How good is challenging yourself. To say “I can do more,” or “I can be more”. To find something we like, make it into a passion, and pushing ourselves to mastery. I personally have the example of my writing. As an Indie author, I carry my own style, my own voice, and the way I write and describe things is different than other authors.
Not better or worse, just different. It took me years to developed my craft, even more than a decade before publishing my first book. But I can say that there is no other feeling so great as to know you are really good at something you’re passionate about. And the fact that I’m always practicing and perfecting myself gives me great joy and purpose.
Training that feeling
And to increase that feeling of joy, of mastery, of knowing your craft, you must develop a schedule. Wake up early, exercise your mind and body, then take the time to practice what you love to do. This is my life, and that is why I write about this.
Because anyone with a strong desire, passion and purpose can do it. Never belittle yourself. Never look at others and compare yourself. You are unique. And you find that uniqueness in you by finding your passion and challenging yourself to become better and better at it. Practice! Practice! Practice!
I often think about how meditation has helped me throughout the many years. It really has done things in my body and mind that I hadn’t noticed before. And, even though tough at first, after years my mind has really gotten used to looking inwardly as daily practice.
I wanted to write this post in hopes that maybe I can help someone in this aspect. Maybe you seek to lessen your anxiety. Or perhaps you seek a greater control over your anger, frustration, and all negative thinking. Whatever it is, I think meditation is a practice for everybody seeking love, happiness, and all good things.
Benefits from meditation
-Sharing a moment with the silence in me each morning has expanded my mind and made me aware of deep insights. My creativity and capacity for creating vivid scenarios have really strengthened. Everything has become so clear.
-One thing that I’ve noticed gradually is that it has also increased my capacity to resist mental and physical pain. It makes my brain more calm when there is the presence of pain, and I can deal with it without trying to escape it with great desperation and anxiety.
There are many more great outcomes of just knowing my deep self, beyond the noises of my mind, far from the confines and imprisonment of the limiting conscious. Because, I have learned after many years of practice, that meditation opens a gateway into my very subconscious.
Life can be challenging. One can experience loneliness, doubt, jealousy, anger, and a myriad of other darkness. This goes with being human, with exploring ourselves in this physical existence we call life. I went through so much after my father’s death several years ago. I’m sure we have all experienced the impotence and anger in these terrible moments. Our minds make our experiences. From a thought to a feeling, and from a feeling to a constant experience in us. The constant experience can be negative or positive, depending on the first thought we had and nourished into a feeling which grew constant and powerful in us.
There is a well of hope and faith in us in spite of all negativity and struggle. This well is deep inside us, but it cannot be fed by the outside. Sure, you can have people supporting you. Sure, you can also have great self-help books remind you, and religious scriptures too. Sure, you can even have the opportunity to travel and introduce yourself to more inspiring cultures and people. All this may help, but it won’t last. Not unless you find the strength, faith, hope in you in the form of self-belief. Because even if you lose something important to you, or fail at something, or encounter tragedy in any aspect, inner belief will get you out.
Inner belief says “I don’t care what happens in life, I will keep going filled with patience and passion.” Inner belief says “Nothing will stop me, nothing will bring me down; because my focus is on moving on and progressing.” And so, how do you get that strong self-belief…?? By developing yourself, by seeking your passion, by immersing yourself in habits which keep you feeling great about yourself. Great habits are the key in life. Sitting around watching TV and drinking beer with friends, or even by yourself?? Not a great habit. No, I am talking about habits which push you outside of your comfort zone. Habits which add value to your character.
Habits which help you understand yourself and your strengths, like writing, like painting, like sports of strategy, like exercise, like cooking healthily, like educating yourself on science or on any other passion you have. The secret or aim here is to grow as an individual, patiently, step by step, daily; however, it is also about doing something fun, something which ignites your passion and sense of wonder in life. I am personally a big advocate for better habits. I write about self-development, through non-fiction works and now through fantasy works which bring magic, adventure, and also insights into what it is to be alive. I hope you can see the truth in this, and so begin to nourish that belief in you, making yourself unstoppable.
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