March Madness

When was the last time you actually stopped and reevaluated your stance or opinion on something? When was the last time you accepted the idea that what you thought or believed to be ‘right’ or ‘true’ may not be ‘right’ or ‘true’? That the premise these thoughts or beliefs were based upon no longer exist? When was the last time you literally suspended a thought, belief, response or attitude, and taken the time to reevaluate your position, stance or opinion? If the old saying, ‘the one constant in life is change’ is true, how amenable, responsive or open are you to the ever changing, global transformation? How much of what you hold to be ‘true’ or ‘right’ is an honest, current opinion versus old, prejudiced judgment?

March is a month of shifting sands. It isn’t enough to just keeping your balance this month, you need to be able to witness the shifts and changes as they playout before you. You need to clear away the old, prejudiced judgment and allow yourself to ‘see’ with fresh, clear eyes, ridding yourself of any clouded, skewed vision that can hold you back from seeing and grasping all of the goodness that lay before you. To hold onto old ‘rights’ and ‘truths’ during this time without self examination or reflection is to hold yourself captive in a lesser place than you deserve or desire.

Remember the theme of 2017? Responsibility and involvement? It is an important theme for the year, and an important aspect of this month. March can be a month of instability…personally and professionally, emotionally and spiritually. March will test you in all of those areas. You will need to spend some time analyzing, reevaluating, and contemplating ideas, ideals, beliefs and understandings you have never examined or pondered over before. Your job is to find your new balance, your new perspective, your new awareness, and your new acceptance of your new ideas, ideals, thoughts, and beliefs.

‘Digging your heels in’ and choosing not to relinquish your old prejudiced judgments, will only bury you a little deeper in your own self-induced prison of bewilderment, negativity and disappointment. Take responsibility for finding and establishing your own balance this month. Get involved in your own self-realization and actualization. Start by asking yourself some questions, and taking enough time to deeply consider your answers. Then decide whether your answers are based on your own experience or considered opinion, or if they are based on some traditional, cultural or family oriented belief or understanding (e.g., I was raised Catholic, therefore, that is my religion).

  • Are you religious or spiritual?
  • What do you truly and wholeheartedly believe in, with respect to God, the hereafter, heaven and hell?
  • Do you have a political affinity? Is one political party ‘better’ than another?
  • Are you open minded when you hear about various ethnic groups?
  • Are you a good listener? Can you set aside preconceived ideas when listening to an opposing opinion or idea?
  • How willing are you to trust another person? Do you believe most people are trustworthy?
  • What fears do you have about yourself? About others?
  • When you don’t get your way, are you willing to try another way without resentment, negativity and judgment?
  • Do you think you are generally right about how things work or ought to be?
  • What areas of your life, your Being, are you most afraid of looking at? What are you afraid of finding? Is it realistic?
  • What areas of your life, your Being, are you most afraid of changing? What are you afraid will happen? Is that realistic?

If you haven’t already, take some time to begin your journey towards balance and enlightenment. The trick is to continually renew your commitment to yourself, and to finding what has changed within you. The better you understand and appreciate yourself, the better you will come to understand and appreciate the world you live in, and the more balance you will have when the sands under your feet begin shifting.

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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