Archive for January, 2009

The Field of Infinite Organizing Power

January 31, 2009

Adapted from Creating Affluence, by Deepak Chopra (New World Library, 1993).

Today, scientists tell us that there are four basic forces in nature. These are gravity, which makes the Earth go ‘round and holds the planets together; electromagnetism, which is responsible for light, heat, electricity, all the things that we experience in daily life as energy; the strong interaction which holds the nucleus of an atom together; and the weak interaction which is responsible for transmutation of elements and radioactive decay.

Everything in material creation comes from these four forces. But these aren’t merely forces–these are fields of intelligence as well, because the ultimate ground of these forces, the unified field, is a field of infinite, unbounded intelligence, and is therefore the total potential of natural law.

The field is organizing everything in creation: The movement of galaxies, the movement of stars, the rotation of the earth, the cycles of the seasons, the biological rhythms of our bodies, birds migrating at the right season to the right place, fish returning to their spawning grounds, the biological rhythms of nature as found in flowers, vegetation, and animals. It is literally a field of infinite organizing power. It can do an infinite number of things all at the same time and then correlate them with each other.

Even our human body is a field of infinite organizing power. There are 6 trillion reactions occurring in the human body every second, and every one of them is correlated with every single other reaction; every single other biochemical event knows what other biochemical event is occurring in the body.

So, inherent in the field itself is infinite organizing power. To know that field intimately, to have experiential knowledge of that field as one’s own nature, is to automatically embody the infinite organizing power of the field.

Quantum Healing

January 30, 2009

Adapted from Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine, by Deepak Chopra (Bantam Books, 1990).

We need Nature to free up our nature. We are surrounded by the best of all healing influences–fresh air, sunlight, and beauty. In India, the Hippocrates of Ayurveda, a great physician and sage named Charaka, prescribed some sunlight for all diseases, along with a walk in the early morning, and his advice will never grow stale.

If I find a green meadow splashed with daisies and sit down beside a clear-running brook, I have found medicine. It soothes my hurts as well as when I sat in my mother’s lap in infancy, because the Earth really is my mother, and the green meadow is her lap. You and I are strangers, but the internal rhythm of our bodies listens to the same ocean tides that cradled us in a time beyond memory.

Nature is man’s healer, because Nature is man. When Ayurveda says that the sun is our right eye and the moon our left eye, we mustn’t sneer. By bathing us in the moon, the sun, and the sea, Nature fashioned the bodies we inhabit. These were the ingredients that provided us each with our piece of Nature–a shelter, life-support system, intimate companion, and home for seven decades or more.

The discovery of the quantum realm opened a way to follow the influence of the sun, moon, and sea down deeper into ourselves. I am taking you there only in the hope that there is even more healing to be found there. We already know that a human fetus develops by remembering and imitation the shapes of fish, amphibians, and early mammals. Quantum discoveries enable us to go into our very atoms and remember the early universe itself.

 

Afraid of Opening Your Heart

January 30, 2009

[ From DailyOM ]

It is not easy to have an open heart in a world that offers us a full plate of experiences. This life gives us much joy, love, and light, but it also shows us a fair amount of pain, sadness, and suffering. When our hearts are open, we take everything into ourselves, and we are deeply affected by what we see. We do not hold ourselves separate from the pain of others. In addition, our own personal disappointments may begin to take their toll. We may feel small, alone, and overwhelmed. Most of us may feel like we are not up to the task of living with our hearts open, and we might begin to close down, little by little, so that we can get through our days without having to feel too much.

One thing that can help us turn this situation around is an awareness of the power of empathy. To open our hearts to another person’s suffering is a revolutionary act that has energetic implications. Many experiments with meditation have proven that we can reach far beyond the boundaries of our selves and heal others when our hearts are open. Heart meditations awaken this power and heal the person meditating as well as anyone who is the focus of the meditation.

You may want to experiment with this the next time you see or hear something painful. Instead of shuttering your emotions, resolve to hold your feelings in your heart. Tap into the divine energy of universal love that resides in your heart. This energy makes you powerful, for it is your protection that will transmute the pain of others. Breathe deeply, and let yourself feel the pain of the situation, knowing that your heart is big and strong enough to hold it. As you breathe, visualize healing light emanating from your heart and touching all that are suffering. You will heal your heart in the process.

