Living Authentically…Giving Yourself Permission
Every year about this time, the Watch Me Grow bulb planters come out, and every year I get one. This year as it sits on my window seat, I realized it is a metaphor for this journey toward peace, joy and harmony that we are on. Each and every one of us have challenges and life experiences that get in the way of what we want most. These challenges often bring suffering, but at any given time and in any given situation, we get to choose how we will respond. With that choice comes the ability to make a change how we view our life experiences; and we are the only person that can do that. It is said best in the quote below:
” If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” ~ Wayne Dyer
Every day, my bulb garden grows and changes and I get so excited to see what is coming next! I wonder what would happen if we could give ourselves permission to be curious about the changes we are making? What if we could just trust that what we are going through is part of the process? Maybe we could look at life through the eyes of wonder and how would that enrich our lives?
One of the most important things I have learned over the years, is that change does not have to be hard, and suffering is optional. I think many of us have the belief that personal growth required something of us, and it was suffering and hard work. To make the changes we desire we must begin to let go of the things are are holding on to too tightly. This will create space and new things to emerge.
If I would teach one thing, it would be to not hang on to anything too tightly. It would be to give yourself permission to be curious about your own growth and trust you are in just the place you need to be!
I hope all of you give yourself permission to be curious about your own life!