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Listen within

The feeling of butterflies deep in your belly, calls attention for the mind to listen.
That upset stomach pain or the racing heart always indicates the restlessness of the spirit within.
We were born with a complexity of feelings meant to serve and protect us in our everyday life. Unfortunately, as we grow older, the negative feelings are so disturbing that we slowly begin to ignore and close up those feelings. With each day and each painful feeling, we bury our feelings alive.
When it comes to our spirit, it does not die, neither do the feelings; even though we think we have suffocated and killed them. Feelings are simply quiet, sometimes irritable, and often persistent within of us. They do not like to be ignored or forgotten, so you will usually be sideswiped with tears or anger from out of nowhere.

Pay attention to what you feel.

Yes, you must listen to the voice within in order to figure out the messages that each feeling has for you. Feelings serve to teach, elevate, love, create, and guide each one of us throughout this life journey. When we lose the compass deep within, we travel off course.

Listen within for guidance.

One must not mistake the messages you hear from others with the words from within; for only each spirit knows the steps on the map. The mind acts as the compass if we just surrender to our navigator. Do not think you heard the direction. Wait for clarity from listening within. Do not doubt, fear, or avoid listening to the voice within. The sounds will be muffled and won’t be heard clearly. Listen attentively with eagerness, anticipation, and love, knowing that this day will be paved with guidance and blessings.

All that must be heard from within is made known to us by a gradual process (one at a time). Nothing more. Do not overthink the message because when you do, that is when you get lost and lose the way. For it is hard to remember all the guidance at once. In fact, we often get mixed up with which move comes first, causing detours and U-turns in life.
You might not agree with the direction the voice ask you to go after listening, but we must trust our feelings.

Have you ever been lost after ignoring the directions some else told you? Each move is meant to teach us, remember? Even when we have ignored the guidance within, we can still choose to redirect our focus within, listen and obey the next time.

It is never too late!
Feelings hold the previous messages from our spirit, so listen within!

 

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Never Saw It Coming

Life has a way of surprising us at every turn. A person wakes up to the phone call telling of a death in the family. We head down for breakfast and slip on the carpet, only to be rushed to the hospital with a back injury. As we venture out for lunch, we get hit by a car in the parking lot, only to slow us down.
What in your life did you not see coming?


The joy of a new friend saying hello in a nail salon, resulting in a deep friendship over the years. Or the surprise of promotion because someone saw something in you that you did not see in yourself. What about that amazing, loving glance from another that connects souls in an instant and then results in a marriage that lasts for a lifetime?
Life is full of moments that we never saw coming! Moments, neither good nor bad, but precious moments to jolt us awake to a new reality. When you never saw it coming, there is an element of surprise, adventure, uneasiness, and invigoration. Sometimes, those very moments cripple you to your knees or create dance moves you never knew you had!
I never saw so much of my life coming! Did you? 

Good or bad, it is a test in resiliency and gratitude! Each unexpected moment could have never been dreamt up or desired. Each with its precious gift bestowed with the surprise. The gift of growth for the one that embraces the adventure versus the one who rejects it with disdain.
We don’t willingly choose the shifts to happen in us, nor do we seek it. This is why we must not be blindsided by the moments that we never saw coming. It is the only way to force the shift in a person towards their purpose. We naturally resist change and covet the expected, which makes us unsettled for a while when we are jolted by something we never saw coming.
It is all in the greater plan. A plan that was mapped out before we were born. A purpose-filled plan for our lives. Sometimes, it takes longer to stay on course and readjust, but the roadmap is there for our lives. Only when we are not going along with the navigation do we often feel a sense of surprise and say, “Never saw it coming,” yet sometimes God surprises us with the impactful blessings to say thank you and we never saw that coming either!

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Drifting

I think of a piece of dead wood drifting down the river without a care in the world. A bird drifts in the sky, catching the wind and then fully relaxes into the glide. Butterflies seem to just flit about but are drifting helplessly under the summer sky. A boat has the option to drift without anchor or the controlled power from the motor.
What else can you think of that drifts through life?

Drifting can often be considered a form of laziness, having no direction, or worse yet, just out of control. For so many, control is the holy grail of success, but is it?
I don’t think there is a feeling better than immersing yourself in the water and allowing your body to float and drift with the current. The body goes limp and has no resistance to the pressure of the day, expectations of others, and cannot grab onto anything to control. The water is elusive.
Allowing yourself to drift periodically through life is like permitting yourself to let go of everything in this life. If you give up control, drifting can be healing, rejuvenating, meditative. It is a form of self-care.
Practice giving yourself a day to drift in the moments as they come. If you can float in water, that’s even better. It will take you back to a time before birth, when we merely drifted in our mother’s womb without a care, just been free.
Can you give yourself the gift of drifting? If just for a moment, let your thoughts drift to a pleasurable height and see how that makes you feel. Learn to cherish the drift. It is where you will find your soul waiting.
It is not surprising that nature’s creatures have mastered the art of drifting. For with drifting comes calmness, peace, and solitude. Drift away and be engulfed in your dreams, desires, and pleasures. The rejuvenation awaits!

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