Standing Out.

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“Mind your mind.”

There is a deep uprooting of beliefs, necessary for constructing new pathways in one’s life.

Awakening each day, to our enlivened senses and to admire or squander each moment at our own bidding. Around every bend, there are people willing to shape our life for us.

An unhealthy, ultimately debilitating habit of mine over the years has been my inability to say, “No.” For the dreamer, the wanderer and passionate spirit, we are tempted with exploration, mystery and inventiveness.

A willingness to set sail and venture forth, away from monotony. Alas, no matter where we land, we inevitably re-discover a ‘routine’ lifestyle awaiting us.

What is the mind taking with us on these trips—these new destinations?

Are we being led by our intuition—our heart’s fulfillment or our mind and ego? Does karma play a role in the behavioral patterns that ultimately project our lives? I’m beginning to recognize (or have for quite some time now) that we’re being offered lessons from which we can learn from and grow, or repeat until we’ve transcended the experience(s).

Why, I wonder, does the Universe camouflage the wiser of two choices while enticing us to accept the latter? Sometimes, the obvious would appear to be the proper choice to make, but in my experience, often times group consensus or simply, the decision-making by another (or others) has led me down a path not intended for my individual-soul’s sake.

I’ve learned that we have two directions to choose from at any given moment. A path that lends to us, more time or a path that offers us more money. I believe there’s a coefficient of time and money that can balance a person’s lifestyle so that neither too much or too little distortion occurs—ensuring that one’s quality of life is healthy.

Beware of timing, and how impeccable karma is, when life repeats itself. For those who become more aware of their behaviors, the underlying purpose of a lesson re-visiting, is to help you. Rather than a singular, destined pathway for someone’s initiation, there are many, I believe.

The notion that our wealth is external, is something I must remind myself of often. Questioning, “Am I behaving as my authentic self?” or, “Is my life stagnating?” Is fear (sought in security), overwhelming our urge to soar and allow the expansion of our individual expression to reveal itself?

Wealth is born from within.

Seeking, for our ego’s satisfaction and disappointment, is a sign that we have strayed away from the source—our wellspring. We’ve become attached to our outer world. We accept that external compromise delivers our worth and well-being. We begin ignoring that inner voice—a stillness that is felt on a deep, subtle level.

It’s our dependence on a mechanized system that is devoid of real emotion—manufactured happiness and endless pursuits, promising fulfillment. Some of us are meant to turn our backs on this ideal and evaluate what madness really is. Whether our own preferences are valid, or if we’d be shunned for speaking openly about them.

Our gifts are often times, hiding in plain sight.

Sometimes I ask myself, “What can I do with my gifts that are beneficial to others, yet still rewarding to me as well?” It seems so obvious to me now, but working with my hands has always come naturally, along with my communication skills. However, my voice has largely remained silenced, for fear of persecution.

Silenced by none other than my own illusory beliefs, reinforced with fear. Turning inward, toward our fears and surrendering all attachment to them will transmute the lesson, or karma—expanding our insights. If I resign to things remaining as they are, or have been chosen for me, I’m no longer free to imagine what my inner eye reveals.

My empathy has often been my vice. Apathy and powerlessness have often left me spiritually drained. By learning to say, “No.” to others and gracing myself with humility, I’ve learned that I can endure struggle, that I am ultimately stronger for it, and because of this, new opportunities are born.

Practicing hindsight will help us understand where our lessons lie—opportunities for soul growth.

Oh, how I’ve resisted many—oh, how they’ve always returned.

One almost has to defeat themselves, so that nothing remains shielded from the truth. Again, surrender is the only way that we can overcome even the most severe, life experiences.

It’s in the lion’s den of our hearts, where we’ll find liberation and peace.

“Slow and steady wins the race.” There will be setbacks. There will be times of exquisite pleasure. Others will be trodden with loneliness, sadness or guilt. Everything is fluid, including our darkest moments—only lasting as long as we allow them to pervade our attention.

Let your struggle be—let it shape you, so your inner strengths can be revealed.

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