Sunday, April 29, 2012

What Kind of Mask Do You Wear?

We all have worn masks at one time or another that projects an image or persona that hides our authentic self. Masks shield our vulnerabilities and insecurities, and prevent us from feeling authentic happiness and fulfillment. What kind of mask do you wear?

 Mask of Illusion/Deception
                I use illusion to gain the trust of others.  I can become whatever you need me to be (chameleon) so as to never be alone. I am good at controlling and manipulating people and situations to maintain the illusion.  I wear many masks which change based on who is standing in front of me.

Mask of Innocence
                Timid, quiet, shy and unaware. I am not sure what is happening or what I am doing, but I am doing it anyway. Sadly, the consequences will follow when I do realize what is happening.

Mask of Anger
                Angry, explosive.  Reacting from a place of fear and hurt in an unconscious attempt to push those who are hurting them away. Stay away from me if you are going to hurt me.

Mask of Humor
                I am here to make you laugh. My laughter serves you while covering up my own feelings of self-hatred and disgust. I am here to entertain.

Mask of Protection
                I am here to protect at all cost.Do not mess with me. I do not want anyone to suffer the injustices that I have suffered.

Mask of Shame
                I deny my feelings so as not to feel shame and inadequacy. I would rather you see me as great and amazing, than to see me as the failure that I think I am.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Do you walk your talk?

To walk your talk is to have your actions match your words. If you are a parent, a friend, a counselor, a nurse, or anyone else that serves as an authority, you have the option to walk your talk. That is, if you advise others in a way that hopes to benefit their lives, and yet do not follow your own advice, you do not walk your talk. If the standards you hold others to, is different than your own standards, you do not walk your talk. No one is immune from the pain and disappointment of life. Yet we all have the options to confront or avoid. Those who walk their talk are honest about their experience and their feelings, and take full responsibility for addressing the issue. No one said it is easy to be honest, only necessary if you want to earn the respect of others. Learn to live your life from a place of honesty and integrity. If you said that you would do  it, do it. Keep your promises and commitments. Walk your talk.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Are you Listening?

Do you ever wonder about the bizarre nature of certain life experiences? Everythng happens for a reason. It is only in taking time to go inward and reflect on the meaning behind such an experience. This is called a life lesson. Why would such a thing happen, if only to teach us something more about ourselves? Even in our darkest hour, there is light. Even when we do not understand, there is clarity. Where there is perceived loss, there is spiritual gain. The Universe speaks to us through our life experiences, through nature, and through prayer or meditation. Take the time necessary to listen, so as to be guided in your life.

The Universe is speaking. Are you listening?