A friend of mine was sharing that he is on a negativity fast. This entails checking himself every time he starts to think in a way that brings him down.
One secret to his fast is taking care to avoid news and conversations that feed his mind with sorrow, fear, anger, gossip or distress.
This raises a very important question for each of us: What are you eating these days? You could apply this to your physical diet, but I’m after your soulful one. The music, stories, movies, news and conversations that we take in have a direct impact on how we think and feel. All of this in turn affects our physical well being.
I do find that an occasional “fast” is very good for our souls. That might mean skipping a rather dark movie or show, choosing some gentle music or avoiding newscasts for a couple of days. It also means finding a quiet moment each day to pray or meditate. It’s amazing how a little time to reflect and ponder wil detox us!
Then there are the positive things that build us up: Time with a good friend who encourages us; conversations that spark new ideas; sermons, books and music that inspire.
One of my sisters finds that art refreshes her; another likes books. I like playing and listening to music. A neighbor and I both agree that our gardens are the best “prayer closets.”
What is your preference?
other? (You get the idea, yeah?)
One thing I have learned: Choosing your soulful diet takes as much determination and clarity as choosing your physical diet does. It is at least as important: Wellness is built from the inside out.
I have heard a quote more than once:
“Be a river, not a reservoir.”
Truthfully, I think we are rivers, whether we acknowledge it or not. We are ever growing and changing; things that fit before don’t now; we are always searching.
I am in one of those times of evaluation and revision. One major reason for this is, circumstances are changing: There are matters of privacy and involvement to consider that were not all that important before.
Another reason: I am discovering new aspects of myself that need exploration and development. I have questions to ask, ideas to ponder and whole areas of quandary on which to shed light, such as wants and dreams I can feel, but can’t articulate; like being hungry for something and not knowing what it is.
Thinking of life and ourselves as rivers is encouraging to me: By nature, streams flow through different landscapes, eddy and swirl, run shallow, then deeper. They are fluid; they start as small trickles that become larger. Some develop into mighty rivers that carry ships and barges; others meander through forests and meadows. Each one is just as valid and important.
It is also a given that a river is never fully known, no matter how many times someone visits it. We’re that way; it’s okay because that is how we are meant to be.
Flow, river of my life;
As you travel through each circumstance,
growing and morphing into your next self,
May I delight in discovery and deeper knowing.
I was reading posts on http://yoursuccessinspirer.com/
and found this quote:
“You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you cant have it.”
The challenge is to write something, so here is my contribution. Since I seem to be in a poetic mood today…
Reach for the sky;
Look to tomorrow;
Don’t be weighed down
By self doubt and sorrow.
Look for new dreams;
Search for desire,
Until you burn
With Inspiration’s fire.
All that you want
Is well within reach;
As long as “can’t”
Stays out of thought and speech.
The sky and more
Are waiting for you
To think and dream,
Lay hold of all that’s true.
Something that seems so simple; yet is terrifically hard to do is to be yourself.
You know all the thoughts:
“I’m a misfit; an alien.”
“What if others….”
“My ______ (fill in the blank: husband, wife, friend…) thinks I should….”
“What if I make a mistake!”
Then there are the inward experiences that generally don’t have words, such as confusion or “the dead zone,” where no feelings exist.
There’s also this: Each of us is on a life-long journey and we are not so easily defined.
Fear, uncertainty, mistakes, sometimes lack of direction and feeling lost all come to play in our becoming whole.
A necessary ingredient, therefore, is courage.
I like what Steve Jobs said:
“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
That’s a good one!
I have discovered that, no matter how difficult a day has been; no matter how painful or frustrating, I can go to sleep knowing there will always be another sunrise.
Each new day brings fresh opportunities. I can heal, grow and try again; I can let go of past wounds, find new truth and do something I couldn’t do before.
There is no such thing as going back; we can only move forward one step at a time;
Then, before we know it, years and miles are between us and the past; brighter days are ahead!