Step 4: Goin’ with the Flow
“When we talk about the switch from the mindset of the amateur to the mindset of the professional, we’re talking about a total, fundamental, life-overthrowing revolution.” Steven Pressfield from Turning Pro
When we allow our feelings to freely flow without judging and reacting you are living in that moment and your mind accepts and transforms your emotions of fear, anger, envy, shame, guilt etc. into a feeling of serenity and love. I learned early to suppress my feelings, to going along with the program, or as my dad used to say, you want friends close one eye, if you want to keep your friends close both eyes. I became a people pleasing person at the expense of my own feelings and thoughts. I found out that I was lost, angry and unhappy when I had Guillain Barré Syndrome and my Breast Cancer diagnosis. My friends said they didn’t know what to say to me so they didn’t call or visit and I thought that nobody cared what happened to me. I was scared. I couldn’t stop the Tsunami of feelings emanating from my heart and soul. That is when I discovered that no matter what dad and mom always loved me just as much as God and the Universe. Not judging these feelings and allowing them to be, I paid attention to those feeling and accepted them for what they are became a portal to God’s grace and forgiveness.
Mindfulness Meditation ~ Acceptance of Thought and Feelings
Some folks told me that it is God’s way of testing us. For them maybe that worked, but, for me it meant to trust the process and forgiveness along with patience I actually dissolved those feelings and opened my heart and my mind to my creativity and living in the world. Looking through my rearview mirror Jazz was the conduit to easing into life and not tortured and troubled by negative thoughts and emotions.
Michael Singer from his book Untethered Soul” describes “Spirituality is meant to bring about harmony and peace. But the diversity of our philosophies, beliefs, concepts and views about spiritual matters often leads to confusion or even conflict… seeking spiritual freedom causes notions of success and failure, and these notions serve only to bind us to our own self judgments…Truth is only complicated because we pass it through our habitual thought patterns…there are not many paths to freedom, there is only one. In the end, no matter what particular patterns of thought we have managed to build in our minds, freedom always means transcending these personal thought patterns. How about you? What are your thoughts on mindfulness meditations and emotional freedom. Peace Out! JBC 8-)
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