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I believe
May 29, 2017

This week I came across this very well known wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi

Your beliefs become your thoughts
Your thoughts become your words
Your words become your actions
Your actions become your habits
Your habits become your values
Your values become your destiny
Mahatma Ghandhi

And I realised something. It is that I don’t think I have any beliefs at all. I have opinions (loads of them) about what for example constitutes emotional health for individuals and societies and I can express my strongly held views (which I hasten to add are argued with a cogency close to brilliance) on a whole range of topics. But beliefs? No I don’t thinks so for the simple reason that I know that I could be wrong. And like Karl Popper – all hypotheses should be able to be proved to be wrong.

Do you agree or am I missing something? More next week.

by Sophia Yasmeen

    Like a wild horse, the soul is naturally imaginative, determined, resilient, stalwart and astute, in difficult places. I became aware of these qualities during a time when I came face to face with a struggle. At a low point in life, enduring an illness, a relationship breakdown and financial ruin, I felt lost in an abyss of darkness, with no sliver of hope, or any light shining through. My intellect was poor; the clutter of old negative habits kept reappearing in my mind, effectively weakening my capacity to take control. My mind was simply left on auto pilot.

    Nevertheless, every now and then, deep in the thicket of my inner wilderness, I could feel the presence of someone who knew how to stay alive, even when the rest of me wanted to give up. I remember that a good friend said to me, “Life never hands out things that you can't handle. How you approach a challenge will determine how you come through the other side.”

    I slowly started to realise that the way to tame a wild horse is not by crashing through the woods and yelling, but by walking quietly into the woods, sitting patiently at the base of a tree, becoming one with the wind, fading into my surroundings. I learned to detach myself from the whole of the wood crasher community through meditation, practicing raj yoga and talking to my higher self regularly. I begin to realize that I was not my circumstances, but something far greater.

    I noticed that the more I associated with people who knew how to sit quietly, during the darkest time, just before dawn, my own truth became clearer. In these ways, I became free to bring in whatever joy I wanted in my life, accepted my own faults, and embraced the unknown - knowing that all would be ok in the end. Despite the darkness, there is always light. Despite pain and struggle, there is always love and the possibility of victory.

Sophia is a beautiful writer and I am happily sharing her work in my Feelbetter Newsletter.

best wishes

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