Have you noticed how people are really pissed off lately?
A united stand is happening, and people are chiming, “enough is enough.”
The world is in a global pressure cooker, and with tensions flaring, anger and the polarization of opinions make it really easy to give in to the fear and anxiety of the unknown.
You have a choice to stay aware and informed, and to stay grounded in proper perspective.
What we are witnessing with all of the political upheaval in the world is the shadow of the collective ego, rising to the surface for healing and transformation.
It’s heart wrenching to watch, we too feel this pain as we’re all connected as one divine mind and heart.
A spiritual superstorm of epic proportions is unfolding right before our eyes and it requires us to be the change more than ever before.
A lack of consciousness is becoming very expensive to the world, and it’s time to evolve with a new Universal paradigm and wake up.
I love what author Marianne Williamson has to say on the matter:
Until we have met the monsters in ourselves, we keep trying to slay them in the outer world. And we find that we cannot. For all darkness in the world stems from darkness in the heart. And it is there that we must do our work.
Which begs the question, where do we go from here?
What is happening is a call to action to show more love, kindness, compassion and be the light that you wish to see in this world.
Here are 4 ways that you can find peace during these tumultous times:
1) Root down and stay grounded.
When in the midst of chaos, I’ve found that sticking to some form of routine or ritual helps one to feel in control of their surroundings somewhat. Yes, discipline can be a savior until the storm passes. Find a routine that works for you and stick with it.
2) Up your spiritual practice.
Whether your spiritual practice is meditation, prayer, yoga, walking in nature etc., now is the time to step it up to stay connected to your core.
3) Tone down watching the news.
While it’s wise to stay informed and be aware of current events, try not to get too consumed with the media. Preserve your mind, and peace, in order to put things into their proper perspective.
4) Be kind.
People are really intense and fearful, now more than ever, and one of the best things you can do is pull people into your peace and just be kind. Kindness and compassion go a long way, and it helps give faith in humanity.
Let’s use this as an opportunity to shine a bright light into the world, that each of us can walk towards making the world a better place.
The path to healing is a life long process that will require a lot of patience and gentleness with yourself.
Just when you think “I’ve got it, I’ve finally got it!”, someone will do or say something that can trigger you so deeply that your pain and many of your old patterns can come back to haunt you.
Just when you think, I’ve met the one, you realize that it’s just the same guy, but in a different suit.
Just when you think, I’ve mastered my eating habits, you roll by your local Tim Horton’s, look at the menu and order the same donut with the sprinkles on it.
Even I have my moments where a pesky, old habit resurfaces to greet me.
And it can be incredibly frustrating.
I want you to know, dear ones, that you are a human being, and you’re going to slip up.
And that’s okay.
You’re going to break your diet and put the weight back on until you stabilize.
You’re going to believe your stories.
You’re going to put your foot in your mouth sometimes.
You’re going to make assumptions and judgements. You’re going to skip the gym or yoga class, procrastinate, miss your meditation practice, stop your exercise regime, make poor choices, and the list goes on and on.
You’re going to blow it, and feel like you’re backsliding. I want you to know that it’s not about perfection though, it’s about the process.
Because it’s never about the destination, it’s everything we learn throughout the journey.
I want you to know that you’re going to fail your way forward to deeper meaning and understanding of yourself and that there is no other way.
Cause and effect is your greatest teacher, so is suffering, and so is pain. Let’s just accept it with grace, gentleness, and vulnerability. When you can demonstrate more compassion to yourself for the divine lessons that are unfolding in your life, you’ll really be able to open yourself up to the divine.
We all make mistakes. But if you can learn to accept your imperfections, forgive yourself more often, and change your dialogue of constant self-criticism so you can speak to yourself in a more loving way, miraculous shifts will occur in your life.
So the next time you’re about to slip up? Go easy on yourself.
Allow yourself to be a human being, be willing to see the lesson in it all, and try again next time.
Keep believing in yourself!
We toss the word authenticity around a lot nowadays, but what does that word really mean?
Authenticity is about honouring your personal truths; sometimes at the expense of pleasing others.
It’s a way of living, being the same person in public and in private, and voicing how you feel without layering it up with positivity.
For example, if you’re tired and someone asks you out to dinner, instead of making excuses, just tell them the truth, “I’m a little tired today, how about a raincheck?”
Clear and transparent.
Honorable and loveable.
The most important thing of all is that you honour your personal truths and integrity.
While it’s completely natural to slip up at times (myself included!), it’s good to be reminded of staying true to what you stand for in all situations.
The disease to please is quite common in our society.
Why do we feel the need to do this?
Could it be an underlying plea for approval and acceptance?
I’m sure you can admit that making a choice to be brutally honest with your friends, or sugar-coating your response so you don’t hurt that person’s feelings, you’ll make the choice to save their feelings.
Brutal honesty, when delivered harshly, can be received as cruel and insensitive, but I’d like to know why we have to cop out of saying it like it is nicely?
Here’s what I’ve discovered — deep down, people crave the need to assimilate. We allow ourselves to be uncomfortable in the name of not being perceived as a party-pooper, and slowly this becomes a habitual way of living.
When the truth of the matter is, you’re only giving people half truths. You’re not really honouring how you feel, and on top of that you’re not revealing who you really are.
Why do we wear these masks?
When our need for connection and validation becomes so strong, we learn to stifle and sacrifice our voice as a means to be accepted.
For the sake of being acknowledged and appreciated it’s easier to reveal just a teeny, weeny, bitty part of yourself, while the other person is left with only the image that you’ve presented to them.
You are unknowingly giving your power away for the sake of being liked.
Every time you withhold your truth by not honouring how you really feel, or acknowledging where you stand, you are not living in the space of your highest self.
Examine how you feel when you’re about to tell a white lie. Notice how anxious you become, how slowly you start to feel heavy and weakened.
You’ll find that your resistance to being honest has more to do with an underlying need for acceptance, rooted in fear.
Fear of being judged and not liked, and the fear of being rejected.
Now I’m not saying that we should go around blurting out our feelings without any consideration for the other person, because on the other hand, that can have disastrous effects and ruin relationships.
Empowered living will require you to speak your truth so that you can ultimately live in the space of your higher self from a place of love, not fear.
Your turn; have you ever been in a situation where you found yourself being overly diplomatic only to walk away feeling totally depleted?
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