The natural geography of life comes in the form of contrast; whether it is good, bad, negative, positive, yin, yang, or highs and lows, what goes up must come down.
It is nearly impossible for humans to exist on a single emotional plane. We cannot be perpetually happy just like we cannot be perpetually sad, and I don’t think anyone has a solid stance on any one feeling at all times.
We need to let our feelings and emotions guide us.
Now on our journey of life, obstacles are everywhere, whether they be a fork in the road forcing us to pick new directions, or a bump that makes us question our path, or maybe even a roller-coaster ride where we think we have been to hell and back! Perhaps it is a cold hard slap in the face from the universe that awakens us, shifts our thoughts and beliefs, and forces us to begin to see things in a new light.
All in all, these obstacles are invisible signs to seek change in yourself, your life, your surroundings and thus the world.
The most important thing to remember is: Trust Your Struggle.
Why Trust Your Struggle?
Honestly, if we do not experience any struggles, disappointments or the kinds of failures that most people endure, then our achievements, goals and successes do not feel as elating, beautiful and fruitful as we would expect them too.
Therefore, our struggles blindly offer us the beautiful gift of contrast – which is the essence of life!
We are all in different stages of the ‘walk of life’ and whatever it is you are facing, you always have a choice in the way you view it.
When we are experiencing struggle, we can easily slip into a negative, degrading mindset that is quite taxing on our overall health. In fact, stress is considered the number one cause of inflammation.
My strategy for these situations is to trust the flow of it, maybe even surrender and go with it.
Be mindful of how easy it is to live life in a negative inner landscape through the stories you tell yourself, how you interpret situations and people and the beliefs that you cultivate, which can sometimes unconsciously take on limiting beliefs. I believe that a vital piece of the wellness pie is consciously choosing to focus on all the things that are going well for you or what you already have in your life. Easier said than done, I know – but like anything, it takes practice. Your mind is like a muscle, it needs to be flexed and worked on everyday.
Every single one of us has experienced how vast and beautiful this world is; there is so much to discover, so much to see and do. But I think the most important journey we will ever go on, is the journey within ourselves.
For a while, I was stuck in the victim mentality of ‘why me’ and ‘life is so unfair’. Negative degrading thoughts about myself used to dominate my mind, which I now see – along with other things – as a strong contributing factor to my gut disorder.
Along my journey, I have grown into a different mindset and the way I view life. I now see my past illness just as an ‘ill wind that blows no good’. It is the ultimate gift to help me spread a very important message.
“We only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough” ~ Mae West
I am choosing to stick with my struggles and know that they are leading me in life. I invite you to do the same! Don’t quit when things get hard and most importantly don’t succumb to the easy way out by putting things in the ‘too hard basket’. Pace yourself, look after your mind, body and emotions and enjoy navigating this crazy journey we call life – it is a short adventure, after all.
So, my question to you, how are you viewing your struggles? And most importantly are you trusting them?
Peace, Love, Health
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