2012-08-03 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

By Marilyn Gelfand

Freedom of the spirit is what so many of us wish for ourselves. We see our spirits soaring like a bird high above the clouds or free from the ball and chain of some of our burdens or conditions in life which make us feel like a prisoner. How do we attain such freedom?

We have to recognize that perspective is more important in how our emotions process our own circumstances. Are we dwelling in the minute by minute happenings of others or can we see the big picture of where that person is heading, for example. It is good to see the person we love, happy and healed. If we concentrate ourselves on where we would like to be going, and hold that image in our minds, we release some of the worry about the unknown that often fills our emotional states.

We may have negative thinking people that we spend time with, and they often will sap us of our own energy. When they leave us, we get tired. We have to put a boundary between ourselves and others so that we can maintain our own peace. We can change our thoughts and fill ourselves up with good positive messages and think of something that we can be grateful for or joyous about. We can also catch ourselves during the day if we go back to worrying and refocus our energy.

Prayers or sending healing to those we care about is often a better approach than direct confrontation or repeating ourselves again and again out of worry. Imagine those you love in God’s hands or safe someplace. Then get back to your own life and live it to the fullest. This is your time to feel good and to choose activities that bring you joy.

When we can raise ourselves above the daily fray and know that we will get through this moment, then we can have peace within that may not contain all the answers. It involves an inner knowledge that, this too shall pass and there will be a time when this situation will be over and new ideas will come in.

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