Stick a fork in me I'm done! y'all, I am all traveled out for a bit. I have not done a musings post in a good long while. I have been in deep thought about many things as of late. I would like to share with you, also would love for you to share with me some of your deep thoughts and insights.
Being present is good for my health. Being present to me means to be present and in the moment and the experience you are in. When I am present and allowing things to happen as they come I am better equipped to handle different scenarios that come my way. Being present means I am not creating scenarios and stories in my powerful mind about events to come. If I am thinking about what will happen tomorrow I could be unduly stressed about a bunch of unknowns. If I am excited about future events that's ok, but if I make this entire story up with this excitement, what happens when it does not go as I planned in my head? Disappointment. Being present is easier said than done, it is a practice that gets stronger the longer you do it. Being present also means that any emotions experienced, I need to be present with them. Anger, frustration, sadness, happiness, excitement and so on.
Today I purposefully drove in busy traffic to practice patience and presence. It worked! I was even able to work on a poem I started yesterday.
I need to be more proactive when it comes to paying things such as parking tickets. Admittedly I am not on top of such things, which isn't good or bad it just means I have to deal with the fallout of not being proactive. For example, unpaid parking tickets= not being able to get new tabs for a year.
I am on a path to inner peace. What a path. It is difficult for me because I am so distracted and influenced by the culture around me. In terms of getting caught in in debates and discussion that don't add value. It is also difficult because I find myself always wanting more and more. New this and new that. This thing and that thing. No thing or no person can fill the deepest part of me. In wanting I am seeking and filling myself with these temporary things. When I am seeking I am not at peace. Peace comes from within from God. God is peace and I am made in his image so I have peace! When I lose sight of this truth I have inner chaos.
- In my quest for inner peace and being present with every moment I am learning how to love me fully! I love me alright as it stands. I want to take it a step further and appreciate what makes me me. I've got a pot in my belly, it don't matter I love it and accept it. Denying it and ridiculing self is harmful to self. I can change it if I choose to do so, in my choosing I need to be kind to me and extend love to me. More importantly I have to do it for me! I have been on this kick as you've may have read in other posts but: we cannot give what we do not have. In order to love and accept others, it starts within me! I can then appreciate everyone that crosses my path for who they are. No demands or expectations of them because they are who they are and that is ok. Also I cannot change someone else anyways, which if I am being honest I try to change people more than I am willing to admit. The only thing I can control in life is me. My thoughts, emotions, actions and so on. Which is really hard because it is so easier to focus on others so that you don't have to do this work. This happens inadvertently, without me even realize I am looking to change someone instead of accepting them for who they are and where they are. Which in a culture that tells you how to be it is easy to then project onto others. I am at peace by loving me and loving others deeply!
Tell me your insights as of late...