A Time to Reflect
Catalyst Questions (Music by Prem Joshua, Tilang Tantra)
Happy 2019… As we enter the New Year I hope that it’s been a great start for everyone, and that you are feeling a NEW YOU and every moment as a NEW NOW. I also hope that you will embrace the opportunities to make some changes in your life that you may have been putting off for some time.
At this time when New Year resolutions abound, it’s a good idea to check if my thinking has changed along with those resolutions. No matter how big a dream I may dream, unless I really believe with my whole being that I can manifest those dreams, they will not be able to take shape. Let us align ourselves to our dreams as 2019 begins and ensure that those resolutions really do flourish and become something concrete in our life.
Newness is in our hands. Newness comes from changing the way we think and changing the way we perceive old things. It is not about decorating your room, moving to a new house, getting a new job, or relocating to a new country. Because whatever you do, you will still be the same old you, unless you change your ways.
As Albert Einstein once said:
“We cannot solve our problems with the same
thinking we used when we created them.”
We have to think of being trend setters, not trend followers! We can change the mindsets of others from negative to positive. We want others to be inspired by us, not expire because of us! And it all begins with the way we think. What seems small now, will in time build momentum. It is only later when we look back that we realize that the way we think, (and speak and act are as a result of our way of thinking), may have caused us so much pain and suffering or created a powerful and positive influence upon the lives of other people.
With our thinking we create:
Incompetence to competence
Poverty to abundance
Neediness to fullness
Anger to peace
Seriousness to lightheartedness which we express as laughter and joy
Unworthiness to worthiness
And so much more… it’s all in our hands.
In fact, we need to appreciate the contrasts. When we get angry then we realize how much we want to be more peaceful. When the ego gets the better of us, we realize we need to be more humble. Also, when we get the fame, we realize we need to be more modest. So everything is good, nothing can stay the same forever and nothing should. The old year brings closure through the change of seasons, whilst the new is a time for renewal and restoration.
The important point is we all need to change. No one is perfect, but if we tweak our life a little with slight changes in our personality then we can create more meaningful lives for ourselves. Life should not be a struggle but a joy, a celebration. So let us change and then we will shift the dynamics in those relationships around us also.
For change we need courage. Courage is a quality that is applied to something that is difficult, impossible or makes us go the extra mile. If something comes easy to us, we would not say we need courage because then we would simply do it. Courage is that thought which has a boosting engine behind it! Courage is strength in the face of weakness. Courage is not an absence of fear, but courage faces the fear in spite of that fear. We become courageous when we choose to confront fear and pain. Real courage requires wisdom; a deep understanding.
Since this is the first article of the year, I would like to pose some questions that will act as a catalyst for the mind. I suggest that you reflect on these so that your road ahead is paved the way your soul is directing you.
I have also made a special meditation for this, so all you need to do is play the commentary and be free to think and answer the questions easily. Make sure that you write down the first answer that comes to your mind, because that’s probably what is intended for you to work on. Also ensure you have enough free time, this exercise should not be rushed. Also do not try to understand the question too deeply. Answer the question as you understand it. Really begin to trust your inner feelings, I do not mean emotions here, but just see where your intuition guides you.
- What do you love about your life?
- You have come into this life with certain specialities. What are they?
- What would you like to attract right now in your life?
- When do you feel most energetic?
- What does your body want to tell you? Are you listening?
- What style of language are you speaking to yourself?
- Who has inspired you?
- Who do you think that you have inspired?
- Make a list of words you would like to hear every day.
- The drama of life is giving us messages that we have been avoiding and refusing to listen to? What are those messages for you?
- What is the hidden value/benefit in this situation?
- There may be something that you need to let go of this year. What is it?
- What was your greatest learning from 2018?
- What would you like the legacy of your life to be?
- What three new things will you begin from now, in 2019?
It’s Time… to put our best foot forward as we step out into the New Year in 2019. Give yourself the time and permission to be able to make some positive changes in your life as the NEW YOU meets the New Year.
© ‘It’s Time…’ by Aruna Ladva, BK Publications London, UK