A Great Question…
A friend of mine asked me recently about living your spirituality. She said she understood ‘miracles’, ‘a-ha moments’ and even evangelical epiphanies but she wanted to know how to live day-to-day (and this could apply to any religion or form of faith) — how do you ‘maintain’ your beliefs?
Firstly, any belief is just reiterated thought and/or behavior. This is great news because it can be changed any time you decide something has outworn its use. In other words, it’s okay to change belief. It’s actually natural seeing the only constant is change in the Universe.
Some people cling to beliefs thinking its wrong to take a new perspective on things (especially in the case of indoctrination). However, in my opinion, I think we most certainly will never evolve with that stance.
Zennification Tactics 101
So, on that note, here are some tips on how I maintain my wits on a daily basis:
- I question my own beliefs. If they are limiting me or hindering me, I closely examine what could shift or change to serve me better. How do I recognize when I’ve hit a stale belief? When something feels out of alignment — if I say/do/think something that causes an uneasy feeling within or I stumble upon a habit that I’m using that isn’t helping me. It’s like weeding your garden. If you keep on top of these feelings, you’re going to be more aware of things that don’t resonate with you. The more you stop to pull that weed out, the more space you’ll create for better things (or thoughts) to grow.
- I know the choice is mine. Instead of believing in negative or positive thoughts or seeing the glass as half empty or half full — I choose to see that the glass is having an experience…lol. The glass is moist, who cares how much is in it, right? Oh, how abstract of you, Cherie!!! Let me explain: Polarity, IMHO, has reached a point where it sucks big time. I’m not going to deny the dimension I’m in (which works on duality), instead I choose to see it as it is. It is what it is. You can see that phrase as a new age cop-out — I choose to see it as a passport to peace. Instead of blowing candyfloss up my own ass and walking around with rose-colored glasses on, I’m seeing life from a different perspective. One that sees the Universe having my back. That way everything is just fricking grooving at its own pace and I refrain from judging it. What I can do on a daily basis is remind myself that I CHOOSE to BELIEVE (just remember that choice and belief are your personal universal rights) that everything is working itself out. In my experience, this works well and things tend to sort themselves out with little to no effort. When I’m faced with a challenge, I visualize how I would like to see it play out and feel into that — then I let it go. I can’t tell you how many times that has worked out for me. Give it a shot. Never dwell on what you don’t want to happen — shift your focus to how you want to see it resolved.
- I know perspective is everything. I remind myself to look at things from different perspectives all the time. You can find a wealth of compassion and empathy for others and yourself when you embrace this tactic. It helps with forgiveness too. I love that saying, ‘before you diagnose yourself with depression, make sure you’re not in fact surrounded by assholes‘ (okay, I’m paraphrasing big time here). Trick is, looking at things from multiple perspectives gives you a birds eye-view of things that are taking place. When you look down at a situation and see that nothing is going to change but the way you look at it or handle it, it’s massively empowering. So, the world probably isn’t going to change, it’s you that’s going to change by becoming aware of the multitude of contributing factors that makes this bluish-green globe spin. Perspective offers solutions and understanding.
- I simplify wherever I can. This is a new thing for me ’cause I’m quite a complicated little sausage. My new zennification rule is to keep it simple. I’ve drastically cut down on internet time, marketing and all the other things that I thought made me happy but actually made me want to tear my hair out. I’ve identified the culprit (I’m severely allergic to computers and devices) and I’ve made a mental note of what brings me into bliss. I read more, work in my garden more, cook nice meals more, pamper myself more (long hot baths, lots of meditation time, etc) and I only create when I feel inspired to (as opposed to feeling like I have to ‘get busy’, ‘look busy’ or ‘keep busy’). I’ve simplified my ambition. I’ve looked at why I thought I wanted what I wanted and made sure that what I want now is what I really want. Make sense of that if you can!
- I have fun. What’s the point of incarnating on this planet if you can’t have fun? I believe that we are creative little balls of bliss and we should be getting daily amounts of joy, laughter and sheer playfulness into every day instead of the little stress balls we have become. Our own stresses and anxieties are usually self inflicted. Rather inflict joy on yourself. Simplify, downscale — question why you need to ‘climb the ladder’, have a gigantic gas-guzzling car, a 2 storied mansion and all the other gadgets and gizmo’s we think we need. What would make you happy — more time with your loved ones or working more to have more money to buy more things that drive you crazy? Find your balance. Having money is, of course, great — but don’t sacrifice your life and sanity for it. Nothing is worth that. Spend more quality time on yourself, your family and watch lots of comedy! Laughter is great medicine for a weary soul and it’s free. Read related article: The Key to Happiness
- I love. When you’re loving and kind to people (and animals too! Hell, even plants enjoy a good dose of lovin’), you’ll notice how the energy in your life will pep up. Just the smallest act of kindness — a smile, truly listening to what people have to say, a silent prayer/blessing, holding the door open for someone — can have vast repercussions. The best (but shouldn’t be the only reason) thing is you’ll receive so much good vibes back that your life will never be the same!
That’s all I can think of for now. I hope it helps you to sift out what needs sifting out and to inject more joy into your days to come.
About The Author
Cherie Roe Dirksen is a self-empowerment author, multi-media artist and musician from South Africa.
To date, she has published 3 self-help and motivational books and brings out weekly inspirational blogs at her site www.cherieroedirksen.com.
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