Tools for Self Discovery
Helps along the way
It is the journey not the destination that is important. For many the journey is really just an experience. This is okay, for that choice is always before us. There are some steps that we can take to pull us out of the 'rut' so we can have a look around and find new opportunities and new choices that can add meaning and purpose to our life.
Presented below are some 'tools' to increase our awareness and perhaps begin to see this existence with new eyes. They have been taken from various traditions and some are commonsense as well. Following a short outline the relevant information can be opened by selecting "more". This is no 'quick fix', rather the uncovering of our potential.
Under the Page ' Tool Box" there are subpages that describe various things we can do to help along the way. These can also be accessed by the buttons on the right.
Being here and now.
A lot of life energy is lost maintaining past pointless memories or over preparing for a future that never eventuates. This loss of energy may affect our health and deplete the body's energy. In simple terms stress keeps the 'fight or flight' response active. From our 'cradle' we have been shaped, by family, peers and culture. We have stored many experiences many of which may have been less than helpful. They create layers over our happy self. And of course it depends on how we interpret these experiences. Some can simply shrug them off, whilst for others they are devastating. No two people are the same.
The present moment is a new moment. There is no need to drag the sack of memories behind us, but many unhelpful memories are old friends that we feel comfortable with. Many experiences are 'old movies' we like to watch to wallow in.
Many of our standard responses to situations are old responses that we simply revert to. But it does not have to be this way. To be 'here and now' we do have to practise our mindfulness and mantra meditation. It is from these that we generate the strength to begin to let these 'old stories' dissipate. It is not a quick process for we are building new responses and new attitudes. In the 'now' is our power to change.