A Concrete Dream

January 28, 2009

[ From DailyOM ]

Our desires act as fuel, propelling us toward new horizons. Without something to strive for, we stagnate and become stuck in ruts of our own making because we are unsure of what to do next. Goals are the dreams that we are willing to work for. When we set goals, we take responsibility for our lives and choose to wholeheartedly devote ourselves to our aspirations. Even if we only take the smallest steps toward achieving our ambitions, it is vital that we actively pursue our goals rather than just daydreaming about them. Having goals makes us feel good because it adds a sense of purpose and direction to our lives.

When you endeavor to achieve clear and quantifiable goals, your choices and actions take on new significance. Consciously creating your goals can help ensure that the success you seek is attainable and serves you. Your plan must be conceivable, tangible, and measurable. If you cannot visualize your goal in great detail or believe that you can realize them, you may find it difficult to commit to your goals and take the necessary steps to achieve them. Make sure that your goals have the potential to be emotionally satisfying. You may even want to write them down. Putting your goals into words can keep your intention fresh in your mind and remind you of your purpose. As you make progress toward realizing your goals, give yourself a reward each time you take a step forward so that you have the incentive to keep going. If you find yourself stuck in a rut, examine ways in which you can revise your strategy so that your plan can work. 

In creating goals, you create your future by outlining your destiny. When you choose your goals using your head and heart, you take the first step in manifesting what you want. You grant your own wishes every time you achieve another goal.

Self-Body Scan

January 27, 2009

[ From DailyOM ]

As the living vehicles for our spirits, our bodies deserve loving attention and care. We can positively affect our health, prevent illness, and heal injuries by regularly focusing our mental and spiritual energy on the workings of our bodies. This can be done by performing a body scan on yourself.

Begin by lying in a comfortable position and taking three deep cleansing breaths. Imagine, if you will,  a sunbeam entering the top of your head. Feel this light slowly scanning each part of your internal body. Allow it to scan every cell in your body and keep breathing. Every time you exhale, blow out negative energy you may feel. Notice any changes in your body. Sensations may vary from person to person. You may feel a shift in body temperature, see a color or flash of light, or hear a voice offering you guidance. If you feel a block in a certain area of your body, sit with that block and feel into it. Ask your body why that block is there and what you need to do to release it. Try not to judge or analyze the wisdom that comes to you. Often, we experience energy blocks in our body because our body is trying to tell us something.  You may want to breathe into that area until you feel the block dissolving. When you have finished your scan, take one last deep breath and exhale any energetic residue that you are ready to release.

The body doesn’t lie, and it has much wisdom to share with us. Any injuries or blocks that exist in our bodies are there so that we can learn from having them in our bodies. An existing injury can teach us to slow down or help us recognize that something is out of balance in our bodies. The more you scan your body, the better you will become at it. If you sense that something is not right in your body, you may want to visit a doctor and tell them about your experience. When you have finished your scan, don’t forget to thank your wonderful, amazing body.

Mani Wheel & Recitation

January 24, 2009

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Verbal recitation of  the mantra OM Mani Padme Hung is encouraged so as to develop within the individual the deepest qualities of mindfulness, compassion, and peace, through the blessings of Avalokiteshvara ( Guanyin ) and a pure mind. May the merits generate by Mani recitation be dedicated to the wellness of all sentient beings.

Inner Dialogue and Self Power

January 24, 2009

Adapted from The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press).

Being synchronized with the intelligence field creates balance physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It gives you strength and flexibility that allow you to meet any challenge effortlessly. You become capable of transforming the challenge in such a way that it nourishes you, and you draw greater strength from meeting the challenge.

Our inner dialogue gives us that kind of bright power because it is, in fact, the inner dialogue of the conscious intelligence field. When we are in tune with the universal consciousness, when we are synchronized in the non-local intelligence field, we take on the power that emanates from that boundless force. This power comes from within, and when you have it, nothing is beyond your reach.

There are two kinds of power that emanate from the self. The first is the power of agency–the power that comes from having a famous name, lots of money, or an impressive title. The power of agency can be formidable, but it eventually comes to an end. True power comes from within, and it has a spiritual rather than a material foundation. It is permanent and does not die with your body.

With agency, identity and power come from some external reference–an object, a situation, a status symbol, a relationship, money. With self-power, identity comes from listening to the true self, and power comes from the internal reference of spirit.

When you work from this internal reference, your sense of self is clear and is not affected by external factors. This is the source of personal power.

