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We often hear the term “courage,” but in reality, what does it mean? Does it merely describe someone who is overzealous and likes to take major risks? Or is there more to it? Definitions imply that courageous souls face fears and overcome adversity while possessing specific traits like having a lot of nerve or brimming with excessive confidence. But what are courageous individuals really like on a day-to-day basis?
The overbearing ego assumes its formula for decision-making involves anxiety, tension and overwhelm. The cycle of insanity distances us from resolution and leads to despair, panic and uncertainty. By now, we may have determined this predictable outcome yields poor results and no reward. And yet here we are doing the same thing over and over again. Joy gives permission to exercise the best part of ourselves - our imagination.
There’s nothing like waking up - or going to bed - with a clear body, mind and spirit. Apply these Spring tips to remind you to appreciate Joy from the inside out. Invest wisely using an open mind and a willing heart.
Relinquishing the egos mighty hold on us is a choice. We are more than capable of walking over the ego line and into our beautiful minds. The mind partners with us to discover, expand and connect with our divine compass. Its only mission is to guide us to the truth and help us shine.
Years ago, a mentor advised me that my primary task was to pay attention to the good things happening all around me if I wanted to last.
Otherwise, she cautioned, it’s easy to fall into the trap of becoming “emotional shredded cardboard.” At the time, I was so young, that I was not even sure what she was trying to tell me.
She recommended a middle way, in which we resist choking off our natural empathy, and instead cultivate a rich inner life that is able to attend to, work with, and release the emotions that accompany our work.
As we wander through life's thicketed forest, we encounter over and over our mental, emotional and spiritual selves. Standing alone in the wild exposes us to shadowy perceptions capable of disorienting us. Our energy can becomes disturbed. We may attach ourselves to the disturbance. The phenomenon called "anxiety" is one such attachment. Anxiety erodes our strength and inner vitality.
When I cross borders, language itself can be a home. The familiarity of a language, even if it isn’t my mother tongue, can be a comfort. When I’m learning a new language, I imagine myself building a house, erecting the walls and adding the roof as I learn the grammar and other basics. It isn’t until I have these basics down that I can settle into the house; that is, to force myself to form sentences as I speak them, to not translate in my head, to make myself think—and feel—in that language.