The Toilet Analogy

Yesterday I heard a great analogy about being in the moment.  It ranks as one of the best that I have ever heard.  Be warned – it is somewhat scatological in nature.  Today we hear about the toilet analogy.


Welcome back

I trust that everyone had a great weekend.  I did a bit of cooking and cleaning.  I also got out for a little walking.  We even had our first thunderstorm of the spring.  All in all it was a pretty good weekend.


Dr. Lou Tenaglia

Yesterday I was at the Circle of Miracles in Doylestown, PA.  The presentation for the day was by Dr. Lou Tenaglia.  This was the second time Dr. Lou had spoken there in a few months.  He also presented one of the best analogies about being in the moment that I have ever heard.


Dr. Lou talked a bit about how we get stuck between being in the past and being fearful of the future.  When we are stuck in between these two ways of thinking we are out of the moment.  We get very torn when we are in this space.


Now, when we finally get ourselves in the moment, we frequently want to jump out of the moment.  Here is where the scatological analogy comes in.


The analogy

Imagine that you have just finished using the bathroom.  You flush the toilet.  Suddenly you decide to reach your hand in and grab and pull everything back out of the toilet.


Of course no one does that.  But we do the same thing spiritually when we finally achieve being in the moment and decide to reach back in and re-live our past.  Or we are in the moment and decide to start worrying about the future.


When we are in the moment we have finally relieved ourselves of our garbage.  We have finally let go of all that was dragging us down.  Then we decide that we have to revert to our old thinking patterns.  That is when we perform the toilet drill.  All the stuff is on the way to where it is supposed to go – and we just have to drag it back.


I confess to doing this on a regular basis.  I do not do it in the ways that I once did.  Nor do I do it as often.  Yet I still have not learned everything about being in the moment and will on occasion drag everything back after I have let it go. 


Maybe this analogy will help me in the future.  Maybe I will more readily recognize when I am jumping out of the moment.


Thanks to Dr. Lou for this one.  I am sure that I will remember it for a long time.


Until tomorrow –


Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.




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One Response to The Toilet Analogy

  1. Liara Covert says:

    Learning to jump in and out of moments is a step toward jumping in and out of dimensions. As you begin to realize what is possible is expanding, you no longer limit yourself to what you had been conditioned to believe. Moving beyond beliefs enables you to tap into inner knowing. Where you go from there is completely up to instinct and inner voice.

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