If light is in your heart, you will find your way home. Rumi
“I have a body but I am not my body; I have feelings but I am not my emotions; I have thoughts but I am not my thoughts. I am more than my body, my thoughts and emotions, I am a source of pure consciousness.” – Robert Assagioli
Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behaviour does. – Timber Hawkeye
“What is easily done can be easily undone. To move steadily forward on one’s chosen path, step after step, whether or not others are watching; to meet difficulties with the steady, relentless strength of ceaselessly flowing water—such firmness of purpose, such integrity and perseverance builds a foundation that can never be compromised.” – Daisaku Ikeda
Sloth and apathy come into our life when we stop growing and learning.
At no point in our life is there a time where we can sit back and say “There’s nothing more to learn.” Every relationship or partnership involves give and take, surrender and negotiation, and at times this is very challenging.
We say to ourselves “If only everyone would think like I do and just come along with my plans, life would be easier.” That illusion may seem possible in your world but the truth is we have to work with the whole for the whole to work. We are all different and deserve to be listened to and considered.
Overcoming laziness, or the ability to do things that we do not want to do, is a crucial part of gaining success. Things simply have to get done and relationships have to be worked on. When we come to terms with this fact, that in order to grow we will have to face our fears and feel uncomfortable, life becomes easier.
Sloth is about expecting that all we have worked for and achieved will last forever because that is what we deserve. We feel entitled to put our feet up and let someone else do the hard work. There is nowhere to go in life when we keep this attitude. We need to take responsibility on every level, emotional, physical and spiritual.
Making empty promises and indulging in avoidant behaviours that distract you from what you really should be doing, keeps you occupied, and unable to see your true destiny.
Courage will take you to places that you never believed possible. It instills confidence and intuition and the ability to surrender to our ego and connect to a higher self and purpose.
The courageous learn to participate mindfully in life, focusing on what they can do in this moment rather than sitting back and scripting the same story, “If only……”
The courageous choose to explore who they are and who they can become in their relationships and in life. They recognise that they are on this earth to experience love and that their courage will help them face their fears and adapt to the ever-changing circumstances that life presents.
There is never a more perfect time to start then in this moment.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that
something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon
I have heard enough warrior stories of heroic daring. Tell me how you crumble when you hit the wall, the place you cannot go beyond by the strength of your own will. What carries you to the other side of that wall, to the fragile beauty of your own humanness? – Oriah Mountain Dancer
Why have we all come to believe that what the world tells us is true? That there are perfect families and perfect bodies, perfect husbands and wives and perfect children? I would like to know where they all are, because I have yet to meet any and yet we are all striving to be them.
Media, Television and Radio bombard us daily, on how to look younger, get fitter, feel happier and yet in today’s paper it reads: “The number of patients in therapy is growing by 20 percent annually. The Australian Psychological Society reported that this year has recorded the highest rates of patients booking in for anxiety, distress and depression and that one in 10 Adults are on antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills.
We see others through eyes of envy and wish we could be as happy or as rich or as beautiful as they are and then work tirelessly to keep up with them, convincing ourselves it will be our turn one day.
Why do we feel we cannot be ourselves with one another or share the pain of our wounds that we face each day? Why do we all feel the need to pretend?
Fear always keeps us in the dark about the truth. Fear blocks us from being vulnerable with one another. Fear makes us feel alone in our anxiety and stress and we become desperate for a quick fix, so that others will never see there is anything wrong.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everyone wants to be accepted and loved. We all want people to like us and so we are hesitant to show others the pain and the truth of our life behind closed doors. We become silent in our suffering for fear of rejection and allow the world to continue to promote perfection which keeps us trapped.
“The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position.” – Leo Buscaglia
Trust that we all have our own story and pain to share. Trust that in sharing honestly with one another, you will find you are never alone and in turn you will allow others to open up and even begin to heal their wounds.
At the end of the day, pretending is exhausting and to no-one benefits from it. It takes so much energy to keep our secrets hidden. What needs to be faced is our fear, stepping out beyond the familiar and into the unknown.
Slow down and become aware of who you are in this world. Accept and love yourself for who you are right now, in doing so, we can become free from the chains of falsehood and begin to live freely in our own uniqueness.
Don’t tell me how wonderful things will be . . . some day. Show me you can risk being completely at peace, truly OK with the way things are right now in this moment, and again in the next and the next and the next. . . Oriah Mountain Dancer