'Those who have not found their true wealth, which is the radiant joy of Being and the deep, unshakeable peace that comes with it, are beggars, even if they have great material wealth. They are looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfilment, for validation, security or love, while they have a treasure within that not only includes all those things but is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.' (The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle)
The joy of having emotional freedom and just being able to BE and feel peaceful no matter what is priceless. In this time of fear and universal panic the topic of cultivating the inner peace is not only valid but much needed. Learning to 'look within' has never been more important than it is now.
In my previous blog, The Torn Map of the World, I talked about becoming aware of your own programming as the first step to readjusting the map of your world and making it look healthier. Well, becoming aware of your triggers is just as important if you want to minimise your anxiety and not let fear get in the way of your life.
Your mind is running a program 24/7. It is on autopilot; until you start questioning it. Over 90% of your thoughts day in day out are exactly the same. I think it`s time to look at them a little closer and question their validity. Is any of the stuff you are telling yourself true? is it helping you live your life in the best way possible? Is it making you happy? Or is it scaring the shit out of you and sends you into anxiety attack on a regular basis? It really is worth looking at your belief system closely, especially now. Stocking up your cupboards with tinned food and dry pasta is not going to make you feel any better emotionally. It is a fake sense of security. Feeling at piece with yourself will.
I am not saying you should not take action, of course you should (reasonable and proportionate action that is). I am saying that it would be a responsible and compassionate thing to do to look at your emotional state critically and start unpicking what has been going on for you. Not just now, but throughout your life. I guarantee that 9 times out of 10 the way you are responding to this universal outbreak/crisis, etc. is the way you respond to most situations in your life.
Take this opportunity to learn a bit more about yourself and how you can readjust your programming to feel healthier, happier and more joyful. Journalling your thoughts and feelings is a great way to start.
There are plenty of resources online on the subject of mind, fear, programming and limiting beliefs. It doesn`t cost anything to get to know yourself a little better, but the price you are paying when you rely on the outside sources to let you know how to feel about yourself and the world is way too high. This is how you become the beggar of the world, constantly asking for reassurance, approval, validation or expecting to be rescued. It might sound crude, but I think Erckhart Tolle has a point.