Keep these tips stored away to help you along your journey:

  • Connect with Nature
  • Listen to your inner voice
  • Trust and let go

As a healthcare professional I have seen many types of physical and emotional suffering. Whether the hurt is caused by the loss of a loved one, the battle of chronic disease, or another source. I have always wondered why humans have to go through these difficulties. What is the point of giving life and then taking it away in this painful manner? What do parents learn from losing their child? Why must people use violence to express themselves and injure the innocent in the process?

So many questions would flood to my mind and I could never find the answers, until I started my own Spiritual journey and learned a few lessons of my own. Life can present some tough times that might leave you confused and heartbroken, but there is a light that never goes out.

As we grow up, we learn to rely on family and friends through the steps of development. While you slowly become more independent and mature, this protection may thin, leaving you to search for other methods of support. You reach for groups, Spiritual centers, books, motivational speakers, and romantic partners. Exploring different ways to get help is normal, but it doesn’t ease your overwhelmed and loud mind.

An outside source gives you confirmation and makes you feel calm for a short period of time. What you truly need is to grab hold of a stronger, more reliable foundation. Though this may seem easier said than done, you have all that you need within you.

The last thing you have patience for during what seems like a crisis is meditation. What you don’t realize is that you don’t need to sit in lotus pose for hours on end to empty your head, rather take some moments away from the chaos and get closer to nature. A walk in a park, sitting by a lake, watching the birds sing, all of these easy tasks will open up the space that your mind needs.

Observe how everything in nature changes, dies and regrows, the impermanence of life. Do you get sad when you see a tree shedding its leaves? No. You accept the process of change in this tree’s life. Your life is the same way. If you let go and accept the natural process, your innate lesson will become more vivid. The lesson being how similar Nature is to you and your path.

In time, this practice of emptying your head and becoming the observer will aid you in listening to your inner voice. Try to practice staying present while you are going through your daily routine.

As you become more familiar with your intuition, you will learn how to work with it. That gut feeling that you get when you worry about something is real. The energy that stops you before you enter a building is real. The bad vibes that you feel towards someone is real.

Pay attention to what your body and mind are telling you. Learn to trust your inner intelligence that loves you dearly. As you are listening, letting go and trusting yourself, you begin to filter what actually needs your attention and what needs to be tossed out. When this filtering process becomes second nature, your mind becomes quieter and learns how to sustain during a hardship. Accompanying these important skills, the stress levels reduce, insomnia dissipates, and life becomes more enjoyable.


Shab Kamal

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