Friday, December 9th, 2011...5:38 pm
December 2011: Divine Guidance
In November, my suggestion for an inward focus was BALANCE.
Consider how balance comes to play in your life at this moment.
What insights or discoveries do you make when you keep BALANCE in mind during your day?
Has your definition and appreciation of balance changed to include a gentler, more loving way of living life?
I am a first born. The focus in my family of origin was on achievement, success, and doing your best. Rewards were given as a direct outcome of performance. My early tendencies were less about honoring balance and more about an ‘all or nothing’ way of looking at life; the ’all’ approach being my predominant operating mode.
November’s focus of balance brought to light for me one very valuable learning regarding my need to ’complete’ and ‘finish’ as a way of measuring performance and achievement…and a delightful reminder of the process; the journey; the experiences that occur in our life one moment at a time.
As much as we all need to feel the satisfaction of concluding projects and tasks; it’s also important to remember that our lives are a series of beginning and ending points all within a journey. In fact, the only real ending of this lifetime occurs when we run out of clock time – at death.
Rewriting some of your own beliefs around balance may bring awareness to the fact that each moment of your journey is special and breathtaking. Rather than simply focus on what achievements you accomplish, revel in the experience and purpose of each moment; the ending points of that experience simply signify that you are ready for the next moment of learning.
Each day we have the potential to affect others with positive energy; love, kindness, care, and compassion. We can, in a single moment lose sight of all of the potential of our smaller moments in pursuit of something we define as ‘bigger’. In fact, it’s the accumulation of each single moment …and of our thoughtful actions, and compelling emotions that we are moved to live life fully. What defines us is how we live each moment.
We are blessed with a lifetime of small moments in which to shape, impact and formulate what becomes our life’s greatest work.
Consider taking a moment to reflect on the new meaning of b a l a n c e in your life. Consider what balance could mean to how you live going forward. Making each moment significant and meaningful in the whole context of your life is the balance of enjoying and living the ‘now’ even as you have plans for future moments.
Remember, you don’t get to “relive” past moments. You can ‘redo’ past moments but you never get back a moment that has passed. It’s important to consider each moment that is right in front of you as valuable and with potential for creating something special. The balance lies in appreciating each moment without skipping ahead too far and missing out on what is right in front of you.
…and so please continue to contemplate and celebrate B A L A N C E in your life.
In this last month of 2011, I invite you to contemplate DIVINE GUIDANCE.
What does it mean to be divinely guided?
From where do you receive divine guidance?
Think of Divine guidance as the graceful path we are on. Sometimes we don’t realize how we got here; our innate talents, learned skills, and knowledge always prepares us for what lies ahead; even when we don’t know what is next.
Divine guidance reminds us that there is always purpose for our life and a perfect path that we have the free will to choose. When we move off this path; when we are not living our life with honesty, truth and love – we feel disjointed, lost, and as if something important is missing. Disconnected from divine guidance, we lose touch with the gentle knowing - the inner felt instinct that helps us make right choices. Off of our ‘right’ path, things are more difficult, challenging, and frustrating.
During this month what can you do to allow for greater inward guidance?
What can you begin to put in place right now that will guide you to your inner happiness?
Divine guidance is the inner perfection that always offers us a ‘right’ path. It is felt most clearly as a heart driven experience: that is, we feel it in our heart centre rather than something we think about or analyze. Divine guidance calls us to do something, be something, make a certain change to who we are or how we think; it is a physical change contemplated in the mind but felt in the heart as a ‘right’ step forward.
Returning full circle back to the idea of balance… you can lose yourself in being willing to act on all of the things you believe to be important, forgetting about your need to be still; to contemplate where you want to be, who you want to become; where you are headed. Divine guidance offers us much to contemplate in order to act with resolve and full appreciation of each moment. Knowing yourself well comes from knowing what it means to have a ‘life serving’ direction. Divine guidance is the gentle urging; the inner knowing that comes from our spirit – the divine quality of our nature that is the same as that of the universal consciousness; what we call the divine nature of god.
How do you receive divine guidance?
How do you know what it looks like? Can you trust it to be right?
Divine guidance is our inner communication with the divine energy that is in all things). It is your awareness – your inner awakening to this universal consciousness that reminds you that divine guidance has always been with you. As part of your inherent nature, divine guidance is always accessible should you go within yourself to access it.
Often it is easiest to know it by becoming quiet; listening within, asking specific questions; hearing your inner self – your spirit – speak to you. This is your unconscious (mind); the part of you that is one with the Divine. This is your inherent wisdom; your truth…. guiding you….perfectly…to be your highest potential.
Divine guidance is also a faith; an inward reflection of your life that awakens you to believing in something more. When you are divinely guided you allow your highest self a place in your everyday life.
Keep in mind, divine guidance can also help you look ahead to January and living with …..right FOCUS.