Can I be real with you, Uncommon Chicks (and Chicos–I know there are a few hombres like me out there in Uncommon Chick land!)?
Here’s the deal. You’re here because you’re not average. You shun mediocrity and you refuse to settle. (If this doesn’t describe you, then you probably won’t stick around long because this awesome group of movers and shakers will have you feeling out of place and uncomfortable.)
I’m all about helping you to create a congruent life by lining up your intention with your experience.
(and here’s the ‘be real’ part) When you hang out in the world of spiritual principles and philosophies–like I do–it’s easy to blow smoke without a lot of fire. This is known as bullcaca. (I told Kesha I’d keep it clean since I’m not on my own site…but you get the gist.)
And I’ll be the first to call “a thing a thing” (as Iyanla Vanzant says).
That’s where my soulwork–my real work–comes in. I distill the truths of universal consciousness into powerful insights that help you to live a more enlightened life. But what does that really mean?
Each of us is different and has a different soul journey on this earth. I can’t give you 10 Easy Steps…cuz most of that is bull–well, you know!
I am going to share the most powerful principle I know for building an uncommon life. It is embodied in one simple word–surrender.
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours. -Henry David Thoreau
Surrender doesn’t mean giving up. Sometimes the word surrender carries all sorts of religious connotations that mess people up, so let me say it a different way.
The Struggle Is Unnecessary
Struggle is unnecessary. Just sit with that one for a minute. Take a breath. Okay, now continue.
I’ll never forget the first time I learned this principle. I was talking to a friend about some mutual acquaintances and all the craziness that was going on in their lives. I went on and on until my friend stopped me cold.
He looked right into my eyes and said, “I don’t need to hear any more. I choose not to engage that drama!”
That simple statement changed my life. It snapped me out of that emotional cesspool I had cannon-balled into by focusing on and associating with the drama consuming my other friends’ lives. It reminded me of this powerful truth–I decide the meaning for my life.
So do you. You always have.
The reality in your own mind is the only reality that exists. If this is true, then you are free to craft your life with intention.
Notice, I’m not giving you license to become delusional!
Resistance to reality creates stress because you’re lyin’ to yourself. But I am here to tell you again–struggling is unnecessary.
The powerful woman faces the reality of her circumstances head-on. Instead of being manipulated by them, she stands strong in her truth. She focuses steadfastly on the prize. She refuses to allow those circumstances to determine her destiny.
She decides what they mean and then she empowers those in her family and her community with a different story that she has crafted from the power of her own intention!
(Download this poster to hang in your home or office)
You have the power! Don’t get down in the mud to try to convince the hogs that cleanliness is next to godliness! The hogs won’t believe you anyway.
Instead, get up out of the pigpen and clean yourself off. Write yourself a new story and go tell everyone who will listen. The rest don’t matter. Truthfully, the only one that needs to believe your story is you anyway.
Once you believe it, you will find that “unexpected success” will meet you right there on the less-traveled road–and as the poet says–that will have made all the difference!
Steve writes and podcasts about inspiration and spiritual fulfillment at TrueSpiritualAwakening.com. In his debut book, An Imperceptible Spark: Finding the Courage to Live a Life of Joy, Steve tells the story of his journey creating an “awake” life from one that was filled with frustration and hopelessness.
Over to you…
Can you guys see why I love Steve?! He is truly awesome and a loving soul and you should definitely connect with him further.
Struggle No More Giveaway!
Okay, so I want to do something special for you guys. Piggybacking on Steve’s post and the topic of struggle and in celebration of Mind, Body, Soul (this year’s Blogiversary theme), I have some awesome giveaways! See quick video below describing the giveaways!
1. Custom made Gratitude Journal (y’all know I love gratitude journals!)
2. Imperceptible Spark: Finding the Courage to Live a Life of Joy by Steve Rice
3. (3) Subscriptions to Live Healthy Magazine
Giveaway Video Link: http://youtu.be/JEKfcTIxwCQ
Giveaway is now over…congratulations to our winners!
Giveaway ends at midnight on September 28th, 2012. Open to U.S. residents and winners (18 or older) will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter and contacted by email. Please respond in 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Thank you for entering and good luck!!