When I was Younger…
As part of a meditation challenge I’m participating in I was asked to write about the things I wish I’d known when I was younger. This was a great experience for me and I wanted to share these things with you. They are lessons that have truly impacted my life.
I wish I’d known how powerful our intentions are, that we can choose our future by focusing on the good things we want to create and by having faith in the process.
I wish I’d known that we control our own lives, we may not control the events in our lives but we always have control over our interpretations of those events and how we let them shape our lives.
I wish I’d known that just because an adult, someone who ‘knows’, or even society at large believes something, that doesn’t make it true.
I wish I’d known that what we believe about ourselves is the most powerful indicator of what will come and who we’ll be.
I wish I’d known that at any moment we can shift our beliefs and alter our destiny.
I wish I’d known that we can cast off the chains of disempowering beliefs before they become prisons for our minds, hearts, and souls. And even then, we can shatter those bonds if we’re willing to just wake up and do the work necessary to shake our minds free of the hypnosis that clouds them.
I wish I’d known that regardless of the things that happen to us, we are never doomed to repeat other’s mistakes unless we allow ourselves to live in blindness to the truth of our existence—that we are powerful beyond measure and create our own reality.
I wish I’d known the meaning of unconditional love, that we can love someone without agreeing with their actions, and that sometimes we must love someone at a distance if their choices are harmful to our wellbeing.
I wish I’d known how to believe in myself, that I have value—we all do—and that regardless of other’s opinions of me, I choose who I am and how I feel.
I wish I’d known that every dream is seeded with the ability to bring it to pass.
I wish I’d known the power of persistence, that small steps create miracles.
I wish I’d known that failure is a beautiful gift that allows us to grow and is necessary to creating mastery in anything.
I wish I’d known the power of forgiveness, that it heals our hearts and souls, and empowers us to live with the lessons of the past without being anchored in misery.
I wish I’d known that every soul has infinite worth and there is meaning in every life—even mine, even yours.
I wish I’d known that love is a choice. The first signs of love are chemical reactions designed to ensure propagation of our species. But once that wears off, then true love can blossom if we let it, if we remember the amazing things about the one we love, if we count their good points instead of bemoaning their faults, if we take the time to let them know they matter, if we give them attention and kindness, that’s when love grows.
I wish I’d known that other’s opinions only matter if we let them and that people almost always interpret our actions through their personal view of reality. Meaning that when someone thinks your actions mean something, it’s because that’s what those actions would mean if that person was doing them.
I wish I’d known that Love and Joy are the essential truths of our being.
I wish I’d known that we are as happy as we allow ourselves to be, that emotional pain and suffering are caused by focusing on the things that aren’t how we want them to be.
I wish I’d known to count my blessings every day and to live in gratitude, that this practice makes life beautiful and adds magic to the most mundane aspects of our existence.
I wish I’d known that we can’t control everything in our lives and that trying to is folly. It only creates anxiety, frustration, discontent, and despair when we clutch tightly to things that are out of our control.
I wish I’d known that well intentioned people sometimes try to crush another’s dreams in misguided efforts to protect them.
I wish I’d known that our thoughts create our reality and that we never do anything without thinking of it first. No person can consistently behave one way while thinking another.
I wish I’d known that the purpose of life is to serve others and make the world a better place.
I wish I’d known that perfection is an illusion and that chasing it hinders our progression. True mastery comes only with time and doing.
I wish I’d known how to love myself then, but now I do. 🙂
These are things I wish I’d known when I was younger. But I didn’t. And that’s okay. I know them now. My life unfolded and I learned these things as I was ready for them.
Your life is also unfolding in the way necessary for you to learn the things you must know to progress to your next level of awareness. So take a deep breath, go look in the mirror and say, “I love you.”
You are The Master of Your Destiny!
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