Connecting with the true self,
Following our own path,
Speaking truth with efficacy,
Loving wisely and powerfully,
Respecting self and others,
Imagining creatively and feeling gently,
Surviving with rigour and force
Bring balance to live well,
Apply energy to the right centres,
Never wrongly to the incorrect centre,
Lest pain is what is sought
When they go high, we go low to find our way through.
There is a beautiful wisdom in understanding our paths and staying on them. We are built to want things, to yearn for what we do not have so that we find ourselves in-between that which is and could be.
Being aware of not having what we want gives us stability, noticing what we need to get what we want gives us wisdom and feeling discomfort with not having what we want gives us the energy to go get it.
There is always a path towards positive change, if one can find the right door.
This can be a physical, emotional or mental change as they’re all one in the same. Each are different facets or manifestations of yourself in this reality and all are parts of yourself that you make sure that you show love to on a regular basis. This love can mean just taking a moment during your day to ask yourself, “how am I feeling?” This simple question can help you frame your whole day and give you a better context for taking decisions in the direction that will best serve you.
There is a difference between those daily practices built to serve you and those longer intentions that arrive to stretch and grow you. The daily checkins should serve as sign posts to ensure you’re walking along the right path, and at the right pace. Any path can quickly become the wrong path if you find yourself frequently burned out or the goal stops being something you love doing for lack of loving yourself while pursuing it.
The longer intentions are there to help you decide which of the many paths before you are the ones you should pursue. These intentions should always be towards the pursuit of love, happiness and creation.
If you find you’re focused on the possessions or goals of others rather the the creation of your own, you have descended into jealousy and have begun to use the wrong type of fuel for your engine. Using envy, hate or self-loathing as fuel will only reinforce these feelings in you life until all that you hold is that energy, and moving this energy out of your life at a later date will be a tremendous challenge.
Open yourself to daily practices and positive long-term intentions. These are practices that will help to attract happiness and if you live with integrity, the rest will take care of itself. Life will show you how to open yourself to happiness if you can just pay attention and humbly accept it’s guidance rather than forcing your expectations upon it.
It’s always a delightful moment when someone is convinced that they have control over their destiny as eventually, life finds a way to humble that person.
It’s like when you see someone take their first steps out into the world, so confident that they know what all the steps they’re going to take are like because they’ve already figured out how to walk. They’re not aware of how their body is going to grow, how the weather is going to fluctuate and how life tends to enjoy putting obstacles in front of our feet. They’ve learned how to walk though, so they’re going to walk where they want.
There’s a fun exercise called the ‘Veil of Ignorance’ that asks you to step outside of who you are and to pretend like you are a spirit waiting to be born. The exercise than asks if to take the same decision twice, once pretending that you are this spirit and once in your real identity to see if you would take a different decision.
Choice and identity are like flavours to our experience. They make us feel, see and enjoy more of what’s happening in the world, but they aren’t integral to our experience. The ‘Veil’ helps us to recognize how important our identity and circumstances are in making decisions.
It is important then to recognize how our identity is crafted over time due to circumstances wildly beyond our control or influence. You don’t get to pick your skin colour, your parents, where you were raised or the weather today.
When you accept the lack of control over the factors that influence you and guide how you make decisions, you can accept that choice is something that feels nice but doesn’t really matter as you have no control over that choice.