2009-07-24 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

It is not always easy to keep our balance when so many things change rapidly in our lives. When we have serious unknowns to deal with, we can become paralyzed into pressing for what we want. Even making bargains with God becomes realistic. So how can we live in spite of all the important changes and events that take time to unfold?

First, we have to remember that there is a divine big picture of which we are a part. We can know that we are not alone and just like airplanes that find their way in the fog, our instincts will guide us if we pay attention. We are a part of something larger than ourselves even if we don't know the future, and then it makes it easier to separate ourselves from our emotions.

It is important to remember to accept reality as it is. We want certain things, but if we keep fighting what is not going to happen, we are constantly disappointed. We can have preferences for the future, but it is important to see what is now. Then you can go forward in a calmer and more realistic fashion to the next step.

We have to be ourselves without bending or twisting in every situation or relationship. It is important to be able to not let our emotions, insecurities or impulses become the guiding force to our actions. By maintaining a clear head and knowing our emotions are reactions, we try to proceed truly from within and with clarity.

It is critical to remain in the present moment. When we are really stressed out, we start projecting the "what-ifs" into the future.

It is so much better to just do what must be done now, and then proceed to the next. If changes happen, it is easier to be flexible because you haven't thought about the end in great detail.

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