A daily ritual of a spiritual practice has been a building block of peace and serenity in my life. Attempting to stay in the present moment with love and gratitude and not going back to the past in regret or sadness is part of that practice. #workinprogress 😉
Life has a way of planting us exactly where we need to be to learn the necessary lessons to further us along on our path. There is nothing constant in this life and change is inevitable. Going through change at times can be difficult and painful, however, if we look back through life’s trials and tribulations, we can see that through all of the changes, we are growing and evolving. We graduate from college and move to a bigger city where we are then exposed to different people and cultures and we grow. We end a romantic relationship and come to find out that even though there was a great deal of love and meaning in the relationship, they just were not meant to be a lifelong soul connection. We evolve and grow more. Friendships, unfortunately, don’t always work out and you part ways. As painful as it may be, it’s critical to recognize that people sometimes outgrow one another and that it’s okay. You take the wisdom learned through the relationships, grow and evolve into a more enlightened, compassionate version of yourself. These life experiences do not happen in vain. There is a higher purpose in all of it that at the time, we may not see or understand.
I believe that we are all interconnected within one life force by what some call source energy. Within this life force, there is a divine guidance system moving us all toward our highest potential. That potential being to live our lives with love and compassion for ourselves and others. The Divine, God, Universe (whatever you feel most comfortable with) has given each one of us the gift of life. An empty canvas to create a beautiful piece of art through our own free will if we can learn to stay present in each moment with love, compassion, and gratitude. If not, our piece of art doesn’t turn out too pretty. The brush strokes from ruminating thoughts of regret and despair can create an ugly painting and it is up to ourselves to ensure that our canvas is filled with love, light, and happiness. It may be difficult to grasp, however by trusting and having faith that there is a Divine source that we are all connected to which is guiding us on this journey, creative spaces are opened up in our lives to ensure that we live up to our highest potential. Worry, anxiety and dreading about past events, failed relationships or mistakes that we are not proud of keeps us captive in our egoic minds. A war zone of negative monkey chatter that closes off our creative life force. Reminding ourselves to stay present in the now and being grateful for the life experiences we are presently gifted with, allows us to create new space with infinite possibilities. Holding onto the past and staying hostage to the ego literally drains us from living our lives to our fullest potential. “Learn the lesson, thank the teacher and move along.” This really resonates with me. The lessons (even the toughest ones) we are gifted with in this life are there to make us stronger and more capable human beings and are there to help us in preparation for what is yet to come in this life.
I’m reminded today to keep growing, evolving and trusting in the divine passage of love, compassion and forgiveness. And by being present in the now and not looking back with regret or sorrow, I can tap into a creative, inspired life. By allowing myself to honor each and every person who has joined me on my path whether they are still with me or not, I allow myself to create a Degas (well maybe not quite a Degas, but you know what I mean). My canvas is filled with creativity, inspiration and a bright future.
If you are at peace, you are in the present” Lao Tzu
Thanks for reading! Love, Rachael