By Not Giving Up
Change is hard. It takes effort, concentration and mostly; patience with yourself. Affirmations help and they can remind you what it is you’re working toward. When you start falling back on old patterns and you realize it; that’s the time to say your affirmation.
Don’t give up on yourself. You’re trying and whither you realize it or not, you are making change. You’re not the same person right now as you were a year ago, or six months ago, or even last week.
You know more today and you’ve seen more than ever before. So you can’t truly “go back” because you’re not that person you used to be. You’re wiser and stronger.
Imagine yourself on your own personal carriage. It’s light weight, sleek, and only you can fit on its comfortable seat. Lean back and set the gear so that no matter what happens as you’re going up the hill, your little carriage can’t roll back. The break won’t weaken, it won’t crack or bend, it can’t be broken. All that will happen is that you stop for a short time to catch your breath before you start moving forward again.
We all hit plateaus from time to time. We’re moving so quickly that sometimes we have to stop for a second and take stock of where we are and how far we’ve come. Think of it as a moment to step into the scenic overlook and take a picture or two. Next week you can hold that picture up and say “Yep, that’s where I used to be” and now I’m at the next overlook in the trip and it sure does look beautiful from up here”.
So..deep breath and get out your camera. Take some pictures or write in a journal. Relax, reflect and rest for a bit. Take a little time to look within and meditate on this moment in time. Or simply close your eyes and talk to your guides or that Divine force in your life. Don’t be so critical of yourself and your actions. You’re only human, like the rest of us. And there’s one among us who’s perfect!
This afternoon, this evening or tomorrow morning you can get up and start your trip again; fully refreshed and re-energized. With a little relaxation, you can take a look at what triggered your journey to stop at this point of the road. Maybe it’s not about you. Maybe you had to stop to help someone else. Or maybe this moment happened so you could pay attention to where you are and how far you’ve come. Maybe you needed this time of reflection to pay attention to something else that went hand in hand with those old patterns you’re trying to break.
When I used this carriage visualization in my meditations, my little buggy was made out of modern-day light weight fiberglass; much like they use today to make racing bicycles.
It was black with a diamond-shaped pattern in the grain. It sparkled and shined in the sunlight. It had pale pink filigree designs to fancy it up. And it often had a white or pink surrey on top with white fringe to dance in the breeze as we traveled up the road. No pedals to push, no engine to make noise, no batteries or gas to refill. It moved totally by my own thoughts driving it forward.
Think about your own little carriage and what you’d like it to look like. Write about it, drawing, look for a picture of one on the internet and look at when you feel things have come to halt. Leave me a comment here and tell us about your carriage and what it looks like to you.
It’s ok to take a moment or ten to stop. You don’t have to keep walking forward every moment of every day. It really is ok to stop for a day and recoup. Change takes effort. And you’ve been working very hard to change things in your life. You have done an excellent job so far and there’s no reason to be hard on yourself about needed to rest up a little. Sometimes you have to take a break and re-energize in order to work on the next thing. Just don’t rest too long!
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