“I dare you to transform your precious life.” ~ Shann Vander Leek
Slowing down and doing less are easier said than done, and they require a radical paradigm shift for most of us. To start, we have to distinguish our inner life from our outward productivity in order to create a lifestyle that sustains us rather than wears us out. Here are some strategies and insights to support you in your journey toward balanced living.
We tend to think of love as an uncontrollable feeling that comes over us. Although this overwhelming feeling does happen, real love and love that is sustained is always a choice: You choose to be open to someone, you choose to accept them, and that openness and acceptance allows love to flow. This process is often unconscious, so we often don’t realize we are choosing to accept someone when it’s happening. But that choice to accept someone is what precedes love. It happens unconsciously all the time, and it can happen more consciously too.
Some people are easier to love than others, and they are the ones, therefore, who experience a lot of love. They experience it both within themselves and coming to them from others. What is their secret? Amazing good looks? No. Stunning personalities? No. Money and power? No. Their secret is none of the things we assume will make us more lovable. Their secret is that they love, and by that I mean, they accept others the way they are. Isn’t that when you feel loved—when you feel accepted rather than judged, which is the usual way egos interact with each other?
One of the greatest lessons I have learned is that once we access and trust the intuitive guidance within us, we naturally and effortlessly know the next step to take on our journey. When we relax and allow our “inner guru” to steer our lives, our choices and decisions flow with grace, ease, AND a lot of fun! Our possibilities expand, new doors open, and opportunities appear when we seek answers from within instead of seeking them outside of us.