You cannot do wrong and feel right. It is impossible! ~Ezra Taft Benson
The way we are made to work is really quite simple... we are naturally in tune with everything we need for survival. We are programed to feel a certain way, so that we instinctively respond based on that feeling... but these days we are being programmed to rely on thinking instead. We don't question touching a hot stove, we can feel pain, so we don't touch it. Things that harm our bodies cause pain, things that help our bodies feel good. It's the same with our emotions, they are there to help guide us into things that are in tune with our highest good, and help alert us to what isn't... yet somehow we seem to question these feelings if they don't match what we think we want to do.
Look at the rest of the things around us... trees, animals, the sun... they all just do their thing. A tree just grows, it doesn't question where the water will come from, or try to put it's roots somewhere it thinks may be a cool spot, it is just growin with the flow. Everything else survives and adapts to change without having to worry, because that's what we're made to do... grow and evolve with everything else around us. I was reading a book today that says,
"As another ancient sage once said, 'The pathway is smooth. Why do you throw rocks before you?'”~ Susan Jeffers quotes from Feel the Fear…And Do It Anyway
We create our own obstacles sometimes by placing these fears in our minds. Rather than trusting ourselves, we allow fear to trick us into thinking there is a way that something could go wrong. The thing is, no matter what has hurt us in the past, or what we fear may hurt us in the future... we were born totally able to handle it!! Our feelings are there for a reason, to be our guides, and allow us to experience everything we need. She also says:
"You are innately designed to use your personal power. When you don’t, you experience a sense of helplessness, paralysis, and depression—which is your clue that something is not working as it could. You, like all of us, deserve everything that is wonderful and exciting in life. And those feelings emerge only when you get in touch with your powerful self." ~ Susan Jeffers quotes from Feel the Fear…And Do It Anyway
I love that!! I couldn't agree more. Anytime those feelings come up they urge us to want to change something in order to end that feeling... they motivate us in a strange way to go towards something that will work better for us. When we don't feel good about something, chances are, we're right!! Another great way to look at this is from Byron Katie:
"Your nature is truth, and when you oppose it, you don’t feel like yourself. Stress never feels as natural as peace does."~ Byron Katie quotes from Loving What Is
Ever notice how the things that seem to make us feel peaceful and happy seem to be treated as a bonus to the other stressful, less appealing things we feel we have to do? Well, it's okay to always feel good with what we're doing... in fact it's our nature to follow the good! If something isn't serving us anymore, we're feeling detached from it for a reason. Oprah is a great example, she says:
"We create stress for ourselves because you feel like you have to do it. You have to. I don't feel that anymore."
Ever notice how even things you like to do can be stressful when you feel like you have to do them? Forcing things always creates those feelings of discomfort because we aren't paying attention to what's in flow. We need to keep in check with our feelings... just like we do with the weather. We make sure we know if it's hot or cold so we can dress accordingly...in the winter we bundle up to keep warm, to prevent us from feeling too cold. Most of the time we aren't going to wear a bikini out in the snow, and if we do, we'll most likely freeze and suffer from that decision! Check your feelings... are you excited? stressed? happy? These feelings are our thermometer so we can gauge how to act accordingly. So remember, trust how things make you feel... just like you can't be warm wearing a bikini in the snow...
You cannot do wrong and feel right. It is impossible! ~
Today's Silver Lining:
"It's not hard to understand, Just follow this simple plan, Follow your heart, Your intuition, It will lead you in the right direction. Let go of your mind, Your Intuition, It's easy to find, Just follow your heart baby." Intuition- By Jewel
(I forgot how funny this video was...;-)