This Moment Is All There Is

How often each day do we read or post positive quotes, positive thoughts, thought provoking stories? Now, the bigger question is How often do you REALLY read them? I mean read them in a way to let it resonate with you. To let the information soak into your very soul. Then my question would be, How quickly do you forget? How quickly does the information leave your ego? The information never leaves the soul. In fact, it has been in your soul all along. The ego just took over and somehow you forgot what really does touch your soul. It could happen in an instant, or it could happen over time as the ego leads us to tell ourselves different stories.

My reflection today is living in the moment but not just living in the moment, feeling the moment, being present in the moment, tasting the moment, seeing it, listening to it. So often I find I am so busy trying to get to the next moment in my life I forget that this moment and this moment alone is just as precious as the one I am trying to get to. In fact, it is even more important as this moment will create the next and so on and so forth. We all have heard this numerous times. But, do we really hear it? Are you living it? Or do you think you are? There is a big difference in being present in a moment and thinking you are. I know I am guilty of letting my ego take over and not being present. I know I have taken situations and people for granted. My ego told stories and I believed them and therefore by that I created feelings based on those stories which in return made me miss out on some really great opportunities to create and live some meaningful moments.

It is true, we only have this moment to live once. We will never get this time back. Each moment creates the next. What do you want your moments to look like, feel like, sound like, etc.? Who in these moments do you want to appreciate, love, care for, listen to, have fun with, etc.? What can you do in this moment to create an even better moment next?

I am not telling you anything you have not already heard over and over again. What I am asking you is to let this resonate with you. Take a moment and meditate on it. Take a moment and feel it not just hear it in your head but feel it in every inch of every part of your body. You will know in that moment what it is you want to do in your next moment.

Don’t take moments for granted. Don’t take others for granted. Because the truth is to live every day as if it really was your last. Not in a way you have to do something extraordinary. I mean after all isn’t the so called ordinary life that you have, extraordinary in itself? We are all on a journey, a ride, all we can do is do our best to relish in this remarkable ride.

We are human and not perfect, we will forget and we will make mistakes but the sooner you come back to living moments this way, the easier it is to live them every day.

Now one final question. What will you do today?

Achieving Inner Peace

“ We can never attain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves” Dalai Lama

What is blocking you from achieving your own inner peace?  This is probably one of the most important questions you can ask yourself.  Without inner peace our lives are consistently chaotic.  How many of you feel that you are constantly on a roller coaster ride except this roller coaster isn’t very fun.  This roller coaster robs us of our very essence and higher self.  The more I read and study about inner peace the more I have come to find that inner peace, in fact, is simply a choice.  That’s right, we have a choice every moment, every day and in every situation to bring ourselves to a state of peacefulness.

Inner peace comes from not reacting to life but by creating life.  At first it will take some work and it will not be easy but just like anything it becomes easier the more you do it.  Trust me, I teach about inner peace and I still have days where I find myself overwhelmed, frustrated, angry, sad, etc. I am human and I have the same human experiences and emotions just like any of you.  What brought me to teaching about this topic is because I found myself yearning more and more for my own inner peace.  Inner peace isn’t something that only saints, monks and spiritual leaders can achieve.  After all, they are just as human as you are so this is your wake-up call that you too can achieve this if you desire it enough.

We live in a very judgmental, negative society and it is easy to get sucked into all the fears associated with all of it.  I am a very sensitive person and I soak up all the emotions and feeling of those around me and I have come to find that it literally was draining me from my very own happiness.  I constantly wanted to please others, to make sure other people liked me.  I do think that it is important that we help and serve others but the key factor is that we don’t help and serve others at the expense of ourselves. It is true there is a big difference between self-care and selfishness.  Even just saying the two out loud you can feel the different energy surrounding them.

So now we have come to this.  What can you do to reach a state of inner peace and keep yourself there as much as possible?  First and for most, you must change your thoughts.  Your thoughts create your beliefs, your beliefs create your emotions and your emotions create your actions.  This doesn’t need to be as hard as we make it.  Our human ego wants nothing more than to keep us down.  Just by doing simple affirmations and positive self-talk we can change our chaotic lives into peaceful lives.  It is best to do this in steps and the first step always comes with awareness. We can’t change that in which we are not aware of so awareness is key.

