What Are You Putting in Your Pockets?

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GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
What Are You Putting in Your Pockets?
“The last suit you wear, you don’t need any pockets” — Wayne Dyer

We leave this world exactly as we come into it, with nothing. We all know this, right?

So why do we persist on stuffing our metaphorical pockets with things that really won’t serve us on our onward journey?

There’s a material cluttering going on in many Western cultures. The voice of the collective has hammered it into us that we need possessions — fancy cars, shiny bling, evermore electronics — to prove that we’re worthy. There’s a constant drive for fame and fortune, a hunger for bigger, better and more that leads us to forget who we really are and what we’re here to do.

All these trappings feed our emotional clutter. Like those old and limiting stories that we keep tucked away under our outwardly perfect appearances. The tempting tales that limit what we believe is possible and leave us feeling like we’re not enough.

It’s a vicious cycle that deludes us into thinking we need to be perfect before we can take action. That we need to be more — more attractive, more youthful, more wealthy — to have a message that sparks change. It feeds our old wounds of not being loveable and worthy, just as we are.

The end result? We get too scared to show up. So we don’t. We stay safely hidden, waiting in the wings, perfecting our masks and looking for fixes to quell our procrastination.

This state of being leaves us frustrated. We’re sick of being stuck. We know we’re meant for more. We yearn for lives that are deeper than merely counting down until retirement.

And when this stuck feeling becomes unbearable, we numb the pain. We drink, eat and fill our pockets with stuff that we can’t take with us.

The bottom line is that you can choose a path other than clutter. You can sew up your pockets so they keep their shape. It takes conscious awareness and deliberate action to change your story, but it absolutely can be done.

It’s also something to be grateful for. Becoming aware of the contents of your pockets let’s you see what you’ve been up to. For most of us, that’s hiding. Pretending. Numbing ourselves into oblivion.

You just have to look at our obesity levels, the epidemic of workplace apathy, and the mountains of stuff in our landfill sites. Do you see how we’ve been stuffing our pockets?

Now that you see, you have the choice to stop. To choose self-empowerment over the status quo. To step into your truth and embody your power.

The truth is, people won’t remember what you bought for them, they will remember who you were being for them.

They won’t thank you for your perfection. They will love you for your real, vulnerable and raw imperfection.

They will see their light because you showed up in your own glorious, imperfectly perfect light.

It’s a choice. It’s what sparks our truth, it’s what gives us permission to be ourselves, and it’s what spreads hefty parcels of hope to those around us.

4 Steps to Get Started

1. Practice self-acceptance, forgiveness and gratitude.
No matter how cynical you are, it’s time to embrace these habits. The truth is, they are at the root of everything and can have a tremendous impact.

2. Acknowledge what’s in your heart.
Recognize how much it has to offer if you allow it to open up beyond the usual cynicism and fear. It’s okay to want to leave the world in a better place than when you found it. It’s okay to desire to leave a lasting footprint steeped in love.

3. Tune in to what’s real.
Trust that it’s the heart connection that lives on, not the material one.

4. Empower your heart.
We all have a tendency to let our minds dominate, but they think within the parameters of safety and caution. If you trusted that you really couldn’t fail, what would you dare to do? What impact would you leave because you took a leap of faith?

Do you choose to stuff your pockets, hoping for a rich life with what you accumulate along the way? Or do you let go and flow through life, intentionally, doing what you love and sharing your open heart with others?

Having the courage to stop filling your pockets with endless clutter is bold. Allowing your true self to lead is brave. To take a step before you can see the path is edgy.

But it’s a fully alive place to be.

So the question is: What do you want in your pockets?

365 Invocations to Create an Extraordinary Life, Week 13
Namaste and Aloha!

It’s great to be back after a sabbatical for two months. What a blessed life… I spent time in Hawaii quieting down, relaxing, and exploring the greatest state of being: freedom.

“What does freedom mean to me?” is one of the most important question you will ever ask yourself. And, of course, as with any important question, you have to journey deep inside in order to find out what holds the truth for you. So, here are some questions that will take you deeper so you can ask yourself how you really feel about your relationship to freedom.

How often do I feel free?
What am I doing when that happens?
Is freedom found in the outer world or in my inner world?
Am I in charge of my own freedom?
How do I create more freedom for myself?
What stops me from having more freedom?
How much freedom do I deserve?
How do I feel about my freedom when others don’t have it?

Oftentimes, I ask my students what freedom means to them. They respond with answers like travel, space, unconditional love and change. But when they go deeper and quiet down inside what they discover is that true freedom begins with freedom of the mind — learning to create positive thinking while deleting negative thinking, and that becomes our goal.

In a world that we have no control over, learning to relax and quiet your mind is not only a good idea, it’s essential if you want to know true freedom. And to accomplish this you must learn to be a great self-listener and be vigilant when choosing what thoughts you want to rule your world. And I mean VIGILANT. One powerful, negative, fearful thought can — when expanded upon — ruin your day and lock you in the prison of the mind. Until you DELETE that thought and relinquish the accompanying emotions you are the mind’s slave. However, the key to your freedom is ever-present and all you need to do to remain free is practice the power of courageous thinking.

Here are seven invocations that, when said as prayer, will guide you into freedom anywhere and any place.

1. The Universe of love and grace always supports me and is my true home.
2. No matter what happens on the outside, I am peaceful, steady and grateful for my life.
3. Deep inside, I realize I am an expression of unconditional love for every living thing.
4. The truth is I deserve to be free.
5. My thoughts are aligned to the flow of Universal love that runs through me.
6. I care take my mind as a garden of fresh new thoughts and creations.
7. Breathing in, I claim total sovereignty over my mind and thoughts.
8. Breathing out I am free!

Here’s to your growing awareness of how blessed you are at all times and to the stillness that is your divine birthright. See you back here soon. Until then, 10,000 blessings from all directions!

Carol Simone, simply known as Simone, is a spiritual catalyst in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of The Goddess of 5Th Avenue, Being Quan Yin, Becoming the Energy of Love and Compassion, The Kiss of the Shaman and others. You can write to her at http://www.carolsimone.com. Follow Carol Simone on Twitter. Follow her on Facebook:

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