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Dealing with These “Trying Times”

There has never been a time in history when it was not a trying time. It is an aspect of life. The struggle for balance demands that we are always met with adversity. It is what hones us as Spiritual Beings.

If someone were to be in space and live without gravity, their muscles would be so atrophied when they returned to earth that they wouldn’t be able to lift their head off the ground. This puts into perspective how adversity strengthens us.

It takes an act of will to proceed in the face of the streams of negativity that bombard the average individual. We have to choose to be more than average. One way to empower ourselves is to strengthen the spirit by swimming upstream against the negative currents. An even better choice is to simply let them pass by. This exercises the spirit in a different way by not engaging in them.

  • Turn off the news. The human processing system was not designed to continually filter death and disaster around the globe.
  • Refuse to listen to gossip. Shut it down or walk away.
  • Forego challenging others opinions and remove yourself from combative debates. It is an exercise in futility or an overindulgent ego.
  • Realize that truth is a subjective concept. Refuse to accept anyone’s vantage point as completely yours.
  • Be grateful that others have an opposing view. It takes the pressure off to not have to be right all the time.
  • Don’t judge others. You have abused power in the past. Allow others the same freedom to learn the consequences of their actions.
  • Every life is a compilation of miracles. The same miracles that run the microcosm of your life are the same ones that perpetuate the macrocosm. Trust the process.
  • Live in gratitude as a means of flipping the switch from fear to Love.
  • Realize that man does not run the show. There are forces in the Universe that are in play far beyond the infancy of man’s understanding.
  • Realize that every situation that arises always has a solution. It is part of the balance.
  • Realize that your thoughts and actions are part of the group consciousness. If you want a more positive world, think more positive thoughts and give little endorsement to the negative ones.
  • Recognize that truth has many vantage points. If you don’t like your present point of truth, just change it.

All of these suggestions aren’t easy to implement. Trying to use them is a means of strengthening spiritual muscles. It is much more empowering than being swept away in mass belief systems. True leaders challenge what the masses perceive as truth. By doing so in your corner of the world, you too become a great leader. It is inevitable.

8 comments to Dealing with These “Trying Times”

  • What a great post Jen!
    I love the idea of exercising our spirituality like the muscles of our body…that makes perfect sense. It would seem that “instinct” tells us to avoid adversity, but I also see how facing it head on makes us stronger. Great points to keep in mind.

  • This is yet another post that is going to be not only printed but FRAMED! I can’t tell you how deeply I connected with your direction. This is such a great set of guidelines to adhere to when things are chaotic.

    I have already begun to do the things you have suggested and have seen the significant positive impact in my life. Sometimes it is nice to see that your gut instincts are leading you down the right path!

  • Most news is simply designed to create “shock and awe”. One of the most frustrating things people say is, in these trying times. I always ask them, what does that mean? Great tips on tuning out the noise. Relax and be happy. That’s a choice we can all make.

  • Thanks so much. It may take some strength at first but the benefits of tuning out the negativity may be priceless.

  • Thank you for your thoughful reply. It is very powerful to listen to your gut.

  • Thank you so much! It is a great feeling to experience one’s own integrity. I think that is the definition of being a true leader.

  • I like the “Turning off everything” view, though I think too many often listen to news that really isn’t news by journalists but Viewpoint or Commentary… Unfortunately one has to sort through the Bad & Negative with the Good in News…Just because a news station might boasts their the “most watched” doesn’t mean they have quality news… If you think to tabloids or magazines such as the National Enquirer magazine who’s just behind the NY Times as far as circulation, there are a few Bigfoot’s that might be riding around in UFO’s looking for you while your dreaming… There is so much bad news that is switched around to not be so much as truth in journalism but just to gain viewer ship…

    Ways to think positive in hard or challenging times can be a challenge though… Some areas have been harder hit then others in business and economics… Great article on how to be positive and tuning out the Negative!!!

  • Thank you very much for your feedback!
    Loveand Light,
    Jen