Dreams and desires can still be in your Inbox long after they have no relevance to you. Welcome to Week 5 of 2016, and the last week of this month’s posts on Mindfulness. Now keep in mind that we’re adding to our use of the Enchanted Keys, not abandoning this practice for focus on the next key, which is Enchanted Key #2-Altered Perceptions.
First, let’s recap. We began this month (and year) with creating our goals, and vision boards to act as visual reminders of those goals. We got clear about what we intend now informs our future. We discussed how mindfulness can help to keep you safe, and explored Thich Nhat Hanh’s thoughts on mindfulness as a path toward acceptance, joy, peace and love.
It’s important to remember that after you get clear on your direction, you must then take steps to keep moving in the direction of your dreams. No matter how loud the Dragon chatter gets, keep pulling yourself back to the present moment.
If you’ve missed any of these posts, they are here for you.
Dreams and desires that have been on your list for a long time get our mojo today. You have the opportunity to laser focus your truth to see whether you still actually want what you have believed you want, or whether it is time to let it go.
There are a million and one reasons that you might be invested in holding on to your dreams that no longer serve you. Your Dragons are only too quick to remind you. You likely have time, energy, money (or someone else’s money) invested and, as a result, talk yourself in and out of how you really feel.
Evaluate your longtime dreams in the following categories: Career, relationships, health, money, education, vacations, where you live, what matters to you, etc. Make a list of everything you can think of to include.
Are you living mindfully? Are your dreams of TODAY in alignment with what you are doing? How many stories have you read about high-powered corporate executives walking away from their jobs in order to follow their dreams to cultivate dill or become deep sea fishermen? It happens all of the time.
Clients have sat in my office saying that they no longer want to be doctors, lawyers, engineers or accountants. Dragon induced GUILT is the number one reason that I believe people continue to do what makes them unhappy. They’ll say that it’s too stressful or demanding but they’ve created a life for themselves and others and can’t just alter it because they’re not happy. Having a major implosion of feelings that results in a heart attack or stroke is often the way change is created.
Let’s be proactive and choose, mindfully, not only what you want to continue to create or change but what you need to let go of as well. Make a plan. Respond to this inner knowing with wisdom and grace and if your inner truth affects others, share your revelation with compassion for how others are impacted, but don’t sacrifice your own life and well-being.
When you have hit upon it, you’ll feel the powerful out breath of recognition.
Go forth in the direction of your dreams.