Here’s a nice summary of what wholehearted living looks like.
I had breakfast with a dear friend yesterday. We talked about a lot of stuff. We talked about our relationships and our jobs (mine is the unpaid kind). We talked about getting older and the changes that brings. And we talked about how at some point in our lives, we are faced with something we have no control over, something that is a real struggle to deal with, or someone or something we wouldn’t choose to have in our lives.
In these situations, we may have the feeling like our lives are “over”, like we are backed into a corner, like we’ve been dealt a bad hand, and that, as a result, it all sucks. We think about the situation all the time, and feel the weight of our relentless thoughts and feelings. There is nowhere to run and hide.
What I have found though, is that the way to make peace with the “situation” is the opposite of trying to push it away (which is really draining energetically).
I have found the following to be helpful in these situations:
I hope that this helps you when the going gets difficult in your life. Wishing you peace always,
Creative work is…a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.
– Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
There is nothing I need to do, now that I’ve surrendered.
Now that I’ve opened my hands and heart to receive.
Now that I trust what I know will come.
I am now patiently waiting for the next clue to appear.
And, it will appear; if I am quiet and still in my heart and mind.
What a relief I now feel.
There is nothing that I must do.
Nothing to make happen.
No pushing or straining to see my will done.
No striving for the next thing.
I am now free to trust,
In the faith I have for Ultimate Reality.
I can now patiently wait,
for my future to unfold,
as it will, all on time.
And so it is.
by Cora Pacheco
Thoughts on what success really means from Loving Me too.
Success is taking care of our health – our physical health, our mental health, and our spiritual health.
Success includes loving our families – our families of origin, our families of choice, or both.
Success does not compromise our values. It helps us feel good about who we are, deep down in our souls.
This is the success I seek.
It’s just over the next hill.
I have a question for you, dear reader. What would it look like if you were living Big and Brave?
Maybe you already are.
Please, do tell.
Please tell me about what your life is like, or would be like, living Big and Brave.