We want the new, but are stuck in the old…Why?
Why is it so
hard to let go? Why do we return to our old habits and automatic
ways of thinking, feeling, or being? We work hard to heal old
wounds, but they keep returning with new faces. What is the
The story is us. The story is our
inability to change. To put it plainly, it is easier to keep
being the old way. We may not like it, but it is familiar.
Taking a stand to be different can be difficult. You have to
be different. Ask yourself
every time you start something out of habit, “Do I want to be
this way, do this, or think this?”
It can seem
easier to accept what you deem unacceptable than it is to dig
deep to find the courage and discipline to choose to be
The concept of mastery applies
here. What is the meaning of mastery? It is the ability to make
oneself. We decide to be a
master, to undertake the path of mastery. If you ‘make your
self’ you practice until you embody the new path you have
chosen, until you are the new way.
only in the present moment, and it does take practice. It is key
that this path is undertaken without a singular achievement in
mind; it is about changing your patterns for the sake of growth
not hoping for a specific outcome.
Mastery is an
unending journey. It has peaks and plateaus, but never ends.
With time, a master is able to fully embody their path so it is
a natural way of being. To reach this state, continuous
commitment is required. Although this sounds difficult, look at
a master’s face, reflected in it is their state of serenity.
to practice being different. It’s okay if you are not different
right away, it will take time and practice. In time you will
become the unhurried rhythms; focusing on the process and not
the product. Once you find this path, you will want to stay on
it. Then suddenly the old ways will be gone, and you have become
Next month we will dive deeper into
the topic of self-mastery!
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