criticism or a myriad of other lower frequency qualities. The voice of small mind keeps you stuck and eventually you will likely crash into loneliness, depression and/or ennui.In contrast, if when driving a car you mainly focus on what you see through the enormous windshield, you have a larger view of all that is going on around you and of where you are heading. Just as in life when you can see clearly with the larger perspective of Big Mind - the mind of God, of Spirit - you see all the possibilities that lie before you. You are no longer trapped in the scarcity and narrow vision of small mind very often. You see the expansive view of limitlessness around you.In this expansive worldview and vision that flows naturally when you are in Big Mind, you are focused on what is emerging right now, in the moment, and in the potentiality of your future. You feel excitement, joy, motivation and a real zest for life. These are all higher frequency emotions and qualities that are who you really are at your essence. You are grateful and aware of grace when it visits you.Once you practice looking out through the great windshield of life instead of putting your attention on the rear view mirror, you can then start writing your new story. You will write it from the experiences of Big Mind that are in front of you now and close all the chapters from the past. Can you imagine how liberating that could be? You have a choice, you always do. What better time than now to begin re-imagining all the possibilities that are before you?This week I challenge you to make it your intention to start writing your new story from a new, forward vision of infinite possibilities. Make it your intention to stay in the liberating space of Big Mind. If you find yourself occasionally reverting to the rear view mirror and the old story, that's OK. Just be aware and make a choice in that moment to refocus back to the bigger picture. Have fun!===============Catherine Fenske, Ph.D. (c), is the owner of Live With Intention Coaching. She is a certified life coach and spiritual counselor. She is also a Reiki Master/teacher; body-mind-spirit practitioner and evolutionary. Catherine can be reached at 505-795-7779 or at Go to or visit her blog at to learn more about her.

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