Through personal experience, I feel I have in some ways changed a great deal over the years, especially in my beliefs. Have you changed a deep part of yourself through choice?
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Absolutely right! We can never cross the same river twice, and we are never the same as we were prior to an experience. However, there is a difference between passive change and concious change. Have you experienced concious change?
Bingo! Life is about living, growing, learning, experiencing, and giving. No one is meant to live to themselves. That sucks!
I agree with this trend of thought - I have lived the changes in my reality that occurred purely as a result of changing the way I thought. Consciousness and thought manifest reality to some degree. It is fascinating to consider!
Very good point IDONO! It does often seem that most people find making a change difficult because to move forwards they must confront things about themselves that they would rather not face. It is far easier to live in the comfort zone forever.
Yes, well put, IDONO. Great observation that 'The word stress means a reaction to change. We try to avoid stress so we try to avoid change.' Change happens. Another way than stressing about it is to let go quickly of resistance. Love life as it is!
Exactly! Take steps... In other words take action!
I agree with you totally - so long as we do not abdicate responsibility for our own choices then we can choose who it is that we are and to a lesser extent, we can choose what kind of world we live in.
Excellent joke! :)
As to looking at ones beliefs... doing what you suggest is exactly what my 'Importance of philosophising' hub is about. I have done (and am in the process of doing) the very same thing :)
Insightful words Cordelia! - this reminded me of a quote: 'He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty' (Lao Tzu)
Thanks. How true is your quote. I need to write it down.
Changes occur in one's self, when one gets out of one's self. Self is a lonely place and that display of isolation lacks motivation to make changes.
But we are not all the same IDONO. Some people thrive on isolation, and don't find it a lonely place at all. Some people enjoy their own company more than the company of others, and are still able to find plenty of motivation.
You talk about God like he is on the outside looking in. Of course we have choice - a holy man once said 'we have the freedom to be in bondage'. It is us who choose slavery, our freedom is in letting go.
Yes, there are various ways to look at God. I found my beliefs to be a choice & realized my old beliefs - putting God outside myself - were not serving well. In one way I'm glad to have once been dualistic and dogmatic, to better understand other
I can make this more profound. Your point is valid, though. My perception, taken from those I honour and respect: Christ, Buddha, Rama, Krishna; Ramakrisha, Chaitanya ... is that God is the only Doer. Even 'choice' comes from Him.
Life is a constant state of flux - I agree. The trick I think is in steering the change.
I have gone through a fair amount of internal change myself - and I have taken control of that change. It is incredibly empowring to know that we are each our own projects. We can mould oursleves and our lives as we so choose if only we put the work
You have written something beautiful and from the heart. It is real for you, in this moment, and what else is there? Not only is your writing well-received, it is appreciated for its even tone and deeper understanding. May your path be a joy to you.
I have written not according to me, but according to the Truth of God in Scripture; It is His Grace. Look unto Him, not unto a stupid sinful human as myself.
Is it so?
Joy is realizing I receive grace, and also change and answered prayer. The harder the trials, the sweeter the victory when acheived by the grace of God.
I understand where you are coming from, TerryK81.
Speaking the truth can be a game changer - I agree. One of the most successful decisions in my life was not to give or take any bullshit. I try never to put on a 'front' - it is a lot less tiring to just be me, warts'n'all. :)
I agree that society is never the place to look for an idea of happiness or success. The media tends to link money and material gain with happiness and success, and that is quite a shallow view. To find our goals, we should look within.