The way you doing anything is the way you do everything. So, if you’re really honest with yourself, are you handling this pandemic the way you handle (what was) your everyday life? Is it a crisis? Are you panicking? Does it feel like something is missing? Like you should have known better, or done more, or saved more, or created more by now? Do you have regrets? Do you yearn for what was? And how is this thinking different from the way you were thinking before the $hit hit the fan? Honestly? What if… you decided to elevate your mind to a state of gratitude? What if you started searching for the opportunities present in this challenge? What if you decided to leverage your gifts, talents and abilities in service of humankind, right now? Just remember… the way you do anything is the way you do everything.
I’ve been flexing a mind muscle lately… Instead of allowing myself to think about things that annoy me, upset me, frustrate me, worry me or bother me, I am choosing to think about things that light me up, inspire me, motivate me, excite me, and delight me. I’ve been a lot happier lately. I wonder if exercising my power to choose has something to do with it.
I have this power to choose and I choose freedom. I choose to see how inextricably connected I am with All That Is and to communicate deeply with consciousness as it presents itself in the present moment. I choose to surrender into being to dissolve the illusion of confinement within me so that I can truly experience the ultimate freedom. I let go of my definition of this moment. What arrives is truth, reality, the freedom to be exactly who I am, accepting my humanity, in love with life the way it is…
Every day we are presented myriad choices, from the first moment of the day until the last. Awareness of our choices empowers us. Deeply attuned to our core values we make choices that align us with our vision. The past brought me here, but where I go depends entirely on who I choose to be. I chose to make this short and sweet. I’m tired because I chose to work this weekend. I choose to work hard because I’m happy to provide a good life for myself and my kids. I choose to breathe now, and practice gratitude for what I’ve been given, and for making the choice to receive it.
I choose to feel good. Even though I was programmed by people who were programmed to believe that life is a struggle and there is never enough good, today I choose to exist in the possibility that I can feel good most of the time. Even though I’ve made lots of mistakes, even though I don’t have all the answers, even though I’m not sure of my future, I choose to feel good. I can feel grateful for my past; it brought me to this now. I can feel grateful for this now; it is holding me and giving me this opportunity to awaken. I can awaken to my power to choose how I think and act and feel. Today, I choose to feel good.
I take a breath. This moment is good. I choose to meet it with gratitude. Not fighting, but accepting this moment, choosing how to act, what to say. Sometimes I’m not ready for this level of responsibility. Sometimes I’m full of joy and gratitude for this opportunity to grow and evolve. Sometimes I move from deepest sorrow to bubbly happiness within seconds. This is what it is to be human, able to feel so much.
We’re here! Fresh, clean kids are asleep in their fresh, clean sheets… And even though I’m crazy tired, I’m kind of wired, walking around in wonder that this has finally happened. Our own place. Our own memories. A new chapter, untainted by the one who almost broke me. I lit a candle, made a cup of tea and am settling down cozily to read and muse and feel so much gratitude. We moved! We moved! We moved! And I am moved by the moving, by the help received, by the sheer quantity of stuff, being forced to look at all of it, make decisions—stay or go? Intentionally setting up nooks of creativity, creating a sewing studio in the basement— this has been a DREAM… And now, it’s coming true, because I choose, I choose, to live the dream, to move and be moved by this wonderful life to trust, to love, to jump, to open to fly…
Whatever you focus on you will experience. It’s that simple. Focus on joy, you will be joyful. Focus on anger, you will be angry. Focus on depression, you will be depressed. If you find yourself in a place you don’t want to be, Ask yourself, “How do I want to feel?” and think about the conditions that would evoke that feeling. Our imaginations can be used to create or destroy, to heal or to harm, to inspire or deflate. It all comes down to your attention, and your choice.*
*Just to clarify, I’m not saying it’s easy. In fact, training the mind to focus is one of the most challenging feats a human can perform. But it IS simple. If you choose, you can tune into your power and decide how you want show up in the present moment. If enough people decide that they want to show up as peace, we’ll create a peaceful world.
Freedom. Connection. Peace. Vitality. Abundance. Joy. Compassion. Service. Inspiration. Confidence. Generosity. Gratitude. Love. It turns out that the more attention I give to these positive feeling states the more my brain creates circuitry to support the experience of those states in my body, mind, and life. My mind has been focused on suffering and now it is time for a new habit. God, give me the strength to focus on how I really want to feel.
When you’ve gotten in the habit of being unhappy it might take a minute to figure out how to be happy again. But happiness is a habit, just like unhappiness. Habits are formed bit by bit, day by day… Choose to be happy for just a second longer today than you were yesterday and you are headed in the right direction.