“Your ability to direct your thinking as you choose is part of its power.”
– A Course in Miracles, From vigilance to Peace, pg. 123
In an age where we are constantly thriving, constantly growing, constantly moving, the pressure runs high. This seems to translate into not only an epidemic of burnouts among twenty-something-year-olds but also an immense fear of failure.
When it did not go as we planned, when it did not turn out as was expected of us, we feel like failures and in some cases are even looked upon as failures. We need to be reminded of the big difference between having failed at something and being a failure. We can definitely fail at things, though we can never truly be failures. In order to learn from our failures, we need to first recognize them as such.
The only way we are ever truly failing is when we are choosing not to re-evaluate a situation where we made a mistake, made the wrong decisions, hurt someone or lost something. The only way we are ever truly failing is when we continue to choose thoughts that lead to behavior which continues to lead to destruction and fear.
Anytime that we have learned from a situation where we feel we have failed at something, there is a level of success. So in that way, there can never really be any failures.
When we have failed at something and we take the time to reflect on how we could have done it better, where we made the wrong decisions, and how we got to certain mistakes, there is immeasurable growth happening there.
We learn how to love more, we learn how to focus better, we learn how to listen closer, we learn how to be more diligent, and so on and so forth. We LEARN. When we learn we grow.
So ultimately everything we are faced with is a learning assignment. Whether it is a success or a failure. Every moment that might seem imperfect is perfect in that you have the opportunity to learn something, and to grow from it.
And more often than not, failing is either necessary to learn something that will ultimately be essential for our evolution or simply a detour in the right direction.
This week’s Miracle Mantra & Meditation
A weekly Mantra to support the practice of re-aligning with the truth of who you are. A thought to be repeated throughout the week and the day.
“I CAN ABSORB THE LOSS”.
This week’s mantra is a reminder that whatever it is you feel like you may have lost or failed at, at this moment, or in the past, you can absorb the loss. A wonderful reminder shared by Marianne Williamson that has really made an impact on me. There is such a thing as failing, but all failures, when we evaluate the situation, take responsibility for it and grow from it, is ultimately not truly failing.
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You can choose to apply this mantra in whatever way you may feel called to. A great way to start is by setting some time away each morning and evening, about 5 minutes, to repeat the mantra, a few times and take some long deep breaths in silence.
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