In today’s society, we approach life’s processes by being pushed, urged forward by external forces; things must happen faster; we must be more efficient, more productive, go, go, go!
Do you feel your body stressing at the mere mention of those ideas? Yeah? Me too. It is because we allow these external forces to set the tone and pace for our processes. It is also why, when we face set backs or unexpected challenges, we meet them with frustration, discouragement, anger, and even sadness. The result is growing stress, because all of these emotions, coupled with our fast-paced society, increase stress.
That brings me back to my bottom line – the way we approach the processes in our lives matters.
It does not mean choosing to listen entirely to internal or external forces. It means finding balance between the two and letting your inner wisdom guide your choices; it means realizing that the process of looking inward and finding balance requires patience, because it takes time.
For some people looking inward is about beginning a complete lifestyle change; for others it is to get a better job; and still others seek balance or simply a way to include their favorite hobby in their life. No matter how you apply your inner wisdom to your life, the ultimate goal is to find peace and happiness. To do it successfully, we must begin the process with patience.
Practice Engaging Your Inner Wisdom
Take five to ten minutes to sit or lie down with your eyes closed and let your mind wander not to external worries or concerns, but to internal hopes and dreams, goals and ambitions. Don’t feel obligated to write anything down, don’t force your thoughts in any direction. The point is to start allowing yourself to see and accept your inner wisdom. Begin the process by imagining yourself in a positive situation doing something you enjoy. When you’ve completed your wander, take another moment to acknowledge how it made you feel. Then, smile, because you’ve just allowed yourself to take the first step in listening to your inner truth.