Lesson or Enlightenment

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Elizabeth Vierra Hall

 

It’s true that life brings you lesson opportunities to grow and practice that which will ultimately bring you peace. But, sometimes you have to take a step back and examine if all your life lessons seem to have a common denominator, an individual.   The moment you realize it could be the moment that you need to shift your thinking from this being just another  life lesson to this is an enlightenment opportunity to stop the madness.  The lesson here would be that more than likely you have to do some boundary building, or maybe some pruning.  It’s one thing to have life lessons and it’s another to have all your experiences be that of a total stressor; one that brings you down and nothing but grief.  THIS is NOT a life lesson, this is a wake-up call.

You may have to take a few steps back or walk away and think, feel and listen to your grief status.  Ask yourself, “Is this beneficial?”  “Is it necessary?”  The easy part is realizing it.  How and when you become strong enough to move forward in your courage is something only you will know.  If you move in someone else’s timing, you will not be ready or strong enough to carry it through.  Remember this, the people who tell you what you need to do won’t be living with the outcome – you will.  You may have family and/or friends who can help you along the way at certain stages, but there are things that only you can do for yourself in certain situations, and unless you are tied to these people at the hip, you ultimately will have to do the work, your work.  You can.  It may not be to anyone else’s pace, but it must be at your pace to be fully effective and lasting. This is where you will find YOUR courage, one step at a time.

The Purpose of Stress

The purpose of stress is to say, “Stop! Stop the madness, you’ve gone too far!”  Stop where you are and ask yourself what’s important to YOU; YOU right NOW!  Stop.  Regroup. Begin again, right where you are.  Don’t keep analyzing what’s just happened and stay stuck there.  It’s okay to tweek your plan for life – you’re not a failure for doing so.

Elizabeth Vierra Hall

Be Silent to Find You

Be the beauty that is already inside you – 100% you, without the opinions of others.  You will never discover that unless you go where there are no distractions.  Distance yourself from all the mundane, loud, routine that is your day.  Go to somewhere peaceful; whatever that means for you.  We need to find our peaceful place. Tune the world out, and just be silent.  Listen to your inside spirit. Once you get a taste of what can unfold in that moment, you will suddenly crave it more and more.  Bring with you some inspirational reading material.  Sometimes that can open us up while in our quiet place.  No expectations though.  Everything in it’s own timing will unfold and be made resent to you; in you.  The noises and distractions of our society today is what’s keeping us from discovering a whole other level of ourselves.

Elizabeth Vierra Hall

Me Does Not = Wrong; Examine Yourself

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Day to day we spend a certain amount of time analyzing others’ reactions towards us, taking it all in and trying to decide if maybe there is something we’ve done wrong and need to change about ourselves.  Some people worry about it more than others; some, not at all.  Some are never encouraged to be themselves and that it’s not always you that is wrong, but the other person’s denial of themselves and their inability to see the opportunity for growth.  Some are raised to feel that it is always “them” that is wrong because others know more than you ever possibly could.  Excuse me?  At what age do we stop the madness that is put on us by these “experts of life” and say,……

There is NOTHING wrong with me.  In fact, there is so much RIGHT  with me that it intimidates you.  It causes you to look at yourself and THAT makes you uncomfortable.  So uncomfortable that you can’t stand to be around the presence of it all. So, YOUR reaction to the person I am is a reflection of who YOU are, not something that I need to change in me.

Where you choose to go from there shows your level of maturity and whether or not you choose to grow or stay stuck.  Don’t put that on me.  Examine yourself.

 

 

Love is Freeing

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Real love doesn’t hold you back or keep you from being you.  It doesn’t mold you into them to comfort THEIR insecurities.  True love shares in your excitement of life and growth.  It wants to enjoy you and all  YOUR true spirit, not chip away at who you are so you can be like someone else.  A healthy love relationship will not wall you in.  It will not build bricks around your heart.  True love is a free spirit that delights in each other.

Tears of Growth

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With each life lesson learned – a correction of yourself, some tears may form and fall.  This, my dear is you shedding the old you.  The new is underneath all that.  With that said, be happy about those tears, for they are tears of new growth after they fall.  As you throw away the tissue that they leave you in, you, in turn, are shedding a piece of yourself that no longer serves you.  Be glad in that and be happy and hopeful that you are strong enough to acknowledge where you are and that you are doing your work.  Most people don’t think they need work.  We all need growth.  No one is perfect.

All my Best,

Elizabeth

 

 

 

 

You ARE There

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With a new year approaching, many are reflecting on the their lives, what they’ve accomplished and what they’ve yet to achieve.  This thought process can lead to anxiety and feelings of failure.  We begin to take the negative trail to not being good enough or that we’re not “ready yet” or just “not there”.  Sometimes we tend to think that there has to be the perfect time to move forward,  but the thing is, that is not necessarily true.  Sure, things happen best in their right timing, but, instead of waiting, you can move forward with even the slightest step.  You really can.  Any step big or small is a move towards progress.  And even if that one step doesn’t quite turn out the way you wanted, or thought it would, it is indeed a step towards progress.  You see, if that one step didn’t turn out as planned, at least it pointed you in a different direction; possibly the better one.   So, it wasn’t time wasted after all.  In fact, if you look at it, it was a move towards showing you the path best/not so best for you; in that timing.

Changing our thought process is a daily practice, but instead of thinking that it’s just too much work or too difficult don’t look at it as an overwhelming feat.  Enjoy where you are, right now.  Enjoy the place where you are (even if it’s not exactly where you want to be at the time), enjoy the people you are with at the moment (don’t think forward – be in the “now” – you may not get this time back), and be grateful and loving towards the ones you are spending YOUR life’s moments with….right now.

You ARE “there”.  It’s all there in you, right now.  Open it up and be strong in it.  Stand on it – now.  Begin – now.  You can, in love (not hate),  move forward.  You don’t need to keep looking for correctiveness or approval.  TRUST YOURSELF.  Free yourself.  One step in “your time”.

May you have an enlightening and freeing Happy New Year! Cheers to personal growth.  You CAN do it!  🙂

All my Best,

Elizabeth