December 14, 2017

Stop Externalizing Your Quest for Wholeness

Eee, “soul-speak.” There are very few words that elicit the amount of cynicism as “soul.” Yet, when contemplated privately, even fewer elicit the amount of profound longing. But those on a quest for wholeness can’t deny the existence of this metaphysical core of humanity. And we must embrace our strengths with our weaknesses, our abilities with our limits, and our consequences with our choices. When we do, we can influence our happiness every day until we achieve sound spirit, mind & body—wholeness.

“The soul speaks its truth only under quiet, inviting, and trustworthy conditions.”

Parker J. Palmer, author of Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation (the quote above) and A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life (the quote below), wrote:

“The soul is like a wild animal — tough, resilient, savvy, self-sufficient, and yet exceedingly shy. If we want to see a wild animal, the last thing we should do is to go crashing through the woods, shouting for the creature to come out. But if we are willing to walk quietly into the woods and sit silently for an hour or two at the base of a tree, the creature we are waiting for may well emerge, and out of the corner of an eye we will catch a glimpse of the precious wildness we seek.”

In our pursuit of happiness and quest for wholeness, we go on a journey of self-discovery. To embrace our strengths/abilities with our weaknesses/limits, we have to be vulnerable and honest. We have to sit with our thoughts and discover who we really are.

“My life is not only about my strengths and virtues; it is also about my liabilities and my limits, my trespasses and my shadow. An inevitable though often ignored dimension of the quest for 'wholeness' is that we must embrace what we dislike or find shameful about ourselves as well as what we are confident and proud of.” — Parker J. Palmer

With awareness can come change.

Our thoughts create our realities. And our choices create our lives. Echoing many psychologists and self-help gurus, awareness is the cornerstone of changing our thoughts and behaviors.

The aware recognize that they are responsible for the consequences of their choices. With that awareness comes the power to heal old & new wounds, create extraordinary change, and manifest the future of their dreams. Whether we’re talking about things at work, at home, or in general, awareness gives you the power to create lasting change.

For you, it may be recognizing how much you complain or micromanage everything. Maybe you’re the type of person who wears the opposite of rose-colored glasses. Of course, it’s possible you find forgiveness difficult or constructive feedback a hard pill to swallow. It may very well be that you lack effective communication, task management, or social skills; or confidence. Perhaps you’re not quite as business savvy or adept in your position at work as you may think. Some of you may struggle with numbers or technology. Others may struggle with showing up on time. Maybe your leadership or teamwork skills could use some sharpening. Possibly, you’re more talk than walk or rarely follow-through. For all anyone knows, maybe you are extremely insecure.

Whatever it is standing in your way, with awareness can come change.

When you wield the power you have to influence your spirit, mind & body, your quest for wholeness will be over. If you’re unsatisfied with anything, the power to change that lies with you. Whether it’s a choice to do something about it, accept it or let it go, the choice is yours to make. Of course, you can always choose to do nothing and dwell.

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