Archive for month: April, 2009

Focusing On Good Things

28 Apr
April 28, 2009

A few months ago during clinical supervision, I brought up some personal issues for discussion with my therapist.  He pointed out that I had been coming from scarcity rather than abundance.  Since then, I’ve been working on focusing more on the gifts in situations that appear to be negative.  Through the process, I discovered how easy it is to let myself slip and get caught up in negativity.

That’s why a consistent practice of nurturing our mental-emotional wellbeing is so vital in managing stress levels and ensuring that we maintain a good presence of mind to deal with the normal stresses of life.  The danger of over-exerting ourselves is that we can convince ourselves we can handle more than we’re capable of.  Excesses in lifestyle such as over-consumption of ‘good food’, substance abuse, over-working, over-sleeping or any self-harming activities can go on for years before we realise the toil it has taken on us.  By then, we’re likely to have set into a very negative mindset, because such excesses tend to sap us of any energy left to nurture ourselves properly.

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Growing Through The Guidance Of Others

16 Apr
April 16, 2009

In the pursuit of spiritual growth, meeting and learning from the people we come across through our work and social life remains one of the most enriching experiences.  Who we surround ourselves with can make a big difference between staying stuck and realising our full potential.  The power of that lies in us: we can hang out with people who aren’t growing or we seek the company of those who inspire us to better ourselves.

Of course, we can also learn from those who are stuck.  By observing how they live we remind ourselves how we don’t want to live, which would give us more focus and clarity about how we do want to live.  Moreover, we can use the emotional responses we have towards them to understand ourselves better.

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