Are You Sleep Walking Through Your Life?

TODAY’S MEDITATION | THE HEALING HAND

Here you will find a Collection of Ideas, Images, Meditations, Reflections, and Thoughts – These items resonate with me. I hope they will inspire you. Passion is the path to health. If you find your passion, you find your vitality and you revitalize. Stay on the path!

Inspired by H is for Hold onto Your Dreams – DALAI LAMA -LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME AND MAKE IT A MASTERPIECE

Excuse the apparent dichotomy, but this reflection is not going to begin as you might expect. Although it is inspired by Hold onto your Dreams, I’m beginning with the idea of Letting Go; not of letting go of your dreams, but rather letting go of other things that hold you back – things such as not liking change, fear, guilt, and the past.

  1. We need to let go of not liking change.

    People get used to their routines. Routines can be very helpful, but sometimes it’s good to mix it up – “Variety is the spice of life”. Trying something new is different from what we are used to. We feel safe with what is “tried and true”, so it’s natural that there is some resistance. But with change, comes growth – and growth means vitality. Think of someone you know who is following their dream(s). Wouldn’t you say they are full of life? That’s because they are being true to themselves. They are full of passion because they have figured out their purpose. Following your dreams bring out your passion, and having a passion is invigorating. Dreams can be the seeds of your future, if you let them. So be open to embracing change so you can move forward.

  2. We need to let go of fear, but not all of it.

    If something gives you fear and excitement, it might be worth a try. Balance is key in letting go and holding on – let yourself be more inspired and less terrified. Of course, we feel safer with both feet on the ground, but you’re never going to fly with both feet on the ground. On the flip side, you can’t live on Cloud 9. There’s a fine line between being practical, realistic, sensible and being idealistic, ambitious, and visionary. A little fear is good because it helps to keep you grounded. And yes, I know there is risk involved with having one foot off the ground. But if you don’t take a calculated risk, you lose the chance. I have come across two acronyms for FEAR – Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise, very reminiscent of the flight or fight response to stress. So how do you Face Everything and Rise, especially when doubts are plaguing you? You need to have some courage, hope, and faith. “Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.” Surround yourself with people who support and encourage you. Once you believe and have a vision of your dream, the next step is to create a good plan, and follow through. “Dream big, work hard, make it happen.” That’s how you make your dream a reality.

  3. We need to let go of guilt, sometimes.

    We all have responsibilities, and we are accountable to so many people for so many things. Yes, the bills need to get paid, and we need to get our children to that soccer game…, but we forget that we also need to be accountable to ourselves. Often, we get so wrapped up in what other people will think if we do or don’t do something that is expected. If we always succumb to other people’s expectations, we are held back from realizing our own. This is where prioritizing, compromising, and time management come into play. Time is so precious, and we can’t always be everything to everyone everywhere. Sometimes it’s okay to say “no” to someone else so that you can say “yes” to yourself. This gives you the time you need to just be yourself, or it puts you on the path to discovering yourself. You shouldn’t feel guilty about that. You are very important too. So, follow your dreams, you deserve it.

  4. We need to let go of the past.

    We need to accept the past, not live in it; no matter what you do, the past cannot be changed. We often feel bad about something that we did, and it gets lumped into our bag of failures. This eats away at our confidence, and we are back to number 2 from above – fear. It’s a vicious cycle from which it can be hard to break free. We often feel sorry for ourselves and get stuck in a deep well.  In short, we beat ourselves up over it, again and again. The key is to turn that lemon into lemonade. Accept that a mistake/failure happened, but don’t sabotage yourself by dwelling in it. If you allow yourself to live in the past, you will have regrets in the future about not pursuing your dream. Instead, take a few steps back from the situation, and ask yourself, “What can I learn from this? How can I improve? What would I do differently next time? What is my takeaway?” There is always a lesson to be learned, so decide to focus on that. Let go of the past, and allow yourself to set a new goal or dream a new dream, before you run out of time. We only have one life to live – what are you waiting for?

Letting go can be hard, and it may take some time before you’re able to do it. “When you let go, you create space for better things to enter your life” – just like when you buy new things, you should eliminate one of your belongings. It’s part of housecleaning and decluttering. I believe that letting go to pursue your dreams may be related to minimalism. Things that hold you back also hold you down. There is freedom in letting go.

So, what would you rather do – “sleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them”? Do you really want to be sleep walking through your life? Let go of things that hold you back. Yes, there will be unknowns. Step out of your comfort zone. It will be both exciting and scary. After all, it is an adventure. You will learn, you will grow, and you will find yourself! Just have some courage and believe. “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”

Carpe diem!