We live in fast-paced and changing times. It is
easy to get lost in fear of the unknown or feelings of being overwhelmed because things move so fast and something is always shifting. The path into anxious thoughts is well-worn by most of us, so much so that we’re down that road before we realize we have a choice.
But we do. We can train our minds towards optimism the same way we train ourselves to ride a bike or learn a new language or develop a new eating regime – with intention and practice. I find that, the more I can maintain a positive and optimistic demeanor, the easier it is for me to find my way through every day feeling good about who I am and what I do regardless of the circumstances or conditions around in my life.
The process is personal; do doubt. The path to inner harmony and well-being is an internal journey. To claim full responsibility for one’s behaviors and attitudes and feelings requires reflection inward. The call to learn and evolve and align within a Greater Design is often an inner communion.
To commune is to join in a harmonious blending. And isn’t it interesting that the art of engaging outward and joining with other individuals comes from the word commune. Community.
Everyone wants more of something; it’s the human condition. When I was a child, I wanted more years under my belt. Now that I have those years, I’d like more stamina and vitality like I had as a child. It seems to be an inherent aspect of our nature to stand in the fulfillment of one desire and think about what more is desired. And, for many, prosperity is high on the list of desires.
For anyone who travels beyond their neighborhood, it’s apparent that prosperity is a subjective experience. I, for example, expect indoor plumbing. Indeed, I expect two or more rooms in any place I call home to be dedicated to personal matters of hygiene. However, when I lived on Lopez Island in the 80’s, indoor plumbing was a luxury. Most of my friends had rigged showers and used outhouses. And, because they owned the land that gave them such amenities, they felt quite prosperous. In those days, I could – and did – claim entire forests for my ‘personal’ use and relished the freedom of it. Values, really, are the determining factor of what defines prosperity. Continue reading “Prosperity and the Art of Prospering – How Life Works”
We can talk about our “Inner Being”, and we can philosophize forever on where the sacred Voice Within originates. We can intellectually exercise and expand the concept of Guidance into forever and beyond. Still, it seems to me, there is only one question that bears fruit in its answer:
How do we recognize the Teacher Within?
If there is a wisdom abiding within our Being, functioning from behind what our conscious mind interprets as outside ourselves, how do we access it? We have so many ‘voices’ playing commentator to our experiences – I know I do, anyway – how do we discern which voice speaks from Greater Intelligence amongst the voices that reflect well-worn opinions and biases? These questions draw the line in the sand. We can talk about it endlessly, but – at some point – we have to start listening to begin to understand the nuances of what it means. Continue reading “The Teacher Within – Recognition of Awakening”
Perseverance is not often associated with fun. More likely, it’s categorized with hard work in the face of challenge. Occasionally, I’ll meet someone who feels great esteem at their capacity to see a commitment through to completion no matter what the odds or obstacles. More often, I find others -and myself – saying, “Why do this when it’s taking so long or feels so hard? Why not find an easier path?
“Life is a journey,” many philosophers say, “It’s the process – not the destination – that defines who we are.” Is it of more value to make each step of the journey fun then? Or, can it be as rewarding to build the path as we travel it, cobblestone by cobblestone, creating a structure and form as we move through our days? And, is it possible to make building a road fun? (see The World Needs Dreamers That Do – Law of Attraction in Action)
Perpetually, we seek solutions. No matter how much we accomplish, figure out, and define as expertise… Always, in some area of Life we seek answers. No sooner does one solution fall into place, then two more questions pop into being. That’s how Life works.
How does one know when the impulse to act comes from inspiration?
There are those of us who leap to action at the slightest provocation.. from reaction. In the lightning speed world of cyberspace, there are vast numbers of emails that go out because the send button gets clicked from this impulse. You know if I’m talking to you.
On the other hand, some of us are so careful to make sure the choice we make is the ‘right’ one that an action impulse could come wrapped in a halo of clarity, and we would still wait, wondering if we are misreading the signs.