There are two worlds. The one that is happening in front of our eyes, and the one that we are creating through our eyes. The reality of what is actually happening, and the way YOU are choosing to perceive it.
What you see and feel in the external world, and how you choose to respond to it, is a result of your past experiences and how you feel internally. If you hold onto anger from past experiences, you will see everything that is happening in front of you through that lens. While the person next to you looks up to the sun and welcomes the light with open arms, you feel angry that it is blinding you. While someone dances in the rain, you feel angry that you are getting rained on, and so on.
How you experience the external world is a mere reflection of what is happening within you. Many people walk around filled with anger wondering why the world is always angry at them. Not realizing that it is their own perception and energy being reflected right back at them. Why do you think positive individuals always seem to have it so “easy?” Even when things aren’t easy, they choose to respond with positivity. With love and happiness. And remaining in a state of peace internally will make everything seem and feel that way; even if it isn’t – because remember what I said? Your inner world creates what you see and feel in the external world. Sure, it’s harder to remain positive! But that is the one and only thing you CAN control when everything that is happening around you seems out of your control. And wouldn’t you rather make it a positive experience, instead of allowing it to bring you down and make you bitter?
So what can you do to achieve this state of peace and positivity? Well, for most people it begins with developing self-awareness.
First we must find and let go of the past experiences that are holding us back from seeing the world clearly, for what it really is. Whether it is sadness, fear, anger; allow yourself to LET IT GO. When you feel emotionally ready, you can revisit those dark times of your life through meditation and change the way you experienced them. It might take more than a few times, but believe it or not, this CAN trick your brain into feeling like things happened differently, and give you a different experience; allowing you to transcend that bitter memory.
Secondly, meditation on its own. First to become aware of the voice inside your head – the one that says “UGH, I have to go to the gym again” before you even allow yourself to think “YAY. I am healthy enough to go to the gym again!” – and secondly, to gain awareness of your nature. Which is that place of peace and stillness you can always tap into when you connect to the present through your breath, and are able to tune out the voice inside your head to just BE.
If the world you live in right now is filled with chaos; it might be time to tap into what is happening within you.
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