Jazz Matters ~ 5 Steps to Transform Your Life with the Secret Habits of Jazz Living ~ Step 1 Responsibility

Collage art of self-discovery

Collage art of self-discovery

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry its own weight, this is a frightening prospect.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Step 1: Taking Responsibility for Your life

Since the first of the year and my sudden laptop malfunction,. I have been doing mindfulness meditations about my life. I began clearing all of the cobwebs from my past that no longer applied or stained my perspectives when preparing for the present and the future. I realize that I have been carrying around images of myself that have been tainted by my breast cancer reliving my mom’s death in 2003 and the complications that continue to haunt me subsequently affecting my image of my body and life. I realized I must take responsibility and accountability of my life in order to flip the script to creating who I am. Before I can change my life, I must take full responsibility.   It means to stop blaming others – the demanding employer, ungrateful children, unpredictable weather, irritating spouse, unreliable friend, useless government, unfavorable circumstances, unjust God – and instead realize that you are the creator of your own life story.  So I see myself has having survived the worse aspect of breast cancer and the complications associated with it I just see myself  as making healthier choices and deal with the issues as they arise.

Mindfulness Consciousness is the key element here. We are conditioned to conduct our lives that unconciously resemble a movie of our living life on auto pilot and automatically reacting to everything.  What we can do now is take a deep breath, realize that we have a choice and that the first choice is whether we want to simply react in a reflex-like manner or whether we want to make a conscious decision of what the best course of action is. Begin by taking responsibility for everything that has happened in your life so far. The difference is that in the past we unconsciously created undesired effects by not being present and behavior we have learned from others.  Realize that we can intentionally have thoughts to create the lives we have always dreamed of.  Responsibility means that it is not based on duty and assigning blame and guilt but embracing your life through your thoughts, your actions and your decisions. It is a question of cause and effect and hopefully a shift from unconscious creation to conscious creation.  The quality of our decisions is a different story and will be discussed in future posts.  Once we have decided to become the conscious creators of our lives, a whole wide world of opportunity arises and opens up its gates to an ideally purposeful life.  Please have a look at this meditation on a journey of self discovery into the SACRED SPACE within your heart.  What do you create in your life?  Are you living the life you want?  Peace Out!  JBC 8-)


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  1. #1 by sweetyshinde on February 23, 2014 - 9:23 am

    A big hug and Thumbs up! I meditate too; though it’s so hard to leash in the runaway mind!


    • #2 by Jazzybeatchick on February 23, 2014 - 9:40 am

      Exactly. Interestingly enough I have always been facinated with Mind & Creativity, so I studied Neuroscience when I discovered the type of healing is not in the traditional medical way. Thank you for your wonderful comment, it is inspiring. Peace Out! JBC 8-)


  2. #3 by Carol Balawyder on February 21, 2014 - 12:20 pm

    I’m always telling myself that I don’t have time to meditate. Yet, I followed the guided meditation of a little over 11 minutes and after I felt so peaceful and energized. Thanks for this post. Namaste :)


    • #4 by Jazzybeatchick on February 21, 2014 - 12:47 pm

      Namaste to you! Thank you for your kind comment! JBC 8-)


  3. #5 by Let's CUT the Crap! on February 21, 2014 - 11:41 am

    Began to watch but must save until I have cleared my desk. Thank you. Sounds like this might work for me.



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