The phrase, “Live and Let Live”, is familiar to most people, and I’m pretty sure most of us have heard of it at one time or another during the course of our lives. It does sound good, and tends to bring forth a good message to live by.
But let’s explore this phrase a bit more as we are going to uncover some valuable insights within the depths of this phrase. This can lead us to examine some of our assumptions and beliefs about the very process of life. Let’s get exploring and see what we find.
Accepting Ourselves and Others
Now the traditional meaning of the phrase, Live and Let Live, is basically living your life as you so choose and letting others do the same without any interference or unasked for opinions. And all in all this is a very good philosophy to live by.
When we accept our strengths and weaknesses and move forward in life doing the best we can, we have a reason to feel good even when we do not reach our stated objective if we have one. Also, accepting other people just the way they are empowers us to choose whether or not we desire their company, as well as the amount of credence we are willing to give to their statements and advice.
This type of mindset positions us to not resist the realities of life, while consciously choosing how to respond and when. Instead of reacting to people and events which we “judge” to be wrong or just annoying, we are able to accept one hundred (100%) percent responsibility for our thoughts and feelings.
In order to be able and willing to accept such responsibility it requires our Presence and Observation; in other words, we need to be Awake to the Moment, and not sleepwalking through life.
Our Hidden Treasure
We strike gold when we employ this “live and let live” concept in such a way that we are able to spend more and more time in the Present Moment being aware of our feelings and thoughts, and realizing that we are not them, but merely the Observer of them.
Arriving at this point of awareness is worth more than all the precious metals and fiat currency in the world. This state of presence opens up so many doors to our fulfillment of whatever it is we truly desire. Things not only improve in our outer circumstances, but more importantly we attain an Inner State of Invincibility where we know that everything is “Good Already”.
At this point we have no need for our circumstances to change in order to make us happy and feel good. We actually see and know that when we feel good our circumstances naturally change. All of this as a result of our decision to Accept our present circumstances and “Live and Let Live”.
Some Practical Applications
So this all sounds real good, but how do we get there? What can we do each day to attain this state. The easy answer is too easy for most minds to accept, as we have all these ridiculous reasons stuck in our head of why things won’t work and why the certainly can’t be that easy. We are married to our limitations, and if we doubt this we just need to tune into our results in any given area of our lives in which we desire improvement. Results or lack of them don’t lie.
Are you ready for the simple and easy solution? Okay, here it is. Decide to do it and Just Do It. This sounds like one of those Michael Jordon Nike commercials from the past, but it works. Now when the noise in your mind continues to increase, just allow it to be so, and just observe the circus of your thoughts and feelings. There are many valuable clues here to your ultimate freedom and fulfillment.
Now if you are still buying into your self-limiting lies, then enjoy the self-sabotage, but see it for what it really is. Don’t continue to buy into all the lies about yourself and what you can or cannot attain. This in itself is major progress, and takes you a bit closer to your freedom. By just staying there you will eventually be inspired to replace those ideas with more fulfilling ones.
The long route is to continue to struggle in letting go of all the unnecessary baggage, and force yourself to progress down the road to your goals and objectives. You can still get there, but it is a lot more frustrating, tiring, and less enjoyable of a journey.
Gratitude and The Hidden Passage
Even without letting go of all the baggage of false assumptions and beliefs we can still shortcut this process. As I have said in previous posts, the journey is where all the fun is, and the destination is just a reason to play the game. So let’s find a few ways to make our journey a bit more enjoyable.
Being grateful for what we currently have in terms of family, friends, talents, abilities, possessions, opportunities etc. not only puts us in a good space, but opens our vision to possibilities, and we then realize any roadblocks or challenges are merely puzzles to be solved along the way. With this expanded vision of gratitude becomes a natural state for us to inhabit.
When we are in this expanded state of gratitude, the Hidden Passage to our dreams and goals is revealed through our intuition to which we become much more alert. We recognize once we step through this Hidden Passage we enter a realm of freedom and possibility. Our self-imposed limitations dissolve when we see with New Eyes and we take intuitive and inspired actions.
Within ourselves we have always had these gifts and the potential to utilize them, but we were never taught “how” to think so we failed to recognize them. Let’s now move forward with our Expanded Vision which does not know limitations and failure since it is based on Expansion and Freedom.
One last benefit of our choice to Live and Let Live is we develop an authentic respect and compassion for ourselves. You can call this self-respect, self-love, or any other term which comes to mind, but the essence of it all is we are returned to our original base of caring and loving ourselves for no other reason than We Just Are. When we feel this type of compassion and love for ourselves, it naturally transfers to Love and compassion of All Life.
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May you all Live and Let Live in Peace & Joy,