Someone once said: “It takes courage to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to turn you into someone else.”
Do you hear the message?
How many of us live our lives as ourselves?
You see, it is very simple. We have to follow what calls to us. It is our contract, our responsibility to receive the call from the Higher Self (or whatever you want to call it) and act upon it. No judgment, no filtering, no mind bullshit.
Every one of us has a unique calling.
Fifteen years ago, while living in the UK as a seemingly happy glamor girl, I heard the calling and decided to accept it. I put my flat on the market and started packing. My London friends thought I had totally lost it. Who would leave the movie star life of men, flowers and money to go to the unclean, less developed parts of the world” to do some weird stuff called Yoga? Why would we leave safety and certainty for something unknown and unexplored? It is kind of scary, isn’t it? Yes, it is… a little.
Yoga saved my ass. What seemed successful and happy on the outside in reality was deeply unhappy, empty and broken on the inside. Health issues, depression, feelings of being trapped and hopeless these are things we are all familiar with. What to do about it?
First we have to stop and get a grip on ourselves.
Listen. Listen to that loud noise in your head, that mind movie that has been playing in there…like forever.
Do you like what you hear? If yes, wonderful, have fun with it.
Then change the record.
Switch your focus. Listen to the sound of your breath instead, just for a few moments. You have no idea what this simple trick can achieve (and I am not going to tell you.) Then, have a real conversation with yourself.
I mean, seriously, drop the weather talk and the “I am fine” crap. Be honest! Make yourself a cup of tea, sit down with a pen and paper and write down everything that makes you unhappy right now. Let all those hidden desires reveal themselves. Let them out. Once you’ve got clarity where in life you actually are right now, make a decision to hear your calling! Very simple:
Get quiet! Gain clarity!
Let yourself happen!
When I did that 15 years ago for the first time, my life changed forever. No high street shopping, no champagne-drinking, no city-boy dating could stop me from taking that step. It felt like a strong urge, it felt like the only thing that I was supposed to do. I didn’t care about what anyone thought or said. I just knew I had to follow the calling.
Which was yoga for me.
Fuck yoga if it is not your calling. All that shanti-shmanti, om singing and body pretzel-ing is not everybody’s cup of tea. No time to waste here. Hear your calling. If you feel right now that there is a part of you that is unhappy, empty and broken inside, start acting before it gets worse.
I truly feel in the depth of my heart that if we fight for our own happiness and stop fearing the unknown, we will get our power back… and we will create much better lives for ourselves. You know where that leads, right? A world full of happy and fulfilled people, doing their thing, smiling at each other. Well, I am a dreamer, I like that about myself.
What is calling you?
How loud is it?
Find it, hear it, honor it and follow it.
Get your power back and start rocking your life.
Later on in life you will know why you had to face all those fears and get a grip on yourself…and you will never look back.
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