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Facing Life’s Challenges

Yes, Life can be challenging. For me, it has had its ups and its downs over the last 2 weeks since my last blog post, but the thing that has come to my mind as I sit here wondering what I’d most like to share, are the words that my wonderful sweetheart of a boyfriend stated as we were working through some relationship difficulties: “Limitation is the belief that it can’t be different.” Bingo! Most all of us have (or have had) so many limiting core beliefs that we’re not even aware of. Beliefs that keep us from the Life we truly want. As I’m working to establish myself here in Santa Cruz and navigating a romantic partnership, I’m sensing that I may be trying to start a whole new life while still following old patterns, based on o ld stories. So I am committed over this next week to listening more deeply to what moves me….becoming a “thought detective” searching for clues and evidence. When I am feeling fear, frustration, contraction, or just numb…What belief or judgement has occurred or is occurring? Or when I’m feeling the most loving, spacious and free…what has been going on? What am I telling myself? This is something that I’ve practiced a lot, especially over the last few years, but I realize that over the last few weeks I’ve been slacking a bit!
A quote that I’d like to close this post with is from Adyashanti: “Freedom is a state of complete and absolute insecurity and not knowing.” I heard this quote about 3 years ago, right after I’d quit my full time job to explore living a more “free” lifestyle. I was so surprised to find that I felt panicked and didn’t know what to do with myself during the first month of not working. I was stuck in my old ways of thinking, and when I first heard this quote it struck me as so surprising and paradoxical, yet so re-assuring. I repeated it to myself over and over through the coming weeks, and began really having a deep feeling of my own freedom! So now as I’m embarking on this next new adventure, and keeping Awareness focused on the thoughts going through me, I remember the freedom in “not knowing.”

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