In the everyday rush of life where we are going here and going there, we seem to be so preoccupied with finding the right place and circumstances to be. Unfulfilled where we are, we are convinced that the grass must be “greener over there”. When we slow down a bit, we are able to understand more how to progress in life without all the headaches and stress.
When we get all caught up in the struggle of our day-to-day existence, it seems that nothing of importance changes at all. This is a state of mind which keeps up stuck on the treadmill of life. But the nice thing about it is when we recognize it for what it is, we realize we are able to break free.
Life is Not a 100 yard Dash
When we slow ourselves down a bit, we realize both the good and bad news. The good news is that there is no one out to get us. The bad news is that the Calvary is not coming to save us. Now where does that leave us?
“In some respects, progressing through life is like running a marathon.” — Joseph B. Within —
This guy here hit the nail on the head. Life is a journey to be enjoyed, to observe all the wonderful sights and sounds, and to give ourselves enough time to discover what exactly beats our drum.
Many times we are so concerned about getting “there” that we forget about “here”. And it’s “here” where all the action is. So the First Lesson to which to pay some attention is to prepare ourselves properly in order to maximize our time and efforts in the direction we truly desire to go.
When we take this first step, we are much better prepared to make some significant stress-free progress toward our goals and objectives. We have found “meaning within the journey”. Since change is inevitable, we might as well-head in the direction we most desire to go.
Where Are We Going?
Ironically, when we ask ourselves this, we quite often have a difficult time coming up with an answer which makes sense. I have said it over and over in my writings that there is no where to go, and there is nothing to get. On the surface, this does not make any sense at all. So I guess, we better dip below the surface and see what we can come up with.
Taking things for granted keeps us on the “running wheel” just like mice and hamsters in a cage. Refusing to look beyond “what appears to be”, keeps us spinning away thinking we are getting somewhere.
The Second Lesson for us to embrace is to develop the habit of Asking Why. As kids we had no problem with this at all. In fact, we drove our parents crazy at times always wanting to know “why”. Well, let’s bring this habit back where it will do us the most good. By consistently asking “why” it is that we think a certain way and do the things we do, we will bring up from below the surface thoughts and feelings which will reveal some amazing clues as to how to best progress in life.
Blinded by Our Focus
Since we see what we see and believe what we believe, we are totally convinced that our perceptions are correct. This only makes sense since this is our reality. The thing is that making progress calls for us to change things up a bit.
“Leaders are focused on using their vision and courage to do great things. This means challenging the way things are done and then sharing the journey with others.” — Lewis Howes —
We must challenge the way we do things. The Third Lesson to observe on our way to making progress on our journey through life is to Redirect Our Focus. Although this can be done instantaneously, our habits of perception will make it a bit challenging for it to stay in place once we redirect. This is where “repetition and practice” come in.
In order to emerge from the darkness of our own self-created limitations, and to keep the light turned on until we are “totally convinced” that there “is” another way to see things, we must be “patient and persevere”. Each bit of awareness will inspire us to stay on track and keep making progress.
The Journey Continues
No matter how much progress we make and what we accomplish, the journey goes on and we continue to progress. We discover that being grateful for the present moment, and enjoying the fullness of life as we experience it now, is what we have been looking for all along. This is true happiness which is not dependent on things having to be a certain way. It is enough for us to just Be, and accept that things are good already.
When we refocus a bit we realize we were always there. It is more of a journey within ourselves to change things around, then rearranging things on the outside. When we get clear and aware, action is often not even necessary.
“The Way is ever without action, yet nothing is left undone.” — Lao Tzu —
The Fourth Lesson is simply to remind ourselves that there is a different way to look at things. Nothing is set in stone; certainly not our perceptions and beliefs. What would this moment be like without any of our limiting thoughts getting in the way? It’s easy to find out. Just substitute another more life enhancing thought for the thought which is disturbing or worrisome to you.
As we continue on our journey through life we always have the choice to replace our thoughts when we remember to do so. And that is the key: to remember. Remembering becomes much easier when we allow ourselves to forget all the nonsense which has been occupying our minds up to now.
It’s All About Sharing
As we continue to expand our awareness and wake up a bit to Who We Really Are, we discover that we are not on this journey alone and it is just as much about giving as it is getting. The reason there is nothing to get is because we have it all now; we are just paying attention to the obstacles and not “seeing” what is right in front of us.
When we discover all that we have, we want to share it. It’s a no-brainer. We want to give away to others what we have discovered within ourselves.
We receive automatically all we could ever desire, and in the process all “fake desires and wants” simply fade away as we see their meaninglessness. At this point we only accept “quality” into our lives, and we only share quality with others. All of our thoughts and actions are congruent with Being Who We Really Are.
At this point there is no conflict and we have learned the Fifth Lesson on our journey. When we “know” Who We Really Are, we are able to “share” Who We Really Are. This is living from our Authentic Self, and never settling for less.
Forgetting to Remember
As you may have noticed by now, forgetting to remember has a double meaning. In order to remember our Authentic Selves we must “forget the false self” we have put in place instead. Then, we must continue to remind ourselves of this so that we “don’t forget to remember Who We Are”.
Summing things up, there are only a few lessons to learn and keep in mind. First we must prepare ourselves by determining where we desire to go, and put some sort of plan for getting there together. Then, we must continually ask ourselves “Why” we are doing the things we are doing, so we can observe them, and then decide if we want to continue to do them or not.
After we do this, we are then able to redirect and maintain our focus in our desired direction. This then makes it easier to contend with the challenges which pop up along the way, because we are “committed” to where we are going. We realize that there is always a different way to look at things when we slow down enough to notice.
This all positions ourselves to share our discoveries with others. At this point we are living in Presence from our Essence, and all we desire to do is share what we found, and empower others to trust themselves enough to move beyond all illusionary fears and Awaken.
In Love & Peace with the Light,