CH. 36

10. Low expectations lead to less disappointment.

9. Help others for them, not for you.

8. Change may be uncomfortable, but it’ll be painful if resisted.

7. Go inward as often as your spirit calls you to.

6. Self Care is vital for happiness.

5. What we allow, will continue.

4. It’s all about consistency.

3. Don’t tie self value on how someone else sees you.

2. At the end of every chapter, take inventory of your life. Get rid of the clutter and keep the things that give you peace of mind.

1. Worry less about what/who is fake and produce more of what is real.

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“Patience Is Also a Form of Action” – Auguste Rodin

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

We hesitantly say hello to patience and try to hurry past it. In that hurry, we trip and fall. Patience comes to help us up and we realize it is there to keep us for a while. It is not offended by our resistance or our annoyance. It is wiser than that.

Patience is always coming with wisdom. Unfortunately, we are so consumed with irritation that we are deaf to what it has to share. We assume we are kept from what matters and we are wasting time from reaching our destination. We are held against our will by this patience and we try to figure out shortcuts and plan B’s to get to where we were going before patience tripped us. But we fail.

No shortcuts, no plan B’s. Patience is wiser than that. Patience is the opportunity to refocus the blur we create when we hurry. It’s the necessary silence when the noise drowns out our inner voice. It’s the calibration of our compass. It’s the STOP so we may look both ways. It’s the reminder to take a deep breath and the necessary pull to be present in our growth.

Patience is wise. It understands the purpose of the journey is not the destination, but the journey itself. Say hello to patience. Sit down with it for as long as it’ll have you.

“Ask Yourself Often: Am I Observing the Situation Accurately or Am I Projecting How I Feel Onto What Is Happening?” – Yung Pueblo

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

For many of us, we see life through lenses adjusted by life experiences.

Often times, we judge situations, people, and ourselves holding the baggage we carry around every day. This baggage may include, naivety, innocence, love, acceptance, and courage.  On the contrary, it may also include hurt, rejection, disappointments, and fear. Depending on the situation, our observation is only as accurate as what we have unpacked to help observe it.

Approaching life subjectively (in a way that is influenced by our personal feelings, aka baggage), gives life an undertone influenced by what we decide to unpack. Projecting how we feel onto a situation, already defines the moment and the experience. We see life from and with OUR experience and self-consumption. Our projection makes the situation about ourselves first and what it actually is, dependent on that.

Approaching life objectively (in a way that is not influenced by personal feelings), gives life free rein to create. This allows for life to project itself onto US. It invites space for us to learn something new about life and ourselves. We see life with no experience. Life projecting onto us makes the situation about what it is creating, teaching, and giving.

It is not easy to observe situations objectively; we all have our opinions, our judgments, and our life-shaping experiences. However, it is possible to pay attention to what we are unpacking when we are observing a situation. And if we are unpacking the things that cause us to not feel the best about others and ourselves, the hope is to objectively observe this fact, and pack wisdom to guide us along for the next time.

“I Promise If You Keep Searching for Everything Beautiful in This World, You Will Eventually Become It” – Tyler Kent White

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

When was the last time your eyes witnessed the sunrise? When was the last time your eyes witnessed the sunset? Or the grateful green the grass exudes after a summer rain? Or the full moon illuminating passing clouds? When was the last time your eyes witnessed beautiful?

It’s here, beautiful is here. Even in darkness, we can close our eyes and search our memories for beautiful. The smile of the person we love, the bloom of a rose, the joy of gratitude in being alive.

And the most incredible gift we receive by seeing the beautiful in this world, is sharing that vision with others and giving them the hope the world can be beautiful for them as well.

Your Sacred Space Is Where You Can Find Yourself Again and Again – Joseph Campbell

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

In this overexposed society, it is essential to keep some of ourselves sacred. We are so quick to invite the world into our space, into our mind, into our heart. Often times casting the net to see whom we may catch that align with our invitation. Sometimes, however, we unintentionally appeal undesirable opinions and are left to the mercy of our grounded spirit to take these opinions in with empathy and breathe it back out with love.

Our space, our mind, and our heart hold both, our spirit and ego. Ego is the surface shell we constantly need to ensure is worthy, is good, is valid, while spirit holds our sacred existence with grounded conviction. Ego is the one reaching out and inviting the world in, while spirit is the one BEING. While Ego reaches out and invites the world in, the sacred space to BE becomes small and corners spirit tightly into a corner, sometimes suffocating the life right out of it.

In this overexposed society, reserve the sacred space for spirit. Ego will survive if its invitation does not go out today. It will survive if spirit decides to sit with trees instead of with a television set. It will survive if spirit decides to look up at stars instead of scrolling through social media feeds. It will survive if spirit decides to enjoy the silence instead of the loud chatter of the world. It will survive and it may even realize that it needs to allow for spirit its sacred space in order to invite the world in that it intends to.

Thank You, President Donald Trump.

Thank you, President Donald Trump.

Thank you for pulling the rug up and exposing what is underneath.

Thank you for exposing where love is lacked, but where compassion is victorious.

Thank you for exposing where ignorance sleeps, but intolerance is wide awake

Thank you for revealing important decisions are silent, while distractions are loud.

Thank you for exposing a failure of systems, and the power of one voice

Thank you for exposing where bias lives, and the hypocrisy we own

Thank you for encouraging dialogue about our constitution, and exposing the lack of our understanding.

Thank you for pushing each one of us to look at our neighbor and to decide, “I will choose to see you as myself or I will choose to see you as another. I will choose to love you and create an atmosphere of peace or I will choose to hate you and destroy.”

Thank you for reminding us WE have the power to make a change. Thank you for reminding us WE have the power to make America great again.

Thank you for reminding us, while we point our finger at our neighbor and at you, three of those are pointed right back at us.

Thank you, President Donald Trump!