It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
The world is powered by passionate people, powerful ideas, and fearless action. What’s one strong belief you possess that isn’t shared by your closest friends or family? What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it.
I am really passionate about inner awareness. I believe becoming more aware of our thoughts, feelings, and emotional reactions can transform our lives. My own practice of awareness has given me an abundance of peace, happiness, and enjoyment of the world that I never knew was possible before the concept of inner awareness was shared with me. When I first began practicing inner awareness I soon realized how much of my thoughts throughout the day were either negative, critical, or self limiting. Through the very act of observing these thoughts, the feelings of negativity began to dissolve. That didn’t mean that more negative thoughts didn’t come along, but it was a discovery that helped me understand the benefit of observing my thoughts. It helped me realize how damaging negative thoughts, knee jerk reactions, and limiting beliefs can be to our relationships and achieving our goals. When we are aware of our thoughts, we can make better decisions about the next action to take, or when not to take action. Awareness helps us avoid taking things personally when people don’t act the way we think they should. It allows us to accept things as they are, and enjoy the moment. Boredom disappears and life begins.
Emerson’s quote above, is a great metaphor for what practicing inner awareness can bring into anyones life. It’s finding that healthy solitude within our soul amongst the crowd of our thoughts.