The Gift of Self-Awareness
By Debbie Ford
Now that you have brought your one inner desire and your one outer desire to the surface of your consciousness, it is time to turn your attention to that which is secretly (or maybe not so secretly) standing in the way of having what you want and fulfilling your soul’s deepest desire.
It is our interpretation of the past, our limiting beliefs and our undigested pain that stop us from being able to move forward with clear direction. And one of mechanisms that keeps all of that active within us is our attachment to seeing our lives in a particular way. So today I ask you to invoke the agent of change called self-awareness to begin the process of digesting and releasing the toxic perspective that keeps you from being able to design a future based on your soul’s desire. Self-awareness is the ability to take an honest look at your life without any attachment to it being right or wrong, good or bad. This agent of change asks you to view your life as though you were watching a movie, looking at your life from the vantage point of a neutral observer in order to gain a different perspective. Now imagine for a moment that it is your perspective that is standing in the way of your desired future. If this is true, are you willing to shift the way you see yourself, others and the world?
Ask yourself: “What decisions have I made? What assumptions have I drawn about my life that are keeping me stuck repeating the past? What beliefs have I adopted that are draining my life force and robbing me of my desired future? And what do I actually say to myself throughout the day that keeps any negativity alive?” As my friend Deepak Chopra says, “Nonjudgment creates silence of the mind.” And silence of the mind, my friends, allows us to create unimaginable futures. A new perspective can quiet your mind.
· Listen to your meditation on self-awareness (6 minutes)
Write down your positive thumbs-up movie review of the life you saw during the meditation. Write out the experiences that you are still making wrong and the negative perspectives you may still be holding. Make sure to write out anything from your past that appears to be keeping you stuck or would keep you from reaching your desired result.
Your Outer Goal: What is one action you could take in the outer world today that will bring you closer to your goal? Schedule a time to take the action today.
Your Inner Goal: What could you do or what thought could you think today that would evoke the feeling you want to experience most this year? Take that action or think that thought today.
Soul Food: Self-awareness is my key to freedom.
Debbie Ford is the national best – selling author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, The Secret of the Shadow, Spiritual Divorce, The Right Questions, The Best Year of Your Life and Why Good People Do Bad Things. Her new book is The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse (Harper Collins) . She conducts workshops across the country. She lives in California with her family.
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