For those of you on Facebook, you may want to check out the Facebook page, Hay House Daily Meditations. Here's one from this past Tuesday written by Louise Hay:
I am willing to change and grow (from Heart Thoughts by Louise Hay)
"I am willing to learn new things because I do not know it all. I am willing to drop old concepts when they no longer work for me. I am willing to see situations about myself and say "I don't want to do that anymore," I know I can become more of who I am. Growing and changing is exciting, even if I have to look at some painful things inside me in order to do it."
Most people, including myself, like to avoid pain. In fact, the desire to control is usually brought about by an unconscious wish to avoid pain. Our egos think that if we can control people or situations, we can avoid pain. Sometimes growing and becoming better involves healing our hurts, facing our addictions and challenging our negative, distorted thought patterns. Taking off the masks we wear and examining who we really are can be painful.
I remember a few years ago I went through a tough time. I faced some self-esteem issues I had been trying to suppress for over twenty years. It was very difficult. Did I live through it? Well, yes. Am I better for going through that tough period? I'd like to think so. Is there still more healing to do? Yes.
My thoughts are that life is a constant process of healing through the power of forgiveness - forgiving not just others but ourselves. Forgiveness allows us to live in freedom. It lightens our spirits and transforms relationships. It attracts opportunities.
What I like about Louise's quote is the part where she says, "I don't want to do that anymore." I don't want to think self-defeating thoughts anymore. I don't want to limit what I do or say because I'm afraid of what others think of me. Since I turned 40 last year, my friends will sometimes hear me say, "I'm 40 and I don't do that anymore."
Don't wait until you're 40 to say that to yourself. Don't wait another day to say that to yourself. Become willing to see things differently. Know that you are strong enough to confront the pain in your past. And, enjoy the process of becoming who you were created to be.
Photo by SLH of Simply Nature