“Life can only take place in the present moment.” Buddha
In order to successfully navigate this journey called our lives we need a toolbox filled with traits that will help us along our journey. Every morning we need to get up, greet the day, and check our toolbox to see if we’ve lost a few things over the last day. Meditation helps center the mind and refills my toolbox with loving kindness, compassion, empathy, acceptance, humor, and love. (You might put a few more in your toolbox, but these work for me.) There are times when I’ve had a difficult day that my toolbox is completely out of loving kindness. I used it all up in the situation and I am drained. I have to work hard to clear the energy to put more in. Sometimes just putting space between the situation and me clears the energy.
If life can only be lived in the present moment, then it is imperative that we stay in the moment and not let our thoughts wander to the past or future. It is important to feel your feelings. Acknowledge them, tell the truth, and keep your agreements. If you struggle with keeping your agreements, here is a simple trick. The next time someone asks you to do something don’t answer right away. Tell them you’ll get back to them, and then think about what they’ve asked you to do and if you really can do it and want to do it. That’s the problem with many people and their agreements. They blurt out they’d be happy to do it because they want the person to like them, but then the reality of the situation arises and they don’t do it. It is important that you don’t commit yourself to things that you don’t want to do and feel your feelings about the situation. It’s okay and perfectly normal. Those who tell you it’s not just want to control you.
It is also important to feel what you feel. Own those feelings. Don’t stuff them down because they will surface in another form. Define your purpose and then do what needs to be done to accomplish your purpose using all the tools in your box.
“The divine spirit is inside us. If it were not, the power to be good would be beyond our reach.” Seneca
I know sometimes when the world is upside down and people do horrible things to each other it is hard to believe that we all have the divine spirit inside. Each of us is filled with divinity. When you look at a child molester or a person who performs acts of terrorism it is hard to wrap your head around this concept. But you must because we are all children of the Divine.
Why not dust off the gifts of your own soul on this beautiful Sunday, the day devoted to spirituality and increase your intuition which is unproved sight, a supernatural element of experience, or an awakening to the divine spirit that exists in all of us and Nature?
And how do you do that, you might ask? How does one prepare the mind? For some people church works, the repetition of the ceremony, the other souls around you, the walls of the building wrapping you in comfort. Some take to Nature to find the gifts of their souls. Deep breathing and meditation works for many, as does prayer.
Don’t laugh, but when I need to calm my mind I turn on the vacuum. In fact yesterday I vacuumed the sales office and wouldn’t let anyone touch it because I had had a rough day.
When I center my mind and open my intuition, it guides me to the white light and I am reminded to follow the seven steps.
Today practice this gift from your soul. As the shaman in The Way tells the women, “By following these steps, you will awaken to the world of possibility and your own potential. But it all starts with you.”
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt
Life is a playground. Many people are trying to push you in a corner or criticize you to make themselves feel better. They are playing dodge ball with your soul. If no one can make you feel inferior without your consent, then why do we allow other’s hurtful words to chip away at our souls? Many times we are trapped in the old tired patterns of our childhood and when someone makes a comment we go back to that childhood and that hurt arises. The hurt could be from a parent, sibling, teacher, of just some kid from the playground. For some reason when their ugly words were spewed, you took them in and believed them. When you were a child, we were taught to believe the elders in your life, but the elders were oftentimes wounded children themselves. We serve as mirrors for others and through our relationships with others we see ourselves in certain ways.
Today clean the mirror that is your soul. Stand in front of the mirror and visualize the white light cleansing all thoughts of self-doubt, inferiority, passivity, and aggression. Realize that when people criticize you they are projecting their own insecurities on you to take them away from themselves and to make them feel better, stronger, and correct about whatever situation is involved. Stand in your own reflection and delight in the glorious being that you are.