I think one of bravest things you can do is face your heart and go where it leads you. Or maybe it's your fears that you're facing and your heart that you're following? ...
I stand in front of the sea, toes in the sand, sun in my face, wind in my hair. I close my eyes and free my mind. I'm sending my thoughts into the universe to hear what it returns. ~lekker uitwaaien
Suddenly, clarity, understanding, sense. And today, happiness. Gratitude. Peace.
I call it my beach therapy. I release all my questions, concerns, agitations, doubts, and fears and I listen to what is returned. The most beautiful part... I take action. Sometimes it's hard and scary but I trust the path that seems right to me.
"It's not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and make your happiness a priority. It's necessary"
I had a conversation with Phil tonight and said that I think of my life in a constant state of happiness with moments of sad, mad, upset, or ugly. My natural state is happy and then there are random roller coasters of turmoil. As bad as they get, I am always able to return to my natural state. It's kind of an interesting way to look at others too...
Maybe your natural state is depressed and you have moments of happy. Or maybe your natural state is angry and you have moments of joy and moments of sadness. But as moments dissolve, you return to your natural state of angry. I think we can find love and acceptance in knowing/understanding someone's constant and even our own constant.
"Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance."
I think it's important to always work towards becoming a better version of self. Whether this is from self reflection and personal growth or insight, institutional education, athletics, other cultures, people, or experiences. I think it's important to acknowledge development of self in everything we do. I think it's also important to DO things for the opportunity to develop. And making the full circle, I think it's okay to be scared of ALL of this and do it anyway. What else do you think holds you back? It's fear.
I think understanding your own constant can help it evolve. Especially if your constant is destructive or negative. And I also think this understanding brings you back to your constant; especially if your constant is happy or somewhere close. Knowing that these moments of sadness or upset will settle is useful in peace.
"It never rains forever."
Go to the beach and release your mind. Go to a mountaintop or the middle of a forest or a drive through the country... where ever your spot is, WHERE EVER is drawing you to conversate. And speak to the universe. Put it all out there and listen to the return...
And then don't be afraid of what it's going to take... face those fears, face your heart, and go where it leads you. Don't give yourself the opportunity to look back and think, I wish...
"Follow your heart but take your brain with you."