Regardless of what you’re going through today, YOU HAVE CHOICES…
“Will I allow this to upset me?”
“Will I choose to make this bad or good?”
“Will I choose to stay or walk away?”
“Will I choose to yell or breathe?”
“Will I choose to react or take the time to respond?”
When someone comes to us feeling down about a life situation they can’t control, we typically start by reinforcing the hard truth: sometimes changing your situation isn’t possible, or simply not possible soon enough. You can’t get to a new job in an instant. You can’t make someone else change against his or her will. And you certainly can’t erase the past. But…
You CAN always choose an attitude that moves you forward. And doing so will help you change things from the inside out, and ultimately allow you to grow beyond the struggles you can’t control.
A Powerful Question
Here’s one powerful question that will support you with a positive attitude adjustment when you need it most:
Who would you be, and what else would you see, if you erased the thought that’s worrying you?
Honestly, worry is the biggest enemy of the present moment. It does nothing but steal your joy and keep you very busy doing absolutely nothing at all. When you spend time worrying, you’re simply using your imagination to create experiences you don’t want.
Coming to Peace
Realize that somewhere within us all, there does exist a Supreme Self who is eternally at peace. Because inner peace does not depend on external conditions; it’s what remains when you’ve surrendered your ego and worries. Peace can be found within you at any place and at any time. It’s always there, patiently waiting for you to turn your attention toward it.
Peace of mind arrives the moment you come to peace with what’s on your mind. It happens when you let go of the need to be anywhere but where you are, physically and emotionally. This acceptance of the way things are creates the foundation for inner harmony. The need for something to be different in this moment is nothing more than a worry, and worries simply lead you in circles.
So again, think about it: Who would you be, and what else would you see, if you erased the thought that’s worrying you?
Identify a specific thought that’s been troubling your worried mind lately, and then visualize how your life would be different if you removed this thought:
- How would it change your outlook on your present life situation?
- Would you treat yourself and others differently?
- How would you feel?
- How would you behave?
- What else would you be able to accomplish?
And of course, if you’re struggling with any of this, know that you are not alone. Many of us are right there with you, working hard to feel better, think more clearly, and get our lives back on track. This is one of the primary reasons we benefit from being a part of a spiritual community, we have unending support. You’re welcome here.
Rev. Mari Gabrielson