That’s certainly something that has been on my mind quite a bit lately because I haven’t been feeling particularly satisfied or happy within myself or in my life. For a while I was. It seemed like all was going “according to plan,” but then it fell apart.
The lesson I’m learning is about impermanence and why all spiritual teachings tell us to “let go.”
Why it has to be this way, I haven’t a clue, but anyway, it seems we are here on planet Earth to learn these spiritual lessons. So, I’ve been feeling sad and frustrated because everything seemed to be “going my way,” and then it just stopped. It stopped working. Things backed up into reverse. So I’m forced to find a new pathway. What else can I do? Throwing a temper tantrum probably won’t be very effective, certainly not in the long run.
My friend and life coach, Victoria Travis, said to me recently, “You need to know who you are, what you want, and communicate it clearly to yourself and others.”
That has become a guiding star for me. I ask myself continually, “Who am I? What do I want?” The person I am now, the life I have now, is not bringing me the joy and satisfaction I know I’m capable of feeling. Why is that?
It’s a Gordian Knot that will not be unwound easily. Fortunately, I at least have some clues about where to begin. The first clue is that working on changing oneself is usually more effective than changing things outside oneself. Usually if we change our inner world, the outer world will change to reflect the inner world. The second clue is something very simple. If you want to change your life, choose something you want to change in your life and do that one thing for an hour a day.
You could even make a list. Mine might look something like this:
Run or do some other vigorous exercise for an hour a day.
Meditate for an hour a day.
Write for an hour a day, including a daily blog.
Choose at least one thing you are willing to do for an hour each day. If you like you can make a long list and then choose at least one to work on. If you need to, start with 5 minutes per day and then increase it incrementally until you reach an hour per day.
My goal is to discipline myself to exercise for an hour every day for the next 14 days. That will take us right up to the New Moon on July 8th.