Posts Tagged ‘reinvent yourself’

Losing Sight of the Shore

July 3, 2010

Travel far enough on your spiritual path, and you will reach a crossroads. You will have to choose between retreating to the safety and comfort of life as you knew it, or severing all ties with that existence and forging bravely ahead into the vast unknown.

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Andre Gide

This does not necessarily mean you must bid farewell to the life you have lived; but it does mean that you are genuinely (more…)

The Chance of a Lifetime

February 23, 2010

When you honor your divine guidance and surrender to it, every moment becomes a gift.

The Master gives himself up to whatever the moment brings.
Lao Tzu

No matter what encounters and situations you are presented with, you are grateful for the opportunity to further define who you are and whom you choose to be.

Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to (more…)

What Are You Getting Out Of It?

February 12, 2010

Everybody wants to lose weight, quit smoking, worry less, find a better job, leave a bad relationship, or improve their life in some other way. In an earlier post, I asked, “How bad do you want it?” But there’s another, more important question that typically remains unspoken:

What are you getting out of it?

If all you do is hope and wish and never get around to making your hopes and wishes come true, then you are clearly getting something out of staying exactly the way you are. Ask yourself the above question, and with all the honesty and courage you can muster, dive deeply into yourself until you discover the answer. Rest assured, you do know the answer, whether or not you want to be aware of it.

For instance, your answer to “What am I getting out of being overweight?” may be:

• Members of the opposite sex don’t (more…)

What Does Your Self-Portrait Reveal?

January 24, 2010

Before a painter puts a brush to his canvas he sees his picture mentally. It is the mental concept that he externalizes with the help of paint and canvas. If you think of yourself in terms of a painting, what do you see? How do you appear to yourself? Is the picture one you think worth painting? You are what you think you are. You create yourself in the image you hold in your mind.
Thomas Dreier

What do you see when you imagine yourself gazing at your self-portrait? Do you see a smiling, vibrant friend to all or a (more…)

Dance to Your Own Music

May 13, 2009

black-woman-dancing-joyfully-drawingSpiritual awakenings are often met with resistance from friends and loved ones who are bewildered by your desire to reinvent yourself.

Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.
Angela Monet

Yes, people closest to you are concerned for your well-being, but also for their own—you stepping out of your comfort zone nudges them out of theirs. Why? On some level, they fear that as you learn and evolve, your relationship with them will change. They are right; it will.

Do not allow others to define your capacity for greatness. What they see in you matters not; (more…)

Rewrite Your Story Through Forgiveness

February 19, 2009

white-dove-forgivenessForgiveness is ultimately a selfish act, requiring you to free your imprisoned spirit and reclaim your power. If you do not forgive, you are bound to the person who injured you as surely as if you were handcuffed to him.

Forgiveness is ultimately a selfless act, requiring you to look through God’s eyes and not your own. Then, instead of judging others, you will be adding much-needed loving energy to the collective consciousness.

“Forgiveness” is a loaded word that may anger those who have endured great wrongs. Indeed, anyone with an ounce of empathy can appreciate how difficult it must be to forgive the unforgivable.

Substituting the word “release” for “forgiveness” short-circuits the emotional charge and reframes the act as a blessing that the injured party bestows on herself rather than one bestowed on her antagonist. (more…)