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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Let Your Light Shine!

Taken from Mastin at The Daily

Change can be scary.

It's so easy to feel powerless when change happens that is outside of our control. And when we feel powerless, we tend to shrink and give our power away to the seeming larger than life change that is happening in our lives.

I know 'cuz there is a lot of change in my life right now. From moving, to TDL's expansion, to newfound spiritual beliefs, to a deeper understanding about the importance of family, my life is filled with a rush of change and accompanying emotions.

One of the hardest things for me to really embrace when it comes to change is all the uncertainty. As an entrepreneur, I have chosen to live my life on the road less traveled. Which means I have had to become comfortable in the unknown and with an uncertain future. What I've recently come to learn after the last few years is that all of us have an uncertain future.

Could we have predicted the 2008 economic crash, the tsunami in Japan, the tornado in Joplin or the earthquake in Haiti? Obviously not. There is a lot of change happening globally right now, as well as locally. With technology advancing at a rapid pace, it's only increasing the rate of change in our lives.

And while we are making HUGE technological leaps almost daily, are we making the same inner leaps as well? Because of Facebook, Twitter and the Internet, plus all of our cell phones, apps and devices, we know the SECOND something happens anywhere in the world. And we give these events our attention. And almost as soon as one event seems to be over, another happens and another and another and another, until pretty soon it seems like the world is going mad.

But here's what's true - it's not the world that's going mad; it's just that we have become more aware of what's happening around us. We are more aware and therefore, more overwhelmed. So, as information inflow increases and as pressure from the world increases, the only answer to calm our mind and live a peaceful life is to go within and do the inner work.

This means making friends with change. This means making friends with chaos. This means taking our eyes off of the world and no longer letting the changing outer world define who we are. As we become more connected outside, we must become more connected inside, as well.

We must make friends with change and see every moment as an opportunity to grow and expand, instead of shrink. As we get filled with more and more information, we have an opportunity to become more discerning and turn the massive inflow of information into wisdom. Instead of letting our happiness and peace of mind be thrown out with every new piece of news, we must begin to cultivate an inner practice that brings us back to the present moment, when we are all right.

The pressures of the outside world that we feel in our lives cannot ultimately be solved by other people. It is up to each of us to make our inner world stronger than our outer world. It is up to each of us to not define ourselves by what happens "out there", but by our own  inner wisdom. The Uni-verse is calling us to become great beacons of Light to a world that is in many ways on the brink of spiritual darkness.

We cannot do this if we let the crazy pulse of the news media, advertisers and big business distract us from who we really are. We can enjoy the offerings of the world, but not be defined by them. We can be aware of the information flow from the world, but not let it knock us off our center. We can see the darkness of the world and not let it stop us from shining our Light.

Shine your Light today.




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