“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” Eckhart Tolle
Is the urge to grow part of your life? Are you willing to encounter what is unpleasant in order to make changes that will improve life? How does positive thinking enhance your life?
Finally, spring is here with a few warmer days, blooming flowers and heavy pollen. My front stairs and deck have been covered with the yellow pollen of the oak trees in my yard. Every few days, a new flower blooms and adds color to the yard. Because I’m not a very good gardener and I’ve left the yard as it was when I moved into the house, I often forget exactly what is there. As a result, spring becomes a delightful series of surprises.
Spring Awakens New Life
Spring is the constant unfolding of new life. It’s dynamic and color drags us out of the winter doldrums and reminds us of all that has been lying fallow beneath the snow. The reality is that although nature is tied to this cycle we are not. We can awaken to new life at any moment, any day. When we are open to new ideas and experiences, we create a spring with our lives and new things blossom.
What do we feel in spring? New energy, excitement, freedom, and hope. Life that has been restricted indoors moves outdoors where there is more space, more stimulation, and more possibilities.
Spring of Life, 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Let Go of the Negative and Welcome the Positive
So how can we create these positive and uplifting feelings in our own lives? We can let go of those things that no longer serve us: resentment, fear, lack of worth, and attachment to the past or attitudes that keep us from moving forward.
I often write about letting go of fear, but what do we do once we have released it? Releasing fear creates a space where all things are possible. We ask for guidance and it will come to us if we are listening carefully to our inner selves. Of course, sometimes, what we need manifests in the physical world right in front of us. Are we willing to open ourselves enough to experience the unfamiliar?
To do that, we have to either take a positive view assuming that it will be an improvement in our lives or at least a neutral attitude that allows us to explore the possibility. There are no guarantees that everything that comes our way will be good, but if we choose to live with a positive attitude, that there may be some good in whatever shows up, we are more likely to experience good.
Find What Is Good in Each Experience
Living with the attitude that life is basically good is rather like experiencing spring or summer year round. We can live like this when we are willing to focus on what is positive in each experience we have. Any change we make requires an adjustment and this may seem uncomfortable, but if we aren’t willing to experience some discomfort, we may never move ahead.
For example, when we begin a new relationship, there may be conflicts. We may feel the other person wants too much of our time or doesn’t want to see us often enough. Our partner may reflect qualities of the last partner with whom we had a failed relationship, or we may project qualities of that person or a parent onto the new partner. We may not like the same movies or food. But we have a choice every time the conflict arises. We can choose to assume for the moment that this is an opportunity to learn more about ourselves and the other person, and if we can thoughtfully engage in a conversation and try to understand why the issue is a problem, we may be able to create a positive and meaningful relationship.
Let the Light Inside Grow
In the spring, the light and longer days are inspiring as well as the new growth of nature. The sunlight gives us the Vitamin D we need to feel good, and it makes it possible for us to enjoy more time out of doors gardening, hiking, or playing. So, it is also worthwhile for us to look for the light inside us. What are our positive qualities? When new possibilities appear, do we think we are worthy of a better life, job, or relationship? Is the light within us a match to this new opportunity?
Loving Ourselves Brings Spiritual Growth
We can choose this moment to nurture and love who we are, to expand the light within and to allow the best of us to blossom. If we are to grow, it is so important that we are willing to try new things and take risks. When these things turn out well, we feel better about ourselves, but it is critical that when we take the risk and it doesn’t turn out well, that we applaud ourselves for having the courage to try. That is a positive thing too. Applauding ourselves increases the light.
As Tolle points out, each experience we have is an experience we need to have to grow. We need to value each one, even the unpleasant ones, for this life is our spring. We are here to learn and grow and expand our energy, and move into the light. How do you bring the light into your life? Please comment.
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