Through challenges, we test the limits of our courage and strength. However, we have a tendency to think of pain as the “best” teacher. What we are subconsciously telling ourselves is that, life must be hard if we are to learn anything.
While our painful experiences hold valuable lessons, pain does not have a monopoly on wisdom. The lessons you learn from joy can be just as transformative.
Pain inherently gets our attention, but with growing consciousness, one can remain attentive regardless of the state.
Remember, joy isn’t an empty reprieve. Wisdom resides there, too.
To feel empathy for another requires some level of connection.
Unfortunately, many of us look for that connection only at the level of identity. As a result, we can only extend “compassion” to those reminding us of who we used to be, who we are, and/or who we aspire to be.
We reserve it for those we consider equals. Individuals outside of those parameters receive pity at best and scorn at worst.
True compassion arises from the level of the soul. What is recognized is the shared humanity, not shared identity.
Children have no problem living in a make-believe world. And the sheer joy with which they experience and recount their experiences is nothing short of contagious.
But there inevitably comes a time where we are shamed for dreaming. And as a society we dismiss dreamers for having their “heads in the clouds” or “dreaming their lives away.”
But what is a life without dreams? As an adult, you may not be battling giants or riding on unicorns, but you don’t have to forfeit imagination. It was your first show of creativity. Give yourself permission to reclaim that part of your nature.
Keep in mind that dreamers are the innovators. They are the ones who advance us. The protectors of hope and the ones that reach into and live in possibility.
Authentic power is when the personality comes to serve the energy of the soul.” ~Gary Zukav
We don’t always feel powerful in our own lives. While some of us will choose to resign ourselves to that powerless state, others will overcompensate by throwing their weight around.
The latter is a misunderstanding of what constitutes real power. It is not a state that requires feeding off of another’s reserve. It doesn’t require submission and it need not victimize in order to achieve a short-lived fix.
Real power isn’t ravenous. It doesn’t beg for recognition. It has nothing to prove to anyone. In fact, it need not involve another party. It is moving through the world with the knowledge that you are deeply aligned with the Truth of who you are.
It’s impossible to live fully while maintaining surface involvement. To feel all that life has to offer, one has to be willing to go deep. Regardless of what the journey looks like on the outside, there is an accompanying inner journey that requires exploration, at times excavation.
Like lovers who risk heartbreak, we must be willing to dive into the intensity. We must be willing to bear our unprotected, raw selves to discover the touch of something exquisite. The unwillingness to do so will keep all rewards out of reach.
How many times have you told yourself an incorrect story based on limited information? This bad habit leads to unfavorable outcomes like making rash decisions or judging people prematurely.
It’s also a major reason for keeping too many of us small. When the chance for expansion presents itself, we often tell ourselves all of the things that could go wrong and ultimately believe in the probability of our failure.
The tendency to fill in the blanks is evidence of our discomfort with the unknown. We sparsely consume then aggressively assume. The next time you try to fill in all the details, only one thing needs to be remembered.