Self Improvement Quotes

January 23, 2009
“You cannot escape the results of your thoughts. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.”
—- James Allen 
 
“Choose a life that is most useful and habit will make it the most agreeable.”
—- Sir Francis Bacon
 
“Act as if it were impossible to fail.”
—- Dorothea Brande
 
“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”
—- Pearl Buck
 
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”
—- Buddha
 
“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.”
—- Dr. David M. Burns
 
“All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.”
—- Albert Camus
 
“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”
—- Dale Carnegie
 
“Man is what he believes.”
—- Anton Chekhov
 
“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
—- Sir Winston Churchill
 
“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”
—- Sir Winston Churchill
 
“The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”
—- Confucius
 
“The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.”
—- John Dewey
 
“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy.”
—- Walt Disney
 
“In a progressive country change is constant; change is inevitable.”
—- Benjamin Disraeli
 
“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”
—- Thomas A. Edison
 
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
—- Albert Einstein
 
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”
—- Albert Einstein
 
“The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.”
—- George Eliot
 
“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
—- Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
“This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.”
—- Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
“All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.”
—- Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.”
—- Robert Fritz
 
“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”
—- Mahatma Gandhi
 
“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”
—- Mahatma Gandhi
 
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
—- Mahatma Gandhi
 
“As soon as you to trust yourself, you will know how to live.”
—- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
 
It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.”
—- James Gordon, M.D.
 
“Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.”
—- Napoleon Hill
 
“No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it.”
—- Napoleon Hill
 
“To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live.”
—- Victor Hugo
 
“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.”
—- Victor Hugo
 
“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”
—- William James
 
“This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it.”
—- William James
 
“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”
—- John F. Kennedy
 
“There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”
—- John F. Kennedy
 
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”
—- Martin Luther King Jr.
 
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
—- Martin Luther King Jr.
 
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”  
—- Abraham Lincoln
 
“I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.”
—- John Locke
 
“We all have a few failures under our belt. It’s what makes us ready for the successes.”
—- Randy K. Milholland
 
“We must be the epitome – the embodiment – of success. We must radiate success before it will come to us. We must first become mentally, from an attitude standpoint, the people we wish to become.”
—- Earl Nightingale 
 
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
—- Norman Vincent Peale
 
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
—- Norman Vincent Peale
 
“I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.”
—- Ronald Reagan
 
“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”
—- Tony Robbins
 
“You always pass failure on the way to success.”
—- Mickey Rooney
 
“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
—- Bertrand Russell
 
“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. ”
—- Jim Rohn
 
“For things to change, we have to change.”
—- Jim Rohn
 
“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.”
—- George Sand
 
“Strong reasons make strong actions.”
—- William Shakespeare
 
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”
—- George Bernard Shaw
 
“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”
—- Beverly Sills
 
“There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”
—- W. Clement Stone
 
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
—- Harriet Beecher Stowe
 
“God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.”
—- Mother Teresa
 
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.”
—- Mother Teresa
 
“The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.”
—- Oscar Wilde
 
“Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.”
—- Oprah Winfrey
 
“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”
—- Frank Lloyd Wright
 
“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”
—- Zig Ziglar
 
“Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.” 
—- Unknown
 
“It is wise to keep in mind that no success or failure is necessarily final.”
—- Unknown
 
“Constant self improvement will create constant growth and happiness.”
—- Unknown
 

The Upside of Irritation

January 23, 2009

[ From DailyOM ]

There are many stories of spiritual masters embracing the presence of an annoying student in their community. There is even one story that documents a teacher paying an irritating person to live among his students. From an everyday perspective, this is difficult to comprehend. We generally work hard to avoid people and things that we find annoying so they don’t bother us.

From a deeper spiritual perspective, however, irritation can be an important teacher and indicator that we are making progress on our path. Being able to remain centered and awake even when we feel uncomfortable is much more impressive than doing so in an environment where everything is to our liking. No matter how good we are at controlling our circumstances, there will always be factors and people that we cannot control. How we respond to these experiences to a great degree determines the quality of our lives. The goal of spiritual development is not to learn to control our environment—which is more of an ego-driven desire. And while having some measure of control over our external reality is important, it is when we are confronted with a person or situation that irritates us and we can choose not to react that we know have made progress spiritually. It is when we have mastered our internal reality that we will have become the masters of our lives.

The more we try to eliminate annoyances, instead of learning to handle them gracefully, the further we get from developing the qualities that come with spiritual growth, such as patience, tolerance, and acceptance. It is often in the presence of people and experiences we find annoying that we have an opportunity to develop these qualities. Fortunately for most of us, our lives offer an abundance of opportunities to practice and cultivate these traits.

