Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, in these unusual and challenging times, I hope you are remembering to follow your Inner Compass and take good care of yourself, set healthy limits, and say "no" when it's appropriate. Why is this so important right now? Because your unique contribution to the world has never been more needed than right now. What the world needs more than anything else is people with good energy, people who can help us all keep our energy high and navigate wisely in these troubled times. That is also why the ability to say "no" and set limits is so important, especially for people who want to help, uplift, and support their family, friends and community. Because it's not possible to have good energy and be of value to others if we're worn out, irritated, feeling tired, or lacking passion about the life we're living. Then our ability to be anything for anyone else is sorely diminished. But when you take good care of yourself, your energy is high and you are a bright shining star who lifts the energy wherever you are, whatever you're doing.
Here's a short excerpt from my book “Find and Follow Your Inner Compass” about this mechanism:
“When I coach people to find and follow their Inner Compass, they often ask, ‘But isn't it selfish to follow my Inner Compass?’ This question comes from an honest place because almost everyone I work with has high integrity and wants to be of benefit to the world and help other people. And this, of course, is a good thing. We all want to contribute to the welfare of the world and be of support to the people in our lives – which is another way of saying – we all want to love and be loving.
So here's my answer. First of all, it is important to understand that if you feel lousy, or ill, or depressed, or are stressed out of your mind, it's going to be very hard for you to function in your own life. Which also makes it very difficult for you to be of benefit to other people. I sometimes work with people who are on sick leave because of stress and when we go into their stories, it's obvious that they finally collapsed because of their own inability to say "no", set limits, and take good care of themselves. In other words, they were not following their Inner Compass. As a result, they ended up stressed out and ill. Which unfortunately greatly reduced their ability to be of benefit to the people in their lives (which was what they wanted to do in the first place).
So from this point of view, it's pretty obvious that listening to your Inner Compass makes sense if you want to be of benefit to the world. And this is whether we are talking about being a good parent or partner at home, or a good boss or colleague at work. Taking good care of yourself is a prerequisite to taking good care of others, no matter where you are and what you do. So it's important to take good enough care of yourself so you can feel good and be supportive of those around you.
It's a little like flying in an airplane with small children. I have three sons so I remember how it was when I flew with them when they were little. The stewardess explained that if the pressure in the cabin dropped and the oxygen masks came down over our heads, it was important for me (the mother) to put my own mask on first – before I helped my children. This is because if a mother put the masks on her children first and then drops dead from lack of oxygen – how can she help them? So we're talking about the same principle here. Help yourself first, so you can help others. Take good care of yourself first, so you can take good care of others.
But there's another important aspect to all this too. When we say "being selfish" – what exactly do we mean by the "self" we are being selfish about? Are we talking about the little "self" – the ego or personality, which says "me, me, me", or are we talking about our connection to our True Selves which is what the Inner Compass is all about. Because if we are talking about our True Selves, then listening to the Inner Compass cannot possibly be "selfish" in the small sense of the word. Because the Inner Compass is our connection to the Great Universal Intelligence which knows our True Selves and which takes everything (and everyone) into consideration and is orchestrating the whole, vast and amazing dance of this entire infinite Universe. And if that is the case, which it is, then by tuning into this Greater Intelligence, we are aligning ourselves with the Wisdom of the Whole, which is always moving towards greater and greater balance and harmony... which translates for us into more Good, more Love, more Generosity for ourselves and the whole world... which again, is why it's such a good idea to listen to your Inner Compass.”
So please remember this and be the bright shining star you are destined to be. For more about this mechanism, see my book “Find and Follow Your Inner Compass – Instant Guidance in an Age of Information Overload.” The book is available on Amazon and other online sites plus on my Website http://www.beamteam.com
Happy, healthy days to you!
About Barbara Berger
American-born Barbara Berger is the best-selling author of “The Road to Power – Fast Food for the Soul” (published in 30 languages), “Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life” (published in 21 languages) and “The Awakening Human Being – A Guide to the Power of Mind”. Barbara's latest book is "Find and Follow Your Inner Compass – Instant Guidance in an Age of Information Overload". Barbara also works as coach and therapist, helping people around the globe come into alignment with their own true power. For more about Barbara see her Web site: http://www.beamteam.com
** Below are titles & links to the beautiful work from Barbara. She is a long time contributor and my dear friend :) **
https://www.mysticlivingtoday.com – articles by Barbara Berger
The Ultimate Self-Empowerment Tool – Your Inner Compass
The Key to Happiness; Understanding the Way the Mind Works
Who would you be if you didn’t know your age?
The Power of Right Seeing
Review of Barbara Berger’s book Find and Follow Your Inner Compass by Riki Frahmann
Are You Here Now? Are You Happy Now?
Discovering Who You Really Are
Getting in Touch with Your Heart
Follow Your Passion & Accept the Consequences
The Power of the Joyful Giver
You have nothing to deal with but your own thoughts
Peace Is Your Nature
The Power of Contemplating Love
How Can We Serve?
The Importance of Mind Management
Focus on the Real – A Way of Dealing with Worry and Catastrophic Thinking
Nothing External Can Disturb Us
Just Let Everything Be!
The Gift of Crisis
The Power of Asking for Help
What does it mean to be psychologically mature?
The Meaning of Life
The Power of Praise & Blessing
Our Unalienable Rights
Meeting the Family & Keeping Your Peace of Mind
Healthy Boundaries – the Secret of Good Relationships
Wanting What You Have
NOW IS THE TIME TO THINK POSITIVE
A Scientific Prayer to Lift Your Consciousness
Healthy Self Talk about the Body
Time Are Changing Aren’t They?
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