The other day, I saw this rose in perfect bloom. I had to stop and stare at it for a little while. It was so beautiful.
In the midst of admiring this rose, I thought about how I was not much different than this flower. Some of the other roses on the same bush were not as open as this rose. I had no desire to stare in awe at them. I walked past this rose the day before. And it had not opened to the point of inspiration. I glanced at it and kept walking.
However, once it opened. Once it showed me what was inside, I was amazed. The flower’s beauty was illuminated.
I feel like I’m undergoing the same process as this rose. Everything I do for self care from eating healthy to meditation all has one purpose; to open me up to the beauty of my potential.
Isn’t that why we’re all here.
Maybe it’s not about climbing the corporate ladder and creating a life of comfort. Maybe it’s not about settling for what we know is possible. Maybe life is about trying to peel back the petals of our lives and show the world what’s inside us. As we discover ourselves and expand our concept of what’s possible, we allow others to become more as well.
Perhaps human evolution isn’t just about advances in technology. Of course this is an important part of evolution, otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to so easily share this message with millions of people around the world. But there’s more to it than what we see in our outer worlds. There’s also spiritual evolution. This is the evolution of what’s inside us. What we think, our beliefs, and how we see the world must all evolve too.
How to evolve into our best selves
This type of evolution starts with each individual. It requires us to be willing to look inside ourselves first and see what’s there. This is easier said than done. We’re more encouraged to look outside ourselves and achieve rather than look inside ourselves and become.
1. Healing is the first step to revealing the truth of who we are. We must be willing to look at everything that’s inside us, the happiness and the pain. All the things we’ve suppressed because we couldn’t deal with it at the time. All of the times our hearts were bruised. Because until we look at it, we cannot move past it. When we don’t heal, we allow all of the suffering from our past to subconsciously guide our present and our futures.
2. After we heal, we must explore. Most of us haven’t explored ourselves since we were very young. As we grew older, maybe around 11 or 12 years old, we became much more conscious of what other people though about us rather than who we really were. We did things to fit in and be accepted rather than to make ourselves happy. So exploration without constraint is a necessary part of our evolution.
3. The third step is redefining ourselves. Let’s not be afraid to release old beliefs, things, and even people that no longer serve us. A lot of times when we discover who we really are, we realize we’ve betrayed ourselves. We’ve allowed our lives to fill up with things that actually disconnect us from who we are. So we must gently let go of those jobs, relationships, excessive weight, addictions, and outdated beliefs that keep us from flowering.
Look at this rose as a reminder that you can be more than you ever thought possible. Commit to peeling back the illusions pedal by pedal until your truth is revealed.
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