Cultivating our capacity

Cultivating our capacity

“While we can’t control what’s happening around us, we can cultivate the capacity to be with what is with more ease, joy, and freedom.” ~Sebene Selassie

Cultivating our capacity to be with what is not only makes life easier, it also gives us more energy left over to work toward changing what can be changed instead of fruitlessly resisting or trying to control our reality. How are you cultivating your capacity to be with what is in your life?

 

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Ongoing transformation

Ongoing transformation

“Allow yourself to transform as many times as you need to be totally free.” ~Yung Pueblo

Every time I’ve allowed myself to undergo major transformation, I always feel like I’ve reached the end of what’s possible. Like an onion, however, there are always more layers waiting to be peeled away with new rounds of transformation. Each one peels away beliefs, patterns, habits, or situations that have kept me trapped so that each one leaves me with greater freedom. That experience of freedom encourages me each time I face a new round of choosing the challenge of allowing myself to be transformed.

How often do you allow yourself to be transformed?

 

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Look up

Look up

“Maybe we simply need now and then to look up at the silent stars and lose ourselves to be set free.” ~Br. David Steindl-Rast

When I’m feeling overwhelmed and stuck in life’s problems, there’s nothing like re-connecting with what’s greater than me to help me step outside my worries, see things in a new way, and thereby be set free.

 

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Choosing our response

Choosing our response

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~Viktor Frankl

Learning to recognize and take advantage of that space is one of the most self-empowering things we can ever do because it returns our choices back to us. Growth and freedom always comes in taking advantage of those choices rather than defaulting to our current programming.