We all walk different paths. We're on our own journey. But what many of us have in common is that we tend to look outside for answers. We seek approval. We seek a better job title. We seek more money. We seek more possessions. We seek a better body. We seek to be smarter. We seek outside for more, more, more.
It's tough because society teaches us to want more and we can be easily influenced. This happens. It's ok. We're only human.
What we easily forget is that we already have everything we need. We are exactly where we're supposed to be. True joy is within. We just have to clear "clutter" from our body and mind (thoughts, negative energy, etc)... and the answers we seek we will find within. But we have to practice "surrendering and trusting". (Personally, these 2 words have been my mantra for the past few months.)
Brandon West recently wrote this article called, "I Surrender to the Infinite that is Within Me" and he expands on the idea of true joy coming from within:
"True joy is achieved not in the acquisition of things, but in the state of being what we are, and living our bliss, our calling. So many of us are constantly using our words and our thoughts to fight; to argue, to prove ourselves, our worth, our superiority, our correctness, the validity of our existence, in one way or another (or rather, in any way that we can). We are always trying to be someone, achieve, win, earn something, and we are always moving towards more, trying to be someone better, someone different from who we are now. But is that really the way?
Aren’t you tired of always striving but never arriving? Moving at 1000 miles an hour, but never getting anywhere? I am, for it is exhausting, not to mention frustrating. Even when we learn, sometimes we are always trying to learn more, more knowledge, amassing knowledge, and degrees, and credentials – proof of our erudition. Yet what does any of that really mean? Moreover, what does it prove? Nothing.
All that you have to do is surrender. When you are weary of fighting, of searching, of striving to be more, or to be better, or to realize your goals, just surrender. And disengage those impulses to fight, to validate yourself, to uphold your self-image, and to strive, and simply just be, in complete and utter silence. And you will have arrived. Right where you needed to be and right on time, blossoming into the fullness of your existence."
So take time today to turn your attention inward. Getting on your yoga mat is a great place to start. Move your body, be present with your breath and clear out any energy blockages. Then find stillness and practice surrounding and trusting the flow of life. It takes courage and strength. But you will feel more at ease, free and happy. Give it a try and let me know how it goes.