You are driving to work, a tad late, when you hit a traffic jam. As you sit at a standstill and watch the clock tick minutes by, to make matters worse, a car whizzes by on the shoulder passing everyone in traffic trying to get to the next exit.
Stop! Before your emotions run away with you, you have a window of opportunity as to how you let the situation affect you. Will you be an observer or a reactor? It is your CHOICE.
“We can let circumstances rule us, or we can
take charge and rule our lives from within.”
— Earl Nightingale
What you do in those first few minutes will influence your behavior for the rest of the day. Will you let frustration, irritation, or anger rule your thoughts? Or, will you take a deep breath, recognize the emotion as soon as it surfaces to diffuse it, and acknowledge your responsibility in aggravating or diminishing the situation? When you give in to negativity, you empower it, letting external circumstances commandeer your reaction.
“What consumes your mind
controls your life.”
Once you exercise your power, you can shift your attention to something pleasant, thwarting negative thoughts and emotions, as you elect to feel happy.
If you let your thoughts escalate quickly into one negative thought after another, you become a hostage rather than being able to control them. However, when you allow yourself to linger before you react, deliberately choosing your response, you not only live naturally happy but also gain freedom.
“Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control.”
—James Allen, As A Man Thinketh
As you learn to savor your independence, you assert control over your emotional state without becoming victim to the people, situations, or circumstances that life brings your way.
You open yourself to receive all the Universe has in store for you. Once you do, you cannot help but attract all you desire for you will constantly be at a higher frequency – the first principle of the Law of Attraction.
Take a moment. Review your life. How do you need to change to eradicate worry, anxiety, and fear from your perception to live connected to your Divinity, to your higher self? What do you need to do to start living inspired, connecting more energetically to your heart and soul?
Next, consider your health, your well-being. What illnesses or discomforts do you experience? Why? You ask. Because your body shows you when and how you are not in harmony with yourself, your essence. Whatever emotions you suppress, show up physically for they must surface somehow. Start noticing how you react to certain stimuli. The next time a situation upsets you, see how it affects your body. Remember the incident a few days later when symptoms appear. Doing so allows you to remain grounded and in control. When you do, not only is it easier to recover faster from whatever life presents but also aids you in seeing the good in everyone and everything for you open yourself to grace and Source.
The next time you find yourself embroiled in a negative situation, take a deep breath and make a conscious choice. It’s time to set yourself free.