Originally posted on Tuesday Tips - Wisdom for Every day:
After enduring constant criticism and finding it difficult to tune it all out, Michelle Obama realized she had to ignore the noise and be true to herself.
Two of my e-books are about women who struggle mightily to be true to themselves. .
We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded by news and sms and non relevant forwards. 15 minutes of silence is a great way to start or end your day. I have recently taken up the Deepak Chopra and Oprah’s meditation for 21 days and should say it is helping me a lot. I feel more centered and able to handle the stresses of daily life routine more calmly. I now catch myself when I am chewing on past events or anxious about the future. My inner voice is finally visible and I would say I am finally listening to it instead of the critic who always used to put me down. So let this year be the year when you too take the time to sit quietly and focus on your breath. Turning on some pleasant music helps too.There are umpteen number of videos on youtube to get you started. So let us stop the excuses Of saying “I have no time” “I am tired” “I don’t know how to do” and start taking baby steps this year.
Start by creating a routine where we sit down automatically for meditation after a set of morning chores or even better to do it before putting our legs down from the bed. Once we allot the time and stick to it I am sure life will start guiding you through those quiet voices which we had shut out long back.
Choose a job you love and you never have to work a day in your life – confucious
I came across this website – http://liveyourlegend.net a year back and was inspired by Scott and his passion.
I would recommend watching this Tedx talk video by him which have over 2 million views.
He also gives a free toolkit to find your passion and get you on the path to success.
I hope this year would be the year you take your first step towards your passion.
I find that many of the people that I see (more often women) are totally unaware of what they love to do.
A simple question “What do you love to do?” more often comes with the response as “I don’t know.”
I feel the authentic self that which we came with to the world, remembers its mission or its purpose.
But the conditioned self, that which learnt to survive in this planet earth by pleasing everyone around and listening to the crowd so as to be accepted has chosen to hide the true calling for the fear of being ridiculed.
I feel if we take this retracing back to our true self as a puzzle or a game we will surely arrive at the place that we know rings true only to us. What if this life was a game of hide and seek created by some higher power?
In the intial phase we hide our true selves and as we reach a certain age then nagging inside s that keeps asking “Is this all there is?” and is not satisfied by money or power or any other pleasure.
Then we go through the seeking phase, where we try to find out what we loved to do as a child because that was when we were pure and original and most of the time we come to remember but sometimes we need to probe further because there was guilt or shame or reprimand associated with following what you love.
Finally once you find out, it is upto us to go further into the unknown territory. Fear once again takes a giant size and tells you in many forms how stupid the idea really is. But learning to look at fear and keep trudging along that path is what will finally lead you to the place of authentic fulfillment.
Success will not be immediate. Doubts do crop up unlimited times but dedicating atleast one hour every day to that which you love to do will definitely be worth it than listening to fear and hanging on the heavy feeling of “Something doesn’t feel right”
So to start the seeking process a journal is your safe haven. You can start writing with the intention to find answers or at least hear back from the self that was stuffed back inside years ago.
The perfectionist self will give all kinds of excuses of not starting it like ( I don’t have the right notebook, I don’t have time etc etc)
But become aware, that it is Mr.Fear in the form of excuses and start your journey.
I would like to end this with Paulo Coehlo’s words:
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself and tell your heart that no heart has suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.”
A book to get you started on journaling:
Writing Down Your Soul: How to Activate and Listen to the Extraordinary Voice Within
All the best as your embark on your journey!