am admittedly quick to both anger and anxiety. It’s something I have been working on for most of my life. I started writing as soon as I could write, I added yoga at 8, meditation at 14, and spiritual/religious exploration at 18. I am still exploring and I think I will probably always be exploring, not just with spirituality, but with resilience of the soul.
Having tried so many methods and practices I realize the value of complex simplicity. So, here is one of my favorites.
What is right about what is not right, right now? It is one of the greatest questions I have ever been asked. It was presented in a book, The Tablets of Life by Danielle R Hoffman, through the lens that every person, situation, and thing contains perfection and imperfection simultaneously. Wild, I know, but if you think about it in terms of energy it makes more sense. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed. So inherently, energy, which we are all made up of, contains both perfection and imperfection because it has infinite potential to be anything.
So now thinking about that, let me ask you, what is right about what is not right, right now? If you can find where things are going right, regardless of the mess around it, you move in that direction confidently knowing that you can transform the rest. And it’s kind of a paradox really, because the main shift is really just your perspective because with hope and gratitude you will move more purposefully and you will see the world around you through rose colored lenses.
The real kicker is that his transformation on your part doesn’t require anything externally. At that point, the mess around you doesn’t even matter anymore, because you’re already happy. So, the old, and oftentimes annoying and seemingly patronizing adage ‘everything you need is within you’ is also true.
It’s such a simple shift to make but we make it seem impossible sometimes. Or at least I do. It’s easy to let the stressors of everyday life weigh you down and then you throw nervous mental chatter on top of it and it really feels like you’re in the eye of the storm. Having this question to fall back on has made a tremendous difference in how long it takes for me to pull myself out of the negative mental loops that are so easy to fall into.
I don’t know if there is some magical point at which you are no longer susceptible to falling into negative mental loop. I mean, maybe that is what nirvana is, but what I do know is that the more times you show up to pull yourself out, the more resilient your soul becomes. And that’s the goal really, because if that magical point does exist, your soul would have to be extremely resilient to hold that space because the level of resilience your soul holds is directly related to the amount of happiness and love your soul can hold.