I celebrate Passover. For those who may not know, the holiday is about retelling the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt, and commemorating the journey from Slavery into Freedom.
In these modern times and this Western culture, most of us (thankfully!) don’t navigate literal slavery. It is all too easy, however, to feel enslaved by our past. Events and traumas from our personal history, along with whatever patterns and defenses we may have developed, sometimes hold us back from having the exact thing we want most. This may be a blooming career, a successful romantic partnership, or fulfilling and joyful relationships with those who matter most to us.
The Persian Poet and Mystic Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273) said, “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
In this season of Spring, where celebratory themes include liberation, resurrection, and spring cleaning, I invite you to ask yourself the question; are there ways you are holding yourself back from having the life that want? If so, how would you like your life be different? What is one simple thing you can do right away to move yourself in the direction of the life you do want?
For example, if you realize you would want to play the piano, but never thought you could or believe you are, “too old,” perhaps you can stop into a musical instrument store. Not because you plan to buy a piano, but just to see what it is like to be around or near them. Or if you would wish that your experience with your spouse were more peaceful, perhaps you could search online for information about compassionate communication.
There are an infinite amount of one step actions you can do that may help start to break the metaphorical chains that bind you. What are your answers to these questions? Feel free to email me your thoughts and responses, and I will share a few of them (anonymously if you wish) in the next Spark Vitality newsletter!
Wishing you Wellness, Love, and Joy,