Connection

January 22, 2009

[ From DailyOM ]

Picking a leaf off the ground and contemplating it as an object in and of itself is very inspiring. Its shape and color, the way it feels in your hand, its delicate veins and the stem that once held it fast to the branch of a tree—all of these qualities reveal a leaf to be a miniature work of natural art. As we contemplate this small object more deeply and consider where it came from and what purpose it has served, we find that the leaf is one small but essential part of a system that harnesses the energy of the sun, plumbs the depths of the earth, and in the process brings into being the oxygen many living things rely on to live.

A leaf transforms the elements of its environment—sunlight, carbon dioxide, rain—into nourishment for its tree. This beautiful, nearly weightless, ephemeral piece of nature is a vital conduit to the branch that is a conduit to the trunk that is a conduit to the roots of the tree. The roots, in turn, draw nourishment from the earth to feed the trunk, the branches, and the leaves. The living beings that inhale the oxygen that comes from this process exhale the carbon dioxide that feeds the leaves through which the tree is fed.  It is difficult to know where one cycle ends and another one begins.

One of the many gifts that nature offers us is a clear demonstration of the interdependence between all living things. The person who exhales the carbon dioxide, the clouds that produce the rain, the sun that gives light, the leaf that transforms all these things into sustenance for a tree—not one of these could survive without being part of this cycle. 

Each living being is dependent upon other living things for its survival. When we look at the world, we see that this is not a place where different beings survive independently of one another. Earth is home to a web of living things that are connected to each other through a spinning kaleidoscope of relationships. We need each other to survive and thrive.

Staying Afloat

January 21, 2009

[ From DailyOM ]

Our lives are continually in motion, buoyed by the wave that is the universe’s flow. As the wave rises and falls, we are carried forward, through life’s high and low points. The universe’s flow may take us to a place in life where we would rather not be. As tempting as it can be to fight the direction and size of this wave that propels us, riding the wave is intended to make life easier. When you ride the wave, your life can evolve naturally and with minimal effort. Riding the wave, however, is not a passive experience. It is an active process that requires you to be attentive, centered, and awake. You must also practice stillness so you can flow with, rather than resist the wave’s motion.

Because life is dynamic and always changing, it is when we try to make the wave stand still or resist its direction that we are likely to get pulled under by its weight. If you try to move against the wave, you may feel as if you are trapped by it and have no control over your destiny. When you reach a low point while riding the wave and find your feet touching bottom, remember to stay standing so that you can leap forward along with the wave the next time it rises. Trying to resist life’s flow is a losing proposition and costly because you waste energy.

Riding the wave allows you to move forward without expending too much of your own efforts. When you ride the wave, you are carried by it and your head can “stay above water” as you go wherever it takes you. It can be difficult to trust the universe and let go of the urge to fight life’s flow, and you may find it easier to ride the wave if you can stay calm and relaxed. Riding the wave will always take you where you need to go.

Friendship Quotes

January 20, 2009

Some friendships are made by nature, some by contract, some by interest, and some by souls.
—- Jeremy Taylor

Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
—- Henry Adams

We evaluate our friends with a godlike justice, but we want them to evaluate us with a godlike compassion.
—- Sydney Harris

Hear no ill of a friend, nor speak any of an enemy.
—- Benjamin Franklin

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.
—- Ed Howe

A person should keep his friendship in constant repair.
—- Samued Johnson

The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away.
—- Wilson Mizner

Three men are my friends: he that loves me, he that hates me, and he that is indifferent to me. Who loves me teaches me tenderness. Who hates me teaches me caution. Who is indifferent to me teaches me self – reliance.
—- Anonymous

Friendship is in loving rather than being loved.
—- Robert Bridges

You make more friends by becoming interested in other people than by trying to interest other people in yourself.
—- Dale Carnegie

True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.
—- Charles Caleb Colton

Friendship begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off.
—- St. Francis De Sales

It is mutual respect which makes friendship lasting.
—- John Henry Newman

A friend should bear his friend’s infirmities.
—- William Shakespeare

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shock of adversity before it its entitled to the appellation.
—- George Washington

In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then the recognition of interdependance.
—- Henry van Dyke

We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over, so in a series of kindness there is at last one that makes the heart run over.
—- Samuel Johnson

A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
—- Anonymous

Purpose

January 20, 2009

[ From DailyOM ]

Most living things belong to a particular soul group and are born knowing their purpose in life. An animal will spend its day foraging for food, taking care of itself and its young, and creating a home. No one tells an animal to do this, yet it instinctively knows how.  Humans, for the most part, are not born consciously knowing what their purpose is.

