2010-06-25 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

Have you ever stopped and thought about what you pay attention to?

Take time out during the day, and see what you are thinking about. Are you thinking about yourself or others?

Are you thinking of what you can control or what is happening around you that you can do nothing about? As we get older, one thing becomes obvious. Life is so out of our control, and the unexpected happens when we least expect it. Change is what we can be assured of. It doesn’t make any sense to spend time dwelling on things that are not in our control, when we could instead be bringing in a beautiful energy of trust in God or fill ourselves up with a balancing energy created by deep breathing.

Life is meant to be lived as a joyful connection around the rest of our lives with things outside of our power. We must deal with the unexpected, but we also have the ability to shift perspectives and feel part of the divine order of things.

Where are you focusing your thoughts and feelings? Your energy will reflect that.

We can feel connected to God/ Universe from within and create a feeling of well-being not based on anything other than the connection. It is not about doing. It is opening our connection and experiencing a feeling of energy. We shouldn’t dwell on our own perspectives of unreal dangers, or worry about the future if there is nothing we can do.

We have to trust our own instincts, and then say after five minutes of worry, “I will now think of pleasant things or do something for myself. “It is important to take stock of how we live and what we think so as to ensure the quality of life we would like. Often people will postpone what they desire, and then life changes and there is no chance to make it happen.

Being angry and complaining is also another way to spend time when life doesn’t go the way we want it to. We have to expect that things will not always turn out the way we hoped. When it rains, find something to do indoors, and when it is sunny, enjoy the outdoors. Be flexible enough to go with the circumstances of life as they are given. With openness, life can be very interesting.

The unexpected can also bring rewards.

We must pay attention to how we feel inside ourselves. We can still be a part of all our activities, but the important point is, can I keep my energy level in balance? Can I ride the waves of all the varied circumstances I face everyday?

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