Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Who says a leopard can’t change its spots? These old adages reinforce the deeply held belief that we can’t change so why try! We have been brainwashed to belief that our DNA is fixed. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is growing evidence that we can indeed change the way our DNA functions and this is the basis for changing who we are.
What we can’t change is someone else. As the delightful musical says, “I love, you’re perfect now change”! What we can do is change ourselves.
We likely need support from others to help us with the process, but ultimately we must go deep within ourselves to make that commitment. We must want to change so badly that we are prepared to meet the challenges of change.
This journey is no leisurely stroll but a tough trek through rough terrain. We have to let go of negative energy and beliefs that have been accumulating over a life time. It is rather like starting a long hike with a jam-packed backpack that you empty piece by piece until you are finally free of the burden. http://susannedentransformational journal
One key ingredient you must have if you are to embark on a journey of transformation is faith. The bleak winter garden will bloom again. You can create a better life, and you will, if you are willing to put in the effort. The starting point is to begin to reconnect with your inner self. This is not new age woo woo. It is a reawakening of the most essential self that connects us to the eternal source of life.
All around us we see evidence that our reliance on material wealth does not provide happiness nor satisfaction. We feel a longing for simpler lives, a longing to return to a time when children didn’t need the latest gadget or designer running shoes to attract friends. We won’t achieve this uncluttered life by not buying the runners, it must begin within each of us and a return to recognizing the importance of our spiritual selves.
Spirituality has fallen so far out of favor that we dare not mention it any more, but have you noticed how prevalent the concepts of mindfulness and meditation are becoming? There is a very real shift toward recognizing the importance of reawakening our inner selves amidst so much emphasis on external things. The danger of course is that mindfulness becomes another band wagon to jump on and when nothing changes immediately to move to another fad. Meditation is central to mindfulness and the gateway to personal transformation and it is a process not a destination. I’ve talked about meditation in earlier posts that you may want to visit. http://s1q.3fa.myftpupload.com/medication-or-meditation-the-dilemma-of-chronic-pain/
- Don’t neglect yourself
- Don’t say I haven’t got time
- Don’t procrastinate
If you have subscribed to PBS you will be familiar with the wisdom of Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra but there are many others on UTube to provide guided meditation. I particularly like a site called the MindfulnessMovement http://mindfulness movement.
Something to Think About
From the wisdom of Judith Viorst
Before I Go
Before I go, I’d like to have high cheekbones.
I’d like to talk less like New Jersey, and more like Claire Bloom.
And whenever I enter a room, I’d like and orchestra
to burst into my theme song.
I’d like to have a theme song before I go.
Before I go, I’d like to make things better.
I’d like to be told I’ve made things better.
I’d like to be told I’ve been more of a joy than a pain.
And I’d like those I love to know that they are the ones,
if I could do it again, I’d do it with.
I’d like to do it again, before I go.
Judith Viorst: Forever fifty
Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Who says a leopard can’t change its spots? These old adages reinforce the deeply held belief that we can’t change so why try! We have been brainwashed to belief that our DNA is fixed. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is growing evidence…