We choose what we want to see/feel. Any situation can be perceived differently. It’s merely a question of how we can see it through a “glass half full” prism.
One of the most beautiful lessons I have learned from the text in A Course in Miracles revolves around intention setting and shifting our perspective. Here’s how it goes:
- Wake up and pray in whatever way resonates with you; check in mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually.
- Set your intention for the day. What will your day look like?
- Throughout the day, remember your intention.
- When the day does not go as planned, ask yourself, “How can I see this differently?”
- Step away as needed to regroup; be sure to verbalize this as gently as you can muster. In this time, ask for help.
- (My addition) Once you are able to see the lesson from a place of humor, playfulness or growth, you have accomplished this new perspective.
I try to apply these steps everyday. And I notice a massive difference between when I do and when I don’t. You see, we can read all we want on spirituality and spiritual growth, but if we do not put it into practice consistently, it just won’t stick. Finding peace is not the problem; we already possess it within. It’s applying and practicing it consistently that is a challenge.
For those of you who know me well or have worked with me at some point, you might recognize this one.
One day, I believe a Sunday, I was about ready to jump off the roof of my house. Why? Because I am a wife, a mother, the matriarch, a business owner, a perfectionist, etc. I can’t remember the details, but I was livid, hurt, feeling unloved – definitely the victim seeking justification for my anger and frustration. Ever been there? So, in a fit of tears with clamped fists in the air (dramatic effect), I ran out into my back yard, crying, “Why me, God? Why did you do this to me??” (I’m actually chuckling as I write this because it’s pretty ridiculously spot on). I asked for a sign, some physical sign, that I was not alone. I looked toward the sun and, breathing, mentally clearing, and grounding, I waited. About 10 minutes after making my request, lo and behold, a coyote ran into the back yard about 30 yards from where I sat. She stopped, gazed at me with her long spindly legs – absolutely stunning spectacle – and ran down into the creek. I froze. Tears welled up in my eyes. I immediately said “Thank you,” and ran inside to look up the spiritual meaning of the coyote.
Here is what I read:
“You are being reminded to laugh at yourself. Things have been entirely too serious of late and you simply need to let loose and get on with it. Stop dwelling on your worries and stresses and let them go. You have asked for the help you need so just let go and allow your spirit helpers to do what they need to do. Do something that gives you pleasure and joy, and focus on the positive for a change.”
So when things seem to get heavy, when life feels like a ball and chain, stop, ask to see differently. Put on a comedic movie or TV show, go have fun with friends who make you laugh, play a game. Have fun with life!! There is no higher vibration than that of laughter, deep-bellied and authentic laughter. And if you see a coyote in your back yard, don’t run, just admire… but do get your dog/cat inside. Ha ha.
Much love always,