2013-12-06 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

By Marilyn Gelfand

When we plan or think about the future, we sometimes think very far ahead of how things are going to turn out. In reality, they may take a different course in the long run as each day has a different twist or turn. Our thinking can be limited to a plan, and getting an immediate need taken care of. Living in the present moment means being open and flexible and truly getting from where I am today to the next small step for tomorrow. Then from that point, I can make another small step. We may plan or desire something, but during the future days, things can change.

Change can be really exciting if we let go of our fear of the unknown. As we mature, we have different needs and wants, and some change may come from within ourselves. We obviously have to deal with changes that are thrown our way by life, but we also get feelings that we want to do things differently. It may seem strange that what has worked for years can now be replaced with something better. This kind of change is what fun is. You may decide to rearrange your furniture or change the purpose of different spaces in your home. When we are open to change, new ideas may suddenly appear to improve our quality of life.

If we go with the flow, and pay attention, what we need to know will be provided. If something doesn’t work out or materialize, it might mean it is time to change our thinking. Often when we least expect it, we can bump into the thing we needed or were searching for or cross paths with someone who might know what we need for our next step in life. We might find ourselves relaxing or turning on the TV, and there is the answer we needed. Staying in balance and being aware allows us to flow and not provide resistance. Amazing coincidences happen when it is important that certain events take place in our lives. The key is to always follow our instincts even if they are contradictory to the original plan.

We often cannot see the last step in a design. We know what we have to do as our next step, and then we have to wait to see how that brought its change. Then we can add to it or make a determination of our next step. The best idea is not to be too invested in any plan. It may need to be changed along the way, or dropped because something better has taken place. This is when our instincts guide us into our right action.

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