Posted by: sauquat | November 15, 2008

Finding the Truth

Let us try and find the truth from within ourselves. There is one great way to do it, which I have been training for sometime now. And it has immensely helped me to correct myself in many aspects in my path.

When we close our eyes, be on our own, and talk to ourselves. There are numerous voices, within each of us, often that compete for our attention. It can be difficult to decide which one to listen to, particularly when their messages are all quite different, sometimes conflicting, and even alluring. One voice, however, is the speaker of truth. Among all your inner voices, your true inner voice is the one which encourages us, gives us hope, and pushes us to trust and believe in yourself. Conflict within oneself is often caused by dueling voices inside of each one of us. As we move through life, we get mixed messages from the various aspects of ourselves. Some of our voices, such as the naysayer or saboteur, can speak so loudly that they drown out the voice of truth. Listening to the true inner voice – often the voice of understanding, support, and self-assurance – can help lessen and even resolve internal conflict. Furthermore, it gives thrust to confidence and inner convictions. This also, manifests our focus and we call it “morally” uplifted.

If we are looking toward the future but our faith in our ability to succeed in life is wavering, you will benefit from finding and listening to our true inner voice. We can connect with it by remaining relaxed and alert, while listening carefully. If we have trouble distinguishing our true voice from the others, meditation may be helpful. We may hear many voices as we meditate, but the one we should pay attention to is the one that speaks to us with love, understanding, and compassion. It will bolster our spirits and urge us to go after our dreams. And it will never cause confusion, remind us of our past mistakes, or cause us to doubt ourselves.

The more we listen to and believe in what our true inner voice is telling us about our value and our potential, the stronger that voice will become. And the more we disregard the voices that can interfere with our resolve to succeed, the quieter those voices will become. Saying no to the voices that are judgmental and make us feel ashamed will help us to stop being critical of our failures and afraid of success. By finding and strengthening our true inner voice, we, I am sure, will be able to ignore internal conflict and pick out the one that speaks the truth.

This is a great way to talk to oneself. This is a great way to reconcile. This is one of the great ways to become a better person.

 

 

 

Posted by: sauquat | March 24, 2008

Inner Links

Most of us were born and raised in cultures that value the head over the heart and, as a result, we place our own hearts below our heads in a sort of inner hierarchy of which we may not be conscious. What this means is that we tend to listen and respond from the neck up, often leaving the rest of our bodies with little or no say in most matters. This is a physical habit, which sometimes feels as ingrained as the way we breathe or walk. However, with effort and awareness, we can shift the energy into our hearts, listening and responding from this much deeper, more resonant place.

The brain has a masterful way of imposing structure and order on the world, creating divisions and categories, devising plans and strategies. In many ways, we have our brains to thank for our survival on this planet. However, as is so clear at this time, we also need the wisdom of our hearts if we wish to continue surviving in a viable way. When we listen from our heart, the logical grid of the brain tends to soften and melt, which enables us to perceive the interconnectedness beneath the divisions and categories we use to organize the world. We begin to understand that just as the heart underlies the brain, this interconnectedness underlies everything.

Many agree that this is the most important work we can do at this time in history, and there are many practices at our disposal. For a simple start, try sitting with a friend and asking him to tell you about his life at this moment. For 10 minutes or more, try to listen without responding verbally, offering suggestions, or brainstorming solutions. Instead, breathe into your heart and your belly, listening and feeling instead of thinking. When you do this, you may find that it’s much more difficult to offer advice and much easier to identify with the feelings your friend is sharing. You may also find that your friend opens up more, goes deeper, and feels he has really been heard. If you also feel great warmth and compassion, almost as if you are seeing your friend for the first time, then you will know that you have begun to tap the power of listening with your heart.

This a small observation and summary of “listening-sharing-caring” (in that order – a sense of a true human being.)

Posted by: sauquat | March 24, 2008

Challenging Self-Perceptions

We may struggle with feelings of inadequacy sometimes. We could find ourselves feeling inferior to those who have more money or material possessions than us or feeling insecure around people who have a wealth of self-assurance. These feelings often represent a sense of lack in our own beliefs about ourselves, and we can easily turn them around by examining ourselves more closely once in a while. A good way to do this is by engaging in an empowering exercise that can help us challenge our negative perceptions.

Quiet Times – Spending time in quiet helps us to rethink our experiences and what we know. We can take this chance to analyze our attitudes and actions according to our value systems. When we sit quiet and reflect on our behavior it is not surprising to note how often our actions don’t match with the values we hold dear in our lives.

After the Quiet Time, take a blank sheet of paper and simply write how you feel about yourselves, the state of your career, finances, relationships, skills, and even your body. Then look over your list and consider whether each belief helps us or hinders us, and work on consciously changing our negative perceptions. This is one of the best practices I can think of at the present times.  

Examining our beliefs about ourselves can help us better understand our motivations and overcome limiting behaviors. We may not realize we are laboring under negative self-perceptions because they often exist beyond our conscious awareness. When we take the time to honestly assess ourselves, and our circumstances, we begin to find clues that tell a more complete story. We become aware of limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging behavior, as well as fears about our own worth and abilities. If we challenge these beliefs and consciously choose to embrace more nurturing beliefs about ourselves, we free ourselves to feel happy, purposeful, and fulfilled as we go on to create the successful lives we desire. Our feelings of inadequacy can be replaced with a sense of empowerment if we explore our underlying beliefs today. 

Posted by: sauquat | March 24, 2008

Cleansing Nature

There are times when we might feel the need to wash away all of our troubles and call forth freshness into our lives. Since the most cleansing substance on this earth is probably water, we can think of the joy rain brings as an energetic bath, rejuvenating our minds, bodies, and souls.  

Just being able to spend a few moments every time it rains to become aware of the healing powers water brings to us can renew us in so many ways. As we do this we will find that the more we appreciate the universe’s gift to us in the form of rain, the more we can see that a gentle rain shower is a strong reflective tool that has the ability to cleanse our entire being.

The next time it rains might be a good chance to experience the rain through all of your senses, allowing you to truly understand the importance of each and every drop of water. First, take a few minutes to look outside and notice how each individual raindrop seems to come down in a continual stream. By noticing this you can contemplate how it takes many small accomplishments to create the whole of your existence for nothing exists in isolation. Then you might wish to focus your attention on the sound of the rainfall, letting the sounds of drops penetrate into the innermost recesses of your self.

Listening in this way may bring you a greater sense of connection with nature and the world around you, knowing that the sounds you hear are an integral part of not just the physical sustenance you require but that they also nourish your spirit. Consciously using our senses to feel nature’s healing energy as it comes to us in the form of rain is an act of internal cleansing. Just as the rain physically washes over the earth and rinses out any impurities and imperfections, it also bathes our spirit in the joy that comes from knowing that we are one with the world around us. 

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