Every encounter teaches us something and through our relationship with others we learn more about ourselves. There are people we like and people we dislike and we label them and the things they do as either good or bad. At some point in the past, the present or the future we have done or will do the very same things! The whole purpose of all relationships is to help us be more loving and compassionate and less judgemental (H.H. The Dalai Lama – bless him). Life has an amazing trick of giving you the lessons you need to learn (quite possibly because of a pre-birth contract). What we don’t love we become until we learn to love and accept it. I think this perception shows us how the judgements we make of others become the judgements others make about us.
I accept others as they are.
I have compassion for everyone I encounter.
I choose to show kindness to myself and to others.
Affirmations – I’ve always thoughts of them as empty promises; things that in an ideal world would happen automatically. Sadly this world is far from perfect. The human race has filled itself with negative thoughts, fear, hurt and anger. The world around us is really only a reflection of what we as a race put out there. If we could accept and love ourselves as we are without condition and count our blessings and not our faults then there would follow an awesome transformation.
It is so easy to say, “well, what good is it me changing because I am only one person – I can’t change the world”. “One heart at a time” – that’s all it takes. We have all been brought up to believe that we have no power, and anyway, powerful people are unkind people – powerful people can’t find true unconditional love! This is a wonderful way of us avoiding taking responsibility for our actions because ‘it won’t make a difference’ – we fear criticism or rejection.
The sooner we take back the power, the more we will learn about how to use that power.
Sometimes the force of habit keeps us stuck and unaware of potentially healthier and happier choices at hand. Every moment gives us the option to open a different door and take a different course; whether it is in our thoughts, behaviours or major life decisions. It’s quite exciting really when you actually think about that statement!
Each day of our lives should be hugely exhilarating! Every single moment of every single day offers us an opportunity to open a different, more exciting, more rewarding, more inspirational, double-glazed door! We are the kingpins that are in control of our own lives – we rule them as a chief would. Don’t sit back and let others grab that power from you – there are so many options available to us and it’s time we took a wider look at things. As we consider the many life choices available, we’ll feel more and more empowered and motivated to make the decisions that bring happiness, strength and forward motion. Be conscious, be aware, be flexible and be willing to take new and different action now. Use that intuition that we have all been born with!
Rowan, the teacher (and The Lion King of course)! The past is behind us – let go of it. Let’s enjoy the forward journey and blessings that come our way.