How are you defining yourself today?
Think of the mental models you have about life and how you believe it is to be.
Are you constricted by the past ideas of what you have seen and known, as well been told?
Or, are you looking for ways to redefine what’s possible for you? For example, aging is tricky.
It smacks you in the face about the reality of death.
It has you questioning much about life and how you will be able to live.
It can limit what’s available for you.
What if you lifted your thoughts and decided you would allow this chapter of life to be about deep spiritual work. Let the process be one of discovery. See what keeps you from being who you are.
Who or what is running around in your head?
What beliefs are keeping you from being free?
What roles have you taken on that limit you?
Our time on this planet is to find out who you really are. What you are.
The continuous quest to keep asking Who Am I?
Think about the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
I was recently reminded of the regrets of people dying from Bronnie Ware’s book - “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
How can you find yourself? Walk your path. Be You.
It’s important. It’s your journey.
I know being in my 7th decade of life, the struggle and the curiosity is an ongoing journey to unraveling and to opening up to possibilities. Ones that I couldn’t have imagined and ones that I resisted.
The fun part about being this age and in this place in life is you have so much life experience and the opportunity to question all you were taught. Not to make others right or wrong, but to understand how it aligns with who you are and what you are here to do in this world.
I had lunch this week with one of my teachers, and just in that it was a wonderful opportunity to be back enjoying the face-to-face conversations. But in our conversations, we were discussing how we form our perspectives. For me, I choose to take the parts of the past that can help bridge and build the future I envision. I don’t want to get bogged down in what about this or that or how they said this. None of that
is helpful for me to move on to the highest version of me.
You have the egoic mind that is there to keep you safe. But, also, holds you back. Often lead by your shadows and unconscious beliefs that limit what you allow in your life. Think about some of your long held beliefs - food makes me fat, liberals are bad, my church is the only one that is truth. See how all those keep you separate, keep you thinking you are better than.
What I have learned, and keep learning, is that anytime I am bothered or triggered by something, there is something deeper for me to learn, to understand. I know that none of this is meant for me to feel better or worse about myself, but look at the contrast and how it is pulling me to being more of who I was created to be - more loving.
And, being against isn’t the path there.
You have your spiritual superpowers to help you open a whole different realm of life. It shines the light, the hope and possibilities. It is love. Think expansion.
How can you love yourself more, your neighbors and your environment? You are one with it all.
Why are their differences causing you angst? It’s not about them, it’s about you and how you aren’t accepting yourself.
How can you live more on the energies of love, compassion and kindness?
How can you expand your spiritual capacity to be more of who YOU are?