Quality: Good memory
Message of Self-Mastery: Mental focus; remembering details; joy in challenging the mind; for exams, puzzles, word games; new projects; greater awareness; attitude of “now I get it”; for tracing back to past traumas with clarity; helps past issues to surface to the conscious mind; learning from mistakes.
Pattern of Disharmony: Forgetfulness; absent-mindedness; dullness; missing details; going along without purpose or direction; for the “out to lunch” state; “sowing wild oats.”
I accept willingly all that comes to me, for all things are divine gifts of love!
|Attentive to detail
|Good memory retention
|Able to learn lessons
|Living fully in the present
|Able to concentrate
|Inattentive to detail
|Holding onto the past
The positive Avocado state is like opening a window in a boarded-up room. Avocado not only awakens attentiveness, but the zeal to apply ourselves as well. Instead of being mentally absent, day-dreamy, disorganized or spacey, we are awake and alert. Avocado boasts that state of readiness to complete the task before us, be it studying for an exam or making a major career decision. Positive Avocado implies a strong sense of direction and the willingness to move forward with purpose.
The following story humorously illustrates Avocado’s mental focus and fixity of purpose:
“My son is a football player,” wrote Colleen. “In his first year at college he was told by a professor, ‘Buddy, keep going the way you are, and you’ll be out of here soon. You’re digging yourself in deep.’
“He was in college only for football,” she continued, “wondering in his freshman year how he was going to get through four years of university. On a hunch, I put him on Avocado. All of a sudden, he was studying and bringing his homework to breakfast. My 210-pound, 6’4″ son had developed a love for French, history, and literature!”
Avocado’s message of good memory extends beyond shopping lists and the ability to tag correct names onto long-forgotten faces. Its motto is mental dexterity-a mind poised at the starting gate waiting to begin the race; an intellect that welcomes unsolvable problems and mental endurance tests, much like a well-toned athlete looking forward to training sessions. The mind is like a muscle; the more we exercise it, the more it grows.
Conversely, the negative Avocado state manifests as attitudes of shirking and shrinking. These noncommittal attitudes-always self-chosen-leave us on the sidelines, rendering us spectators of our own lives. In the negative Avocado state, we repeat the same mistakes over and over because we “just don’t get it.” I have a friend who jokingly says that he always makes different mistakes, thus refusing to succumb to the negative Avocado state. What he is actually saying is that he is at least putting out the energy to learn from his mistakes, thereby eliminating the need to repeat them.
Being dreamy, forgetful, and anywhere but in the moment indicate the need for Avocado. Living in the past is another negative Avocado trait. So is regretting past words or actions we cannot change. Avocado deals with the quality of our thoughts, both waking and sleeping. Many people report changes in their dreams on Avocado. When the conscious mind is sharpened, the subconscious mind also reflects a certain clarity.
Mentally challenge yourself with word games, board games and puzzles.
Learn a foreign language and plan a trip to a country where it is spoken.
Invent something-mechanical, culinary or whatever sparks your imagination-and test it out. Take a night class or correspondence course in an area of interest.
At bedtime, mentally review the events of the day and what you have learned from them.
It is the peak of autumn. The cloak of a cooler climate envelops the ground. The misty October winds entice the clouds to clap with thunderous delight, applauding the chilly afternoon. Droplets of rain trickle through the heavens’ upturned palms. Amorphous pools of water collect in the rutted gravel road beneath your feet. If you don’t step carefully around them, your walking shoes will soon be soaked.
Remember being a child and stepping smack in the middle of the puddles-directly after being told not to? Well, no one’s looking-go ahead. Splash and stir as loudly as you like. Now, step back and squat down beside the puddle. Once clear, now it is clouded. How like a distracted, unfocused mind, this mud puddle! The crystal raindrops of moments ago are now a “sedimental mess.”
Focus on this little pool of water. Watch what happens as the mud of directionless, distracted thoughts settles. Clarity returns. Purpose and mindfulness surface once again.
Call up this image, like a file on your mental computer, whenever your mind is clouded. Transmute the erstwhile muddle of forgetfulness into the crystal pool of remembrance.