This quote from one of my favorites, Pema Chödrön, has shown up for me a lot this past month. What I mean by shown up is that I have seen it a few times through social media, and thought of it in conversations with friends. Whenever this happens, I stop and ask myself, "Does this mean something? Does it mean nothing? Does it resonate with me in any way?"
I like to think I am somewhat spiritually aware, a person who strives to ride the evolution of Self on a daily basis (meditation, yoga, eating well, praying, reading multiple self-help sources, stopping to smell the flowers, hugging those I love, walking my dog,- you get the gist). But this time it resonated for me because I can apply it, not just in a nebulous way, but to a specific situation I have in my life. And it didn't just resonate, it boomed, like cannon ball boomed. And for this reason I stopped, meditated on it, paid attention to the words, the way if felt physically and mentally. My mom taught me to do this at a young age and it has always shown me more about myself.
How often do we as people ignore something time and time again, until it shows up in physical ways (sickness, insomnia, depression, worry or worse)?
Take Oprah's wonderful quote - "Whispers are always messages, and if you don’t hear the message, the message turns into a problem. And if you don’t handle the problem, the problem turns into a crisis. And if you don’t handle the crisis, disaster. Your life is speaking to you. What is it saying?” — Oprah Winfrey, May 25, 2011
So I guess my point is, could there be something or someone in your life, which needs your attention? Do you need to face something difficult or change your outlook, in order to preserve your integrity? Most likely we do, but first we need to stop and listen in. And that is hard for most of us. When is the last time that you felt in your gut something was off, but you chose to ignore or put aside or deny, that feeling. And why?? Why do we put off change, even when it is keeping us up at night or making us sick or fueling our anger? How about instead of letting that message turn into crisis, we instead stop, listen in, and go ahead and feel that feeling, the whisper, that makes us squirmy, squeamish, uncomfortable? What is the worse that could happen? Huh. Most likely we will get better, feel better, change, EVOLVE.
Figure out for you what is YOUR meditation to help you do this very action of stopping, sitting, listening to yourself without judgment. It is the least you can do for yourself. And you deserve it.
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