In Carl Jung’s wise words “What we resist persists.” Noticing where we have resistance is a powerful practice.

I keep thinking about how I want things to be a certain way, yet it’s out of my control. And rather than letting it go and letting it be, I find my thoughts still hanging on to how things were and how I don’t want this to be happening right now.

I ask myself … Why is this happening? … How can I escape the unfairness of it?… How can I make things right?

This kind of thinking only takes me away from being present and makes me feel off balance and fearful. There’s a tightness around my heart.

And then I read this quote:

“If you are resisting something, you are feeding it. Any energy you fight, you are feeding. If you are pushing something away, you are inviting it to stay.” ~ Michael Singer.

Whenever we push something away, we bring energy to it and it resists. The more we push, the more energy is created, and so it resists even more in order to stay.

When we push something away, we are inviting it to stay.

Well I certainly don’t want that!

fish slap wake up call

I love messages that hit me like a cold wet fish being slapped across the face.

Others might think of it as a kind of wake up call.

Hello river, here I come again.

Consider what you have been resisting that is still firmly there…. Feel the fish slap, let it go and join me in the flow once more.

65 comments on “* Resistance Wake Up Call

  1. You, Singer…deep wisdom

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  2. Brilliant. โ˜บ

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  3. Great post Val and it is exactly like a wet fish in the face, and I can say from experience, it will not go away until we address the issue ha! I say bring it on! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. “River, teach me how to float….” (Peter Gabriel) Jung was wise indeed~

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  5. I like to face things and I can see that by fighting them off you are wasting energy. Is this like letting go? To preserve energy for something worth expressing it. Pretty deep and powerful, Val. ~Zen-like. โ™ก

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    • Thank you Robin. ๐Ÿ’› Sometimes we resist things without knowing (like feeling unwell), other times we notice when we are fighting against something (like a change at work). Either way, when we notice, its an opportunity to let go and accept something that is out of our control. Sometimes the realization isn’t easy!

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  6. Pushing the river wonโ€™t alter its flow. Hereโ€™s to allowing things to be โ€œas they areโ€ while we โ€œgo with the flowโ€ and โ€œembrace the now.โ€

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    • Thanks Nancy! I know I wasn’t aware I was pushing the river, until I read this quote. Gentle reminders are often needed to ensure we haven’t run aground along the way ๐Ÿ’›


  7. Much truth here. The Law of Attraction. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. I wish I knew how but this is definitely right on!

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    • Thank you Julie. A part of us thinks its ok to resist something unpleasant… but our resistance only adds to the suffering we already feel. That’s what I realized with this quote. Acknowledging this is the beginning towards letting it go.

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  9. Great one, Val. Right on time. Thank you.

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  10. Thought provoking concept to start the day Val. Thanks for that.

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  11. Great thoughts here, Val. That fish photo is hilarious! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Interesting Val, I never thought of it that way, thanks for the new insight. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yep, it’s always best to go with the flow…

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  13. Job’s a good ‘un.

    H โค

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  14. Nice lesson for me, Val. Thanks. I think the practice of letting go and and letting be and just flow and trust that everything will turn out okay is a wise

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  15. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature

    It is what it is. I find when I fight reality, I never win. It’s ok. Right now. Thanks Val, although I am resisting the fish metaphor, haha!

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  16. Feel the fish slap!!! hahahahahaha – that was greatness! I complete agree, and even with my mantras – I won’t say “I breath in courage and breath out fear” because I don’t want to even speak fears, so “I breath in courage and breath out release” LOL, it’s not always easy to come up with a counter that won’t have me feeding the wrong end!

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  17. Another pearl of wisdom! Indeed, nothing fishy about your advice! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  18. Carol Ferenc

    Okay, Val, I want to let go and let it be so I’ll feel the fish slap . . . but I don’t think I’ll like it. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Great post!!

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  19. Good one, Val. Cold, wet fishโ€ฆ love it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  20. A great reminder of being mindful ๐Ÿ™‚ of our thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚ sometimes we need those wet fishes to slap us now and again LOL..

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  21. I can relate to this and it is spot on!

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  22. I would bake the wet fish and turn it into a positively, delightful feast. Turning something negative into something positive. Hard to do, but not impossible. Loved your post, Val.

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  23. Wise advice, loved it.

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  24. There are some disturbing thoughts. If i resist ,they pester me. if I don’t they are there torturing me. What to do?

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  25. Very wise Val, but I prefer the fish at my plate ๐Ÿ˜€

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  26. Recognising it has been the wake up call for me Val. Great post.

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  27. Wonderful and timely advice. Love the fish-slap image! ๐Ÿ˜€

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