“When will you begin that long journey into yourself?”
—Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, 13th-century Persian poet and scholar
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Over the past seven months, I’ve filled my gas tank once, and have driven less than 500 miles. With limited ventures out for only essential resources and services and some retooling to work exclusively from my home office, my long journeys in the outer world have stopped.
With numerous shifts in my daily routine, I have added far more inner journeys through quiet walks, meditation, reading, and writing. In many ways my passion and pursuit of my own growth and development have expanded and deepened more than at any other time in my life.
Taking this time to journey further within has been more rewarding than I ever expected.
What are some of the ways you have begun to journey within?
What have you discovered about yourself and your world?
In what way do you intend to go further, to tap your own inner wisdom?
Feel free to reply to this post to share your own efforts and progress in this area.
“When you edit your soul, no one wins.”
—Erin Loechner, Author of Chasing Slow
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To what degree have you done more than a bit of soul searching over the past several months?
What have you discovered about yourself, those you care about, your community, and the world?
It appears that many of us are reading deeper than at any other time in our lives, to a more soulful and sacred place in which passion, purpose, and our very best selves reside.
Another quote from Erin’s book is “Keep slowing down. You’ve got a race to lose.” This may be pointing us to the “rat race” many of us run unknowingly.
Consider your soul as a kind of Pulitzer Prize of Life, which requires no editing. It need only be read and re-read, expressed and shared generously.
What are a few soul-searching activities you engage in on a daily basis?
How can and will you bring forth the very best of you so everyone wins?
“Few is the number who think with their own minds and feel with their own hearts.”
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How are you and the people in your personal and professional communities doing relative to today’s quote?
With far more time on our hands due to social and physical distancing, I’ve observed a lot of people thinking and feeling more deeply than ever before.
When – perhaps in the past – have you gone along with the crowd instead of trusting your own heart and head before making an important decision, or taking a significant action?
How has the world grinding to a halt versus the frenetic pace we usually keep given you greater clarity on life?
How can and will you use the lessons from these challenging times to help you count yourself among the “few more” people who think with their own minds and feel with their own hearts?
Please reply to this post with whatever thoughts and feelings you care to share.
“We all have our limitations, but when we listen to our critics, we also have theirs.”
—Robert Brault, American freelance writer
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One of the very first personal development programs I attended in my early twenties was Dr. Wayne Dyer’s How to Be A No-Limit Person.
I had recently graduated from college, was just married and entering the working world with great anticipation and excitement. Dyer’s message of being a no-limit person was just the boost I needed to bring my full energy, enthusiasm, and drive to my efforts.
Along the way, I ran into numerous professional and personal speed bumps.
Doubts and discouragement definitely caused me to not shoot as often or as high as before.
Unfortunately, I also began listening to others who put a few more mental barriers in my way, based on their own self-imposed limitations and biases.
Where and on what personal or professional matter are you being limited by your own views or the views of others?
What bold and courageous actions can and will you take to be the no-limit person you want to be?
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are an entire ocean in a drop.”
—Rumi, 13th-century Persian poet & Sufi mystic
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How often do you see yourself as small and insignificant? Depending on your perspective, you may see yourself as:
- one vote among millions
- one person among seven+ billion
- one creature living on a tiny planet in a small solar system in one galaxy among trillions
If you are a fan of physics, you may also note that we live in one universe in a multiverse of infinite numbers.
Perhaps with those descriptions, you think I proved that we are even less than a drop in the ocean. But I suggest that instead you consider this:
Your body is composed of more cells than there are grains of sand on all the beaches in the world, and all the stars in our Milky Way galaxy, combined.
We are all made from star dust from super novas, and we possess the consciousness of knowing that is so.
How can you more fully embrace the miracle of you?
With this far bigger and more powerful perspective, how can and will you relate to your place in the world and from the world within you?
“It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.”
—Arthur Schopenhauer, 19th Century German Philosopher
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Can you recall any of the words from Madonna’s song, Material Girl? If you do remember a few words, I bet you can also recall the melody.
We do live in a material world in which dealing with our day-to-day physical environment is essential. For most people, life is filled with highs and lows, with varying levels of happiness along the way.
A surprising thing happens when we periodically move beyond or perhaps better said, within, to examine, discover, and explore our spiritual and soulful selves.
Beyond deepening your own spiritual practices, consider exploring the journey toward greater happiness within by reading, and studying the book, Toward a Meaningful Life. Perhaps discuss it with others in your life who are also ready for a deeper look around.
“There’s something in everybody that longs for that awakening to be more true to yourself.”
—Eckhart Tolle, Canadian spiritual teacher
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Imagine you are about to take four separate road trips in your car:
The first is to your neighborhood shopping center.
The second is to a new part of town you have yet to visit.
The third is in a foreign country with a foreign language and road signs that are not in English.
Finally, you dare to take a road trip in a country where you need to drive on the opposite side of the road.
How alert would you be on each of these journeys? How awake would you need to be to arrive safely?
How can and will you journey far more deeply into your true self and awaken more fully to what awaits you there?
“Can I get Caller ID for the voices in my head?”
Work on Caller ID technology began in the late 1960s, and eventually came to most of us between 1984 and 1989.
In 1995, call waiting technology arrived, to help us screen incoming calls when talking to someone else.
In a world that seems to always be trying to reach us, these boundary-setting technologies have helped a bit.
As many of us increase our self-awareness and mindfulness practices, no other outside influence compares to the almost constant voices in our heads. Many people experience considerable tugging and pulling in directions they would prefer not to go.
Where would gaining additional mastery of noticing your inner voice provide you with the greater peace of mind you desire?
“When your feet start to hurt, place yourself in someone else’s shoes.”
—Demi Lovato, American Singer-Songwriter
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I recently finished reading Factfulness by Hans Rosling. The book’s subtitle really grabbed my interest: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World – and Why Things are Better than You Think.
Through the latest socioeconomic data he challenges the reader to find themselves along the continuum of low, middle, and high income countries. What Lovato’s quote suggests is a day walking in the shoes of others when our lives seem so difficult.
The wonderful news is that compared to 20 or 50 years ago, we are phenomenally better off today.
Where could putting yourself in other people’s shoes help you be far more satisfied and appreciative of your life?
To learn more, consider checking out Hans Rosling’s TED Talk.
“Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love you.”
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Did you know that in 2016 cell phone usage around the world was estimated at 62.9%? This number is expected to grow to almost 70% by 2019, when more than five billion people will be using them.
The numerous companies fighting for their share of this market all claim the best signals, widest coverage, and fastest speeds to attract more customers.
How often have you found yourself in a dead zone, with dropped calls and few or no bars on your screen? When that happens, most of us simply change our position, driving a bit further until we get back into signal range.
Instead of trying to connect with others by changing yourself, how could you boost your own authentic and powerful signal to attract the people who will love you?