Roger Harty: Pull The Other One!

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THE above phrase is often used in terms of humour – it refers to someone telling you a tall story that they are asking you to believe and you reply that instead of ‘pulling my leg’, why not ‘pull the other one’.

It also gives recognition to the fact that we have two legs, like we have two hands and also two feet.

Other than doing the obvious of using both our hands and walking with both our feet, have we ever used these limbs to help us in other aspects of our lives.

Ok, where I am coming from here is the whole area of automation and preconditioning in our lives.

Most people have a dominant hand. Statistics will indicate that 90% of people are in fact right-handed.

Have you ever tried using  your less dominant hand for doing tasks – if you are right-handed then try buttering your bread with your left hand or vice versa.

The question now is – can this bring benefit to our lives and if so what is the benefit?

I believe it can, so let me explain further.

You see we automatically use our dominant hand so when we use our non-dominant hand we feel a certain type of awkwardness.

This ‘awkwardness’ feeling can in itself can be very useful in the way that it opens up the whole area of ‘self-consciousness’ within us.

We feel awkward so we feel much more awareness of the task we are doing right now i.e. buttering the bread.

This awareness of what we are doing in the ‘present moment’ can and will bring huge benefits to our lives if we practice it on a regular basis.

It’s not just me that is saying this but it’s the advice given to us by Jesus ( I Am (is)  The Way), The Buddha and more modern gurus like Jon Kabat-Zinn and Eckhart Tolle (the Power of Now).

Important note; they are all basically saying the same thing – Become Aware and Practice Awareness.

In fact the whole phenomenon of practicing  mindfulness and meditation that has taken over the world, is based on awareness of the present moment right here right now.

We have ready access to our limbs so we have ready access to ‘The Present Moment’ by using out non dominant limbs on a regular basis.

It stops us from using our bodies in the automated way.

This in turn makes us aware that we can switch from the automated way to the manual way by simply using our left hand instead of our right hand.

Anything that delivers awareness within can only be a good thing and is a great place to start.

Next week I am going to write about — ‘Delivering Results’

One Comment

  1. Matty O'Leary says:

    In the ‘present moment’, western civilisation has been using its non-dominant left hand in politics with feeling of ‘awkwardness’ and ‘self-consciousness’.

    But, the right is rising “right here right now”.

    How Do We Make Society Better? Left vs. Right #5