The creation of that space within ourselves from which we can be free to respond sanely to the people, places, things and situations that affect us grants us the greatest gift, a place of inner peace.
Bipolar causes within us a state of emotional turmoil and mental anguish where there is no peace.
For most us we believe the world is at fault rather than ourselves and the illness that consumes us.
Our focus is wrong. The lens through which we view people, places, things and situations is backwards. Causing us to magnify the external and minimize the internal. In other words, to minimize ourselves. Sometimes to the point where we no longer exist. This causes us to react inappropriately because we feel worthless and fear others will find out how worthless we are.
It is only by creating that space within ourselves can we find our self-worth and remove the fear through which we react to the world.
Retraining our minds to focus inwards causes us to have to challenge some false beliefs, like other people or things can fulfill us or denying the idea that we can create this space where we can live joyous and free within ourselves. All we have to do to defeat this false belief is to never say, “I can’t do that”.
To defeat the false belief that others is the route to our happiness, we need to stop thinking that if I had this relationship. Moved to this place. Had this job. This vehicle, then I will have everything. That if things would change I would be all right. Yet, all I need is a change is the only true statement we tell ourselves. As long as we believe that change has to come from something out side of ourselves we will continue with self defeating behaviours. Until we believe that the only worthwhile and lasting change can only come about by changing ourselves. We will not find that space that allows for personal growth and gives us personal freedom.
After overcoming the false beliefs, then the work begins to create that space that we have longed for and not known we were looking for.
Our battle is with our minds, not with other people, places, situations or other external things. Remember our battle will always be with our minds and our minds alone.
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The great inspirational speaker, Jim Rohn, said:” Work harder on yourself than anything else.”
I say,” Work harder on yourself and everything else falls into place like magic.”
Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere.
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