I'd been feeling really out of myself lately, and had been having trouble motivating myself to do the things that I KNEW would make me feel better--like practicing guitar on a regular basis. I explained it to my guitar instructor like I just felt I've been drifting--but I was unsure of how to affix myself onto something that would stop the drift.
I was feeling called to shake things up a bit, so on my drive to pick up my son on Sunday, I turned on an audiobook, The Universe Has Your Back, by Gabby Bernstein. When I first tried listening to this book, I wasn't connecting with it. But this time it was different.
(Warning: It's about to get REALLY woo-woo. But you can only benefit from embracing your inner woo-ness :D)
I immediately felt better once I started listening, and it was all because of this one idea that resonates with every fiber of my being. I needed to TRUST. The reason I was drifting was because I was so caught up in control and worry about everything I was doing and not doing in my business, as a parent, and just in general. I was trying to force things to a certain outcome.
Have you ever started to feel like you're drifting? That life is just happening to you and not working out the way you want it to?
One of the greatest things I've ever learned from my coaches and teachers is that "the how is your your business". We may have this idea of how we want things to go and happen, but that is just our fear-wracked brain and ego trying to control a situation and say we can only be happy IF we have that outcome. When you are in that space of forcing and control, you block life actually from happening FOR you, and the support of Source (The Universe, God, Life, Higher Power or whatever you refer to it as). After all--you do know what EGO means, right? Edge God Out.
What Gabby explains is that in order to live in a space where you are open to that trust in the Universe (as she calls it), you need to be setting the intention for, and actively engaging in, a high vibe life of love for everything and everyone--including yourself.
There are some pretty amazing shifts that you can open yourself up to trusting that life will happen for you, but it requires you to shift your mindset out of fear. In my experience (and the experience of many others) the easiest way to do this is to get really present, conscious and intentional, and the fastest way to get and stay there is through meditation and prayer.
At the beginning I gave you a warning about this being woo-woo, but I'm wondering when we started referring to trust in God, and having a relationship with Him through prayer became this way? Isn't this what they've been teaching us, our parents, our grandparents, and everyone else in the world for thousands of years? None of this is new--we just maybe haven't been listening.
So I want to leave you with three questions that were gifted to me in a sermon on Sunday, that were exactly what I needed to hear when I needed to hear it (funny how this trust thing works!).
- What do you Love?
- What do you Believe in?
- What do you Want?
There are no right and wrong answers, there are only your answers. When you know and articulate these answers, and you put them out into the world with a trust and knowing-ness that you can have all of this and more, it will all come to you. No bones about it. Ask and you shall receive.
And if you're on the fence about Trust, and letting go of all the ways fear controls your life, I have one extra question for you. What do you have to lose?