This has been the year I’m challenging myself to “Try something new.” When a thought doesn’t make me happy, I remind myself to “try something new.” For example, earlier in the year when I created a health challenge, I caught myself saying, “How many more times do I have to do this to learn!” The thought didn’t make me happy so I changed it. “Thank God I’ve learned and I’m done with this!” I could feel my energy rising immediately and my entire body relaxed.
I caught myself one week, dipping into a very, very old whine, “No one cares about me,” and immediately changed it to a better thought, “Life loves me!” I got the sweetest outpouring of thank you notes and kindnesses shown to me within days!
I’ve been challenging myself to give up old stuff in the house that is past its prime and treat myself to upgrades. I’ve been trying new foods that appeal, new books… and it has been fun!
Change breathes fresh air into our minds, hearts, homes, bodies, souls, and lives. But it isn’t always easy. I may want new towels, but giving up my old ones was like giving away old comfy friends! I may want new thoughts but giving up my old ones requires some willpower and dedication. I may want to try new foods but that meant I have to branch out a bit and risk a little failure here and there. Change requires letting go.
I was pondering the joy of being like a child and “trying something new” on Monday, while making hard boiled eggs for snacking this week. They’re really yummy with a drizzle of olive oil, a dab of Dijon & Dill, and a sprinkle of Hawaiian black salt!
Back to the point, the eggs were cooked and I was carefully dumping them into a strainer in the sink, trying not to crack them prematurely, when I heard the most delightful voice in my head…
“See how gladly the eggs jump out of the pot, releasing themselves from the boiling water, joyous about being cracked open and released unto their new life!”
The language was quaint but the message was clear and beautiful! The angel in my head was reaffirming my desire to release old patterns, habits, etc… to leave the “shells” that had both protected and confined! Sweet!
See how gladly we can leap from situations that are behind us, and no longer work. See how gladly we can release the shells of our old past programming and release ourselves into delicious new thoughts, new circumstances, and new life. See how gladly was can embrace change!
I felt the familiar angelic warmth embrace me and radiate from my heart with an exquisite tenderness. To the angels every single moment is new, never before experienced, and never to be seen again. Change is exciting, an opportunity for a new experience, a new joy!
I smiled, thinking of all I wish to create this lifetime, all I wish to experience, and all the change that will required. Gladly, in God’s time – just like those eggs – I will jump!
Here are a few tips to help you “gladly jump” this week…
1. Pay attention to your loving desires
When you feel a desire in the moment to do something, say something loving, or try something that appeals and feels wholesome (because your guidance is always loving), say it, do it, try it.
Pick up the phone and call that person you are thinking about. Write the email. Sign up for a class. Get outside and take a walk. Take a ten minute nap. Look at that new career online. Go up to that stranger and compliment them! (You know you want to!) Get the food that sounds appealing and healthy. Politely bow out of a conversation that is annoying or boring you.
I rarely call clients because I have a wonderful assistant, but once I had an urge so strong to call a particular person that it was positively urgent. I picked up the phone and dialed… and interrupted a suicide in progress. This person is still alive today due to that guidance.
When you feel something that sounds loving, wholesome, appealing… say it, do it, try it. Trust. The heart has its reasons.
2. Use Your Mind, but Don’t Let it Rule You
Sometimes we’re disconnected from our hearts. We’ve ignored them for so long we can’t hear our true desires. Instead you hear secondary desires that don’t really satisfy.
For example, say you’ve ignored your desire to eat food that nurtures you for so long that you are now low on energy. Now your body wants sugar, carbs, and things your mind already knows from past experience don’t feel so good. Thank the mind for reminding you. Now sit quietly and ask your heart… Heart what does my body really want right now? You’ll get the answer.
Suppose you have ignored your need for joy. You meet someone. Your heart really wants this person to be “it” because you’re lonely. The mind tells you, “You’re seeing red flags, things that aren’t right. Be careful.” Thank your mind for pointing out the warning signs. Next, ask your heart, “What do I want in life for my own joy? What do I want in relationship.” Listen. Then use the mind to see if your true desires are being met in this current situation or not. Be honest with yourself. Ask your heart, “What next?”
Your mind is a useful tool for analyzing current situations against knowledge, past experience, and desired outcomes. Used correctly, it can inform you and let you know whether or not something is in alignment with your heart.
3. Every now and then have a little “heart time”
In this age of so much information, we all need a little time to get back in touch with our hearts. We know when we’re disconnected. We feel stressed, tired, angry, upset, ill, etc. At these times it is important to spend some quiet time alone.
Journal, ponder, walk in nature, listen to beautiful music. Ask your heart, “What do you need? Where am I listening? Where am I ignoring you? Given my desires, what next?”
Have a beautiful week listening to your beautiful hearts, and may you “Gladly jump” when the time is right for delightful change!