Book Clubs… The only club I have been to is when I stay out till 4am dancing the night away. I wish I could say I was one of those cool kid book worms. My fiance, the Libra, is an avid reader, seeker of knowledge, the philosopher of the family. On the quest to seek knowledge is one of his best qualities. Setting his mind to starting and finishing a book is no problem! I think to myself, “Daniele you never read books. I don’t know if you have ever actually started and finished a book.” I know I’ve read the first 5 pages of at least 10 books, but have never finished them. What does that say about myself.
I picked up a book at the Unity of Fort Myers Church bookstore. Well, I didn’t just physically pick it up, but I bought it! It is called The Untethered Soul. If I am going to learn a little sumthin’ sumthin’, let it be about how to reach the depths of my soul. I get a glimpse of the back with the quotes and questions, “What would it be like to be free from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to find this kind of inner peace and freedom?
I told myself I am going to start AND finish this book. I look to see how many pages in the book there are… 181 to be exact. Does anyone else look to see how many pages there are? I can do this! I started each morning reading only but a chapter.
If you can learn one idea from something, it has been a journey well worth the travel. This is what I have taken away from this book.
We have this inner roommate that lives in our brain, constantly chatting away. Blabbing and blabbing and more blabbing. Your inner growth is completely dependent upon the realization that the only way to find peace and contentment is to stop thinking about yourself. You are ready to grow when you finally realize that the “I” who is always talking inside will NEVER be content. The bottom line is you’ll never be FREE of problem until you are free from the part within that has so many problems. If you are feeling jealously, instead of trying to see how you can protect yourself, just ask, “What part of me is jealous?” This will cause you to look inside, instead of changing our external reality.
Second idea I have learned is letting go. That seems like an obvious one right? The cheesy saying “Let go and Let The Universe do its thing.” Ok so, you are feeling fear, anxiety, jealously, sadness, these are ALL real energies! These are what make us human. Ever get mad about something, maybe nothing too big, but you know it is bothering you. It started off with just a little thought of bothersome, but now that you’ve been thinking about it, brewing inside of you, you are a bit more angered. Well now, it’s consumed you mind and it’s ruined the whole day, its actually turned into a big fight and ruined two days! All over someone eating your food out at the fridge that wasn’t theirs. We have all been there done that, bitch ate my fuckin’ cookies. Letting go is, OK I acknowledge I am feeling bothered by this in this moment, realizing you are bothered, then freeing your heart of that unwanted energy in that moment. Damn, I just saved myself two days of my mind saying things like, “ I am going to eat her shit now!” “ I am going to start labeling ALL MY FOOOOODDDD.” Instead of going from happy roommates to “ I AM MOVING OUT!” all over some food. You come to peace in that moment and you are free. Your heart is now opened to love and not blocked off from peace. Again, we are mere humans, please do not think for one second you aren’t going to feel angry, sad, fearful, jealous, but the key is to acknowledge this energy and let it go in that moment.
Well, believe it or not… I still haven’t finished the book yet. I am on page 130.
Love always and forever,
The Terra of the Soul