Wouldn’t it be nice to go through life with a deep sense of calm and rarely think about the “what ifs”?
To have a sense of being fully embodied, whole, centred and balanced in yourself and your relationships and having a deeper connection to your authentic self?
Be in complete control of your mental and emotional self and not be easily influenced by other ideas and individuals?
Life repeats itself mindlessly – unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel.
Birth is followed by death, death is followed by birth; love is followed by hate, hate is followed by love; success is followed by failure, failure is followed by success. Just see!
If you cling to the edge of the wheel you can get dizzy! Move toward the center of the cyclone and relax, knowing that this too will pass.
In the Native American cultures the wheel represents the four directions in the physical world and each direction symbolises a part of you. The north represents the mind, the south the heart, the east the place of spirit and the west represents the body.
Knowing how to get back to the centre and balance yourself again is an essential life skill.
When you’re grounded, you’re in complete control of your mental and emotional self, and not easily influenced by other ideas or individuals. When you’re grounded life’s small mishaps tend to just roll off you like water off a duck.
This achieving the centre, being grounded in one’s self, is about the lightest state a human being can achieve.
The thing about success is, that we don’t achieve it despite feeling pain. We achieve it because we experience pain.
Now, I know this sounds like the short end of the stick – it kind of is – but if we spend our lives running away from the pain we’re never going to benefit from it.
Life has a funny way of always coming back at us with the lessons that we didn’t learn the first time around. If you turn a blind eye and a deaf ear, life will double up and hammer at that wall you built with two catapults instead of one.
So, success isn’t defined by how well you avoid painful situations and uncomfortable conversations. It’s defined by what you do after you’ve been through the ringer – and how you take that pain and turn it into an invaluable lesson that will propel you forward in life.
Your values are a powerful thing. Even though they’re “just ideas” they shape your life and are the underlying root cause to most of your decisions.
Knowing your own core values will guide you towards a more meaningful and satisfying life. It reduces stress, improves your health, problem-solving skills and drives you to make better decisions. Connecting with your values revs up your willpower and makes you persist in the face of difficulty.
You will be both more assertive and more compassionate, have more confidence and make better choices in life and career alike.
When you honour your personal core values consistently, you experience fulfilment. When you don’t, you’ll feel like your life isn’t compatible with who you are and like you have no control over your own happiness. You’ll also be more likely to escape into bad habits and regress into childish behaviour to uplift yourself.
How much longer can you afford to wait before finding your core values?