The “D” Word

Doubt is one of those pervasive feelings that belies confidence.  Whenever I’m feeling unsettled or stuck, it’s usually a result of self-doubt about my intuition, my choices, my goals, my actions, even my knowledge (what do I REALLY know for sure?).

While doubt makes it easier to do nothing, it also impedes potential, progress and possibility.  As I continue my quest for increased self-awareness and making a meaningful difference in the world, I’m learning not to struggle against feelings of discomfort when they emerge.  Those feelings surface for a reason.  Instead of downplaying them, I’m getting still to acknowledge and examine any beliefs, attitudes, negative self-talk and perceptions that cloud my judgment and undermine my intentions when I’m feeling overwhelmed and under appreciated.

Leave me a comment to let me know what doubts you’re experiencing and how you’re dealing with them.

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Rumi’s Guest House

Dear Friends,

It’s been a challenging week, and I’m in desperate need of self-renewal.  Sitting in the stillness of 1:30AM, I find myself meditating on Rumi’s Guest House:

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Breathe,

Mary