It’s easy to disappoint ourselves, isn’t it?

As another year draws to a close  I think particularly of a task I promised myself I would complete before the year end and other goals that I didn’t work on with the focus they needed.

But what good do such feelings lead to?

As for me, I want to focus with gratitude on all that happened in 2014 and I will do that in my Gratitude Circle post on 31st December. Stay tuned.

So in the midst of a major pickle-making exercise (thanks to The Fermented Foody), I think of all I’ve achieved this year and I realize there was nothing very significant – no masterpieces and ‘no stand-up-and-applaud’ moments. However, there’ve been a lot of ‘stretching-your-soul moments’.

Stretching Your Soul Moments?

Let me borrow from the wonderful Maya Angelou:

Not everything you do is going to be a masterpiece, but you get art there and you try and sometimes it really happens. The other times you’re just stretching your soul.

stretching your soul

I believe in order stretch your soul you must be ready to:

Acknowledge the pain you feel – caused by people and events.

Be ready to move past those feelings with forgiveness and gratitude.

Dare to be your powerful self.

Live and enjoy the present and learn to be happy.

Love and be loved.

Look forward to the future with joyful anticipation.

It is time to remove any mask or protective shell you are hiding behind to fully experience the world. You must be willing to openhandedly release the past and surrender up the future. Most importantly, you must be willing to give up who you think you should be in favor of who you are.
Excerpted from Warrior Goddess Training: Become the Woman You Are Meant to Be by HeatherAsh Amara.

I no longer try to be perfect – that’s a lost cause. Instead, I try to stretch my soul and it’s working for me.

What do you do to stretch your soul?


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