Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Feeling Trapped

Do you feel trapped in a life that isn’t your own? Let’s explore this common theme. We all feel blocked sometimes, but,  are we really?

We form habits as we live. Just like the way tires can make deep tracks in mud. We can get stuck as our habits create tracks in our brains. It’s that “stuck in a rut” feeling. We realize that our life is not what we want.

The habits get so strong that it seems impossible to do anything else. There are an infinite number of excuses for why you can’t. It is critical that you see the resistance for what it is. Your brain’s unwillingness to look beyond the rut.

Getting out probably won’t be easy. It will take powerful determination to crawl up the wall of that rut and see the possibility of freedom. It will take courage to step out of your comfort zone. It will take perseverance to stay out of that painful, but comfortable, place you used to be in. It will test you to your limits. The effort is worth it.

One of the most powerful ways that you can support yourself in moving forward is meditation. The simple act of sitting still and allowing everything to be perfectly OK will strengthen you. In moments of deep meditation it feels like everything is perfect just the way it is.

As you practice you will discover something radical. You are, and have always been, absolutely free. There is a part of you that has never been born, has never suffered, and has never been limited. The experience gives you the strength to crawl to the top of the deepest rut and look out to the potential that your life truly holds.

No matter how difficult things are right now there is always the possibility of the future. You don’t have to be enlightened to experience glimpses of this freedom. You simply have to allow yourself to experience it. Once you see what’s possible, moving in a positive direction will be more compelling than staying in that rut.

Have you pulled yourself out of a hopeless situation?I’d love to hear how you made it happen.

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