Every challenge provides an opportunity for growth, and in some cases, a quantum leap. Many of us have a habit of looking at obstacles in life as bad things, and they can be when we look at them that way; on the other hand, when we look at life’s complications as opportunities for personal growth, our energy shifts, and so do the dynamics of the situation: our vibration increases, our energy rises, people enjoy our company more, and problems are solved in an easier and timelier manner. This practice makes a vast difference in our life and the lives of people we interact with. Who would you rather spend time with, a person who has a positive outlook on life, or someone who is always complaining about something? Of course, when we complain we create more of that which we are complaining about… we keep digging the hole deeper.
Our outlook is the essential key. When we approach a problem with an open mind, focusing on the solution rather than the problem, the solution reveals itself. When we focus on the problem rather than the method to resolve the situation, it grows larger and becomes even more daunting. The whole energy around the obstacle changes when we look at a challenge as a gift rather than a bad thing, and place our attention on the way out.
When we focus on the good in our world rather than the problems, we draw more beneficial karma our way. It is simply a matter of cause and effect. Focusing on the good in other people and our world brings more good people and pleasurable experiences into our environment, thus eliminating problems before they become an issue. My dear friend and mentor, Ronna Herman, says (I’m paraphrasing): “We can tell how we are doing by the people and experiences in our life.”
When we encounter difficult people, they are mirroring some aspect of ourselves back to us. When we have problem after problem, we are being shown something about our thoughts and beliefs that can be changed. Many, and probably most, of our thoughts and beliefs are the result of our environment at an earlier age, coming from parents, teachers, relatives and friends. In The Spontaneous Healing of Belief, Gregg Braden tells us that we acquire most of our beliefs during our early childhood.
I know that this may just seem like a bunch of platitudes, but I assure you, if you put this practice to use, you will experience an amazing change in your life, for the better.
If you are not already doing this, give it a try, and let me know what happens. It will take some time and dedication, but the rewards are well worth the effort.
As Mahatma Gandhi said,
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Be joyful, embrace life and thrive!