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The Heart Space

I have embarked on a magical journey.

The journey of connecting with Spirit in a place I like to call the Heart Space.  The most difficult thing about the journey appears to be entering the Heart Space, but once  located this space is the magical sweet spot of life.

What is the Heart Space?

For me, this Heart Space is that inner place of quiet surrender where love and creative inspiration emanate from. The place of quiet where the outside world is still and all that exists is me and my creator.

Allowing myself to even be willing to look for this Heart Space was a big step for me. For the longest time I was at battle with myself. I felt (or my ego did) that if I surrendered to this magical place that I would lose control of my life and that I would have to face into things that my Ego and head did not want to do.

Case in point, For the longest time I believed with the very core of my being that surrendering to spirit would mean I would have to give up the one relationship that was most important to me. I believed that because all of the religious structure I had contact with constantly told me that the relationship was wrong. The news media told me that the relationship was wrong. My neighbors and even some I viewed as friends all shared the common belief that the relationship was wrong.  The message was so overwhelming that at some point I decided to believe it was true.

In hindsight, I find it amusing that by being stuck in my ego I was judging what I held most dear as wrong. I was living from a place of betraying myself with every moment I spent within that relationship, just because I believed what I being told by the world.  I was so stuck in my pattern of control that allowing myself to think that Spirit was really working for me, not against me, was not possible.  Surrender was not possible.

Once I decided to take the leap and connect to my Heart Space anyway I learned that Spirit really wants everything I want for myself and more.  In my Heart Space I learned what my relationship could be, and I have learned in baby-step fashion how to move forward in creating the relationship I truly want.  My  relationship has changed completely, and for the better.  It looks different on the outside, and it feels different on the inside.

What Spirit has had me learn through this relationship has been very important in my learning of how to connect to my Heart Space.

Connecting to the Heart Space

 The heart space is easy to find. 

The Heart Space is that moment between the breath, that moment between inhale and exhale.  That is the connecting point to this magical place.  The beauty of that is we all breathe.  The simplicity of this is, whether we recognize it or not, every person who is breathing is already connected to their Heart Space. It is in the moment of the breath that we come to discover Spirit and Spirit’s divine plan for our lives.

 The Heart Space requires practice.

Just like when we are training for a sporting event, training ourselves to access, recognize, and take action from the Heart Space takes practice. Starting in an easy way is key.  Set aside 5 minutes in the morning and evening for Heart Space practice.  During the 5 minutes focus on the magical moment between the inhale and the exhale.  Allow whatever wants to happen at that moment to occur. There may be magical ideas, there may be burst of creativity, perhaps you will be given directions of things to do or act on, but mostly you will be given a state of peace.

Remember also that how or where  your practice occurs does not matter.  It does not have to look any particular way.  Some prefer a traditional meditation setting, others will do better to practice connecting to their Heart Space while they are walking or moving.  Whatever feels right to you is usually right for you.

To really enter the Heart Space we need to suspend our beliefs. 

Spirit really will guide us and direct  us to the place of our greatest good and  biggest learning.  When we are willing to look past what we believe to be true and lay aside our judgment, we open ourselves to our greatest learning.  This is all about surrender. All about letting go. All about letting go of something good to find something great!

For me, letting go of my special relationship as it existed has allowed me to go forward creating a new relationship with the same person. My beliefs about what it  looked like and what it could look like have been laid aside. The opening provided for by Spirit allows for The Heart Space to be entered and embraced. From the Heart Space the relationship can blossom and grow on its own with no expectation of what the end will look like.

Connecting to my Heart Space has allowed me to move the quality of my relationship to a different and better  place. As I stay connected I am finding that my whole life is shifting in subtle ways for the better. As I stay connected I am finding that the world really is a magical place once more, and as I surrender I find both peace and freedom.

Finding your Heart Space is finding the beginning of spiritual wellness. Don’t take my word for it though, find the magic for yourself.

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A Shift of Perspective

“Beliefs create the thoughts which create the actions that create your results.”

This was the first thing I read when I woke up this morning, and the profoundness of this statement immediately struck me. I have for the past 20+ years of my life been both a student and teacher of health. I have pushed, pulled, and wrestled to the ground just about every idea for sharing all of the concepts that I learn about health on a daily basis. I have even consistently struggled with my own health issues in order to create even more opportunities for learning for both myself and others when it comes to issues of body and health. The reality though is that even with all of the thoughts I have been trying to teach, I have been missing looking at the beginning. I have glossed over looking at my beliefs about health. My beliefs about myself.

I have for a long time stood firm that I have the belief that good health is everything. Looking from new eyes though I can see that that belief was just a grand cover up.

What I really needed was to look from a different perspective.

Last night my perspective shifted. The easiest way  to tell you is that I reversed the statement above. From my results, I began to look at what actions I was or was not taking. I think we all do this. My example for you would be this: I am overweight (result). What I am doing is drinking to many calorie filled coffees each day, or What I am not doing is exercising enough (actions). What I have done here in the past is make some “course corrections” that will stick for a little while. When the initial resolve passes, I gradually come back around to the point where I started. This is the viscous cycle that I have seen so many people run and run myself. This cycle for me has created a lot of defeat and self beat-up, but I kept choosing to repeat it.

So as I said I looked again… I looked past the actions this time

So my result is overweight. The actions that contribute to my overweight are calorie filled coffee and lack of exercise. Then I moved on to what thoughts are creating these actions. This is were for me it was getting uncomfortable. I got to look at things like I’m not good enough, I’m fat, I’m not pretty, I suck. Wow ! That was harsh and uncomfortable!

Is it any wonder that most of humanity stays stuck in the action-result phase. If that is what my thoughts were saying about me it was a miracle that I did not weight 1200 lbs. The thoughts alone would make me or anyone go searching for any type of comfort that could be found. One of my biggest comforts has always been food so…Wah la… my immediate “Action” was to “feed” the story in my head and perpetuate the result.

But Wait! There is more. So I looked back even further.

Result <- Actions <- Thoughts <- (((Beliefs)))

Now I was at the point of really looking at what I believed to be true about myself. Here comes the really painful, yet delicious part. When I looked deeply, really deeply, I realized that what was true for me was that I did not LOVE myself. Now I had to dig a little (a lot) because my thoughts kept telling me that I believed that good health was everything and how could I possibly not love myself.  But then I kept asking myself “If I did really love myself and I really believed that good health was everything, why were my results out of alignment?”

The moment that I got to the place where I could admit I did not love myself the Aha moment came flooding in. If I really had that self love then my thoughts, actions and my results will show that I believe good health to be everything.

The Aha moment said work it the other direction.
I love myself (belief). And by loving myself I am Powerful, Creative, Committed, and a damn Sexy Woman. And from those thoughts arose inspired action that I could Nurture my body and love my body with ease by removing the creamer from my coffee (big calorie dump there) and by lovingly moving my body more (more walking in nature and dancing). From this inspired action I have set the stage to create a new result.

That Brings Me Wild Joy!  

The process was so easeful. When I stepped back and look from another direction, it was simply amazing to find that I really had my own answers all along.

I invite you to give it a whirl with some body issue you have been struggling with…You might just Love your new results. And always remember that good health comes from within!