We sail through life, getting an education, going to work, hanging out with friends and raising a family. All of this we do whilst wondering if this is how to live a full life.
One of the most common deathbed regrets is:
“I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
But somewhere along the line, dreams are shelved and forgotten.
Then one day, with deep regret, we realize “It’s too late!”
It’s human nature to think that tomorrow the conditions will be right and “then, life will be great.”
But as we all know, life rarely goes according to plan and putting off dreams and desires only leads to disappointment later when other things get in the way.
Don’t let that happen to you. Check out this powerful video by Prince Ea which reveals the one thing you should know; before you die…
There are a number of things that conspire to stop you from moving forward with your desire to live a full life. And we’d like to share some thoughts and questions to ask yourself on how to overcome them once and for all.
Please share any you have with us too in the comments below.
We’re all in this together and we would love to hear some of your suggestions.
Before you can really live a full life you must be clear on what is true for you.
What are your deepest values?
What’s most meaningful to you?
What are your most cherished dreams and desires?
Can you even remember?
Being out of touch with the truest, deepest parts of ourselves, opens the door wide for making the easy choices to live a conventional but uninspired existence of following what other people think is best for us.
This usually leads to making decisions based on societal norms rather than the urgings of our own soul.
Without awareness (mindfulness) it’s easy to live on autopilot and fall into ruts of conditioned thought and behavioral patterns.
“Each person has an average of 60,000 thoughts a day! That’s one thought per second in every waking hour! Amazingly, 95% are the same thoughts repeated every day. On average, 80% of those habitual thoughts are negative”.
You default to hand-me-down beliefs and expectations. And in so doing, you live in conflict between what you deep-down ‘know’ is possible for you, and what you were taught to believe is possible for you.
How big is the difference? Is it significant enough for change?
Some might agree with “Better the devil you know” and that’s absolutely fine. But for those who choose not to tolerate that painful 24/7 invisible conflict being fought almost daily, simply practicing some simple mindful exercises can change your world so fast.
To be mindful and live a full life means waking up from the ease of conditioned patterns and listening to your inner wisdom that knows exactly what is right for you.
So how do you know when you are in touch with your true self?
Life feels good. You are in a wonderful flow state, positive, in your power, enthusiastic, content, energized and happy.
But when you’re out of touch with the real you, and ‘mindlessly’ following along to the direction of others, you feel unhappy, restless, resentful and generally out of sync.
Shel Silverstein eloquently expresses the need for listening to your inner voices…