Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Soft Touch in Hard Times

Life is very tough.

Throughout life we must cope with blockages that impede our forward momentum ans seem to attempt to keep us from a peaceful inner existence.

Quite often, it is natural for us to respond with anger and frustration, but that does not equate with the peacefulness that we seek for one another.

Whether these obstacles are of a personal, professional, or societal nature, our first instinct may be to push against the obstruction. However, the simplest way to alleviate resistance is to approach it gently, with a soft manner and kind intentions.

To quell the storm, if you will.

Struggle and strife can find no foothold when confronted with mildness because conflict can only exist when fed by two opposing forces.

So many areas of our lives can benefit from the application of gentleness.

The beauty of gentleness lies in its own multifaceted nature. It is part love, part compassion, part patience, part understanding, and part respect for others.

When we move through life gently as a matter of course, we naturally attract these wonderful elements into our lives.

This does not mean that gentle people are by nature passive or meek. Rather, their copious inner power is manifested in their gentleness and their choice to move with the flow of the universe instead of against it.

We can make use of gentleness in our own life by applying it in situations where we feel challenged by our circumstances, by people in our environment, or by our own helplessness in wanted to bring healing to another.

Quite often, caring for another is a misunderstood anomaly as we are not accustomed to accepting what life holds before us.

However, it is important that we move forward.

As we move forward gently, the energy pervading our life will likely shift and, consequently, the blockages before us will diminish and ultimately vanish.

Cooperation progresses smoothly when approached gently because all parties involved feel confident that their needs will be met.

Quarrels are easily quelled with gentleness because the dualistic concepts of losing and winning are made moot by our willingness to exercise infinite patience with those whose values differ from our own.

Gentleness must be practiced, as we are inadvertently encouraged to act competitively in certain phases of our lives, fighting against nature and its inherent realities.

At first, our established habits may make being truly gentle challenging. Yet, as we grow and mature, we can commit to consciously apply gentleness to all areas of our life, whether by collaborating rather than competing, or yielding graciously to the impassable roadblocks in our path in order to seek a new road.

We will find that we begin to act gently.

Some might interpret this as weakness. However, it is strength is growth as we accept the lessons of this wonderful teacher called life.

As our patterns of thought and behavior become ever more peaceful, we will discover that we encounter far less impassable resistance on our individual journeys.

Also, as we discover this, we accept that no one walks alone in her or his journey.

Sometimes, it is easier to accept a held hand with our eyes closed.

Perhaps a held hand and closed eyes open our inner eye to all those who walk with us.

With love & light,


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