I had to give my head a loving shake this morning.
You know how we can read something, learn something, even practice something for a while and feel like...OK I got it.
I know this stuff.
This week I signed up for a 21 day meditation practice with the Chopra Centre. It's called the Path to Empowerment. I have read tons of stuff over the years about empowerment, I am a champion for self-empowerment. And today it was revealed to me, (by me ha-ha) that I approach things with a "well I already know this stuff; but let's just see what's here".
This morning in meditation I had a new experience. My meditation was free, open and colorful; and just so different from any of my past experiences. And in the middle of it I realized that I can often limit myself because I think I know what's going to happen, or what an experience will be like.
I am not sure why this happened today, and I don't need to know. What I do need to take away from it is that when I think I already know something I limit the possibilities and the opportunity to grow. When I take an "expert" stance I close the door to expansiveness and imagination and creativity.
What hit home today was that I can know something conceptually, intellectually. But that's quite a bit different from learning something because I'm open and curious, and willing to be a beginner. To be a student. To not know. (Yes, that's a little freaky cause most of us like to "know", it feels safer and more like it's within our control).
So tell me, do you notice this too? Are there places in your life where you can be a student, where you can be more open to possibilities and the source of creativity?
I'll leave you with the centering thought from today's meditation, which was of course perfect for today:
"I am clear that anything is in my power to change"
I am finding myself in a bit of an ebb these days.
When I feel like this I ask for direction and to know what is best for me to consider and reflect on. (I use different angel and message card decks when I need guidance.)
Today Flow, Flourish and Faith were the cards that came forward. And of course, they are the perfect cards for where I am at today.
As I listen to my intuition and ask for guidance, I sense a soft and nurturing space.
I get the message that it is time to slow it all down, to really absorb the last few months of learning and doing.
I must admit that slowing it all down is not an easy thing to do. I have been a doer, an "accomplisher". I have often run full speed ahead in my excitement and enthusiasm which for the most part has worked out just fine.
Doing and accomplishing are valid, they have their seasons but lately I am feeling pulled to a different way. The wisdom of the seasons have been speaking to me, and now is a time for harvesting, storing and resting.
Flow (surrender to trust the power of flow)
Flow is a natural state, life moves and transitions according to the seasons, the great order in the Universe. Why do I find it hard at times to go with the flow? If I simply remembered to pause, to check in with what’s happening and speaking to me, I think it might be easier. And yet I often forget this. I forget to surrender.
“Going with the flow is responding to cues from the universe. When you go with the flow, you’re surfing life force. It’s about wakeful trust and total collaboration with what’s showing up for you.” - Danielle LaPorte
Flourish (nurture your field of dreams and flourish)
I love this word. Flourish. It evokes in me the feelings of health, growth, joy and abundance. And just like a garden, my dreams need to be nurtured. I have planted the seeds of my dreams and they need tending. The wisdom is in knowing what stage of growth each seed is in and giving them what they need suitable to their stage of growth. Some of my goals and dreams have come to fruition quicker and with ease, while others are an enduring commitment.
“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” Gertrude Jekyll
Faith (practice faith as you release fear of the unknown)
I can feel faith, but to define it I must think about it. Faith is a complete trust or confidence in someone or something. I have faith in myself and my abilities, I have faith in life, I have faith in the higher power of Love.
I have and will continue to bump up against fear of the unknown, but my faith will help me to stay the course. I need faith in order to cultivate a life that is thriving, flourishing and meaningful to me.
Perhaps you are going through a similar transition and what I have expressed is of some help to you too. Tell me how flowing, flourishing and faith are showing up in your life these days.
Like you, I have been through many changes and transitions in my life. While some of the changes that happen in our lives are chosen, others seem to be thrust upon us from out of nowhere. This post is about the changes that we choose.
I am thinking of the change and transitions that are a result of heart-shifts, when we begin to answer the call of our spirit, when we step up into a new role/next level of our work or when we become aware of tendencies and patterns in our lives that no longer serve us and we want to create new ways of being and living.
What I have noticed about myself in these scenarios is that even though I want to create or invite a change, I come up against myself, the self that is comfortable with the old ways because it knows what to expect. The "new" way is uncharted territory, or as one of my teachers calls it, the unbounded space.
I have adopted a new way of thinking about this uncharted territory as adventure, discovery and exploration. Like preparing for a trip to unknown lands it is scary, exciting and challenging! I don't know what to expect or what I will find along my journey, but I can educate myself and prepare to some degree.
I prepare for this uncharted territory by reminding myself that this is a place I have never been before, someone I have never been before. I am in the midst of becoming. After all, you wouldn't expect to travel to a new place and know exactly where to find everything you need immediately right?!
Another way to prepare is to learn from those who have been through the same uncharted territory. Be open to asking for help and learning from those who you respect, trust and admire that have made the journey you are embarking upon.
Creating change and intentionally choosing something different takes patience, practice, presence and commitment.
We can't change our minds with our minds alone. We weather transitions much more effectively when we get to know ourselves and figure out what we are up to, in order to create the space and capacity for new ways of living and working.
This means knowing how you react under the pressure of change, what you are feeling emotionally, understanding what your tendencies are, recognizing thought patterns, listening to your body, etc., in order to slow things down and choose different responses. Practice, presence and patience!
Making a commitment to your journey through change and transition means you are whole-heartedly in it for the longer run. It means not abandoning yourself and turning back. It means loving yourself through set-backs and getting back on the path when you wander off. It means honoring all of the experiences and knowledge that come with growth and change.
What changes and growth are you currently experiencing? What path are you excited to be on today? Wherever you are on the path today I wish you much joy, discovery and a spirit of exploration!