“To set us on a clear path, it is important to communicate well, at least with ourselves. To know what we want, to know what we mean, and to learn to express ourselves clearly, with as little confusion as possible. If you are confused about yourself, you can expect to be misunderstood by those around you. You have to set your mind straight, and that is a task that no one else can undertake for you.” ~ Rosemary Altea …
We all have a lot to learn about who we are. For even though there are multitudes of books that can teach us much about ourselves, and people who can awaken our minds to so much that we do not know, we are each unique individuals–what is right and true for me is not necessarily right and true for you. Often times, when I hear about what is right for others, there is something inside of me that tells me that this is not the case for me.
Yet I feel that Rosemary is talking about something beyond simply self-discovery. It seems that perhaps she is referring to our intuition–of gaining insight about ourselves by taking the time to communicate clearly with our inner souls. And this can be quite difficult in our present society, for we often feel that everyone has the same wants and needs, and when they try to fulfill their individual needs, they are somehow being anti-social or selfish. But that does not make this aspect of our lives any less important.
I find it a bit ironic that in places where individualism and uniqueness are celebrated and considered to be of primary importance, we often times tend to lead our lives looking for conformity and for fitting in. Perhaps we are afraid of what we think others will say. But when am I most effective in helping others? When I embrace a deep sense of inner awareness, and take care of my own needs, or when I am overwhelming myself with obligations?
We listen to our parents, we listen to our bosses, we listen to our teachers, but seldom do we listen to ourselves. Pay attention to your feelings and your intuition. Take time each day to listen deeply to yourself and learn to trust what you hear. This is the only path to true and lasting personal growth.
Make time to listen to your inner self today.
Questions to consider:
When was the last time you truly listened to yourself and heeded the message? What were the results?
Do you trust yourself enough to act on the messages that come from inside?
How can we practice listening to ourselves and heeding the messages?
For further thought:
“Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.” ~ C. JoyBell C.