We used to play like kids…racing, running, imagining all wondrous things, never stopping to say “what if somebody doesn’t like what I’m doing?”
As grownups (or at least as the grownups we often pretend to be) we let other people’s ideas, thoughts, opinions keep us from that kind of unabashed, in the open creative play.
Today, I got so excited I forgot to be scared.
I forgot to ask “what if they don’t like it?”
I forgot to consider “what will they think of me?”
I forgot to care if I fly or fail.
I forget to be scared.
(This post first appeared in 10LittleRules.com)
Living an abundant and happy life does not mean saying yes to everything that comes along. Quite the opposite in fact. To truly be happy and fulfilled and stay in the flow, it’s imperative that we say no to what doesn’t serve.
Seth Godin offers a fantastic way to decide: On Saying No
Looking for a simple way to move closer to your bliss? These words from Deepak Chopra resonated with me this morning:
In physics, the law of least action holds that nature favors the shortest path to achieve a result. A tennis ball falls to earth in a simple curve, not a curlicue. An arrow flies straight to the target. Water boils at 212 degrees F. If nature is always this efficient, using the least effort and energy as possible, why do we complicate our lives? The combination of stress, struggle, and needless suffering is the result of a mindset that sees no other way to live.
But there has always been another way, as pointed out by the world’s wisdom traditions. Look into them, and you will find some astonishing propositions, including the following: Life was never meant to be a struggle. When you encounter the silent depth of your mind, some problems dissolve automatically while others present new solutions. Your higher self is real and wants only the best for you. A life aligned with the laws of nature is not only easier; it brings love, creativity, and bliss as our birthright.
If your days seem unacceptably complicated, maybe you’re fighting this law of nature. Honor the intentions of your higher self; there is incredible wisdom there for us. A daily practice of mediation is one way to tap into that well.
For more ideas on changing your mindset, Read Deepak’s original article here.