It is when our back is against the wall, life has thrown us a curve-ball and we are down on our knees in surrender that our need for spiritual faith, supportive practices and self help tools are at their greatest.
When life feels unstable, chaotic and uncertain, we can no longer depend on our external circumstances to be the source of our security. This is a powerful opportunity to get to work on creating inner stability and balance. We must start to take our attention off the external world and the drama unfolding and turn inwards.
Inner balance comes from a calm, settled and non reactive mind. As we quiet our inner chatter we naturally fall in to a greater space of inner stability.
Shift Your Focus to Change Your Energy
Where we put our focus, the thoughts we think and the stories we tell ourselves determine the emotions and energy we feel within us. When we focus on lack, struggle, drama and pain we feel constricted and radiate a low, dull energy.
When big things are unfolding outside of us that we cannot control, we must simply let go of struggling with it, and work with the only thing we can control which is what is going on inside of us.
You can use the power of your focus to create a shift in your energy, without needing anything outside of yourself to change.
Shift your focus by:
1. Focusing on what is working right now, rather than what isn’t
2. Focusing on what you do have, rather than what you don’t
3. Focusing on what you love, rather than what you don’t like
4. Focusing on peace, rather than focusing on fear
5. Focusing on the present moment, rather than worrying about the past or future
Overdose On The Positive Stuff
Fear can really take over during tough times. It paints worst case scenario pictures in our mind and fills our focus with what we don’t want. What we have to remember is the more that we think these thoughts, the more we are creating it in our reality.
One of the most powerful things you can do is start to surround yourself with positive, uplifting and supportive guidance and wisdom. During times like this I will often stop watching the news, reading the paper and listening to the opinions of others. Instead, I become very picky about the type of energy, messages and people I let in to my space.
When we are feeling sensitive and vulnerable, we have to do whatever we can to support ourselves. Wherever we can, we must withdraw from negativity and focus all our energy on the good stuff.
Immerse yourself in inspiring books, write quotes on post it notes where you can see them regularly, listen to uplifting podcasts and music, set aside time for meditation, read your favourite blogs and do those small things that make you happy.
3. Surrender And Ask For Guidance
One of the most comforting things to remember during tough times is that you are never alone. We all have access to our loving inner voice, the higher guidance of our soul, and a whole support team of angels and spirit guides.
We all have varying levels of connection with these support systems, but it doesn’t mean they are not there. To build the connection, all you have to do is start to believe and trust. Set the intention to open up a stronger line of communication with your guidance.
Ask Questions Like:
+ What do I need to know here?
+ How can I move through this challenge with more grace and ease?
+ What is the lesson and learning in this for me?
+ What is the next step for me to take?
+ What guidance can you give me around this situation?
Harness The Power Of Appreciation
Even amidst the most challenging times, there is still so much to appreciate. We are surrounded by beauty everywhere. Life is so abundant. Magic is unfolding every day.
It can be so easy to skip over these small things and disregard them, but instead we need to slow down enough to see the small miraculous moments.
Appreciation and gratitude are incredibly powerful practices where we shift in to a loving perspective. These practices open our heart, drop us into peace and help us realize just how supported we are.
Take time each day, whether it be in the morning, evening or even through the day to pull out your journal and acknowledge and write down what you feel deeply blessed to have.
Reflect on these questions:
+ What do you love about your life right now?
+ What are you grateful for?
+ What do you have that you appreciate the most?
+ Where are you already living, being and experiencing what you desire?
+ What can you acknowledge yourself for?