A New Perspective: Take care of your soul
Eagle County CO, Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado
“Every challenge, every obstacle is here to have us ask who we really are,” ” Unknown
I’m sitting here this morning watching a taped Oprah show where she talks about her recent weight gain. She states over and over in the interview about her disappointment in herself for not paying attention to the weight gain and how life got away from her. Though my plan for this week’s column was completely different, I’ve decided to address a different, very important, subject.
Our lives, no matter who we are, can get away from us. No matter how spiritual you are, how much money you have, no matter how many fitness instructors, chefs or psychologists you have, you still have to do your spiritual work. Your spiritual work is a practice. It is a life decision and a soul decision.
Your spiritual work is like exercising any muscle. You need to exercise it daily in order to gain strength. If you exercise once a week, the muscle will not develop. It is the same with your spiritual development.
Addictions you may have to food, alcohol, drugs, depression or emotions are problems you may never beat. But you can learn to manage them. Tools are necessary, though; willpower alone does not work. It may seem like it works in the short term, but each time a new situation comes up, you may consider going back to an old way of dealing with it (addiction, excess, etc.). A complete change of perspective is needed.
Life is about balance. There will always be changes, difficulties and obstacles ” it is about how you learn to manage them. Consistenly practicing meditation, breathwork, prayer, affirmations or yoga sets the foundation for balance. We cannot stop life from happening, so we need to be as centered, as grounded, as we can in each moment so the chaos doesn’t throw us off.
Life will happen. It is about choosing to pay attention to each moment and not allowing ourselves to get so caught up in life that we feel out of control. There are no perfect human beings in this life. No one who has a spiritual practice is immune from the effects of life. Those who seem to make it through situations and come out on the other end in better shape are those who are doing their spiritual work each day. They see the lessons instead of choosing to attach, or live in, the pain or difficulty.
One way to learn to pay attention to the balance in your life is to imagine your life aligned directly through the center of your body from your feet through the top of your head. When something in life happens, you will begin to notice that this “centered” feeling begins to tilt. The sooner we recognize the tilt, the sooner we can take a breath, sit in meditation, or say a prayer and bring the tilt back into our center. We need to ask that we come back to center.
Each time you come back to center, say thank you. Thank yourself for noticing that you were off balance and for coming back to center. Thank you for learning to deal with life differently, and thank your higher power. Gratitude is one of the most healing things we can learn to do for ourselves.
Put yourself on a schedule each day. Actually schedule a few moments throughout your day to take a breath, say a prayer or meditate. Don’t let life get the best of you. Take control of your being. No matter who you are or what you do in this lifetime, you will be grateful when you learn to take better care of your soul.
Catherine Zeeb holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Metaphysics. She has a private therapy practice in Edwards. You can visit her Web site at http://www.healing-spirits.net.