Sunday, July 20, 2014
There are times when we feel that we are spinning our wheels in the mud in terms of progress. This can be especially true following a period of major growth in which we feel as if weíve gained a lot of ground. In fact, this is the way growth goesóperiods of intense forward movement give way to periods of what seems like stagnation. In those moments when we feel discouraged, itís helpful to remember that we donít ever really go backward. It may be that we are at a standstill because there is a new obstacle in our paths, or a new layer to get through, but the hard work we have done cannot be undone.
Every step on the path is meaningful, and even one that seems to take us backward is a forward step in the sense that it is what we must do to move to the next level. In addition, an intense growth spurt requires that we rest for a time in order to fully integrate the new energies that have been liberated by our hard work. When we feel we are not making progress, we can encourage ourselves to take a moment to rest. We can meditate more, feed ourselves well, and get extra sleep. Before we know it, we will be spurred on to work toward the next level of our development, and this rest will make sense then as something we needed in order to continue.
Once the sun rises, it doesnít go backward but instead follows its path in one direction. It may appear to stand still for a moment in time, or to move more slowly at some point or another, but really it is steadily moving forward on its path. We are the same way, and once we have moved through something we can never really go back. We may be resting or revisiting issues that seem old, and itís natural to feel stuck, but in truth we are always taking the next important step forward on our path.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
There are days when we are going to feel self-conscious and insecure about our abilities. These feelings cause us to react emotionally to the opinions or comments of others. If we can spend time strengthening our self-confidence, we soon discover that we wonít give as much authority to the opinions of others. If we simply set aside some quiet time to visualize ourselves as a strong, competent person today. All it takes is to see ourselves acting with absolute confidence, focus, and inner strength, regardless of what is happening around us. While it may take time to fully integrate this confidence into our personality, we will eventually begin to feel this way without having to consciously intend it.
Building up our confidence empowers us to appreciate our own abilities, regardless of the feedback we receive from others. Our own insecurities about our capabilities can often have a negative impact on our interactions with others. Rather than relying on the opinions of others for validation of our self-worth, we can choose to create a strong sense of confidence about our abilities. Doing this helps us learn to turn to ourselves for our sense of validation and approval, and we become less affected by the comments we receive from others. Devoting time to building a strong belief in your abilities today will enable you to calm your emotions and overcome your insecurities.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
We all have to do things we don't want to and even dread doing. The easiest solution is to change our attitude.
We all have days when we're faced with chores, errands, or responsibilities that we just donít want to do. Yes, that includes me! And I don't know about any of you but, trust me its times like these, itís so easy to get irritable. What does it help? It's not going to change the fact that we still have to do them. Matter of fact it'll most likely make things worse, so we just might as well accept that fact and adjust our attitude. Many wise people have pointed out that it is not so much what we do as it is how we do it that makes the difference.
Itís important when weíre facing something thatís most difficult, whether itís doing those mundane Saturday chores, paying the creditors, or having to deal with a challenging family member or co-worker, that we lovingly support ourselves through the process. The more supported we feel, the easier it is to open our minds to the idea that we could change our way of looking at the situation. In truth, most of what we donít like doing is intimately intertwined with our blessings. When we remember this, we feel gratitude, which makes it hard to stay in a dark mood.
We can shift our attitude by considering how much we love our home as we clean it and how lucky we are to have a roof over our head. Any task can be transformed from a burden to a necessary aspect of caring for something we love. All we have to do is shift our perspective, and our attitude follows shortly behind.
Friday, July 18, 2014
When we are resisting something based on a limited understanding, we must then open ourselves to willingness.
There are times, more often than we care to admit, when we find ourselves struggling, even battling in an all out war with our thoughts and emotions. We may feel that something is to be done a certain way or not at all. Forget it, it's just not happening! Or there may be some other situation that feels absolutely black and white. No if ands or but It's this way, cut and dried, no grey areas. We all know from experience life isn't this way at all!óItís more the way we are looking at our experiences that is causing the turmoil within us. However, when we finally realize that the struggle is with ourselves, we can then turn our attention to the source in order to solve the problem, but we must be being willing to look where we need to even if it means feeling emotions that may make us most uncomfortable at first. Once we do then we can choose to really open ourselves to understanding all the options we can imagine. We are likely to discover that we are resisting something based on a limited understanding, and we must then open ourselves to willingness.
When we are willing to look at all the possibilities, we also become willing to accept that there is room for more than we can imagine. We can release ourselves from the grip we had on our emotions and stop limiting ourselves. We may have been unwilling to experience feeling loss, confusion, fear, or even joy for some reason or another, but when we realize that our understanding was limited we allow space for the universe to move in our lives.
Opening ourselves to willingness may feel like we are surrendering or abandoning all that we believe in. But at the same time it is an act of power and courage because it is a conscious choice we make about how to apply our personal will. Being willing is to be in a state of willing something into creation. It is at once allowing ourselves to be while also choosing to direct our energy in a focused way. It is being and doing from a place of openness, where we can work with the universe rather than resist it. It is an open hand rather than one that is clenched into a fist. When we make a step toward willingness, we open ourselves to truth, possibility, and the movement of the wise universe in and through our lives.
Monday, July 14, 2014
How is it that just because someone is different they are immediatley stuck with a label? Just because we don't understand what it is that makes them tick we segregate them? It's because of this that we've come to live in a culture that uses labels as a means of understanding the world and the people living in it.
As a result, many of us find ourselves labouring under a label that has a negative connotation. Unless we can find a way to see the good in such a label, we may feel burdened by an idea of ourselves that is not accurate. It is important to remember that almost nothing in this world is all good or all bad, and most everything is a complex mixture of gifts and challenges. In addition, different cultures revere certain qualities over others, but this does not mean that these qualities are inherently good or bad. For example, a culture that elevates outgoing behavior will label an introvert in a negative way, calling them antisocial. In truth, the ability to spend time alone is one that most great artists, mystics, and visionaries share. Owning the positive side of this label can lead us deeper into our gifted visions and fertile imaginations.
When we look back into the lives of any of the great people in history,what do we find? Don't we always find that they had quirks and eccentricities that earned them less than ideal labels from the societies in which they lived? Many famous artists and musicians were considered to be isolated loners or disruptive troublemakers, or sometimes both, yet these people altered history and contributed to the world an original vision or advances in our understanding of the universe. If we can remember this as we examine our own selves and the labels people use to describe us, we find that there is a bright side to any characterization. We actually revolve from greatness!
So, if you have been labeled, remember that all you have to do to see the positive side is to turn the label around. For example, you may be considered to be overly emotional, and the fact that you are perceived this way may make you feel out of control. But notice, too, the gifts of being able to feel and express your emotions, even in a world that doesnít always encourage that. You might begin to see yourself as brave and open-hearted enough to stay alive to your feelings. You may also see that there are certain paths and professions in which this is a necessary ability. As you turn your label around, the light of your true nature shines to guide you on your way.
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