As I looked out the window this morning, seeing a clear blue sky and sunshine, I knew I wanted to start my day outdoors. After kissing my hubby and sending him out the door with wishes for a lovely day, I stepped onto our tiny front lawn and decided that the 5 Cleansing Breaths would be my morning grounding ritual today. After drawing upon the elements of earth, water, fire and air to cleanse my body, emotions, mind and spirit, it felt right to just stay out there in the sunshine. I grabbed a cushion and sat under a tree, appreciating the sunshine on my face and the sound of birds chirping above me.
As I enjoyed the peacefulness of sitting quietly in the little bit of Mother Nature we have here in the big city, I heard the teaching of Nithyananda in my mind, “unclutch your thoughts.” I closed my eyes and let thoughts bubble up, attempting not to connect them to one another. It’s a practice I haven’t used in some time… and it showed! My, how difficult I found it to let each thought be without connecting it to any other thought.
It wasn’t long before I was asking myself questions and pondering things. One question I asked was, “What should I write about today?” The words “Clarity is Power” came to mind. I let that go and continued to ponder other things.
Much too soon, the neighborhood came to life, and the dramatic increase in traffic distracted me. At first I reluctantly headed indoors then decided it was ok, as my stomach would appreciate some food. As I allowed myself the grace of eating a quiet, conscious breakfast alone, without reading or listening to music or doing any other thing but eating, the words “Know Thyself” popped into my head. I felt I should write about that. Then I thought, “ But what about the clarity is power message?” I laughed when it dawned on me that these are not separate topics. Clarity does, in fact, offer a person great power, and what more powerful tool than to have clarity about oneself!?
Reflecting on the shocking number of years that I really didn’t know myself very well – who I really was, what I wanted, what my strengths and weaknesses were, what my purpose was, etc. – it’s no wonder that I spent so much time in confusion and fear. These are feelings of powerlessness… signs of a lack of clarity.
Stop a moment and reflect upon yourself. How much fear and confusion appear in your life (recognizing that anger, frustration, indecision, worry, and anxiety are all just variations of fear)? And how well do you know yourself? Is there a correlation?
I’d love to hear what you discover. Please write to me and let me know. You can either post here or write to me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. If you’d to gain more clarity in your life, consider taking The Passion Test. It’s a process that certainly made a big difference in both Neil’s and my life. Neil is hosting a two part workshop tomorrow (April 22) and next Thursday in Calgary. More at www.passiontest.ca Or we can take you through the Passion Test one-on-one… write to us at the email above.