"How can we resent the life we've created for ourselves? Who's to blame, who's to credit, but us? Who can change it, any time we wish, but us?" -Richard Bach
Yoga philosophy explains that our lives are in our own hands. Through our minds, we are the cause of whatever has evolved in our personality and in the circumstances of our lives, whether they are good or bad, positive or negative.
We have consciously and unconsciously nurtured and encouraged everything that we have experienced. You may be shocked to hear this, but in fact, it should be most inspiring to know that our entire lives has been placed in our own hands!
I realized the power we have by using one’s mind. You may think that merely focusing on your desires will allow you to achieve them, but you are short-changing yourself as your soul has much more possibility than only what your mind desires.
Instead of desiring things and pursuing them, you should quietly explore your mind and allow it to unfold by itself. Do not let ordinary desires guide your mental process because no matter what they may be, you are placing limitations before yourself, and no desire can lead you to the highest.
Recently, I met someone who had gone through a difficult period and still carried so much hurt and anger. She was very negative, yet she was waiting for the perfect moment or guy to come into her life, but even if such moment or a person came, I don’t think she would realize or believe, and would sadly miss the boat.
Orison Swett Marden said, "Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them."
Through my friend, it reminded me of things I had experienced. After 8 years in Japan, I reluctantly came back to Singapore. I had feelings of resentment, helplessness, and frustration when I started to build my life again. Many unfortunate things happened then, and when I look back, I can see that there was something wrong emotionally and spiritually within me then. Now I understand I was merely projecting myself onto the world and seeing a reflection of me: we get what we think about. It was a sobering moment when I realized that it is not the world that was unjust …it was me.
When I have anger inside me, I would see the anger in others; when I have worry in me, I would find things to worry about. The doubt within me made me doubt others, when I think that I’m going to get cheated, I would get cheated, and I was cheating myself, yet there was love and compassion in me. Thus, I had conflicting feelings all the time…
During my early twenties, I did not understand many things. But somehow I came to terms with these things and chose to be happy. When I stopped being angry, doubtful… and focus more on love, I saw less anger and life got better. You begin to have faith that the best things in life are free, is that too good to believe?
Carl Jung said, “We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.” What we resist, persists. You can see that in our wars. The more we fight, the more things we have to fight against. The more we hate, the more hate we attract – distrust, selfishness and so on. We must learn that everything in our lives is attracted there by us. Once we accept this, it is in our power to live the life we want to, in the way that we perceive it. We can immediately change our life if we understand this concept.
Experience life with love and belief! We were not born to be bundles of nerves and tight muscles ;-) Relax and set your soul free to live as it wants to.
Strength lies in differences, not in similarities. Share your differences and add a fresh perspective to this world of ours. We all will benefit because you are here.