Aleph by Paulo Coelho

I am currently reading the book Aleph by Paulo Cohelho (if you haven’t read anything by him–do!)  He requires you to ask yourself a lot of questions.  In this book, he does not feel at peace with himself and the life that surrounds him.  He goes on a journey to see if he can recapture that sense of oneness with himself.  He notes that the search for peace has a price.  The question is are you willing to do do what it takes to be at peace.

All of us, I believe, want to live at one with ourselves—to be at peace.  However, we cannot do it unless we take time to reflect, question and act on the messages and signs we see around us.  And, yes, we do see them.  The question is do you pay attention to them;  or do you rationalize them away, finding a hundred and one reasons to explain why you think and feel the way you do—which momentarily makes you feel better and justified–but that ultimately return once again with more fervor.  When you have reconciled where you are, what you think and how you feel,  the signs of complexity and confusion disappear and peace returns.

Peace by definition is:  a state of tranquillity or quiet, freedom from civil disturbancea state of security or order within a community, freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions, harmony in personal relations.

Your question might be how do I attain peace in my life? In his book he suggests that it is only with “the ability to love, forgive and have courage on your travels” that will lead you in that direction.   I agree!—Otherwise, we are left with too much baggage that clouds our ability to see clearly and have a sense of calmness…oneness with ourselves and the world around us.  It is not easy, and does not end on one journey.  There will be multiple journeys–You must travel them, look into them, and let them go.  The past is that, the past–unchangeable.  The future is that, the future–unable to predict.  The present, however, you can control–it is constant, live.   The Aleph invites you to ask yourself, “are you where you want to be?”  If not, look inside, love a little bit more, forgive a lot more and have the courage to make it different.

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Providence

I was watching Morgan Freeman last night on Oprah’s Master Class episode and realized that life IS what happens to you while you are busy making plans.  And if you pay attention to life, your dreams are more likely to come true.  He wanted to be an actor from when he was a young child and he stayed focused and listened for the signs in life that helped him become who he is today.

What I learned from Mr. Freeman:

1)  Do you really want your dream to come true.  If so, keep reading.  If not, go take a nap 🙂

2)  Identify something everyday to work towards your dream–and pay attention to the signs along the way.  What are they telling you?

3)  Be careful of Paralysis through Analysis—If you want to write a book, start one page at a time.  If all you focus on is the final product (and I am not saying to forego your vision)–you will become overwhelmed and pessimistic about the possibilities–Think J.K.Rowlings

3) Be open and cautious about saying NEVER.  I am currently in a job that I once said I would never do. It has been the best and most rewarding job I have ever had–(Thank you providence.–Fortunately I acted at the right time!–I listened)

4) Remind yourself that dreams change forms along the way.  You can’t be too overly specific while searching. Better said, if you are overly specific, at least be flexible to providence and the willingness to alter as life happens.  My sister wanted to give back to the world and help people feel better about themselves.  She is now a Pilates instructor helping many people not only become fit and healthy but using this as physical therapy for those that need it.  She loves it!  Being a Pilates instructor wasn’t specifically her dream.  She took risks along the way, did many things that related to giving back and, now at the age of 49 is one of the most well known Pilates instructors in Spain.

5)  Be patient, persistent, courageous and committed.  Without these things….your providence has the chance of prospering as much as winning the lottery.

FYI–Morgan Freeman became an ACTOR, from his description at the age of 50.

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