In a previous Thought I challenged you to accept inevitable ebb and flow of life that at times runs in direct contradiction with what we have planned for ourselves. This week I would like to add another tangent that can ease the pain and stress when we are faced with adversity. Although it may seem a simple statement, it is loaded with insight.
“It is a great mystery that though the human heart longs for Truth, in which alone it finds liberation and delight, the first reaction of human beings to Truth is one of hostility and fear!” Anthony de Mello
The truth I want to speak about here is truth within yourself. We are conditioned to follow societal norms of acceptable behaviour from a very young age by our parents and teachers. We are taught beliefs through our religious institutions. We learn by default at times how to conduct ourselves in our careers, marriages, child rearing etc. Some of these lessons prove very valuable and we can attain great confidence by applying them. Without negating any of these, I want you to ask yourself if you have been living within your own truth - The truth that your soul yearns to express? What are YOUR beliefs?
I know that many of you are living life 'the right way' but what IS the right way? Is it to do what society and others want you to do? There must have been times when you found yourself at a crossroads having to choose between doing what is right and doing the right thing. I have a wonderful saying that I live by "The more congruency there is between your actions and your beliefs, the more content you will feel". To simplify: If you are doing the right thing (according to others) but it goes against your own soul truth you will be deeply dissatisfied. Why is that? Surely if you are doing what everybody says is good and right, then your actions SHOULD lead to a happier existence. What you sow is what you reap, isn’t that the adage? Perhaps you fear finding your own truth because you do not want to be rejected and ostracised.
There are so many theories, cults, religions, strategies and self-help books - how are you to know which piece of the pie is going to end up being YOUR truth? I suggest that if you are doing something that you intuitively feel is contrary to your soul truth; it will end in disaster not only for you but those around you too. Oprah once said – “if in doubt, don’t”. One definition of happiness is the state where there is no fight within. If you are living and doing the things that bring contentment within your own soul, your mind and body rests. Deepak Chopra has the theory that if the mind and soul are at odds or out of alignment, it can lead to illness chiefly caused by stress. Stress often comes from the balancing act we put ourselves through when faced with a head-soul decision. If we took the time to focus inward and listen to our intuition we would hear our 'heart/soul beat'. Meditation helps you to get in touch with your inner Truth as it teaches you to listen to the little voice within that should carry more weight in our lives than we allow it to.
By denying your Truth you deny freedom and serenity. Listen carefully for your soul / heart speaks quietly but once you have heard the Truth, follow……...