by Judith Bobbe, LCSW
There is a capacity inside each of us that is filled with strength, calm and personal freedom. This mysterious source of wisdom is always there, always available to be tapped into for guidance.
Your own soul is that part of you that resides in you, beyond the reach of anxiety depression and discouragement. It is eternal and can be accessed in stillness.
Inner life is by its nature quiet and the outer world is very distracting.
How do we turn within when the world is so compelling to our attention?
Awareness of our true nature, that spacious open sense of self, evolves naturally from practices of stillness.
Self- judgment can stop us in our tracks as meditation or mindfulness practice begins, and even as practice progresses. Negative thoughts and feelings discourage us from developing practices of self-inquiry. So, how can these obstacles be overcome?
The first step is to realize that self- judgments, doubt and skepticism are extremely natural as we begin new practices.
There is nothing wrong with you if you have attempted practices of self- awareness, and have stopped. Doubt, uncertainty or confusion about introspective processes are a part of practice for everyone. If you welcome this awareness in, as part of learning how to be with yourself, you can develop real curiosity and patience. If you make room for the doubt and the discomfort as natural, you will progress with greater success.
The proper guidance and encouragement is all you need to keep trying, and before long the benefits of practice will compel you little by little, to continue.
You don’t have to be able to sit on a meditation cushion, or even in a chair for long periods of time, to be able to learn how to look inwards with curiosity and confidence.
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