Searching outside for something?
Searching externally for what we think we need is unsatisfying and keeps us further away from Home.
Joy and happiness are always right within us, all wrapped up in this very moment.
We tell ourselves, "once my home is in order, I can begin living . . . or begin entertaining, decorating or enjoying life. "Once I graduate and earn that degree, I can begin living . . . working . . . enjoying small happinesses."
Stop it! You can feel joyful now.
TRY THIS: Recall a time when you really felt joyful. Can you think of a time when you felt really happy? When was it that you felt truly loved and appreciated? Bring this image here now, make it come alive.
Can you see it? Can you feel it? Hear it? Smell it? Taste it? That's it.
Take in that joyful feeling -- stay here awhile remembering how it feels.
Now that you have it, keep with this feeling.
Next time you catch yourself racing around (all up in your mind), thinking (obsessing) negatively -- criticizing yourself or someone else -- STOP -- remember this feel-good image and simply go back to that good feeling.
Feeling joyful requires stepping out from the mind and going into the heart.
Thinking, the mind, gets us into trouble. Logic can't feel. We have to relearn how to feel our way back to joy.
"Seeing" what we're doing -- what we are saying to ourselves and what we are saying to others is necessary in order to change.
Getting back in touch with our gut -- our core -- our center -- is the way to gauge if we're moving in the right direction -- towards Home or farther away from Home.
We have become so accustomed to doing for others, convincing ourselves of what we "have" to do -- we have forgotten what it feels like to FEEL GOOD -- we don't remember what it was like -- to feel aligned with our true nature -- like when we were kids, when we felt truly free.
If we make an effort and get intentional about paying attention to our thoughts, we can begin seeing a pattern of thinking that is affecting how we are feeling. Our thoughts control our feelings and dictate how we act and re-act.
I dare you to try being mindful today
Just try it. Pay attention to your thoughts -- Count how many times you say something negative to yourself. (ie. "I'm so stuipid," "I can't do that," "I can't stand myself when I lose things").
Catch yourself. Don't judge it. Just see what you're doing. This is the first step.
Stop negativity before it builds momentum.
Next, notice how often you are judging others. How many times did you criticize someone verbally or non-verbally (in your head)? I bet if I gave you $100 and asked you to deduct $1 for every criticism or judgment you make throughout the day, you'd be in debt by day's end.
This is exactly how our energy gets drained. We start out with a certain amount of energy in the bank each day and gradually lose energy with each negative thought, belief and action.
Spend some quiet time inwardly reflecting and disconnecting from the world's interference. It will ground you. Practice deep breathing, simply focus on your breath and allow your breath to calm your heart. A calm heart will bring calm to body and mind. The breath will help you get centered.
Once calm, you can observe your mind; keep allowing your breath to bathe your body - scan your body with your breath. Bring your breath all over, notice how you're feeling. Soon you will feel more peaceful, you'll be able to begin opening up your heart.
An open heart creates space . . .
Space offers freedom to observe and bare witness to how you're really feeling.
Freedom invites curiousity, eagernes, willingness, and hope, enabling trust to be playful, for remembering what it feels like to feel alive . . . for remembering how it feels to be childlike, for remembering your way back Home.
Everything you need is within.
You are already Home.
-- Your Jewels are right within your heart --
Romans 5:1-11 ESV Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. ...