the wisdom within: finding solutions by focusing on the self

the wisdom within: finding solutions by focusing on the self
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It's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of our thoughts and problems in the modern world. Thomas Weiner's words, “Life resolves itself in the process of life itself,” remind us that life is a continuous journey of challenges and solutions. Instead of being consumed by worry, perhaps we should redirect our focus towards a source of wisdom that surpasses the limitations of our minds—the Self.

Life has a peculiar way of sorting out our problems, ushering in resolutions for the old and introducing new challenges. It's a perpetual cycle, and worrying incessantly about our problems does more harm than good. As Glenn Turner said, “Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.” Our mental well-being suffers, and the energy that could be channeled into finding solutions is wasted.

Turning our attention inward, towards the Self (or Soul), can be a transformative shift. The Self houses a reservoir of profound wisdom, a wellspring of intelligence that far surpasses the capabilities of our minds. “The soul usually knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind,” suggests Caroline Myss. In the quietude of self-reflection, we can access this reservoir of wisdom and receive guidance that extends beyond the rationality of our thoughts.

When we attune ourselves to the wisdom of the Self, we gain intuitive insights into our lives. Deepak Chopra aptly notes, “The soul is the core of your being. It is eternal. It doesn't exist in space-time. It's a field of infinite possibilities, infinite creativity.” This infinite potential within us holds the key to facing challenges with resilience and creativity. Instead of relying solely on the finite capabilities of our minds, we tap into the boundless intelligence of the Self.

Focusing on the Self doesn't mean escaping from the world or shirking responsibilities. It's a shift in perspective that enhances our ability to navigate life's challenges. As Eckhart Tolle wisely states, “Give up defining yourself — to yourself or to others. You won't die. You will come to life.” By relinquishing the constant need for self-definition and external validation, we open ourselves to the spontaneity and wisdom of the present moment.

Keep in mind, the incessant focus on our problems, fueled by worry, does not lead us towards solutions. Life, in its natural course, resolves and unfolds. Redirecting our attention to the Self allows us to tap into a well of wisdom that transcends the limitations of our minds. As we embrace the guidance of the Soul, we find intuitive solutions, enabling us to face life's challenges with grace and resilience. In the journey of life, let’s not forget that sometimes, the answers we seek are already within us.