When Akiba was on his deathbed, he bemoaned to his Rabbi that he felt he was a failure. His Rabbi moved closer and asked why, and Akiba confessed he had not lived a life like Moses. The poor man began to weep, admitting that he feared God’s judgement. At this, the Rabbi leaned in and whispered in his ear gently, God will not judge Akiba for not being Moses, God will judge Akiba for not being Akiba. – A passage from the Talmud.
The story above reminds me of the pressure I have often placed on myself to be something more than I already am.
There are many pressures in every part of our life. What pressure we take on is different for everyone and yet, it appears in general that we often believe that being our unique beautiful-self is not good enough.
What criteria do we have to attain in order for our inner-judge to finally say, “Congratulations, you made it.” Unfortunately these hidden beliefs we have through life result in thoughts of being a failure and create emotions of unworthiness. Often it seems that the more pressure we place on ourselves, the less likely we are to achieve our goals.
So how do we find a sense of significance in a world that often seems shallow?
* Find your passion in life, when you love what you are doing, you will find your worthiness and feel good!
* Stop comparing your life or yourself with others, we are all unique with different gifts to offer ourselves and others.
* We all have a shadow side, learning to love every part of ourself is the first step in accepting ourselves.
* Giving ourselves permission to not always be the best in life, we have good days and hard days, it’s all apart of our journey.
* Use affirmations and stillness to help connect you to your true-self, knowing you have everything you need within.
* You have so much to give, more than you realise. Find that space within that gives you permission to be you! You deserve it.
Love is is eternal. Honour lasts. Truth abides. Beauty comes from within. Be you.