Recently I read a book that I really enjoyed. Such great information in it and I could apply it to my own learnings in my life. It was a book called "I Will Not Die an Unlived Life" by Dawna Markova. I was so inspired by her writings yet a few quotes really struck a cord with me so I wanted to share it with you.
"We have to learn to practice the art of stripping away false notions about who we think we are so we can deal with what is real, and release anything that is deadening to our spirits. "
"We learn to reconnect with ourselves so we can stand for something that is greater than ourselves."
How utterly amazing is that? Those two sentences are filled with a wealth of wisdom that I am sure it came from the Divine above.
Is what we think of ourselves how others see us? Most times it isn't. Perfect example of this are how many times have you experienced yourself or heard of somebody who thinks they aren't smart enough, good enough, pretty enough because they have a view of themselves that is vastly different than how others see them. Many women suffer from this affliction and it is the furthest thing from the truth.
Or how about the flip side of that, you know somebody who is boastful with a grandiose attitude, they are loud and obnoxious and it is obvious to everyone around them that they aren't really all that they say they are, in which others prefer to avoid contact with that type of person. I am willing to bet they think they are the greatest thing since sliced bread and have a puffed up image of themselves. Celebrities and politicians suffer from this affliction often, but I won't name names....
I really like what Dawna had to say about releasing anything that is deadening to our spirits- this includes old messages and things that you are holding onto that no longer add value or apply to your life. Things that hold you back from your true potential. Much like a woman who has experienced domestic abuse. She may have been told from her abuser that she was ugly, or stupid or many other things that were not true. Her self esteem has taken a beating and many times after periods of abuse, she may begin to believe those lies, but it isn't her reality.
She has to strip away the old messages and replace them with what her truth and reality really is and focus on things that are life-giving and uplifting which are true. Those old negative messages learned from childhood, or unhealthy relationships are things that pull your spirit down and most times it is not an accurate reflection of who you really are. Get rid of that crap- you don't need them. They are self defeating and do nothing to lift your spirit up. Lose them! Strip them away and live your reality and truth of who you really are! You are good enough, you are smart enough, you are a beautiful person and your spirit deserves to shine and let everyone see just how amazing you really are!
If you have relationships that are defeating you and dragging you down into a sea of negativity, maybe it's time to take stock and look at them honestly and ask yourself if you really want this type of relationship or person in your life. Get rid of the things that no longer serve a positive purpose so that you can live your life with joyfulness that focuses on nurturing the things that uplift and feed your spirit and soul in positive ways. Keep the things that are life-giving to you and get rid of the rest!
Dawna shares her story of how she is experiencing deep soul searching seeking answers for her life. I have been in that place many times and through it I gained wisdom and knowledge from it. God works in mysterious ways. He brings things to us so that we may learn and grow from them. We may not always understand it or even like it when we are going through it yet when we come out on the other side, we can see the lesson we were meant to learn with clarity. Not to worry- if you didn't quite get the lesson the first time, God will present more opportunities for you to learn. He is good like that!
I am thankful for my lessons. I feel so blessed and I know that even though many times I felt totally and utterly alone, I was not alone at all. The reality was that God was right by my side, guiding and nudging me ever so gently. Even when you are struggling and feel alone, you aren't. He let's us find our way so the lesson and experience will be meaningful and connect to us. I am grateful for all my experiences because in the end it has brought me closer to the Divine. I will not live an unlived life either. I will grasp it with both hands and enjoy the ride, experiencing all it has to offer growing in the process!
I am able to allow God's love and light to shine through me to others. I know it is my purpose in this life and I am reminded of the song "this little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine." Yes, I will let it shine, even when it is but a mere faint glow in the darkness and when others try to snuff it out, the light still shines within me. It always has and it always will.
Count your blessings, for they are many.