Letting go of judgments and expectations is my next step.  When we come from a place of judgment that judgment is stemming from some fear that is deep within ourselves and we project it onto others.  It’s true when you find yourself judging others you can be assured that you have a certain belief based on a fear about your own insecurities.  It is true we tend to easily point out the faults in others that we posses’ ourselves.  We hate those attributes of ourselves so of course we aren’t going to like it when we see it in others.  The best thing you can do is acknowledge the thoughts but then quickly let them go.  Don’t give any power to them.  Just let them pass by.  The same holds true for expectations.  When we put too high of expectations on ourselves as well as others we are sure to be disappointed every time.  So I encourage you to figure out what it is you are expecting and why it holds so much power over you?

 

One of the best ways I find to quickly get to a state of inner peace is by breathing and letting go.  One of my favorite quotes is Let Go and Let God.  Let go of the attachment, surrender to what is and you will reach a state of inner peace.  Remembering that this takes practice and it doesn’t come easy so be gentle on yourself.  Be Kind. When you can consistently come from a place of love and not fear and you will find that you will not only achieve inner peace you will be sending peace out into the world and creating it.  That my friend is what you can call power.

Why Do We Fear Vulnerability?

When you think of the word Vulnerable what does it mean to you?  Does the thought of becoming vulnerable make you want to fight, kick or even scream?  Do you associate being weak with being vulnerable?  I have recently started learning more about the concept of being vulnerable.  If you want to hear some great facts on the power of vulnerability I encourage you to listen or read about Brene Brown.  She is a researcher who has spent years studying shame, guilt and vulnerability.  Her discoveries really do open up new levels of understanding on why being vulnerable is not just essential to life but crucial.

When you see someone open up themselves to you or even to a group of people we usually look at them and see tremendous courage. You often wonder how they can do that or you might think that they must be quite confident and self-assured to be able to tell others about some intimate part of themselves.  The problem is when we think about becoming vulnerable we tend to view it as being weak.  We also tend to wonder what’s in it for me or even worse what if they reject me?  The more I think of those questions the more I realize I am the one who is putting shame behind what I view as a weakness.  So in a sense I am the one rejecting myself before anyone else even has a chance to.  In fact, I am the one who has rejected myself more often than anyone else ever could.  More so than I can’t remember or even count.  Why is that we tend to already shame ourselves before anyone else has a chance to?  We think we are protecting ourselves, right?  We couldn’t be more wrong.  When we put shame or guilt on to ourselves we close ourselves off.  We put up walls.  These walls make us feel like we are safe, guarded, and protected.  What most people, including myself don’t realize are those walls are actually causing us more pain, hurt and rejection than anyone else ever could.  Those walls also prohibit us from love, happiness and joy.  So if we remove those walls by releasing all fear based feelings and see ourselves with love we can open ourselves up to a whole new world of wonder, magic, beauty, joy, inspiration, and the list goes on.

This process you are thinking is not easy to do.  True it makes us step out of a comfort zone.  But that is a comfort zone we have created ourselves and we can change ourselves.  Life isn’t about pain and heartache.  Life is about LOVE.  Once we can let go of fear and see everything through the eyes of love.  We can see compassion, empathy, understanding, kindness, forgiveness and above all love.

To become vulnerable you can come alive to your most authentic self.  Step out of the comfort zone your ego has created for you and step into a comfort zone that God has intended for you.  Choose Love over Fear.  Choose a New You.  You may find that you finally get the life you have always dreamed of.

So in ending this I encourage you all to; Be real and true to yourself, remember there are no guarantees (after all a vision of the world based on love is far more perfect than you are imagining now), Asking for help does not make you weak, Embrace negative emotions (don’t numb them allow yourself to feel them, process them and then feel the love behind them), and lastly remember that through action comes growth.

To be vulnerable is to allow yourself to be deeply seen.  It is to love with your whole heart and put yourself out there.  To feel vulnerable is to feel ALIVE and to be your most beautiful self.

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