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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Iyanla Vanzant Daily Stimu-Mail – OPENING MY HEART TO THE FULLNESS OF LIFE

Iyanla Vanzant is the founder and executive director of Inner Visions International and the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development. She is the author of 13 titles—including five New York Times bestsellers—and the Inner Visions CD Series. Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through has been published by SmileyBooks and available here. Iyanla is a Spiritual Technician. She is a Master Teacher. She is a woman of passion, clear vision and purpose, with a wicked sense of humor. Ordinary? Maybe. We think Dr. Maya Angelou's description is much more appropriate. Iyanla is, by many accounts, a Phenomenal Woman!


I will know peace when .  .  .
fear no longer controls what I do not do.

How long have you been living with the fear of being hurt? Being abandoned? Or, being rejected? What have these fears motivated you to do?  More important, what have they motivated you not to do? When you live with the fear of being hurt, it is difficult to experience peace. When you hold back in fear of being abandoned, you will not find peace. When you move through life avoiding the fear of being rejected, you also avoid the peace of love.

The average human being will go to any lengths to avoid the experience of being hurt, being abandoned or, being rejected.  In order to protect themselves, there are people who will not indulge in personal contact or closeness.  Some of them will go so far as to strike first, hurting others before they can be hurt. When you are afraid to be hurt, you can spend a better part of your lifetime on the lookout for hurt, expecting to be hurt. There is something you must remember. What you expect you usually get!
    
You cannot experience the fullness of your authentic self or life when you live to avoid hurt. You will never know the joy of love or the peaceful satisfaction of being loved if you hide from hurt. When hurt is the focus, the heart closes.  When your heart is closed, your mind fills with every idea about hurt, every belief in hurt, what hurt can do to you and, how hurt happens. Get out of your head!  It is your fear of hurt that is destroying your peace of mind and your chance to be loved.
    
Until today, you may have believed that if you could avoid being hurt, you will live a peaceful life. Just for today, consider all of the life, love and peace you are missing out on in your attempt to avoid being hurt.

Today I am opening my heart to the fullness of life and love with no expectation of being hurt!

From Until Today!   

by Iyanla Vanzant

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