With a compass – any compass – one can always pause for a moment in time and figure out where you are so that you can continue. All of us must change course from time to time because what is surrounding us is constantly changing.
Beneath the obvious is an enormous lesson about independence and the ability to travel along one’s own path of life – a path which will never be a straight line, a path with many bends, hills, valleys, oceans of fog, storms, and dark forests.
Ever wonder why some people respond in the same destructive way over and over even though they keep getting the same bad results?
Many of us can relate to having unhealthy coping mechanisms and responses to things like stress, fear, or other agitating emotional states. Often, we are unaware of the subconscious processes going on and we may, for example, instinctively reach for an alcoholic beverage at the end of a long, hard day, never realizing we are setting ourselves for an addictive pattern that may one day claim our health, or possibly our life.
The immune system is an important defense mechanism that protects our bodies against colds and illness. The immune system has a vital role: It protects your body from harmful substances, germs and cell changes that could make you ill. It is made up of various organs, cells and proteins. Our immune system is essential for our survival. Without an immune system, our bodies would be open to attack from bacteria, viruses, parasites, and more.
Change evokes a different reaction in each and every one of us. Some don’t like it at all, others actively seek it out.
Regardless of our stance – no one appreciates forced change. We fight it because we feel out of control and the unknown can be a scary place. However, what if taking control, or regaining control was just a matter of perspective?
Change is automatic
Whether we like it or not, change is inevitable. We have no option other than to face it. It is up to us to make the most of it. We must decide how to react and what to do with it.
Setting healthy boundaries is empowering and hopefully teaches others in your life to follow suit. They too can learn to take responsibility. Just remember, it’s not your job to do it for them. Discovering ‘self-love’ really is the key to this process.
This ‘uncertain’ time has provided an opportunity to pause, reflect, and focus on the truly important things in life. Perhaps ‘social distancing’ has given us the unexpected benefit of establishing much-needed personal boundaries.
Contentment is not about overlooking pain or difficulty – it’s about opening ourselves up to the ‘here and now’ and embracing the present.
Contentment runs deep. It’s more than a moment in time – it’s a way of being. A place where we can find ‘rest’ – in both heart and mind. A sense that all is well.
“Simply learn to love yourself a whole lot more”
It’s much easier to love yourself when things are going well. When you’re on the up. Success breeds happiness.
So, what happens when the tides turn and life spirals in a downward flow?
Self-love and appreciation, are inevitably replaced by self-loathing, judgement and criticism.
It can be tough…
That feeling of feeling inauthentic. Anxious. Judgmental. Not good enough. Not likable enough. Not smart enough. Not pretty enough.
The worry about what other people think about you. That worry can hinder you from pursuing your dreams.
It can stop you from expressing your true nature and stand in the way of the life you so badly want to create.