I remember a couple of years ago I saw a famous self improvement guru talking on resistance. His basic message was, the more you resist something, the more important it is that you fight the resistance and DO whatever it is that has created this unsettling, displaced feeling. Well, I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching, making some choices, which I am recognizing, for me, it’s harder to have choices than to just trudge along the beaten road you “think” you’re destined to.
I also struggle with commitment, certainly when it comes to relationships, hence why I’ve been single for over a decade. If I stay away from intimate relationships, I’m safe! But we all know the truth in that, don’t we? Love is one of the most beautiful things we are blessed with. Committing to someone you love, and they you, is pretty special BUT NOT EASY stuff!
So I have been slowly, actively studying my likes, my dislikes, my desires, needs, and am sitting on an opportunity to make major changes in my life. I believe this. So as exciting as it can be, it is also frightening to me. And believe me, when you struggle with anxiety and all that wonderful stuff, it’s VERY REAL to the person going through it. It can become VERY REAL to those who are close to them, because, well, I call them “demons”. The demons are real to me.
I have been focusing on that guru’s message, because one thing that I am considering changing is something that in past I HAVE LOVED. Trying to come out of a severe clinical depression (I wish that were the case for all. I wish we could just come out of it, and leave it behind, shed it like a snake does skin, but it doesn’t work that way, does it?) In the hardest times of this I lost a couple friends, and while it hurt, I realize, they haven’t a clue what I live with day in, day out. The sometimes constant need to correct the thoughts that automatically spew from my brain, it can be exhausting. But I’m doing it. And I’m doing as well as I think I can. Not without some unhealthy coping skills.
Anyway, I want to go back to this resistance I’m feeling about this one thing I’ve had in my life, 1/3 of my life, and have enjoyed, loved. It would be very easy for me to say “I don’t want to do this anymore”, and chalk the negative feelings I’m having onto that, but I know myself, and I know deep down, it’s not that simple. I am resisting it because it’s important, albeit, very important to me.
So I’ve been doing the usual things that I know to do, mostly prayer, meditation, seeking help with an answer. Tonight an unexpected message actually helped me see how much I am truly pushing this away. If I am being true to myself, and 4-5 years ago I committed to being true to myself, first, then I need to either dissect my reasoning, or even harder, jump in, get my feet wet, and defeat these restricting feelings, fears.
So I decided to write about it, to put it “out there” for myself to look at. I do this with my artwork too. I will take a picture and study it on my computer or telephone screen. This way I am detached from it, and can see where my painting needs honing, correcting. Whatever works, right?
So, how about you? Is there something you are resisting? Something that is important to you but your inner demons have got a grip on your decision making?