Meditation can often be that first step towards self-empowerment. Those Aha! moments can bring with them the realization that we need to change something in our lives. It is then that we can begin our journeys towards inner freedom and happiness.
When we have been on a journey for some time, unless we stop and look back, we can often be unaware of how much progress we have made. But when we check ourselves, we can have travelled quite a distance from where we started to where we are now.
We begin to see that we have the power of choice. Choice brings freedom. It gives us power to change things in our lives. I can choose to be happy, simply by choosing to move away from those old and unhealthy thoughts and emotions. Until we have tried and tested some of the spiritual principles, they can seem like a lot of mumbo jumbo. But, you may be pleasantly surprised to find that these spiritual principles actually work!!
Take for example managing expectations. That expectation could be about the situation, or that another person should be different, or they should treat me in a different way. Our expectations may be reasonable, but if we are experiencing some form of disappointment, upset or emotional disturbance, then it is still an expectation. Behind any emotion of upset, there is bound to be an expectation.
We can make ourselves free when we realize that the person is like this with everyone, and it is just part of their make-up. Then we can more easily let go of what they say and not hold those feelings of hurt in our heart and mind. The way to make our minds free and re-set ourselves to peace, is to simply choose not to take things personally.
Writing and keeping a journal enables us to reflect on the day to see how it went. Highlight the things that went well, appreciate those positive qualities and then build on them. For the situations that were not so smooth, then just see if it is possible to make some changes that will improve the situation for next time.
Sometimes, it is also good to see: what is the lesson here for me? What changes can I make in my life to avoid some of these situations in the future again? Can I do anything? Sometimes we cannot do anything, but we still need to let things go. Best not to dwell on old issues, but to see what can be done to make things smoother and better.
It is all to do with the law of energy, or we could call it the law of attraction. Whatever we give our attention to, then we empower and draw more of the same quality and of similar nature towards ourselves. This applies to that which I do, or do not want. This is because this law works like a magnet.
The important thing to realise here is that happiness is in my hands. Let me not wait for anyone or anything to make me happy. Right here and now, stop and choose to be happy doing what you are doing. If you are tired of waiting, then wait with happiness. If you are working hard, work hard happily. If you are poor, be poor happily. When you are happy, everything comes to you easily.
It’s Time… to choose happiness. As you do this, you become a master over your life.
By a Contributing Author
© ‘It’s Time…’ by Aruna Ladva, BK Publications London, UK