You know you need meditation when you’re terrified to close your eyes and look inside.
You get caught up in your goals, friends, dating, work and without even noticing it – you realize you haven’t had time to stop.
I closed my eyes for the first time in a while and listened to my breath. I didn’t levitate and my mind was barely at peace, but I was able to see things about myself that I couldn’t with my eyes open.
To me, the power of self realization is the ability to have relationship with what’s inside and to be honest what’s actually happening in your life.
A simple and sobering truth is that we can not control what happens to us. I learned this recently when a car came out of nowhere, hit my car and altered my daily lifestyle indefinitely.
I can’t drive myself to work, visit my family or even do my laundry whenever I want. My buffet of life choices looked barren. It felt like walking up to a 24 HR Vegas buffet at 1AM only to learn that after midnight they stopped serving everything but the salad bar. Weak.
The more I paused to look inside despite how it made me feel in the moment, the more I gained back control of my attitude. Author Charles Swindoll wrote,
“I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.”
I continue to experience my challenges in a whole different way. I see how having fewer life choices has empowered me to be more decisive. Technology has trained us to look at as many options as possible, that we suck the life out of ourselves with every decision we need to make.
In my case, it’s also put many decisions on the shelf out of fear of not making the best decision. Having little to no other options has cause me to blog every single week, read 4 books cover to cover, seek out a professional business coach and put more action into my whole life than I have all year.
The last thing you need to know is that thee most popular burger joint in all of LA is a place called In&Out. If you’re ever in the area, I encourage you to check it out – you’ll see right away why people love this place… there are only 3 options on the menu!!!
Git down on it and remember, if know someone who’s experiencing difficulty right now and is in need of a new lens – make sure to share this with them. It just might help them!
Have you realized anything about yourself this year that dramatically changed the way you viewed life? I’d love to know what your thoughts are in the comments below!