“Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change.” Stephen R. Covey
Call me idealistic (you're idealistic!), but I’m a firm believer that we all know what we need to create deep peace and happiness in our lives. Often times our thinking clouds our intuition as we try approach our happiness like a puzzle to be solved or a cryptogram to be decoded. It’s easy to get lost in your thoughts and fixate on the stuff that seems missing in your life.
In my experience, over-thinking never produces the insight and satisfaction I’m looking for. That insight comes from slowing down and getting out of my thoughts. It comes from making contact with the voice that sometimes gets drowned out but never fully disappears, the voice that intuitively knows the meaning of happiness and the path to get there. It’s a humble voice, full of care and patience, and it’s eager to share that care and patience with others. I call it the conscience because it knows what’s right and speaks with an open heart.
Communication with our conscience helps steer our thoughts and actions towards peace. It tells us how to replace turmoil and chaos with quietness and gracefulness. It helps us live with clarity, meaning, and resolution.
You’ve made a lot of decisions in your life that have brought you to where you are. You’ve accumulated and inherited certain habits and patterns of treating yourself and others. Which of these habits have served you the best? Which have brought you the most clarity, the most beauty, the most peace of mind? Which areas of your life are producing friction? Are you able to heal those areas? What is the inner voice telling you? What is it calling your attention to?