What we become is not as important as how we feel.
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We often have big plans or dreams for ourselves or our loved ones. We want to improve our lives. We wish our children might grow up to be successful. Many of our hopes and dreams resolve around some sort of achievement—a degree, a salary, a title. This is what we think of as success: We believe it is important to become something or someone.
Less often our desires center on an emotional, mental, or spiritual state. Our definition of a successful human being usually doesn’t focus on these qualities: kindness, peacefulness, wisdom, gratitude, contentment, and happiness. Yet if we or our loved ones possess any one or more of these aspects, chances are that we have a good life.
When we are overly focused on achievement, we make the assumption that something is lacking in the present. We fool ourselves into believing that attainment holds the key to a good future. When and only when we or our children have achieved our goal, will we allow ourselves to be happy. Yet somehow, when one aim has been reached, there always is another. We see ourselves or our loved ones as eternally incomplete. True happiness is impossible with this mindset.
When our focus is on the present, we can experience fully whatever is going on in the here and now. We can zero in on the moment. When we give our full attention to current experience, we are more likely to find some aspect we can appreciate or enjoy, regardless of what is happening. In this way, what we do or experience is less important than how we feel about it. When we are grateful, kindly, and happy, any moment in life is a beautiful moment.
Let’s take a few minutes to check in with our inner divinity—our sharing within—to find out how we can feel our way to a better life. We’ll start by establishing a slow and even breathing rhythm. We’ll take a deep breath, let it out gradually, and allow our breath to find a natural pattern.
As we do so, we will picture our sharing within as a golden light in the center of our chest. With each breath in, the light will grow stronger and brighter. With each breath out, the light will circulate throughout ourselves and our surroundings. As we continue with the rhythmic breathing and light visualization, we will notice that we feel calm, steady, and clear. This is a signal of conscious connection with our sharing within.
Now we will ask our sharing within to help us focus on the present. We’ll notice our current bodily sensations. Perhaps we have a tight neck. Perhaps we feel full of energy. Perhaps we are mildly hungry. Perhaps we are wearing comfortable clothing. Some sensations may seem pleasant to us and others may not.
We’ll focus our awareness on one desirable bodily sensation and give it our full attention. We’ll explore it thoroughly. Perhaps we let our awareness hone in on the vibrant energy coursing through every cell of our body. We will picture it as waves of light. We’ll feel it strengthening every muscle, bone, and organ within us. We will feel grateful to have such plentiful energy. It feels wonderful to be so alive.
Now we will focus our thoughts on our present emotions. Perhaps we’re slightly bored. Perhaps we are feeling very loving toward our pet. Perhaps we’re frustrated with a project that doesn’t seem to be going well. Perhaps we are feeling proud of a loved one.
We will pick one emotion that feels good to us—perhaps the love for our pet—and let it fill our attention. We’ll allow our heart to open wide, feeling our caring completely. We will sense our affection coursing through our veins and see it touching every cell in our body. We are made of love, and we are thankful to have such a powerful and uplifting emotion.
Next we will check in with our current spiritual state. Perhaps we’re feeling a bit disconnected from divinity. Perhaps we are feeling close to everyone and everything. Perhaps we find it easy to see the divinity in some people and things and not in others. Perhaps we feel blessed by our inner divinity and feel great love for ourselves.
We will find some fulfilling aspect of our present spiritual state—perhaps a sense of strong self-love—and will give it our complete focus. We will see our self-appreciation fill us like a glow, from the inside to the outside. We’ll feel deeply grateful to know our own worth as part of a divine whole. It feels so wonderful to be aware of our intrinsic, beautiful, spiritual nature.
Finally we’ll thank our sharing within for showing us that there always is something to enjoy and appreciate in the moment. Some aspect of our life always is going well, and we can focus on feeling it to increase our happiness and fulfillment. Let’s start now!
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Divinely unique and beautiful reader, what feels good to you right now? Please share…