Nothing in life has any meaning besides the meaning we give it. How do we create meaning? In many cases we are programmed by our culture and the people around us. The truth is that all meaning is subjective. Some of us are taught that having designer clothes, a perfect body and having a lot of money is the true meaning of success. In other cultures having a loin cloth, a lip plate, long earlobes and living off the land is the true meaning of success.
Some of us are taught that death is sadness and others believe it is joyful because we discard our worn out bodies so our spirit can move on and evolve, or have more fun!
Imagine you are in the ocean and you are a poor swimmer. Behind you is a huge wave. Now what do you think? Do you think what an exciting and fun wave? No! You're truly fearful. Now imagine you are an experienced surfer and the same wave comes up behind you. You say, "Cool. Hang ten. What a wave dude". The wave did not change. Obviously it was just the meaning you gave to it.
If nothing in life has any meaning besides what you give to it, then your experiences in life have nothing to do with what is happening in your life, but everything to do with the meaning you attach it to.
Understanding that you can choose the meaning to the events in your life gives you tremendous power to change the quality of your experiences, the quality of your results, and the quality of your life. However, there is a critical divide between your conscious and subconscious mind, and until you learn to bypass it, you will continue to repeat the same patterns. What most people don't know is that it can be easy to change your subconscious blueprint.
If you feel angry or upset ask yourself, "What does my reaction to this say about me?" In other words, what do I have to believe to experience the emotions I am experiencing right now in this situation? In short, you define your own experiences. You create your own meaning.
Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.
Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography
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