‘Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly Away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be know.’A. A. Milne, ‘The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’
Summer has come to an end and autumnly vibes of retreat, self-analysis and contemplation took its place. A lot of time has passed since I lastly wrote. Since then I recreated myself, I shook myself, I brushed and overly cleared those sleepless nights, the uncertainty, the fear and the frustration of not being in control(and I m sure that I m not being the only one that had a couple of lessons in this regard) after the time spent on the ship. Those sailing times are long gone, and have been replaced by eartly vibes – as I spent a lot of time in nature, in the forest, in the parks and at the sea (the hypnotic sound of the waves, walking barefoot in the sand, singing and dancing till the sunrise!)
Hence, a lot has changed – and definitely a process is still going on wihin me. Questioning and introspection had a fair bit to say in this inner process – questions such as – do I tend to identify with my misfortunes? Do I consider myself happy only if all goes according to my idea – of what being well means actually? On the contrary, am I down in the dumps whenever I fail to accomplish what I aimed for? Am I attached to the outcome – or do I take it as it is – convinced that everything happens due to a reason, and that eventually things take their course exactly when they are supposed to…
A lot of lessons came exactly because of this need to control, lessons that reveal even now. The point is – the entire process starts once you are out of your confortzone. That is ground zero. So get out of whatever feels warm and fuzzy and see how that will make you feel. There is a natural flow of things that we find we so often resist and push to materialize.
The key is to reflect and do the best you can with whatever happens. Just negating it or trying to erase it as part of an already closed chapter of your life will not do. It is paramount to integrate it – to reflect and draw your lessons. That is where the change comes in. PLUS ———>
Spiritual development does happen during moments of crisis, however it is not only limited to those. It entails also the day to day activities, interactions and attitudes we form. It also comes to the routines we commit to, to what we enjoy doing and the habits we create – as they shape our personality and lead our actions.
But is your personality decisive here? What is your true nature? Do you ask yourself that? What gives meaning to your life? Are you responding from your essence?
Often we tend to think that we are our thoughts, our emotions and fail to distinguish between what does our untrained mind say about ourselves – and what does that space within, that untouched corner of our deepest self so often struggles to help us notice.
Whether you are thrilled to bits or low in misery, chances are that you are carried away and often forget that this is just a passing state, that this will also pass. Hence you get caught in this agony, lose touch with who you are and maybe even hurt the ones you love.
To be present and to observe yourself is definitely not easy- you just need to face yourself and agree to start anew, to find discipline and sooner than later your self confidence will level up your self-worthand trust in life.
Conclusion? Difficult times as well as joyous, exchilarating ones require introspection, us to go deep within, to that forever accepting, forever loving and nurturing space. It is there where you will always find that unconditional love, where you learn to accept the spirit and it becomes so clear that our mind is an instrumentand day by day we commit to a process of non-identification.
You learn that you are Divinity’s gift and all you need to do is to learn how to harmonize your mind and spirit. To recognize how blessed you are to be in this shape and form in order to experience the magic of life with all its metamorphoses and changes.
The truth is spirit.
The process involves practices such as meditation, contemplation, prayer, selfless service, reflection and self -observation. These and not only will be covered in my future posts, as they all play an important role in this union – of mind and spirit – and you will be able to find that one which best suits you.
Till NexT time dear one.