“When there are thoughts, it is distraction: when there are no thoughts, it is meditation.” – Ramana Maharshi
The outside world is a great place to distract yourself from the daily worries, duties, and responsibilities of your life.
Today, people are complaining about the President, the gun bans, the money, banks, celebrity gossip, and a lot of things that generally speaking, don’t really matter to you.
Most attempts to complain and voice your opinion about the outside world are just an attempt to distract yourself with the biggest perceived challenge you have – Yourself.
Yes, we all have 101 things in our lives that could use our attention but it is much easier to not take any real action in that area, instead we just focus our attention on things we really have no control over.
Where does this leave you?
Feeling weak and powerless.
This is not true of course because the things that matter in our lives can all be easily handled as long as we give it our undivided attention.
The reason many of us are unhappy is not for the reasons we often tell ourselves. Real unhappiness comes from not remembering who we really are.
We are creators who have our very own authority and personal power to be anyone we choose to be.
So why don’t we be who we want to be?
Many of you reading this are already on a path that is more in alignment with who you really are, but some of you are not.
Don’t like change
But I would venture to guess that on some level of your being you know that change is the only thing that will take you to where you need to be.
Whether you like it or not, change is on the horizon.
Some of you reading this have already experienced changes that you did not initiate.
Perhaps you lost a job and you can’t find a way back into the same career no matter how hard you try.
Perhaps you just lost a spouse or a mate and you know it is for the best but you are still having trouble coping with the new life.
Don’t worry because no job, no relationship, and no nothing was ever meant to be permanent because life is fluid and not stagnant, and we are the same.
We don’t normally expect major changes to our lives to be easy.
Buying a new house is hard. Creating a new business from scratch is hard. Starting a new relationship is hard too.
When it involves physical world changes, we already know that patience is needed. We don’t expect to suddenly manifest a new house, business, or relationship instantly.
The same goes with growth and changes in our own lives.
I played around with the idea of becoming a vegetarian over seven years ago, and it didn’t become a reality for me until last May of 2012.
Another example, I had always wanted to move to the country and restore an older home since the early 2000’s and that didn’t manifest in my life until the summer of 2008.
So when it comes to personal growth, think in terms like months and years instead of days and weeks.
The truth is that personal growth calls for tremendous patience. I’m not suggesting you intend things to take a very long time. I don’t want you to start associating negativity with creating lifestyle changes.
Even when you’re working a lot on your own personal growth, you might reflect back on yourself a year ago and think, “I didn’t get very far this year at all.”
It doesn’t imply you failed.
For many big life changes, a year is too little time.
Take a look back at yourself five ago. Notice any differences? Unless you’re suffering from a case of mind fog, you should be able to notice at least one or more areas of your life that you have grown.
People mostly overestimate what they can accomplish in a year, but they underestimate what they can accomplish in five years.
I remember when I was a freshman football player in High School and the JV football team had to perform a bench press to see the physical strength of each player.
I had one of the weakest bench presses on my team that day, and I felt completely devastated after that because I believed I was stronger than that.
Once football season came to an end that year, myself and several of my teammates decided we would go to the weight room every day after school to increase our strength.
I stuck with working out after school beginning at the middle of my freshman year all the way through to my senior year.
As a freshman my max bench press was 125 pounds. As a senior in high school my max bench press was 315 pounds and I could rep 225 pounds at least 12 times.
And no, there were no performance enhancing drugs in the picture back then for me. It was all done through hard work and persistence.
As 2013 ushers in a new age free yourself from the old ways and be open for new opportunities as many will present themselves to you this year.
This year will be like no other because you will see some amazing synchronicities occur in your life to let you know you are headed in the right direction.
It’s as if a GPS has been set in your brain allowing you to know you are headed in the right direction.
You will know when you are off course because things in your outer world just won’t line up for you.
Sometimes just letting go and allowing yourself to flow with life is the easiest way to get yourself to where you want to be.
Life is a ride; try your best to enjoy it.
“The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are.
And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly colored and it’s very loud and its fun, for a while.
Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question: “Is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, “Hey, don’t worry; don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.”
And we kill those people.” – Quote by Late Comedian Bill Hicks