2019 has been a difficult year for me, with many disappointments and feelings of despair… But, in the past week I have witnessed several sparks of hope in the following: some things my older son said, a 2020 keyword suggested by my little sister, some written teachings my aunt gave me, and the powerful heroine’s journey of the main character Rey in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
In future posts I will write more about these blessed happenings…
I am feeling Maha (Great) Gratitude for these hope-sparking incidences, which I feel have been sent to me as gifts from the Force of All Light!
Little sparks can ignite great fires!
So, dear reader, what is sparking in your life now?
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Setting goals is good, but sometimes it can be a set-up for terrible heartbreak, especially if the goals were set too high.
For example, one of my goals this year was to sell 1,809 books by March 31st, which was set too high given the reality that I had no publicist and no budget. Even though I knew it was what some call a “stretch goal,” I’m still feeling a tad sad about it, so I am grateful that I have many tools for working skillfully with difficult emotions.
Are you feeling sad about any of your goals not panning out? If so, you might benefit from using my two best tools for working with the sadness of disappointment: Cultivating the Witness and Practicing Gratitude. Both are described in the extensive list of spiritual practices at the beginning of my book, The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes.
When re-evaluating goals, it is good to remember that many goals are ever-shifting and evolving. While goals give a sense of direction, the path may change many times. And sometimes it ends up being best to abandon the path of a goal altogether and find a new direction.
So, how’s it going with your 2019 goals?
May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!