Put a Little Zen in Your Heart: Finding Your Truth

So many of us are conditioned to be, think, act, and live in a certain way.  Depending on what our society or social circle tells us, there are universal attitudes toward how one should live his or her life.  Some people are content and satisfied to live within the ideas of the status quo. However, there are others who feel trapped in someone else’s idea of what his or her life should be.

If you are one of those people, it is time to break free from those constructs. It is time to embrace and live the life you are meant to live.

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see someone fashioned by trends and fads? Do you see a classic image before you? Or do you see beneath the veneer a wild and artistic being just dying to break free? If you are one of the latter types, it’s time to shed that skin and allow the fullness of your ideal self to shine brightly.

Becoming who you are meant to be can be a harrowing experience for those who have lived most of their lives doing and being what others have projected upon them. To free oneself can be a many-years exercise, but like anything in life it only takes one small step, then another, to affect real and lasting change. To begin making change, spend some time alone. Look within yourself and ask yourself the following questions:

Who am I?

Where am I going?

Is where I am truly where I want to be?

What have I longed to do in life?

What are my talents?

What do I like?

What do I not like?

What would I like to do with the remainder of my life?

How to my beliefs conflict with this?

Take a few moments each day to visit these questions. You will more than likely have other questions arise that match or branch off of these here. Watch your creative nature take flight as you begin to wrestle yourself from the cocoon of conformity. You will be pleasantly surprised, as will your friends and family.

So many people are unaware that they help keep people in tiny boxes. Many times, this is not a malicious thing, just a societal occurrence that happens at all times and in all places on Earth. While the temptation may be there to place blame on others for where you are in life at this moment, remember that the means and ability to change are always and forever within you. It only takes a moment to begin changing the way you see yourself and your place in the world at large.

By spending time meditating on self-inquiry, you will begin to sense an opening within. Though it may be awhile before you can actually step out and express your true nature, the self-questioning is a start on the road to embracing your true nature.

When you can finally accept that you are a glorious and magnificent XYZ and not a conformist square peg shaped by the attitudes of others, you will find that perfect place to plug yourself into and shine brightly as the exquisite and creative self that you are.

(image from http://www.bravegirlsclub.com)

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