Life doesn't just "happen." Whether you know it or not, it is carefully designed by you. Choose wisely. We can understand what is emerging in us on an individual and societal level more clearly, simply by taking a closer look at our thoughts, language and actions.
It is human nature to gravitate towards what you know is safe. Hence, we blindly go through the motions of our daily routines, oblivious to the fact that our world is constantly moving and changing all around us.
Part of self-growth is taking yourself in new and sometimes difficult directions, and the reason why we do that is because we are striving to achieve more out of life. It's perfectly normal to want more from life and have goals.
The thing about years of change is that they can be jarring. You had gotten used to a certain way of living and of being, and now you are called to step into a new dance that feels unfamiliar, maybe scary, maybe uncomfortable, maybe uncertain.
When you feel you've done everything you can think of, you've planted all the seeds necessary, but are still waiting around to reap the harvest, it's hard not to get discouraged. Here are four reasons why your dreams still haven't manifested and how you can kick them into high gear!
I wasn't in for such a changed home. I don't know if everyone is just older and grumpier (the cat certainly is) or if things are just not what I remember. It's probably the latter, but that doesn't make things any easier for me, or for them.
The world needs your generosity of spirit, your gifts, your love, your uniqueness and your authentic heart. You are not here to hold onto anything but rather to give it away. You are here to shine your light on the world exactly as you are.
When we embark on a spiritual journey, so many awesome shifts begin to happen. It's easy to become overly enthusiastic about them and want to share every detail with your loved ones. But the new developments in your life may not be easy for people to understand.
Normally we are looking through the lens of our prejudices and needs, through past regrets or future hopes, but without these we find each moment is infused with uniqueness, that everything is constantly fresh, new and unknown.
It's hard to feel connected to others. It's painful. It's often much easier to retreat into our daily routines and busy ourselves with the mundane activities of our lives. And we need to do that. Don't get me wrong. But every now and then, we have to ask ourselves if we've retreated too much.
These deeply-held beliefs and faulty assumptions prevent us from putting ourselves out there and taking risks, strategies that happy people rely on to succeed. They also prevent us from having those tough conversations, whether with ourselves or with important people in our lives.
While I don't believe that we have to necessarily suffer and struggle in order to grow and evolve in life, one of the best things we can do when dealing with adversity or challenge is to look for the gifts and find the gold in the situation as much as possible.
It's only when you stop resisting change and make the best of the moment, "without knowing what's going to happen next," that the universe supports you to create inspired healing, wellness, and live-out-loud joy.
The story of humanity's soul has taken us from living in caves to walking on the moon. But there is much more of this story to be told. For one day, we will travel beyond our own tiny spot in the cosmos and begin yet another new adventure of discovery.
Just one focused, positive thought, in fact, can serve as our escape vehicle out of a rut. By simply concentrating on a painting we love, for example, we immediately can shift our mindset from misery to one of gratitude.
I watched as my mother waited on my father. I listened to her voice, her attitude, her way of keeping small secrets to herself. I watched her kiss my father goodnight and I remember her words: couples should never go to bed angry.