Our inner wisdom

Our inner wisdom

“Our inner wisdom is persistent, but quiet. It will always whisper, but it will never stop knocking at your door.” ~Vironika Tugaleva

When we’re in pain and it feels like our lives are crumbling around us, it can be hard to hear our own inner wisdom through the cacophony of anguish hammering at our hearts, but it’s still there, still whispering, still knocking at our heart’s door even then. We just need to quiet ourselves enough to listen, and it will guide us.

 

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Balancing our focus

“In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty. And that’s the way new leaves grow.” ~Amit Ray

Our brains tend to tightly latch onto the pain of loss in the changes life brings our way. It’s a natural part of survival instinct to focus on this part of our experience, but it’s only a part of what’s actually happening in every change we face.

Just like autumn’s falling leaves, change also brings beauty and new beginnings along with it. We just need to work a little harder to make sure we notice and pay attention to those truths since our brains are less likely to do that for us.

When you take the time to look, where can you find beauty and new beginnings hiding in whatever changes are happening in your life right now? What would it take to intentionally focus on those to counter-balance your brain’s natural tendency to focus on pain and loss?

 

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The only way out

The only way out is in

“You can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.” ~Junot Díaz

When I’m hurting, my first impulse is always escape. I want to run away from the pain, the confusion, the fear, or the heartache.

It never works. No matter how far or how fast I run, I inevitably bring all of that anguish with me because I can’t escape what’s inside me.

The only way through it is to go inward and face those difficult emotions head on and work through them. Every single time.

 

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Surviving the fire

Surviving the fire

“I survived because the fire within me burned brighter than the fire around me.” ~Joshua Graham

When our lives go up in flames, the best way to make it through the fire is to have a brighter fire that burns within us—a reason for living, a purpose for our lives, a passion that drives us. This might be our love for our family or friends or beloved animal companions. It might be work (paid or unpaid) that expresses our passion or gives us our purpose. It might be our relationship with the Divine that sustains us as we serve the world around us. Whatever it is, finding and tending that fire within helps us withstand the fires that may sweep through our outer world.

What is your inner fire?

 

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Growth is a process

Growth is a process

“You do not just wake up and become the butterfly—Growth is a process.” ~Rupi Kaur

No matter how badly I may want to see changes in myself overnight, internal growth and transformation is always a slow process. Just like the caterpillar must do in the chrysalis, real transformation requires letting go of who I was before I can grow into what I’m becoming.

On those days when it feels like my life is crumbling around my ears, I cling to image of the butterfly and remind myself again and again of the importance of letting go, waiting patiently through the hidden and often undefined process of unbecoming and re-becoming in the chrysalis, and being ready to spread my wings once it’s time to emerge.

Just because I feel lost and uncertain doesn’t mean I’m on the wrong track. It usually means that I’m right where I need to be in the process of growth.

 

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