What is a good day?
What does it depend on? Is it what I do, who I’m with, where I go on that particular day? Is it a state of my mind? Perhaps a combination of several factors woven together?
I take a deep breath, I close my eyes, I connect to my heart, to feel and see clearer, with a composed state of mind, with an open heart.
I don’t think it’s only the state of mind that makes it a good day – for me. It’s has a lot to do with the state of my heart. I heard the other day, from a close friend of mine, that the heart is continuously expanding and contracting, like an accordion. There must be some truth to that. Every cloud has a silver lining. We ebb and we flow, continuously, yet the Self remains never changing – the Self that is uplifting the one who holds the accordion in his or her hands, sending out music – or the noise.
I want to know more! How do I flow through different stages of life, throughout years, months, weeks, days, hours, moments? What is the pattern, how does it work, how does it go, how am I influencing the quality of my day with the state of my mind and the openness of my heart?
A river of questions… how fast and where is this river wanting to flow? Towards the ocean, of course, I say to myself, with a smile.
The very notion of tapping into my higher Self is a journey without destination. I represent that journey and I am the destination; both, at the same time, in the same moment. When the mind and the higher Self are aligned – my heart remains expanded and for me that makes it a good day. I try to stay out of the way with my “worldly I”– well, as much as I possibly can – I try to lead my life by being the Self, allowing the mind to follow, assisting me with daily chores, decision making processes, practicalities of life.
People around you will inevitably end up probing your ways, using their faculty of mind, as people do, to an extent you allow them to. When you love someone, your heart is open, you give them access to yourself, hence you become accessible to interference – to a certain extent – you have to decide.
Sometimes the interference is valuable, it adds clarity to your state of mind, enabling you to see events in your life as they are. It all depends where that person is coming from. From the state of their higher Self or their mind? Is their intention selfless, pure from the heart, or is there a selfish, manipulative motive that made them open their mouth, either consciously or subconsciously? How do you recognize that to ensure you remain faithful to your Self?
Whenever you feel any notion of abrupt disturbance, try not to react instantly, learn to pause between your thoughts, allow at least 10 heart beats and a few breaths to pass in between, so you may fall in tune with your own truth. Work it out, before you act it out. This way you can respond, not react. And respond profoundly and powerfully you will!
You see, mind likes to jump like a monkey. It is always there, ready to prance and spring, it’s full of different habits. Whereas your heart is continuously beating from the same place, sometimes faster, at times slower. Intensity is it’s only variable. How fast it beats you can influence with the power of your breath and your mind. When responding and making decisions, try to first tap into your heart beat, observe where you are and don’t make any hasty decision when your heart is beating too fast.
Wait for it to calm down, so you can catch the silver lining, enter the flow and at that moment you will grasp your truth – you will know exactly how to respond. Decisions that matter in your life, should originate from the calm state of mind and an open heart. Following this principle you will notice that your mind follows your higher Self, willingly. It will all fall in place – watch and become your own witness. This can also be one of the ways you can start exercising your self-awareness – if you will.
Over the past few months, I had to make a decision that was out of the ordinary – for me. A kind of decision some of us make once in a decade, or even less frequently due to encounters that encourage us to explore further. When I’m aligned with my higher Self, any resulting decision making I have to do feels quite natural, easy, there is usually not much resistance from the mind, apart from those few days before the actual physical move.
During times of changes, many fears can re-emerge to the surface. They can cause disturbance to our heart beats, our sleep, our peace of mind; it can even lead to the stiffness in our bodies. If you’re lucky, like I am you may have caring & loving people around you who notice what’s been happening to you, they can help you lighten up and get through whatever challenges you may be facing. I feel blessed to be surrounded by sensitive, kind, and loving people. They are able to stay present, go along with the flow, support my journey in the most selfless way – allowing me to experience life, to learn, and to grow.
Sometimes the hurdles on our journeys manifest as physical obstacles – like roadblocks – for example, technicians may mess up your documents, you may encounter train delays, have to jump in the cab and race on the busy highway, face long queues, nearly miss the flight. Often we have to do a lot of workaround and for that, we need to show some gratitude to our genius minds, for being so nimble and having the ability to respond quickly, creatively, and adequately. Don’t take that for granted!
Life will present obstacles when it’s time to move on, but that too is part of the journey, where you will be challenged to remain in alliance with your higher Self, and supported by your heart & mind.
What “heart” have I been talking about all this time? The heart of who I truly am. My core, my essence, my signature – that little nuance that distinguishes me from you. In so many ways we are all very similar, but there’s one tinny, yet fundamental thing that makes each of us unique. It’s that uniqueness I am continuously striving to be in touch with, trying to hone it, make a stronger connection to. By keeping my heart open, I can do so.
Places we decide to go, people we surround ourselves with, activities and habits we choose to cultivate and engage with – they matter. The more in tune I become with my Self, the easier I navigate through life. Life becomes simpler and I become more skillful – if you want to use that word. Why not!?! At the end of the day, it’s both the inside and the outside what makes us who we are. Both should align for the powerful insights to arise and give us a clear direction in our lives.
The greatest craftspeople of this world live & create while being fully aligned with their higher Self, composed state of mind, an open heart, and oodles of skills to create a masterpiece.
We can all consider ourselves to be master craftsmen & craftswomen – for it is our life that is our masterpiece, day in day out. Isn’t that a powerful and encouraging through to start your day with? To keep that in your mind during your good day? Or to think about it when you say good night?
Yes, I think so too.