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.
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.
We tend to hold onto our beliefs tightly and when something comes up against them, we ignore it if we’re not willing to bend. We see what we want to see.
At the same time, we might be searching for clarity and direction in our lives while wearing this voluntary blindfold.
Seeing things selectively is never beneficial. We learn the most about ourselves when we face the things that challenge us. By hiding from these potential revelations, we undoubtedly obscure other aspects of our experience.
A kaleidoscope illustrates the unpredictable nature of life. In one moment, the vision before you quickly and mercilessly disintegrates; in the next moment, all is falling together in an unexpected way to create the most intricate, beautiful pattern.
As is life that with the slightest turn, we are oriented towards beauty once again.
Whether that turn is a shift in circumstance or a shift in perspective, wonder is restored.
The space in which you feel charged, alive, and invincible? This is the space where you feel competent and excited about your increasing capabilities. It may be performing center stage or painting in a private studio. It may even be within your 9-5. Wherever it is, it’s where you meet the truth of who you are.
Whenever you leave this space, you are rejuvenated and you vibrate at the core of your being. The experience revives each cell that has forgotten its intended reason for existence.
Unsure of what that space is? Simply set the intention to find it. Move towards what resonates and have the courage to claim it no matter how trivial or silly or unbelievable it may seem. Honor your longing. You have a right to this.
We live in a world full of cycles: the phases of the moon, the seasons, the earth’s rotation and revolution. Our own bodies are constantly going through cycles of growth, death and renewal. Rhythms play throughout our existence.
What is challenging is to identify our own place amongst these universal patterns. We can often feel out of sync with everything around us.
Consider this. Compared to healthy cells, a cancer cell grows in an uncoordinated fashion. It is out of rhythm. When we don’t understand how to participate in the dance of life, we, too, can become the disruptive element – the pathology.
Learning to fall into rhythm, isn’t about conformity. Life is not a line dance. It’s more of an intricate tango where you partner with the Universe to create something of beauty. Your flow finds a way to complement what is already presented to you.
In the midst of great challenges, emotion can overwhelm us. Whether it’s observing or experiencing global conflict, community issues, or personal angst, our feelings are our default lenses. Quite often, they can lead us in less than optimal directions if we allow them to go unchecked.
Think of emotions as separate entities trying to live. In order to thrive, they have to find a willing host. Once they find an unsuspecting space to occupy, they run wild.
This is not to say to have our defenses up against them. Denial or suppression is unhealthy. What we do need, though, is to be conscious of the emotions that settle in and explore the root reasons for their occupation. Once we are able to process its core, then we’re able to deal effectively and eventually release them.