Take the Next Visible Step
When there is no clear path,
life requires of us
the courage to take the next visible step.
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This quote comes from my book, An Imperceptible Spark: Finding the Courage to Live a Life of Joy.
When I wrote this, I was confused, unclear and felt lost. Everything seemed to be out of my control. Have you been there?
I hated my job. Life seemed to be going nowhere–fast! That’s when the breakthrough happened.
I’ll do what I know to do, I thought.
Clarity is Key
Often when life feels out of control, it is because you are unclear. I know I was.
My life sucked. My job was sucking the life out of me–almost literally, and I didn’t know what to do. Or so I thought…but that is when I learned another valuable lesson: You always know what to do.
A Prayer Worth Praying
I just finished Elizabeth Gilbert’s hit book, Eat, Pray, Love–for the second time. In it, she talks about learning to pray at an Ashram in India.
Half the benefit of prayer is in the asking itself, in the offering of a clearly posed and well-considered intention. – Elizabeth Gilbert
There are times to throw yourself completely on the grace of infinite Love (God), but most of us are just lazy. (Tweet This)
We want to dump responsibility for our lives off on God’s door step and then we act hurt, betrayed and angry when life unfolds chaotically.
You are infinitely supported by never-ending Love. The steps of your path are cushioned with grace. (Tweet It!) And the wisdom of your purpose lies deep within your soul.
You always know.
The Fear That Must Not Be Named
In the story of Harry Potter, the evil Lord Voldemort is referred to as “He who must not be named” because people fear that even speaking his name lends him power to terrorize the speaker of it. (What they fail to recognize is that by not speaking his name, they are terrorized by their fear).
The Fear that you dare not name is the fear of yourself.
You are terrorized by the fear of your own wisdom, power and courage.
You are afraid that if you get still–truly still–with yourself, you will be unable to maintain control of your life. You are right.
The Fear that you live in terror of will obliterate you–the ego ‘you’. But then again, control–like the security those in the Harry Potter world think they gain by refusing to name their fear–is a myth.
The secret is stillness.
When you exercise the courage to be still, you begin to approach the power of your self. This is the beginning of all true clarity and focus.
Be still with yourself. Learn at the feet of your own wisdom. Pray accordingly. (Tweet This Quote)
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