Join the Earth School Mud Challenge

By jennagriffiths | March 15, 2011

“The greatest service you can do for this planet
is take responsibility for your own thoughts.”
Richard Moss

How this works:
can you let your mud settle?can you allow your mud to settle
can you sit with a feeling until your mud settles?
Some days, even if its a beautiful sunny day, I can’t see clearly because my mud is unsettled.
It’s hard to see that its my own thoughts that stir up the mud.
But if I wait a bit. And catch myself shaking myself up with a painful thought
then the battle is mostly won. I see it’s me doing the shaking not the other person or wharever’s happening.
Suddenly I am free. Because if its me doing the shaking, I can stop shaking up the mud whenever I wish.
And then, as soon as I can see more clearly, I notice something. Actually it’s a beautiful sunny day today. How lucky I am to be here on this beautiful planet.

This powerful exercise comes from Richard Moss.

Join the Earth School Mud Challenge

My challenge to you:
Have fun trying to catch yourself in the act over the next 30 days.

My son helped me make you a quick video to see how:

Earth School Mud Challenge?

Get yourself a beautiful jar or bottle.
Put some Earth in it.
Top up the jar with clear water.

Then leave the jar on your desk or anywhere
else in your home where you can see it.

And then?

Whenever you find yourself getting upset
or angry for whatever reason
take the jar and shake it to remind yourself
you’re upsetting yourself with a story.

What’s the painful or scary story you’re busy
telling yourself right now?

Can you let go of this story as the past not the present
and allow your mud to settle?

Can you sit with a feeling and feel it fully
without the story recreating the pain all over again?

What will you win if you take part?

Fun with your family.
Peace of mind.
Freedom from endless self torture.

More about allowing your mud to settle?
Scroll down or click here to see a previous post
More about Richard Moss?
Richard will be joining us again in Earth School on 1 April on the topic “Inner Critic”.
Make sure you’re registered in Earth School Free auditorium for his next interview.

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6 Responses to “Join the Earth School Mud Challenge”

  1. Tanya Says:
    March 20th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    HI Jena

    Great idea to make the video.
    Think you are abit too hard on yourself, really enjoyed it, it was to the point, and the message was there ie: the different voices worked to represent how are minds have total bombardment from external influences. Part of us always wants to be critical, usually a reflection of self, at first I would have said video too shakey but no thats the agitation of the mud in our minds.
    Look forward to see others imput and if I can get my hands on a camera I might give it a go myself.
    gratitude and love

  2. jennagriffiths Says:
    March 20th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Tanya,

    Thanks for your input. Yes, get that camera. I’d love to see what you come up with.

  3. Sharon Lee Says:
    March 20th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Jenna, I could really relate to your mud story about a friend not showing up! I can think horrid thoughts myself.

    Just recently, I couldn’t take an appointment, and I passed it to my lifemate to take care of her. She was originally his client to begin with. We have both been hairstylists for over 30 years each and have found other alternative streams of income, so this is not the only career path in our lives. But, we don’t want to give up our valued customers, so we try to fit it in our crazy schedule somehow. Some other significant emergency came up, regarding our daughter, and both of us forgot all about her. She is a dear and most valued customer of ours, and we both felt really bad about forgetting to be available to her. Anyway, we both called her at different times and apologized and neither one of us heard from her for days! My thoughts went to her not being able to forgive us for not being there for her… She is really a lovely lady usually. But, she’s in her 80’s with serious Osteoporosis. Maybe she suddenly got upset! Maybe her phone doesn’t work. Oh, I thought of so many silly things that she could be upset with… In the end, days later, she finally called again, thinking that it was her fault for not checking her message machine at home before arriving for her appointment. She just didn’t have time until the few days later to reschedule another appointment. ” No worries she said. She knew there was a logical reason for forgetting. In the back of my mind, I knew she was the kind of person who was understanding and compassionate. But, I didn’t want her to even think that I would take advantage of her, or worse, take her for granted! I really do try to be grateful ALL the time for what I have. BUT, forgetting about someone brings up guilt! Am I getting too big for my own good? Am I forgetting about the people that matter? There isn’t enough of me to spread around! OHHHH!!!! It is a challenge NOT to make up ridiculous stories in my head why she didn’t call back right away!

  4. jennagriffiths Says:
    March 20th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Sharon Lee,
    Great example of how we stir up our mud. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Jocelyne Says:
    March 20th, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Keep it Jenna!
    Make an 11 year old very happy!

  6. Jenna Griffiths Says:
    March 28th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks Jocelyne. Good advice!