Shifting to Mindful Living

 

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“We must shift our allegiances from fear to curiosity, from attachment to letting go, from control to trust, and from entitlement to humility.”

~ Angeles Arrien

Imagine if we all did this, how the world would be different …

Lets commit to shifting our allegiances by checking in with ourselves today and every day:

From being fearful to getting curious

From being attached to letting go

From controlling to trusting

From feeling entitled to being grateful and humble.

This is mindful living.

Namaste

Inspiration for growth

 

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Shelduck Ruddy Fly Bif Brahminy Bird Flight

“A bird never asks, am I flying correctly”.

~ Mary Anne Radmacher

 

Listen to the compass of your heart

Follow the beat of your own drum

Stop “shoulding” all over yourself

Trust in yourself and the experience that has brought you here

All you need is within you

Grow into the wonderful being you already are
Q. How many times do we need to hear these messages, until we start to live them?  
A. As many as it takes
Tune in

Trust and act

Let go of analyzing fear filled ego mind

Do it

And fly

Mantra for Today – Trust

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Photo from Pinterest – Resurrection by Rupert Kogler

 

Trust

It’s all okay
You are okay

There is nothing wrong
You are not doing anything wrong

The world will find its way
And so will you

Life has brought you to this place
Your strong roots are in place

Let life unfold
And your story continue

Trust

* Brilliant Minds Are Not Enough

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Even brilliant minds recognize  that they alone cannot relieve their own distress.

“Man is never helped in his suffering by what he thinks for himself, but only by revelation of a wisdom greater than his own. It is this which lifts him out of his distress.” ~ Carl Jung

“No problem can be solved from the same level of thinking that created it.” ~ Albert Einstein

We can’t simply think ourselves out of our struggle. Yet we spend painful hours trying to do just that.

To relieve distress, it requires a bigger perspective and wisdom beyond what we know.

This is the time to recognize that we may not be able to solve our own problem and find peace.

The revelation comes when we can ask for help, and trust in what is unknown.

This takes courage from the heart.

When we allow our heart to speak, transformation becomes possible.

Don’t let the ego win this battle … it will never find the peace you yearn for.

* Inspiration – heart and mind

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“Remember the emphasis on the heart. The mind lives in doubt and the heart lives in trust. When you trust, suddenly you become centered.” ~ Osho

I recall reading this quote for the first time. I was doubting a choice I made and was unsure about the decision. I was tying myself up in knots trying to figure out if it was the “right” choice or not. I felt uneasy, unsettled and somewhat lost with where I found myself.

When I read Osho’s words the shift from mind thinking to heartfelt intuition was immediate. I was able to let go. In my heart I knew that things would work out… even although my mind couldn’t get around it all.

And so it was.
Looking back, life always seems to work out in its own way.

When we open our hearts, we allow ourselves to open into a new way of being. One of trust and love.

How do you relate to this quote?

* Trust yourself…

I love this Golda Meir wisdom from Ostrazhenie 😌

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“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

Golda Meir

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* Have Faith, Trust and Confidence

I came across this experiment from Rick Hansen and wanted to share with you. It certainly opened my mind to “faith” and what it means to me.
Read on and let me know what you think.

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“Try a little experiment: in your mind or out loud, complete this sentence a few times: “I have faith in _________.” Then complete another sentence a few times: “I have no faith in ________.”

What do faith – and no faith – feel like?

In your experience of faith, there’s probably a sense of trusting in something – which makes sense since the word comes from the Latin root, “to trust.” (“Faith” can also mean a religion, but my meaning here is more general.) Faith feels good. To have confidence is to have faith; “con+fide” means “with+faith.”

Faith comes from direct experience, reason, trusted sources, and sometimes from something that just feels deeply right and that’s all you can say about it. Sometimes faith seems obvious, like expecting water to yield each time you prepare to dive in; other times, faith is more of a conscious choice – an act of faith – such as choosing to believe that your child will be all right as he or she leaves home for college.

What do you have faith in – out there in the world or inside yourself?”

For me, I have faith in the sun coming up tomorrow and that Spring will come. I have faith in the dogs greeting me with enthusiasm and love, my hubby taking care of our home. I have faith that my true friends and family with be there for me, that most people want peace of mind and peace in the world. I have faith that I am connected in spirit to others and to something much bigger than myself. I have faith that I will continue to teach yoga and make a difference in other people’s lives, that I will continue to learn and grow.

“Without faith in the world and in yourself, life feels shaky and scary. Faith grounds you in what’s reliable and supportive; it’s the antidote to doubt and fear. It strengthens you and supports you in weathering hard times. It helps you stay on your chosen paths, with confidence they will lead to good places. Faith fuels the hope and optimism that encourage the actions that lead to the results that confirm your faith, in a lovely positive cycle. Faith lifts your eyes to the far horizons, toward what’s sacred, even Divine.”

Exercise:

  • Make a list of what you do have faith in – both in the world and in yourself. You can do this in your mind, on paper, or by talking with someone.
  • Next, ask yourself where your faith might be misplaced – in dry wells or in dogs that won’t hunt. Be sure to consider too much faith in certain aspects of your own mind, such as in beliefs that you are weak or not good enough, that others don’t care about you, or that somehow you’re going to get different results by doing pretty much the same old things.
  • Then pick one instance of misguided faith, and consciously step away from it: reflect on how you came to develop it and what it has cost you; imagine the benefits of a life without it; and develop a different resource to replace it.
  • Repeat these steps for other cases of misplaced faith.
  • Second, make another list, this one of what you could reasonably have faith in – in the world and in yourself. These are missed opportunities for confidence – such as in people who could be trusted more (including children), in the basic safety of most days for most people, and in your own strengths and virtues.
  • Then pick one and see if you can have more faith in it. Remember the good reasons for relying upon it. Imagine how more trust in it will help you and others. Consciously choose to believe in it.
  • Third, consider some of the good qualities and aspirations in your innermost heart. Give yourself over to them for a moment – or longer. What’s that like?
Try to have more faith in the best parts of yourself. They’ve always been faithful to you.

* Our Path in Life

Messages that are simple yet profound, let me pause and connect me to my Middle Ground. These words from Joseph Campbell call out for some self reflection:

“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take.                              That’s why it’s your path.”

” If the path you are on is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.”

one step at a time

 

The ego seeks clarity and reassurance, so it will cling to what is known.

But the “tried and true” may not be for you.

Our true path is much more likely to take us into the unknown.

Be ready to step out …

trust …

breathe fully …

 take one step at a time …

and let your true path unfold

🙂

Are there Missing Words from the Serenity Prayer ?

Most of us are familiar with the Serenity Prayer. It’s moving and inspiring.

“God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

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I was reading it online and noticed some variations. Different words were emphasized.  Look at the interpretations below:

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Which words resonate with you?

No matter which words resonate, it dawned me that there may be some missing key words for me and some of you.

These are:

Controlling – Letting Go – Trusting

To me the Serenity Prayer is about letting go of control and trusting to something bigger than ourselves.

When you read the Serenity Prayer, instead of it soothing you in a “I wish it could be” sort of way,  think about how you can really bring it into your life and what you might consider differently. How can you live this wisdom?

One very practical way is to think in terms of what you are holding on to in order to feel in control and what is controlling you.

From the abstract bring it into the specific.

From the ideal make it work for you here and now.

What aspects of my life are controlling me right now?

What don’t I control but have been trying to?

What do I need to let go off?

What could I control that I have not?

Where can I trust where I have been holding back?

Just like the Serenity Prayer, when we see a new perspective it opens up choices.

Why not take a moment and consider what could you let go of or take action on to find serenity in your Middle Ground?