WHY FLIP FROM SURVIVING TO THRIVING?
Dear Why Team member,
I hope this weeks message finds you well and at peace.
This week we consider:
Love and support.
From whence, does it come?
Why is it important to ask?
When we believe that what we need most is outside of us, we can live in greater fear that our lives could end as we currently know them. However, if we shift to believing that we are strong enough to live without any dependency on some constant external support, we will fear less and experience more peace.
Consider that our experience of life is only as we know it, how else could it be? And, if any part of our life is built on something that is not true, we will suffer when our life encounters the truth. When we consistently depend on outside circumstances to achieve inner peace, we can awake every morning in various states of anxiety; fearing the unpredictable threats to our peace of mind and developing a greater dependency on the status quo to be at peace.
We humans prefer order, we prefer the predictable and often have a dysfunctional relationship with the unpredictable; the unknown.
Because change, at its core, represents death. Change means the old has died; the old way of living, the old way of thinking. Because the human brains preoccupation is to protect us, death is, of course, a primary concern. When we encounter change, we encounter the reality of our mortality.
Everything comes to pass, including our own physical existence.
Life is change, thus for us to thrive, we must live consciously embracing change as growing us and not unconsciously allowing change to provoke our fears that it will end us.
Otherwise, our focus will be more on surviving, not thriving, resisting change, and what it might represent.
Has not your life and its constant change been for you? Have you not become better, stronger, and more capable for the very adversity life has given you? Have you not noticed that your adversity was primarily your resistance to change; a resistance to life that is ever-changing?!
Notice the conflict between the perceived solidity in which you have become attached and the fluidity that is life itself? How much more exciting and pleasurable would life be if we only welcomed, rather than resisted the changes in our life?!
If we could be at peace and work more on embracing change, we could benefit more and sooner from the transformation that will likely happen despite our resistance. The desire to adhere to the status quo is a desire for immortality. Consider how Breaking News can break your peace of mind, driving the thinking that there is no peace, and I am living at risk. Isn’t your life an example of what is possible? Have you not overcome time and again? If you overcame after a period of pain, work to remember that the next time change appears and maybe save yourself some added hurt and sleepless nights.
“When every day appears to look like the next, it’s because people fail to realize the good things that can happen in their lives every day the sun rises.” - Paul Coelho
What kind of life is it to be in a state of fear of losing that in which you have become attached? Ask: Why do I choose to live this way? And can you really love what you cannot live without? If you cannot live without it, you have become dependent on it. Know that whatever you have ever truly needed has been provided. Be a strength to yourself from within and the fear you experienced will diminish. Know that you already have within you what you need for you and for others. Know this and you will have an abundance from inside out, embracing and welcoming life, welcoming change, receiving and becoming more of what you need for you and the world you seek to serve.
Make it a great week,
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