Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Chase Criticism: Proactively Procure Peace
Criticism is that conversation we try to avoid. It is the catalyst for those sinking feelings that we carry over from childhood. Physical responses to criticism vary. Some may feel a pit in the stomach, tightness in the throat, ripples in the brain, clenching palms or an actual pain in the heart.
The sensation that the body feels is pure ego. The tightness is an opportunity to identify and break through the shell. The beautiful part about criticism is that it is an invitation to grow, change and transform.
Change is constant. If you are not expanding and growing, you are shrinking and dying. This is true on every level: Spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual. Happiness is a result. Today practice releasing your stubborn nature and need to be right. Even if you are right, let it go.
Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. We allow our ego to block our success. We cling to our own opinions even when they are wrong. Like a boiling egg, we become denser and denser as someone tries to convince us otherwise.
Critcism gives you a chance to change your inside world. When you learn to control the rise and fall of emotions, you will know peace. Life situations and circumstances will always change. Ego is that clinging sensation resisting the laws of nature.
Proactively procure peace by chasing criticism. You're reaction will be a great indicator as to your state of bondage or liberation. There is a Sanskrit saying, "Mana eva manushyanam katanam bandha mokshayoho." "As the mind, so the man; bondage or liberation are in your own mind." If you feel bound, you are bound. If you feel liberated, you are liberated. Things outside of you, do not bind or liberate, it is all about your attitude.