Krishna spoke to his people and said, “Here. I have a very special gift for you, the gift of joy, of happiness, of prosperity. Won’t you reach out and take it?” “Thank you,” they say, “but we can’t, you see. Our hands are full of these sweet mangoes.” Krishna smiles, “Let go of the mangoes,” he explains patiently, “then your hands will be free.” “But Lord”, they protest. “We like mangoes. Why don’t you give us your present first, then we promise we’ll let go of the mangoes.”
What are your mangoes? What are your limiting ideas that you hang onto that you are refusing to let go of? What are the excuses you make that are blocking the flow in your life? Is it fear? Lack of self-confidence? Blame? Anger? Resentment? Guilt? Worry? Shame? Righteous Indignation? Judgment?
Fighting for your limitations or excuses is just not worth it!
Lighten your load by letting something go. Start small. Re-frame a belief. Do something different. Try something new even if you’re scared. Be open to a new way of perceiving something.
This is one way to see the possibilities of a life where you say ‘yes’ to yourself.
Let’s face it, I’m a Type A personality. I get a lot done. I love checklists (and I love checking off those lists). I am a high performer and a high achiever. And I bought into the hype that this is the ‘right’ way to be. And yet, even after accomplishing so much, I still felt empty. If I could just do a little more, then I’d be complete, right? Wrong.
Once again I found myself not tuning into my own wisdom. I was busy chasing some arbitrary measure of success and ignoring what really makes me ‘tick’ - that is until the COVID-19 self-isolation order. Oh sure, I have a daily meditation and gratitude practice, but I used that practice to recharge my batteries so I could get back to being a high achiever.
I was already veering away from the notion that pursuing excellence and high performance was the right path for me. But now, away from distractions like movies, eating out, plays, volunteering and all the other things I like to do, I had plenty of time for reflection and deep listening. And I was able to reclaim what seemed to be a missing piece for me - - a missing peace.
Being re-connected and re-committed to my own path, and listening to my own wisdom, is an unexpected gift I allowed to flow in during these ‘interesting’ times.
What gifts have you received from ‘sheltering in place?’
Committing yourself to traveling your own patch is one way to see the possibilities of a life where you say ‘yes’ to yourself.
Janet works with women who struggle with putting everyone else first, settling, playing small, and not following their dreams. She helps them move beyond the negative voices in their head so they can unleash their purpose, unmask their brilliance, and uncover possibilities that they have been blind to.