So you are on the river’s edge, walking barefoot on jagged rocks, with bloody feet, and you are balancing a canoe on top of your head. You are pushing, shoving, and forced to walk to your destination, because you were taught the bigger the struggle, the more you will get somewhere. Then a thought occurs to you and you decide if you will walk a little to the right and flip the canoe over and place it in the water, you could rest your weary bones.
The advice above from Life Coach Michael Neill offers a simple lesson in how to make life easier. What a relief to finally let go of the heavy canoes we carry.You clean your bloody feet and lay back and stare at the Aspen trees with their leaves fluttering in the breeze. You witness the sunlight’s reflection on the water and watch the deer stare at you intensely as you float by. With amazement you watch two birds build a nest together above your head. The sky has never looked more blue. The breeze has never felt more amazing on your face and in your hair. You feel ecstatic.
As you witness and watch the smells, colors, sounds, and sensations you realize that by just walking a little to the left or the right, everything can change. Just one small step or redirection is all it takes.
By dipping into the Universe’s resources like the flow of a river, and choosing to go with the current instead of fighting it, is all it takes. You can also invite the fresh air to renew, re-energize, and recalibrate your very existence. How about using the canoe to rest your fatigued body, while the river does the work. Surrender and literally lean into the immense fortune your Creator has in store for you.
My point is that when we struggle, strive, and strain we may be doing more harm than good to our body, mind and soul. Instead, take a little step to the right or left and drench yourself in the resources that are probably right under your nose.
When you feel all alone on the jagged rocks of life, parched by defeat and thirsty for inspiration, alone, just look above, below, and around and witness the wonders unfolding all around you.
One of the challenges for my clients is “clarity”. They aren’t sure what kind of career they want, or where they would like to live, or even what kind of person they want to date? What a conundrum!
Well, I found an incredible broad stroke for this dilemma of uncertainty, and it works like a charm. It gets you back into the direction of where you want to go. Painting a new future of how you want to “feel”, creates both lucidity and simplicity. We all know that we want to feel happy, peaceful, and joyful. By knowing your end game of feeling good and then setting those intentions first before anything else is a powerful tool that prevents us from getting into the ambiguity of life’s direction. In other words, don’t get mired down in the details, but get enamored with heading towards what feels great in a healthy way.
A great tool in choosing purpose during the day is to write down a how do I want “To Be” list, along with a “To Do” list daily. In the morning when you’re writing down all the little details of your day that you need to get done, write down how you want to show up in every meeting, with every client, and with your children/spouse, and friends. Maybe you want to show up patient, loving, present, and with a smile.
By choosing to be in the higher state of being, we will always attract wonderful circumstances in our lives. Just fixate on your objective to be/feel good throughout the day and the details will take care of themselves.
When we are choosing to show up happy, kind, and compassionate; magic happens. I had a friend get hired in elevator, an acquaintance that found love in a coffee shop, and my client last week won two free round trip tickets to both Hawaii and Las Vegas. These people attracted positive outcomes because they chose to focus on feeling empowering emotions.
So, if you feeling puzzled, cornered, and confused about where you are headed, your only job is to write a list of how you want to be in every segment of your life, and then follow through with your objective. The other baffling details will wondrously take care of themselves. Give it a try and you will be presently surprised. Namaste.
Registered Yoga Instructor Certified Life Coach