Sunday, March 13, 2011

Inspired Thought: Think About the Possibilities

As time has passed I've been reminded repeatedly that one must act on inspired thought. Inspired thought is what comes from listening to yourself and the promptings of your own 'knowing' from within.  Amazing things happen in life when you listen and take action in your life on inspired thought.  Some of those things can be so small that you don't notice them until they build upon each other.  Others are so big that you can't help but notice and be left in awe when they come.  Oh, and I'm not talking about things for you so much as things for others in your life.  Last month I was reminded of the long term effects of acting on inspired thought.  I shared that story one day as a post on the Facebook fan page but it also shared herein later.  I'm hoping that by my sharing this story with you again that you'll really get what I'm trying to say here about listening and taking action on your inspired thoughts. 

In that I spent far too many years not acting on inspired thoughts myself, I also feel that it's important to share with you the flip side of life regarding the same.  Choosing not to listen to yourself, choosing not to take action in your life on inspired thoughts or any other thought for that matter that will serve yours or someone else's greater good is in my opinion a tragedy.  A tragedy because time passes no matter what and if you're not living your authentic life you're hurting not only yourself but those around you by not allowing yourself to be all that you are and can be.  Not listening to yourself creates misery, a feeling of being stuck, feelings of hopelessness and forever breeds negativity.  Not living an authentic life can be toxic and draining.  Think about it, if someone in your life always let you down, always lied to you, didn't come through when promised and wasn't good to you as much as they could be, putting you down with negative thoughts and words, would you be friends with them? HECK NO!  Then why is it okay to do that crap to ourselves?  It's not and that's the problem my friends.

What happens when people listen to their inspired thoughts?  They seek help for substance abuse problems and stop running from their problems or numbing them, they find hope and faith where there was once only despair and agony, they walk away from abusive relationships in their lives and learn how to expect non-abusive ones, and they nurture their mental and physical health (and their families mental and physical health) verses slowly killing themselves via bad habits and thoughts.  When people listen to their inspired thoughts anything can happen and truly the limits are endless.  How endless?  Well, here's my story of inspired action from the past that was posted last month on Facebook.

An old friend celebrated his 40th birthday and I was reminded yet again of the importance of how our "listening" in life leads to inspired thought. One day, back in either 1996 or maybe 97, while I was 'listening' to a conversation this old friend and I were having on my front porch in the warm sun, I felt the desire from within to 'act' on something I didn't quite understand. I'd decided to introduce my friend to my beautiful, single, self sufficient neighbor down the street. My brain was even making negative assumptions about it that weren't supportive to the "listening," i.e. he's not her type, etc. Despite this, my inner voice kept nudging me along. The nudge was so strong that I would find myself reassuring him of the introduction when he himself had the same self doubts and questions. I also had to make it a point to reassure the neighbor that I had no interest in him myself (although at one point I thought I did and she knew that) and that I was completely on board with their getting to know each other better. Fast forward to today and they are happily married with two beautiful children. I could never see them with anyone else.  It blows me away to see what has transpired between them over the years and the lovely life they've built together since meeting so long ago.  So yes, listen. You never know what or who those inspired thoughts might lead to or how your own inspired action will serve another on their journey. 

If you're reading this and your mind is filled with doubts and negative why nots, remember this....there are so many things in this world that we have no control over. There are going to be times that we'll be pushed to the brink of our resolve and times when we will come back stronger and better having gone there. You can't resist. Remember, resistance is futile. It's a waste of your energy. You have to trust in the process and take each moment of life as it comes. You have to let go. You have to go about life and just be. Is it easy? No, it's a process but it is a process that can be done.

I like to believe that a tranquil existence is a choice. While there will always be outside circumstances upsetting our apple cart, we still have the choice as to how we react. Does that mean that one simple choice equals tranquility and authentic living? No, it's more of a series of choices gaining momentum to create the desired result of an authentic life. Does that mean that there isn't pain, loss or despair within those choices? No. More often than not there is.

I know this much though, when the time does come and you are making a choice for your life towards listening to yourself to have tranquility and an authentic life, you will find yourself often in resistance. Once you conquer that resistance there comes an amazing lightening of the self. Think of the weight of the world is off of your shoulder moments in life. The moment you let go of the power that the choice had over you, the moment you let go of your attachment to the unknown outcome of the same, when you know that the choice you are making is truly is going to benefit your evolution of the self, that's the moment you are free. It's so worth it. You are so worth it. Let go of what was not serving your authentic life today and decide to start listening and taking inspired action in your life.

And lastly, as you go through this process of listening and acting on inspired thoughts remember your ABCs...

"(A) Accept that whatever is going on 'is what it is', (B) Be present in where you are or in what you're doing at the moment you're resisting, and then (C) Choose gratitude, even if you have to reach outside of the situation at hand to something else.

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