Do you remember preparing for your first prom or your first date? Do you remember preparing yourself for graduation from high school? Preparing for your wedding day took a great amount of time, energy and effort. You prepared yourself for your first child.
So much of life is spent preparing for events, great or small. Each preparation is fueled by the excitement of anticipation. You imagine the experience and pay attention to all the details to ensure that what you imagine will be accomplished.
The time you spend preparing lends great excitement to your life and at the same time, gives you purpose.
Imagine how much more exciting and successful relationships would be if you prepared yourself to enter them with great deliberation, a deliberation that keeps your eyes open, your heart strong and your awareness steeped in reality.
Being steeped in reality means that the reality of the relationship is a reality you can believe in.
From: Kiss Your Life... 365 Reasons to Love Who You Are
Reason: 178 Page: 196
By: Ann Mody Lewis Ph.D.
We spend most of our lives preparing ourselves for something!
The way in which we prepare determines the intensity of our emotional attachment to outcomes, our devotion to the people we love, our commitment to life, and our values. Vague as it may seem, preparing is a BIG DEAL!
You, yourself, were prepared by your parents, relatives, and culture to live life in a certain way. That preparation set the foundation of who you are today. No one spoke of their intentions; they were simply conveyed in the events of everyday life. To break those childhood patterns or modify them in any way is hard emotional work.
Perhaps the Sages of the Sixth Century understood the connection between our psychology and how we prepare for anything. They all said to look within so you walk in the light or better yet, be the light.
Men that we know so well tell the importance of preparation:
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
― Abraham Lincoln
“We should live our lives as though Christ
was coming this afternoon.”
― Jimmy Carter
Let's not dismiss the importance of this topic because of its vagueness. These discussions about life and spirituality are about YOUR inner world. Taking the journey within will prepare you for all of life by building resilience and a capacity to be vulnerable: qualities that are essential for peace.
Topics of discussion this month are: Why is preparation important? How does preparation become a showcase of our personal psychology? Preparing yourself to live consciously is the best guarantee of health.