Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. ~Henry David Thoreau
Paradise Found has taught me how to get lost. Lose my ego, lose my fear, lose my insecurity.... Cecilia (my Ego) and I have come to a deeper understanding. Cecilia now takes a back seat to my decision making. I have been able to make decisions based on facts rather than fear. When paralyzed in indecision and inaction, I start writing about where I can find Paradise today. Paradise is found by getting lost. Lost in myself, lost in my thoughts, lost in the woods ... Lost in his eyes, lost in her charms. Lost in laughter. As a result, I lost 20 pounds, I lost illness, depression and a bad credit score. I lost a lot by being Found.
It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. ~Lucille Ball
I turned 39 this year. I had my Meg Ryan breakdown of "I'm gonna be forty!!!" and then embraced the milestone. I also realized for the first time in 39 years I am doing what makes ME happy. I'm no longer concerned about what other people think. It makes me happy to inspire other people ... it makes me happy to be inspired. Good thing for Karma, because I can reap the rewards both ways. Paradise is recognizing (and doing) what makes you happy.
"He who knows others is learned; He who knows himself is wise." ~Lao-Tzu~
I have discovered that no one knows me better than I know myself. I know my own body better, I know my own mind better, I know my own intuition better. Why try to follow someone elses plan? I discovered when I follow my own rules, I am far more happier, content, and in love with what I do. Paradise is living according to my own rules.
"You don't have to be a Buddhist to be a Buddha"...
I had some spiritual growing pains this year... and the most important thing I discovered is I do not need to fit the mold of anyone's religious definition. What's important is I walk the talk, radiate the light, and express gratitude for all my blessings. Practice may make perfect ... but it's not necessary to be perfect to practice.
What discoveries have you made finding your Paradise?
Paradise is Here, Paradise is Now... Paradise is making self-discoveries.....