estern philosophy has taught that suffering is a
W normal state of life on earth. Enjoyment is
something reserved for children, retirees, or hedonists.
If we're super busy, then we are important. If we work
limitless hours and don't have an extra moment, then
we're successful. If we feel really good about ourselves,
then we must be slacking off in another area. Striving
toward perfection is a noble goal, but one that must be
minimized with humility and false modesty.
Bottom line? This line of thinking is flawed and in
my humble opinion, a bunch of hooey. I am a sincere
believer that we are all created perfectly and joy is our
natural state of well-being. Over the course of life, our
perfection gets marred with expectations of what
others think. Then our own minds take over and we
become mired in a world of “I could nevers” or “If
onlys.” We get stuck in mediocrity and our brilliance
loses its shine.
What if our mission in life became to return to our
original perfection? What if we were called to peel off
the layers of expectation and ultimately gleam in all
our glory and return to a childlike state of joy? The key
is to trust our felt experiences versus the gibberish that
runs through our irrational minds. If a thought causes
endless suffering, then it isn't true. Suffering is that
suffocating, deadening, hopelessness that keeps us
stuck in circumstances. It is not to be confused with the
wild, sometimes raw and exhilarating excitement that
comes from letting your inner self shine and living
authentically as the person you were created to be.
Which will you choose? Mediocrity or brilliance?
• Take a moment and play with the following
• First allow yourself to ingest this: I am a worthless
person who doesn't deserve anything.
• Notice how that proclamation sits in your body.
• Now, try this one on: I am a glorious creation
designed to bring beauty and light to the world.
• Allow yourself to feel the difference.
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