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Who Am I?

Sometimes I feel like I have multiple people living in my body. One morning I wake up happy… smile on my face… caring and empathic… loving the world — and then there are the other days. One minute I’m happy and content… and the next I’m moody and irritable. Some days I eat healthy, drink lots of water, exercise, go to bed early… but often I don’t.

What gives? Why such variation and self-sabotage? I know that staying up until 2am watching TV is going to make me feel bad the next day… and yet – I continue to do it. Not every night… but consistently. And what about all the other things I do that I know aren’t good for me… aren’t healthy… won’t make me feel better in the long run… Why?

How many people out there consistently make good choices that support their overall health and well-being? Surely there must be a few? I feel like there might be some kind of link to spirituality… connecting your daily choices with your inner guidance. I’m just not sure where that inner guru goes sometimes. And it makes me wonder… do I get disconnected from the inner guidance and end up making bad choices… or do the bad choices disconnect me from the inner guidance?

What does it take to get clear and consistently make good choices? I’d be the first to tell you that I want to get clear. I like to set intentions, create vision boards and write out goals. But here’s the thing… I don’t feel clear. I feel a constant struggle to figure out what I want.  As I consider why I’m not getting clear… I have to ask myself the question, “what’s good about not being clear?” If you’re doing something… or not doing something… there’s always a reason. If there wasn’t some benefit (unconscious, made-up, or otherwise illogical as it may be), you wouldn’t do it.

Here’s what I realized. If I’m clear, then there’s no question what I want (I know… seems obvious… but stay with me here). If I know what I want, then I should say what I want. But what if I don’t want to say what I want? What if I can’t get what I want? What if it causes conflict if I say what I want? What if other people think I’m selfish for saying what I want? I really, really, really don’t like conflict. Now it starts to make more sense… I start to realize that there are a lot of reasons why getting clear isn’t happening so easily.

So maybe there are multiple personalities living within me. Maybe part of spiritual growth has to do with aligning the various parts of your soul? Uncovering the various hidden beliefs that drive our less-than-ideal choices and bringing them to light. I’d like to say that simply making these connections and having these realizations has allowed me to be able to say exactly what I want at all times. That’s what I’d like to say. Instead, what I can say is that I think it’s a start.

And for that I am grateful.  ~Rashel


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4 thoughts on “Who Am I?

  1. Hello, I hope you won’t mind if I share my personal experience. I can totally relate to what you are saying, that’s how I used to be had some ‘good’ some ‘bad’ days, not thinking clearly, confused with what I really wanted and believed in. What helped me to see things as they truly are is changing my diet. It’s a long process, it doesn’t happen over night. What we eat affect our body, our brains, the way we think.
    Few years ago I stared using locally grown food, not necessarily organic, if it was grown using natural methods from known sources. I educated myself on how the food is produced, gradually reduced the amount of meat I consumed, then went off meat totally. I never looked back and never felt better. I now grow my own food (I still have a full time job), practise meditation daily and see the world in totally different way. I manged to de-program my belief system.
    Good luck to you on your journey!!

    • Wow Nenke… Thanks for sharing! Sounds like a personal transformation. I wonder I you mind me asking… How did you start? The process feels overwhelming to take on!!

      • It all started few years ago. I knew there was something wrong with our food, especially meat. It was not the same as I remembered from my childhood years. I guess we all know to some degree, but we keep ignoring what our instinct is telling us, as we are always ‘too busy’ doing other things. I started reading about the food production and watched some videos. It got me thinking. One of the first documentaries I saw was ‘Food, Inc’, then some others, all showing the ugly reality of factory farming and corporate greed. I stopped buying my food at supermarkets, but tried to get it from local markets and farmers instead. I was gradually reducing my meat consumption, it was a very natural process, nothing forced. Once you start giving your body some real nutrients, it will sop craving foods that are ‘bad’ for you. as it instinctively knows what is required.
        Our brains are programmed by adverts and all the junk food we consume that we are unable to think for ourselves anymore. That’s why you have to break the habits and be persistent. Everyone can do it!
        If you would like to hear more about my story please feel free to visit my blog at http://myjourneytoawakening.wordpress.com/
        Best of luck to you. Much love, Donna x

      • Thanks! Congratulations to you!!

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