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“Life is a whole journey of meeting your edge again & again. That’s where you’re challenged….” Pema Chodron.
What new project or life situation are you facing that has you paralyzed in the present and not wanting to move? First sit and visualize yourself standing strong at your new horizon taking in the brilliance around you. Now, write about what you’d like to move towards as if it were adventurous fun. Highlight any steps that you might have mapped out. This week, add to this list of steps and take action each day to move towards your new, exciting horizon!
“I realized that I had refused to listen to what could have been the most important messages of my life,” Debbie Ford.
Ever wonder if you really should have reacted to something in a different way because your gut was churning, or your head was fuzzy about it? Then let’s probe that inner knowing a bit more.
Go back and examine a situation in which you knew that you had that kind of visceral reaction. Describe this challenge to yourself in your journal. Use as many senses about your feelings as you can to raise your awareness of how this felt wrong to you.
Now write about how you could approach a similar uneasy experience, tapping into this intuitive sense. Find ways to keep in touch with this inner knowing. Apply your new-found resources to work out a more resonant solution to your challenging problem.
“I stumble forward in a dim light, finding my way to the vitality that is passion one step at a time,” Dawna Markova.
What passions are you afraid to try because they might sound silly, too hard, or too frightening to entertain? I want you to consider a BIG one that is really scary and juicy at the same time. I have a passion for writing a book or two. For a while, I thought that this sounded like a frivolous way to spend time. Wow!! Did I let my inner saboteur get a hold of me or what?
My next reaction was to turn this idea around. I explored in my journal writing my need for approval from those individuals who thought that the chances of ever publishing a book was nearly zero. For now, they just weren’t in the mode to understand taking this risk. No problem, I wouldn’t go bungee jumping if asked. But writing about something that inspired ME seemed to make more and more sense. And seeking approval made less and less.
I wrote about moving past my conundrum and enumerated the steps to move forward in a straighter line. I’ve been writing my book for a few months and making some progress page by page. And this effort has bolstered my courage in myself and my passions.
So let go of your inhibitions today! Write about what makes you get up and go in life. No one will grade the paper. You have full permission to go all out on your nuggets of gold and take a step into this passionate nature of yours!
“Music & rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul,” Plato.
All of us have our favorite music. We will choose songs to listen to that will either calm us or energize us when we want to center or need a lift. But often we don’t take the time to really hear the music and let it soak into our hearts and minds. This is such a wonderful practice to be in the moment and sense how the actual sounds affect us.
So sit down and listen to a half-hour of your favorite melodies and really follow the notes, the rhythms, and the feelings that this evokes in you. Then write about being immersed in this experience and how your senses were awakened.
“Because gratitude is the key to happiness, anything that undermines gratitude must undermine happiness,”Dennis Prager.
One of the most important concepts that many of the psychologists are bringing to the discussion about happiness is how to keep connected to our inner resources of gratitude. Happiness is not about amassing more possessions and accomplishments. Though having more clothes, nicer homes, and better jobs can play a big part of our cultural norms for happiness; they are not the answers to our inner joy. Happiness can be as easy to find as enjoying an evening with your girlfriends cooking a pot of spaghetti.
So turn your focus on one source of happiness, your sense of appreciation for what makes you shine from within. Highlight something that is a bedrock in your life that gives you a true sense of purpose and passion–without which your life would be less fulfilled. For me, this is about supporting others as they find their innate sense of creativity and joy. So, now it’s your turn. Write about what really fires you up and ignites your inner sense of gratitude for life!