Tapping into INNER WISDOM

I have been doing a lot of wondering lately….wondering if I am doing the right thing as a parent, wondering about the future direction of my life’s work, wondering if more humans will awaken to the ways we are destroying our planet, wondering if I will ever be a grandma, wondering when we will stop mass shootings, wondering where I will be in five years, and on and on.

Then I realize that all this preoccupation is not how I want to spend my days. It is not living in the present moment. Nevertheless, the questions keep popping into my head. So, I notice them and sometimes I pull out my journal and jot down my stream of consciousness. Sometimes, I share my ruminations with a safe person, a trusted friend. At other times, I just notice the thoughts and let them drift away like a cloud in the sky. Some of the questions will be answered as life unfolds. Some questions are mere musings. Some of the questions DEMAND answers.

Here is the quandary…from what place do you want to receive the answers? From a place of fear and dread or from a place of wisdom and love? I prefer the latter.

In order for me to tap into wisdom, I get still. I do my inner work. I turn to my contemplative practices. I meditate. I listen. I pray. I get close to nature. I journal. I read. I go for a walk. I focus on my breathing. I practice self-compassion. I stay humble, teachable, most of the time. I am a work in progress, as we all are! I know that if I do my inner work, the answers will come. I know this much….that I have life situations that do not define me. You have life situations that do not define you, either. You are not your disease, your bank account, your lack of employment, your negative conditioned thoughts. You are a beautiful essence that is so much greater than your life situations, always. I am also THAT which you are. And how do we transcend our life situations and get aligned with our true essence? Being present. Being Here, NOW. And when we can do that, together, we can shine our light for all those who feel they are nothing more than their life situations….those who are stuck in their pain, who do not have access to strategies for getting unstuck. My favorite thing in life is to teach others tools to rise above their life situations that are causing them pain, to pass on to others what has been so graciously taught to me.

What is your favorite tool to get yourself unstuck? Do you have a repertoire of contemplative practices which help you get aligned to your true nature? Comment below: