This month I was presented with a challenge. With a lot of transition and transformation taking place, it felt as though I had a three-way mirror in front of me at all times, pushing me to not just scratch the surface, but to look deep within and ask myself, "What is it going to take?" I was constantly faced with the notion is enough ever enough?
I found myself swinging from a pendulum, between powerful and in control, full of positivity and energy to feeling lost and weak, drowning in negativity. I was out of whack, out of balance, lacking harmony.
There was a profound need for introspection, and I began to ask myself some serious questions about what I need to truly succeed. This month it was time to break through the old, bust through the inauthentic B.S., and uncover the core of my being.
Human spirit and human instinct
"The human soul doesn't want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed--to be seen, heard and companioned exactly as it is." -- Parker J. Palmer
People operate from two places in life: the human spirit and human instinct. Both come from a natural place within, but the human spirit knows only truth and goes to love first. What keeps us moving forward and fills our need for connection is an elevation of the human spirit. When we create experiences out of love with a common goal to elevate and inspire, when we are pushing ourselves and each other to simply be better than the person we were yesterday, then we have succeeded.
The burning question of "How far am I willing to go for what I want?" was taunting me daily. I thought, "Am I fearful to see a situation for what it truly is or am I willing to cut through the illusion and transform to find the truth?" In order to do this I had to begin to learn to work as a team, and I don't mean with others, I mean with myself. To not simply find balance, but instead find true harmony. We all have so many working parts, all with strengths and weaknesses. When we allow each part to function at its highest level, we begin to flow, no longer treading water to barely keep from drowning, but instead effortlessly floating on the surface.
As we stumble and sometimes even fall through the uncertain, we do ourselves no good being paralyzed by the overwhelm. We have to see the bigger picture. We have to ask ourselves, "What can and can't we control?" The one thing we can always control is the self, and within the self is where our power lies.
Though at times difficult, this growth and transformation is necessary. If I want to grow my wealth zone, I have to grow my comfort zone. When I say "wealth" though, I do not mean monetary wealth. I mean time freedom, health, happiness, fulfillment and vitality. To me, that is true wealth, and finding that wealth means creating harmony through the uncomfortable. So, how far outside your comfort zone are you willing to go?
As I find harmony, inevitably I find success.
As we move forward into May, I challenge you to do three things, consistently and habitually, and check in with yourself at the end of the month:
1. Find your music.
"Distance doesn't exist, in fact, and neither does time. Vibrations from love or music can be felt everywhere, at all times." -- Yoko Ono
Find a song that lifts your spirit to its highest frequency; a beat that makes your heart pump to it's natural rhythm; a sound that sings to your best vibration. And listen to this, at least once a day.
"Everything is energy and that's all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It cannot be any other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics." -- Albert Einstein
2. Find your flow through movement.
"Clarity comes from action. Start moving, stop wondering."
In whatever way that means for you, a 10 minute walk, a dance break in the kitchen, or a 10 mile run, but just move. Through that regular, daily shift in your being, you will begin to find your flow, and it will naturally seep into every nook and cranny of your life.
"If you can't fly, run. If you can't run, walk. If you can't walk, crawl. But the important thing is we just keep moving forward." -- MLK
3. Find your meditation--prayer, guided meditation, a quiet moment with your bare feet in the ground, a twinkle of gratitude before bedtime, a simple conscious inhale and exhale.
"The thing about meditation is: You become more and more you." -- David Lynch
When we create space for quiet and stillness in our outer world, we allow for deep transformation of the inner world. The old and the new begin to spiral together to weave the very fabric of your being.
"Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray." -- Rumi
This next month, it's time to plug in, light it up, and see things more clearly.
Feel free to share your process in the comments below, or drop a good tune and vibration!
Originally published on LinkedIN Pulse on April 30, 2016: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/music-movement-meditaiton-my-harmony-mymetric-rachel-mcgehee?trk=pulse_spock-articles
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