Listen to Your Life

Listen closelyAre you familiar with the phrase “as within, so without”?  It means your external reality (i.e., physical reality that you see) is a manifestation of your inner reality (i.e., thoughts, beliefs, and emotions).

Your inner reality affects how you live your life each and every day—positively and negatively. Many of us are operating on auto pilot, not fully paying attention to how our inner reality is shaping our lives day to day. If your external reality is not what you desire, take a step back and listen to your life to help you make changes from the inside out.

Questions for reflection (best accomplished in writing):

  • If my life reflects my inner reality, what is my life telling me right now? 
    • You can make this question specific to an area of your life that you would like to improve (e.g., if my finances reflect my inner reality, what are my finances telling me about my thoughts and beliefs about money right now?)
  • What seeds am I planting in my mind? Are they seeds of faith or seeds of doubt?
  • What thoughts and beliefs do I need to replace to create the life that I desire?

Get clear and take action:

  • Get clear as to what you would like to change, why you would like to make a change, how and when you plan to make it happen. 
  • Take consistent action and trust the process.

All change in the physical world begins with a change in your mind. Take time to listen to your life. It can help you make changes from the inside out.  

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Ruthann

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Ground Your Energy

Earth Woman

Living in the here and now is necessary to bring your vision to life. Check in with yourself on a regular basis to stay grounded and present in your life.

Questions for reflection/check-in:

  • Do I feel comfortable in my body?
  • Do I feel safe and secure in my home?
  • Do I feel connected to nature and the cycles of life?
  • Am I patient with myself and others?
  • Am I able to focus, plan, organize, take action, and trust the process of bringing my vision to life?

I have listed a few practical ways to help you stay grounded and present in your life.

Cultivate qualities that support your whole life

  • Cultivate patience, structure, stability, and a sense of security in your life.
  • Cultivate order and harmony in your life.

Take Care of Your Body

  • Do what you can on a daily basis to maintain your physical health.
  • Love the skin you are in.

Stay open to possibility

  • Create time and space in your day to be still and silent and prayerfully ask “What is possible for my life?”
    • When you ask a question in the context of sacred time, it is no longer a simple question. It is an invocation for revelation. 

Cultivate a deep sense of connection to nature and the cycles of life

  • Spend time in natural settings.
  • Make direct contact with earth—walk barefoot on sand, walk barefoot on grass.
  • Explore the seasons as a metaphor for your life.
  • Experience sunrise and sunset as often as possible. 

The power to create and change your life is in the here and now. Cultivate habits and practices to help you stay grounded and present in your life.

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Ruthann

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Be committed, not attached

Commitment

“Be committed, not attached; but more importantly, know the difference.”

—Anonymous

The difference between being committed and being attached is the ability to trust.

Trust enables us to dream big, set goals, work toward our goals, and stay open to more than one outcome. Trust enables us to ask “what did I learn?”, “how did I grow?” when things don’t go as we planned.

Commit to taking the action needed to bring your goals to life, but guard against being attached to a specific outcome. When we are attached to a specific outcome, we try to control the process rather than trust the process. Trust enables you to keep your mind focused and your heart open to guidance as you pursue our goals.

The true power of commitment lies in your ability to make decisions, act on your decisions, and trust the process of bringing your goals to life.

Need help staying open to guidance? I invite you to read my post Give yourself the gift of silence

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Ruthann

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Release the past

 

Past Future

I can think of a time in my life when my primary focus was on past mistakes, missed opportunities, and the wrong doing of others. It was a dead end focus that kept me anchored in the past, silently suffering in the present, and not truly moving forward. 

Through an ongoing process of forgiveness, I learned to release the past, resentment, and anger that I felt toward myself and others. Instead of looking back on challenging or painful situations with resentment and regret, I began to look back and ask what I learned about myself (first and foremost) and others and how the ‘lessons learned’ could help me grow. This was an ongoing process that helped me get unstuck and move forward.  

The first step to release the past is to decide to release the past. There is great power in deciding to let it go. There is even more power in writing your decision down.

Once you have affirmed your decision to release the past in writing, sit with your decision in silence and allow your wise self that awaits you in silence  to guide your steps forward. You have the power to release the past so that you can begin to truly moving forward.  

Questions for reflection:

  • What in my past is keeping me from enjoying the present?
  • What in my past is keeping me from proactively creating my future?
  • What steps can I take to release the past so that I can truly move forward?

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Ruthann

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Stand For, Not Against

 

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Take a stand for what you believe and magnify it in your life.

When we know what we stand for, we spend time and energy creating what we want instead of spending time and energy fighting against/resisting what we don’t want.

Resistance can feel good in the moment and give us a sense of power, however, it is not solution or growth oriented. When we are in resistance mode, we are focused on what we don’t want; rather than proactively creating what we want. 

Take time each day to renew your connection to your heart to help you stay focused on what you want to magnify in your life and in the world (e.g., peace, love, joy, etc.).

Global change begins with personal transformation. 

In preparation for the week ahead, I invite you to reflect on the following questions. 

  • What do I stand for? 
  • How can I magnify it in my life?

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Ruthann

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Walking a Spiritual Path


Nature Path

What is spirituality?

It depends who you ask. Spirituality means different things to different people. I define spirituality as awareness/consciousness of a higher presence working in and through our lives. It is experienced as a sense of belonging to something greater, timeless, and infinite in possibility. It is the means through which we feel a deep sense of purpose and connection to all of life.

What is a spiritual path?

Heart-centered/Truth-centered path and process of empowerment.

What is the best way to walk a spiritual path?

There is no right or wrong way to walk a spiritual path; it is a deeply personal path that is influenced by your values, beliefs, trust, experiences, introspection, reflection, and practices. It is an internal process of discerning what is true for you and living from that truth.

Truth is the light that guides your way.

Are you seeking a deeper sense of clarity, purpose, and direction for your life? Do you feel stuck in one or more areas of your life? Do you feel less than confident about making changes to your life?

Be True to You: A Practical Guide to Pursuing an Authentic Path is designed to help you step into your power, clarify your vision, and move forward on your path. Click here to learn more about Be True to You.

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Ruthann

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2016 Change and Transition

If you have read my book, you know there is a recurring theme that the nature of life is change and transition for the purpose of growth and evolution. Change is an inevitable and necessary element of life. It can be self-initiated or the result of external factors that might be out of our control (e.g., death of a loved one, loss of a job, health crisis, economy, sociopolitical environment).

Change is difficult whether we initiate it or not because it requires us to release/let go of something or someone and venture into the unknown. The unknown can be exciting or frightening depending on your perspective. Being able to reflect on the changes and transitions that have occurred in our lives enables us to learn and grow from our experiences.

As a part of my year-end process, I look back at the changes that occurred over the course of the year. I put the changes into two categories: 1) changes that I proactively initiated and 2) changes that were in response to external factors. I look at them separately for two reasons: 1) I am committed to personal growth and it is a way to hold myself accountable and 2) I recognize that some events/circumstances are out of my control, however, they provide me with an opportunity to learn more about myself, as well as others, and make changes accordingly.

PowerPoint PresentationI invite you to look back on 2016 in the context of the changes that occurred in your life. Look back with the following questions in mind.

  • What did you learn?
  • How did you grow?
  • What did you do for the first time this year? How did it make you feel?
  • Did you proactively initiate any changes in your life? If not, why not?
  • What did you learn about yourself and others as a result of external factors that were out of your direct control?

If your desire is to create your life from the inside out, commit to setting goals and proactively making changes in your life. Choose how to respond to external factors that are out of your control and stay focused on your goals.

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