Word of the day: Discernment

Peace Soulstars,

I’m embarking on this total body wellness journey with spirituality being at the forefront of this transformation.  While doing so, I am coming across many terms, phrases, quotes and images which are inspiring as well as crucial to my understanding of self.   Today’s word: discernment.  There are many forms of discernment but the general definition is the ability to decide between truth and error; right and wrong.  As I learn myself all over again I realize that I need to bend my mind a little (a lot in some cases).  The mind stays stagnant if we don’t challenge it.  We need to challenge our minds consistently or change will not occur.  It doesn’t matter where you’re starting from.  We can all use sources of inspiration to get that energy flowing within and push us to do more thinking and less believing.  Yes, I meant to say that.   MORE thinking and LESS believing.  If you follow me cool but if you are giving me virtual side eye I urge you to just take a second to stretch your mind right here.  Step outside of the box for a minute or longer while I break this down.

More times than not when we BELIEVE we don’t question.  We don’t leave room for error.  It is finalized and we are not open to infinite possibilities.   In simple terms, we just don’t think.   It’s easier to just take what we hear as truth and nothing further.  Life is full of infinite possibilities which include mystery and the unknown which we often fear.  So, what do we do to cope?  Among the distractions, vices,etc., we establish all of these beliefs  which do come in handy to an extent but can also hinder our growth.  In order to grow we must be able to accept that everything is not always the way it seems.

Someone may tell us something and we are quick to believe it for the simple fact that we trust the source.   Have you ever been let down by someone who you trusted all to realize that you got mind-fucked?  Oooh, harsh words you say? We live in a harsh reality I say.   Step a little further away from the box if you thought my choice of word was too explicit.    It is just an outright way of saying that you were bamboozled, you were tricked, and it burned you so deep that you were emotionally impacted by the person you thought you trusted.  The person you thought you believed.

This is not to say that you shouldn’t trust anybody…No, wait…Actually, it would be advisable to not fully trust others or place higher expectations on them than what is realistic.  Even people who have been by your side during the toughest times can disappoint you if you let them.  As I hop back on the topic (I took a little leap there) at hand,  let me stress that I am not in any way encouraging you to be pessimistic or look for the negative.  What I’m saying is when it comes to people, places, things, information you must always remain vigilant.  Be aware of the fact that everyone and everything cannot be all good and definitely not all-knowing.  Don’t be so quick to believe everything you hear, see, touch or taste.  You get the point.

Bottom line, it’s okay to think for yourself.  It’s okay to question and have an opinion.  It’s even okay to believe to the point where you question things.  I said LESS believing not NO believing at all.  There is a difference.    While you’re at it, let’s work on less judging because the two go hand in hand.  When we have certain beliefs we use them against others to judge the way they think, look, and behave.  Hell, we all judge but what matters is whether you are aware or not.

At the end of the day do what serves you best.  Ask yourself does it serve me to judge other people or would it benefit me more to have an open mind?   Our thoughts, perceptions and beliefs are usually based on our experiences.  Although, many times we disregard our experiences and move on to just believing because it goes along with what we think and feel.  Seek the  understanding that we can all co-exist in harmony with our differences in tact if we take the time to step outside of our boxes and look around, talk to people of different ages, backgrounds, and nationalities, listen and we just might realize that what we thought was truth was actually a misconception or a lie.  Start by questioning this blog post.  😉

Love and Light,

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Author: Angelica

My name is Angelica and I am a licensed certified social worker who has a passion for helping people understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Most importantly, I am a devoted wife and mother whose other interests include music, art, reading, exercise, meditation, and cooking. Amanisoul is a synthesis of the name "Amani" which means harmony and peace in swahili and the word "soul" which means essence or spiritual self. Discovering one's inner peace involves being healthy mentally and physically. Mental and physical health coexist inevitably. I make it my mission to promote healthy living and the impact of positive lifestyle changes on mental health.

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