We’ve been living through unprecedented times, which can create a lot of fear and anxiety within us. In the face of the unknown, we’ve been challenged to be brave as we acknowledge that life isn’t about ignoring the difficulties but finding the strength to participate in whatever comes our way with an open heart. Can we learn to find the deeper meaning in what we go through?
We need to lean into and explore our experiences as every experience we encounter has a profound impact on who we are – it changes us on a cellular level. And it’s not so much the experience itself, but the meaning we choose to assign to it.
In moments of chaos and fear, we can find new ways of being and powerful ways of impacting those around us. You never know when your story could become a page in someone else’s survival guide… So let me share with you what this challenging time has taught me:
I’ve learned how important it is to slow down and tune in. If we can allow ourselves the time and space to make the unconscious conscious, then that is where change can happen – that is where the magic happens.
I’ve learned that acceptance involves endlessly making space within myself, even for things that I find hard to face. That space allows me to receive everything as it is and as it happens.
I’ve learned that it is often not the situation itself that makes us unhappy but how we choose to think of it. When we slow down, tune in and find acceptance – we dilute our conditioned and overwhelming influx of thoughts and find new perspective.
I’m learning (because this one is hard) to let go, especially when I am no longer called to the energy I want. Letting go doesn’t mean that we don’t care, it just frees us to be immersed in the now – to see what is in front of us rather than always looking behind or ahead; to stop worrying about what might happen and focus instead on what is happening.
I’ve learned that our beliefs govern our behaviour and a belief is just a thought we’ve convinced ourselves to be true. If your beliefs aren’t serving you, you can reframe them.
I’ve learned how important it is to find and stay aligned with our purpose. When you love your dharma, no matter what you are doing, you will never feel alone. Finding our purpose in life is often about discovering where we fit in.
I’ve learned that I can’t control what happens, but I can control how I respond to it. Our struggles help us stumble upon our strengths and sometimes the hardest lesson to learn is the one our soul has been seeking the most.
I’ve learned that everything in life is calling us to grow. Progress gives us a sense of fulfillment and when we focus on our progress, we get to take ownership of our lives.
I’ve learned just how important it is to own our story and own who we are. When we do this, we learn to be intentional with the energy we bring into a space as we stand in the power of our truth.
Every time life knocks us down, we pick ourselves back up – as often as it takes us to come back to ourselves. It may feel like we have taken the long way home, but the journey will be worth it. Looking back on all I have learned and how these lessons are ultimately what have taught me to know happiness in my life, I am reminded of the quote: