To us this is the hardest part. Why? It is not just about watching what you eat, although that is a challenge, or finding forgiveness for yourself and others, a task that can take a lifetime, it is about seeing the bigger picture. To constantly be pushing beyond the limits of your vision, your perspective, and most importantly, and probably the most difficult part, to TRUST the unknown.
Often we feel like grains of sands balancing on a scale, the lightest shift in weight and we can easily become unbalanced. The task is to be more like the scale, the one who holds the balance of a life that is, at its essence, unpredictable.
To be able to take that leap of faith into the unknown. Without that leap, nothing happens. Ships are not meant to stay in harbors, they are meant to explore everything the sea has to offer.
There is a great poem by Antonio Machado that goes…
Mankind owns four things
That are no good at sea:
Rudder, anchor, oars,
And the fear of going down.
Fear. This is not an easy thing to overcome. So don’t. Just live with it. At Rejuice we subscribe to the 80/20 rule in all things. Perfection is a trap. You learn to walk by falling down. You are allowed to indulge, you are welcome to take that nap, to eat a piece of cake, to scream if you need to, what we wish for you, for us, is the courage to be afraid and do it anyways. To TRUST that there is something greater than our own needs, our balancing acts. That at the heart of our green revolution is LOVE.
Grasp it. Hold on to it. It is all there for you. You are that pure energy. You are a force of nature.
Suggested Steps to Revive!
What follows are practices. Do them each day, each hour, each minute if that is what it takes. The only way to discover which practices work for you is to do them.
Meditation. Meditation, prayer or contemplation is an important part of any spiritual tradition. It is the time to turn your focus inward while simultaneously expanding your consciousness beyond a sense of ‘self’ that encompasses everyone and everything.
Self-awareness. You can use meditation to become self-aware, but on a daily basis, the way you think, speak and act is important to recognize. Your sense of self is often defined by how other people treat you – yet this is not the real you! The real you – the soul, or higher self – can never be ugly, unlovable, stupid, unwanted, etc. When you’re aware of how you think and speak about yourself, you will be amazed at how your thoughts and language center on separateness instead of oneness.
Become non-attached. Don’t mistake non-attachment for not caring and not loving. You can love unconditionally, and care deeply, without the neediness that comes with being attached to something. Attachment causes suffering because you fear loss. Remember, while nothing physical is permanent, consciousness is. Imagine loving something without “owning” it. Imagine a never-ending bond between you and someone you love, whether you are in physical proximity of each other or not.
Accept change. Everything is changing constantly. Nothing will ever be as it was a moment ago. Don’t assume that change is bad. Things change, and how you perceive them determines whether you see them as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Set your intentions on seeing good; feeling good; experiencing good.
Be curious and see the world from multiple perspectives. Look at the world with the curious eyes of a child – who does not judge or criticize, but who sees the good and the wonder in everything. Delight in your creations and in the creations of others. See the blessings in every difficulty and the joys in every sorrow. See “what is” from other points of view that will open your mind.
Be present-focused; be here, now, instead of allowing life to pass you by while your thoughts are stuck in the past or wandering in the future. NOW is when you create your future!
We shall not cease from our exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
-- T.S Eliot
Suggested steps comes from http://www.loveorabove.com/blog/spiritual-growth/