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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Inspired or Stuck?
"Each of us has an internal flame that is the keeper of our life force. Each choice we make either adds to this force, making it stronger, igniting and feeding our flame, or diminishes the force, dampening our internal fame, reducing its power." Debbie Ford
I'm reading a book called The Right Questions by Debbie Ford. In this book, Debbie offers ten profound questions that can un-stick us from our old, conditioned past patterns and propel us forward into our best, most empowered life. I'm finding these questions so helpful and potentially life-changing (if we remember to ask & listen) that I decided to share one of these questions with you each week. Below is the first one..
Will this choice propel me toward an inspiring future or will it keep me stuck in the past?
Our power to choose may be our greatest gift ever. In each moment we get to choose whether to move toward or best, most inspired & awake life, our best, most inspired self, or whether we'll spin around in past patterns that do not serve our highest good, keeping us stuck in "comfortable" blah rather than moving us toward our bliss. We get to decide whether we'll be victims of our old stories & limiting beliefs or whether we'll BE the empowered, amazing people that we are.
Making the choice that propels us forward is (very) often not the choice that feels easy or comfortable.
Just recently I decided that I was going to get my butt out of bed at 5:30 am (at least 3 days a week) to go to a 6:00 am spinning/cycling class. My girls are home this summer so exercising at any other time isn't so much of an option. This morning when the alarm clock went off, yanking me out of a deep/dreamful sleep, I really, really wanted to turn those sounds off and burrow back into dreamland. It would have been much more gratifying - much easier and more comfortable (in that moment) to go back to sleep.
But, what is gratifying in the moment, does not necessarily propel us forward. If we say we want to feel lighter/healthier in our bodies, yet make the choice to finish off the chocolate cake (day after day) and blow off exercising, our choices aren't consistent with what we say we want. When our choices don't reflect our highest good, we suffer.
I don't know about you, but I'm tired of suffering.
I have felt pretty miserable in my body for a while now. Life got super busy and, rather than doing what I know makes my body feel better (exercising and eating well), I stopped exercising and ate what I wanted to eat. I made the choice toward instant gratification/laziness rather than choosing what would be good and healthy for me in the long run.
It's not that we can't give ourselves a break sometimes or treat ourselves to yummy goodness, but when we consistently choose what doesn't feed/nurture us, that internal flame can quickly become a weak little needy flicker.
Once I got my tired butt out of bed this morning and got moving, I was happy that I hadn't chosen to go back to sleep. While I was spinning and sweating on that bike, I felt proud of myself. I felt the release and rush that exercise always brings to me. Now, hours later, I love knowing that I've already had a great workout, that I took care of myself in that way. Rather than satisfying my tired self in that early morning moment and going back to sleep, I held a higher, more alive vision for myself and have been feeling the aliveness & energy around that choice for hours now.
This isn't about right or wrong.
It's about feeding that internal flame/that life force inside of us - or not.
So, think about it...in any given area of your life, in each area - are you choosing what will ultimately propel you forward/feed that internal flame? Or are you choosing what's easy/convenient/"comfortable"/instantly gratifying/what seems to please others?
If you notice that you're choosing what's keeping you stuck, this isn't about "shoulding" on yourself or beating yourself up (EVER!). It's about being aware, being gentle with yourself - very gentle, & knowing that THIS moment is brand new. And that, in this very now moment, you can choose, choose again.
You always get to choose again. Isn't that a beautiful thing?
Now a couple of questions for you...
Where in your life are you making choices that are keeping you stuck in the past? Where in your life are you making choices that are propelling you forward?