There is so much beauty around us. It is impossible to miss it all. The earth is filled with many wonders like the long stretch of our dynamic sky embedded with the warmth of our sun sitting more than 90 million miles away. We are provided with strength for life thanks to the earth’s nourishment and the victuals from our bountiful lands and seas. These are the formidable and free gifts of life that we have become comfortable with and lost astonishment in as human interaction overshadows their presence.
Even more overlooked in our daily routines is another great force known as Self. It is our nature to be interactive and observant. These functions are so important to us that we’ve adopted new and easier ways to communicate with and perceive each other indirectly. We are so fascinated with his or her power and less enthralled with the force within ourselves. It’s hard not to be this way; society is shaped around this behavior. But what if there was a greater benefit in knowing and understanding self? What would happen if we learned to balance our interaction with others and ourselves?
Self is just as abundant as nature. Within self lies valuable answers and great wealth. Self is a never ending treasure trove. It is what all the great poets are referring to when they speak about love. It is hard to fathom that such abundance and greatness is contained within us. This must be the reason for all the distractions. This could be why networks and radio waves contend for your time and attention. If your silence was directed toward yourself instead of the million dollar picture stories and melodies more often, could you be powerful enough to change the things around you that steal your peace? Just in case this is true, dedicate 10 minutes to an hour a day of your time to silencing your mind and stilling your body. Make this a part of your new routine for a few moments after you wake up, after you eat a meal, during a lunch break, while you’re on the bus or train, or while you’re at an event. No one has to know that you are meditating, simply relax and free your mind.
This is the beginning. Enjoy your journey and be well.
I can recall a story once told to me. A friend of mine was fresh out of college, making low wages, and repaying high student loan bills, but he wanted to leave his parent’s home and establish his independence. The uncertainty of life made it very difficult for him to see past where he was to get to where he wanted to be. At first, he avoided all contact with others as best as he could so that his negative mood didn't affect them. He was despondent and wanted to be alone. He shared with me that he wasn't sure how he'd accomplish his goal, but, one day, he decided that he'd at least get a puppy and start teaching him simple commands so that he was ready to guard the new place. He said that first step motivated him to take many more steps, which eventually got him to where he wanted to go.
The great Lao Tzu once stated, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." For you to reach your destination, you must make the decision to begin your journey to greatness. It may be no surprise to you that the first step can be the hardest step to take, but the world is yours if you dare to take it.
Before you book your first appointment, I would like to encourage you to think about what greatness means to you. In other words, what do you want to achieve or how can you improve your life? Some may need help establishing some goals, because they know they want something different but aren't sure of what that is. Let your desire for greatness motivate you to take that first step.
To assist you with taking this first step, I recommend that you take a moment and inhale through your nose for a 4-count, allow it to rotate in your diaphragm for a 4-count, exhale out of your mouth for a 4-count, and keep all air out for a 4-count. Repeat as many times as necessary to allow your body and mind to relax. While you do this, release all negative thoughts that are weighing you down. See the end result and know that you are a conqueror. The only thing that is keeping you from greatness is deciding not to take that first step.
Book your first appointment to begin your journey to greatness. Ask for a free consultation when you make the decision to participate in counseling. Illuminated Paradigm Counseling and Healing creates an individualized treatment plan that is best for you.
I look forward to assisting you on your journey!
Kublai K. Duhart, LCPC
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