Thursday, May 30, 2019

Awaken the Greatness Within By Melanie Moyer

To awaken the greatness within we need to stop looking "out there" and begin to look within. We are raised, especially in this society, to look outside of ourselves for validation and self worth. We look "out there" for others to recognize us and make us feel praiseworthy. If others don't bestow recognition upon us or worse they criticize us we then fall apart. We look to others for acknowledgement, to tell us we are doing well, looking good or are worthy. We look "out there" for happiness and love. 

To awaken to the greatness within we need to begin to look within. Look within where your connection to God, the Source, the Light, the Divine, the Spirit, the Soul, or whatever you wish to label it resides. This is where we find that we don't need to be acknowledged by others to feel whole because we are already whole. How liberating it is to not need acknowledgement from "out there". How comforting and enlightening to awaken to the greatness within. 

One way to begin the process of awakening the greatness within is to look within through meditation. Meditation does not need to be long; it can be for as little as 3 minutes. It does not need to be complicated, simply close your eyes and start to pay attention to your breath. Watch the breath flowing in and out of your nose like it is the most fascinating thing ever...because it is...the breath is the source of life and without it nobody can live. As you watch your breath, inevitably thoughts will arise. Acknowledge the thought and then watch it float on by like a cloud in the sky and then come back to your breath. These 3 minutes can not only calm you and make your day seem to flow a little smoother, it can begin to awaken the greatness within. The time you spend is not nearly as important as practicing on a daily basis. It only takes a few moments to awaken the greatness within, but we want to give ourselves the thumbs up consistently least we fall back on relying on others to give us the thumbs up, looking "out there" rather than within. 

This passage from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass suitably sums this up:

I exist as I am, that is enough.
If no other in the world be aware, I sit content,
And if each and all be aware, I sit content. 

Last but not least I invite you to ponder these words from Paramahamsa Yogananda:

Seek spiritual riches within.
What you are is much greater than
anyone or anything else you have ever yearned for. 

Love, Light and Laughter
Melanie Moyer