Building on your insights from the prompts in our last post (if you haven't done them, you can find them here), you will likely begin to see some patterns emerge. Let's take a closer look at those patterns...
- What did remembering yourself as a child bring up for you?
- What are some words you would use to describe yourself as a child? an adolescent? an adult?
- What has remained consistent?
- How have you seen yourself evolve?
Embody a curious, exploratory attitude for this exercise, and please know when reflecting on this that no detail is too small, and seemingly unimportant information can hold profound meaning.
What do you notice about you?
Are you drawn to trees? To the ocean? Do you thrive on solving puzzles? Do you connect easily with animals? Or plants? Are you a storyteller? Do you seek knowledge?
Take some time to be fully present with this inquiry, and what meaning your observations may hold for you on a deeper level. It can sometimes be helpful to ask trusted others what stands out about you, since at times we can be blind to much of our own value. Reflect on your ideas in a journal if that is helpful.
By examining patterns and consistencies, you start to get a glimpse of your Nature. It is not right or wrong, good or bad, it simply is.
All living things have a Nature, and understanding yours is crucial to your spiritual and emotional wellbeing and alignment.
All living things, based on their Nature, have environments in which they struggle and others in which they thrive. This is not judgement, or perception, it is simple truth.
For example, a plant that thrives in full sun will die in a dark indoor room. This is not due to either the plant (living being) or the dark room (conditions) being "bad," or "wrong," it is simply a mismatch of conditions in which the living thing will flourish, because of its Nature.
We understand this easily enough. So why do we treat ourselves, human beings, as the exception?
Why do we expect that we can thrive in all conditions, and chastise ourselves when we inevitably fail to do so?
When you do not honor your Nature, you suffer.
Trying to make yourself fit where you do not naturally can result in ongoing self-doubts, self-loathing, low self-esteem, feeling misunderstood, and pervasive sadness. Stepping into alignment with your Nature - and accommodating it rather than attempting to shave it down in order to fit some pre-determined box - is freedom.
We are hurting ourselves with our unrealistic expectations and failure to meet them. Worst of all, we fail to fully know the beauty of our natural being when we do not recognize our unique gifts and bring them forth into the world.
You must not ask yourself to be other than you are.
Your Nature provides insight into your Purpose. And THAT is where the real fun begins :)
Until next week... lots of love,