Last week was a tumultuous one. A lot of dust kicked up in the Universe on so many levels, all of it coming at me like a firehose in the face. A friend asked me why I seemed so calm in the middle of it all (reiterate: seemed) , and I’ve really given that some thought. I felt like I was walking a tightrope, trying to breathe and find my center the whole time, and though I stayed calm, it wore me out.
For the past twenty years, I’ve been on a long journey of healing my spirit. I’ve been through three therapists, workshops, seminars with Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Julia Cameron, healing through life story writing, intuitive healers, medical healers, and of course I have a closet full of self help books- three shelves piled high. I’ve read them all cover to cover, some of them twice. Through this journey, this is what I’ve learned.
If I don’t trust myself, I’ll never trust anyone else.
When I don’t love myself, I’m not able to fully love anyone else.
If I betray myself by not living true to who I am, I have betrayed others by presenting a false self.
If deep inside I blame myself, I’ll catch myself projecting that blame onto others.
When I judge myself, I will end up judging others.
When I am impatient, critical and demanding with myself, I’ll be the same with others.
When I haven’t forgiven myself, I’ll find it hard to forgive others.
So when I find myself in a place where I am not trusting, not loving, not being true to my heart, blaming others, judging others…That’s not anyone else’s problem. The only way to heal that is within me. I start by forgiving myself for being human, and reminding myself that we are all carrying the same demons. No one is on this Earth with the intent to bring me down. We are all doing the best we can in this school of life, and each of us is carrying a burden.
I remind myself to be kind and patient with others, starting with me.
The quote I’ve kept on my wall for this two-decade long journey is this:
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
- Mahatma Ghandi
I have found this to be absolutely true. Living in that kind of integrity is the only thing that’s ever brought me peace. When I am unhappy, I know that one of the above tenets is out of alignment, and I work to center myself again.
It’s so simple, and yet so few of us live that way.
I put that quote where I can see it each day, and ask myself, am I living in spiritual alignment? When I am, I know it. I make better decisions, I trust myself, I’m not rocked off my center by what others say about me. I can retain my calm in the center of a storm. I feel at peace. When I am at peace, my family is at peace, and like ripples in a pond, it spreads outward.
Who says we can’t change the world? We can each start with ourselves.
I wish you all integrity…peace…happiness.
Have a wonderful week.