Tuesday, April 12, 2011
You Don't Get More Than You Can Handle
Often we hear this statement as a prayer. A source of strength and assurance that we really are capable of handling the trials we are faced with.
I believe that it's also a lesson in learning to recieve.
I want so much more for/of myself than I currently have/am. I'm not talking about material things, of course. This is about character, attributes, feelings.
I know that we cannot have and do not recieve more than we can handle. So we must handle ourselves with care: compassion, unconditional love, & forgiveness. We must handle, manage all the things we wish we had more of....that can be anything at all.
What AREN'T you managing? What is nagging you for your attention? What is spiralling out of your control? Chances are it's the same thing you wish you had more of, or it's an indirect product of it.
For me, I want to feel good. Body, mind and spirit. That means a body that is strong, flexible, without pain. A joyful spirit that wakes each morning and cannot wait to jump out of bed, grateful for another glorious day of magic on this planet; a clear and sharp mind free of confusion and self deprevating thoughts. A complete "well-being" that moves through the day with purpose IN the flow, not resisting what is and not fighting and/or running toward anything more....just moving, progressively and joyously.
Old habits are hard to break, we habitually think the same thoughts, make the same self sabotaging mistakes, relive the same unhealthy relationships just with different names and faces, have the same unwanted experiences in different times and places-----until we don't. Until we make changes. and change, although with a shift in attitude and perception can happen in an instant, for most of us takes self discipline and comittment (two of the many charateristics on my list of "things I wish I had").
So for me, that's what I need to work on first: building self discipline. Building my stregnth and character first, as well as my physical body will give me a foundation in which to make the other changes I feel are necessary to my mission: I want to feel good. making a lifetime comittment to one thing. Just one thing. And it doesn't have to be a difficult thing. Fullfilling any comittment with self discipline will begin to build that muscle and in turn start to shift the way I think of myself. It can be creating a new habit, or eliminating an old one. My gut tells me that creating a new habit may be easier than eliminating an old one. So I will begin there.
Is there anything calling to you, nagging you for attention, feelings of unease? Is there something you long for more of? Just one little thing? Let's break that one little thing down to it's smallest cell. What's that final seed that needs nuturing so that you can blossom?