Purpose gives our life meaning. When you discover your purpose, you can live your life with intention and make choices that serve your objective for why you are here on the planet.  Finding your purpose is not always easy.  You must embrace life wholeheartedly, explore many different pathways, and allow yourself to grow.

Your purpose is as unique as you are and will evolve as you move through life. You don’t need anyone’s permission to fulfill your purpose, and no one can tell you what that purpose is. Finding and fulfilling your purpose can be a lifelong endeavor. To figure out what your purpose is, ask yourself what drives you – not what forces you out of bed in the morning, but what makes you glad to be alive. Make a list of activities that you wish you were involved in or think about a career path that you would love to embark upon. These are the endeavors that can help you fulfill your purpose and bring you the most satisfaction.

Picture yourself working on projects that don’t interest you or fulfill your purpose, yet they help satisfy your basic survival needs. Imagine how living this way each day would make you feel. Next, picture yourself devoting your time to projects that spark your imagination, inspire, excite, and satisfy you. More often than not, these activities are some of the ways that you can fulfill your life purpose.  Time spent on these endeavors will never feel like a waste. Live your life with purpose, and you will feel significant and capable because every action you take and each choice you make will have meaning to it.

Finding Your Next Step in Life

January 17, 2009

[ From DailyOM ]

Our lives are made up of a complex network of pathways that we can use to move from one phase of life to the next. For some of us, our paths are wide, smooth, and clearly marked. Many people, however, find that they have a difficult time figuring out where they need to go next. Determining which “next step” will land you on the most direct route to fulfillment and the realization of your life purpose may not seem easy.

There are many ways to discover what the next step on your life path should be.  If you are someone who seeks to satisfy your soul, it is vital that you make this inquiry.  Often, your inner voice will counsel you that it’s time for a change, and it is very important to trust yourself because only you know what is best for you. Personal growth always results when you let yourself expand beyond the farthest borders of what your life has been so far. When figuring out what your next step will be, you may want to review your life experiences. The choices you’ve made and the dreams you’ve held onto can give you an idea of what you don’t want to do anymore and what you might like to do next. It is also a good idea to think about creative ways you can use your skills and satisfy your passions. Visualizing your perfect future and making a list of ways to manifest that future can help you choose a logical next step that’s in harmony with your desires. Meditation, journal writing, taking a class, and other creative activities may inspire you and provide insight regarding the next step in life that will bring you the most satisfaction.

It is when you are willing to listen to yourself and be fearless that figuring out your next step becomes easy. Beneath the fear and hesitation and uncertainty lies your inner knowing that always knows which step you need to take next.  If you can allow the taking of your next step to be as easy as putting one foot in front of the next, you’ll notice that your next step is always the one that is right in front of you. All you have to do is put one foot forward and on the ground.

Clearing a Space for Change

January 16, 2009

[ From DailyOM ]

In life, we tend to have an easier time acquiring possessions than we do getting rid of them. Just as we harbor emotional baggage that is difficult to let go of, our lives can tend to be filled with material objects that we may feel compelled to hold on to. Most people are not conscious of how much they own and how many of their possessions are no longer adding value to their life. They fiercely hold on to material objects because this makes them feel secure or comfortable. While it’s true that the ownership of “stuff” can make you feel good for awhile, it seldom satisfies the deep inner longings that nearly everyone has for fulfillment and satisfaction. It is only when we are ready to let go of our baggage and be vulnerable that it becomes possible to recognize the emotional hold that our possessions can have on us.

It’s not uncommon to hold on to material objects because we are attached to them or fear the empty spaces that will remain if we get rid of them. Giving away the souvenirs from a beloved voyage may feel like we are erasing the memory of that time in our life. We may also worry that our loved ones will feel hurt if we don’t keep the gifts they’ve given us. It’s easy to convince ourselves that unused possessions might come in handy someday or that parting with them will cause you emotional pain. However, when your personal space is filled with objects, there is no room for anything new to enter and stay in your life. Your collection of belongings may “protect” you from the uncertainties of an unknown future while keeping you stuck in the past. Holding on to unnecessary possessions often goes hand in hand with holding on to pain, anger, and resentment, and letting go of your material possessions may help you release emotional baggage. 

When you make a conscious decision to fill your personal space with only the objects that you need or bring you joy, your energy level will soar. Clearing your personal space can lead to mental clarity and an improved memory. As you learn to have a more practical and temporary relationship to objects, positive changes will happen, and you’ll have space to create the life that you desire.