Walking your true path
Welcome to our new blog – yours and mine. In this blog I am going to concentrate on areas which in my experience are the foundations of personal growth and development. You can coach yourself to reach a higher self by practicing these base principles. As a Life Coach to yourself you may want to be encouraging and positive, challenge yourself to reach greater heights, reflect back on your day gently as an observer and with curiosity rather than judgment.
How this blog came about is that I wanted to share my present life journey with you. Like most of us, I have experienced some heavy storms, rain, thunder and lightening, and walked through dense bush and shrub. I have come out of this to reach open fields filled with wild flowers and clear skies. Today I live with an inner peace, that encompasses joy and bliss, and a curiosity for what lies ahead.
Storms may come again, I am ready for them and welcome them in for this is my opportunity for greater personal growth. How do I do this? Let’s start with some basic principles that I will be discussing throughout the blog and would welcome your insights: Meditation, Clearing the way, Doing the things you love, Being the Observer of your life, Breathing Life and more.
I love to learn through others and to keep an open mind and inquire. So please be active and share with me your experience and what your principles are.
This is the first principle that will be discussed throughout the blog. Meditation for me is a way of life. If I want to experience inner peace then this for me is one of the essential foundations of getting there and maintaining it.
I am adding something that I think is so very important. Mediation is sometimes thought of in a negative light as something “shanty” or not relevant for you. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. In our blog we can share studies of how meditation influences human beings. For example it influences the frontal cortex of the brain and creates more positivity, creativity, intuition and more. There are a lot of known scientific facts available today….
In order to know what we want and make the right decisions we want to be able to listen to our inner voice and be intuitive. Our inner voice is like a compass. Through meditation practice I have learned to tune into myself.
We can do this when our mind is not overactive with so much thinking. This thinking is the same as external noise only it’s internal. I believe that if our there was a competition of “mind noise” in other words whose mind thinks the most, I think I could have stood a good chance of winning.
When I started meditating there was no way I could still or empty my mind and I didn’t even try to. I just sat with my purpose in mind – personal growth and faith that this would help me. I think that this also indirectly taught me to not resist. I just sat in meditation. I will also discuss resistance in this blog under the principle being the observer. Non - Resistance is a jewel to learn. With me it has lead to acceptance and loving what is.
I wanted to create a new and healthy habit, meditating almost daily. In my meditation practice in the early days I sat in silence sometimes for as little as five minutes. Mostly I managed ten to fifteen minutes and no more as my patience for wanting to get on with my day was very strong. Adyashanti in his approach to meditation is completely relaxed in the respect of just sit. That’s what I did. What I started to notice was the movie in my head and I found it so intriguing. I will write more about my experiences in meditation in this blog and also about mindfulness. Kabat-Zinn says ” Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.”
I have found that even if we don’t silence the mind and our thoughts we do manage to quieten them. The less inner noise there is the easier it is for us to gain insight and to be in touch with our inner voice that is our internal guide towards what is true and whole and best for us.
I have evolved in my Meditation practice. Since I was sixteen, I did this on and off without sustaining it and making it a part of my everyday life. Every course I went on taught me a different meditation and I practiced yoga at times. When I internally made the decision to commit to almost daily practice, which was only almost 3 years ago, I connected very strongly to Vipassana mediation. http://www.dhamma.org/en/vipassana.shtml “Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are”
There are over 750 kinds of different mediation practices. Which one is best for you? I will discuss the various types I have tried and my experiences as a result of the meditation in this blog. There is also something called informal meditation which I love. This is something that you can do in your car at work or wherever you are. What meditation do you practice? What’s your experience with meditation?
2. Clearing the Way
There are many things we can work on that will all help us clear the way to uncover our peaceful, loving and joyful selves that are underneath some number of layers and within us. One of the biggies is removing disturbing thoughts which we can think of as mental clutter. In this blog we can also explore physical clutter which is in our homes, cars, and offices and also let us not forget our bodies. A healthy body is much better than a neglected one. Spiritual clutter is another aspect of clearing the way.
Negative thoughts and beliefs are like weeds in a garden. It’s important to remove negative thoughts ongoing. Wayne Dyer when he sees one come along says “Next” - I love that. I often used to say to myself “That’s a lie”. For example if I had a negative thought of disbelief in myself “you cant do this Sam” I would say back to my thought “That’s a lie” As the truth I know is that I can.
In this blog I intend to continually write about real examples I have experienced myself in the past and present and how I clear the way and maintain. Again there are a number of ways. The trick is to learn a few.
I would love to hear your comments on how you clear your way and get rid of those weeds. What are you doing for your body, mind or soul?