If you could frame one perfect moment from the past-what would that moment be? The one moment or place suspended in time that you felt, loved, safe and happier than you have ever felt before. What would it be?
For me, my perfect moment, my shining jewel, is Christmastime as a kid baking cookies with my mom. In that heart-nourishing moment, I am completely empowered, real, confident and whole. It is a perfect and magical memory that has been a safe haven in my darkest moments. It is my special place to go back to and one that I have tried to re-create for half of my life by placing building blocks of illusions one on top of the other. It is the place I escape to when I “want to go home.”
I don’t feel I’m a stranger when I say that throughout life I have experienced circumstances and events that have left me feeling crippled and disabled. Under these conditions I have fought desperately to regain a sense of self and find the free and spirited child that I left behind. Instead, as a result of these experiences, I have chased illusions in an attempt to satisfy the lies I have told myself about who I am, while deep within me, my soul has cried out for authenticity. Searching for the one time that made me feel “good” or “whole” and not confronting reality has made for some bad choices. Deaf to my soul’s callings, I have been distracted “chasing the perfect moment.”
We cling to self-images and concepts refusing to let go. We identify with the pain, anger and lies that become part of us fearing what we might find in the void. We let cultural norms and mindsets influence our destination towards self. In continual loops, we drive down the same old roads, stuck in ruts made by habitual treads of experience and outdated thoughts. We don’t give our life a chance for renewal and rebirth. Instead, we mull around in stagnate pools of thoughts.
So how do we overcome these clinging ideologies? How do we refresh ourselves? How do we find our personal mission and meaning? Fluttering at the edges of our soul is a summoning towards greatness. It takes real courage to answer, to listen and to admit that our perspectives may be wrong. In re-examining our self created roles we must ask, do they currently serve us and others well? Holding true to your authentic self can mean leaving the layers and thought patterns behind daily. It is time to evolve and cleanse. It is time to wake up. Is the “perfect moment” possibly today?
“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow. Our life is the creation of our mind.” (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)
What is your “perfect moment?”
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