This is a guest post by Anthony Meindl
JUDITH LASATER, a wonderful yoga teacher and writer, tells a story about “selling the goat.” The story is a metaphor about giving stressful situations in your life room to breathe, to see them with a new pair of eyes from a different perspective. She suggests, “selling the goat” – which simply means, to let go of your fixed, fear based hold on things and see the situation from a more accurate, more objective perspective.
I’m taking her idea one step further. To me, “the goat” represents not only our conditioned way of thinking about things and our habituated response from a negative, limited-view way of thinking, but also, it represents the multitude of distractions in our lives.
You know the ones.
Unsupportive friends. Negative lovers. Disrespectful agents. Toxic relationships. Two-timing partners. Mean managers.
Sell it. Get rid of it. Life is too short.
We end up expending so much wasted energy on things (i.e. Drama!) that don’t hasten our growth. That don’t nurture our talent. That make us question and doubt ourselves. That make us feel unworthy and untalented.
That support our incorrect belief that we don’t deserve any better.
When you get distracted by such energy-suckers, make this your new mantra:
“I don’t have that kind of time!”
We don’t, people. No one does.
So simply. Effortlessly. Sell. The. Goat!
“We say we waste time. But really, we waste ourselves.” – Alice Bloch
Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer, producer, director and actor whose first feature screenplay, THE WONDER GIRLS, was the Grand Prize Winning Feature Screenplay in the Slamdance Film Festival Screenplay Competition in 2007. Prior to this accomplishment, Meindl was responsible for the production of an array of award-winning projects. His background in acting, training, and performance has afforded him the opportunity to create what has become a thriving artist community in Los Angeles.