Wednesday, June 29, 2011
By Jayne Warrilow
Why is it so easy for us to live according to what other people want and expect? Why is it so effortless for us to give away our power and live a life someone else wants us to live?
Part of the reason of course, lies in the many pressures we all face in our every day lives. It is too easy to forget ourselves in the hustle and bustle of all the things which need to be done, achieved and ticked off our to-do-list. Who we are today is the clearest indicator of who we are becoming.
There comes a time in all our lives when we begin to wonder about ourselves; the inner person who resides deep within. It is an inescapable quest for the truth that lies within us at the heart of our very soul. An essential part of being human. It is an adventure which can lead us down many different paths, uncover countless dimensions of the truth, until one day we rest in the knowledge that what we know about our inner self, for now at least, is enough.
Most of us live our lives standing outside of ourselves, ready to judge our physical bodies, our feelings and our thoughts from an external standard. Practically everyone I know and every client I have ever worked with, has lost track of themselves at some point in their life. This is true of myself too. There was a time when I found it easier to listen to the people around me to discover what would be the right decision, or the best way forward for me. I gave more credence to the views of others than finding the space to listen to my own intuitive voice which remained hidden deep inside of me. I defined myself through the feedback from others and lost myself along the way. I accommodated, shaped and molded myself to serve others, often at my own expense. I was too busy in the doing to ever wonder about who I was being.
Let me share a Buddhist teaching that asks us to be mindful of how rare it is to find ourselves as a human on Earth. It requests that you look about you and notice the many other forms of life around you, the bird and the butterfly, the loyal dog and the fierce tiger, to the one hundred year old oak and the ancient mountain. It asks us to understand that no other life form has the consciousness of being that we are privilege to.
Just think about it for a moment, of all the many different species of plants, animals and minerals that make up the Earth, it is only us as humans who can enjoy the wakefulness of spirit we know as being conscious. And you and I were both lucky enough to have been born human. You could have been a fly, I could have been a spider. But we were blessed, that in this time and in this place we would be alive in ways we often take for granted.
•Be grateful for who you are today. Notice how you feel. Go within and reconnect to your inner self, find your inner voice and listen to what it has to say. Explore who you are and who you are becoming.
•Go for a walk outside and notice all the life which is around you
•Breathe slowly and consider all of the other life forms you come across - what can you do that they can't?
•Count your blessings.
•So what will you do with this day, knowing that you are one of the lucky ones who gets to make a conscious choice?
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