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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Telling the Truth Tuesday: The duality of our nature

I believe we all have two voices inside of us: the voice of Spirit/Light and the voice of gloom and doom. You know the difference, right? The voice of Spirit is quiet - a gentle whisper that guides us to be our best selves. The voice of gloom and doom tempts us to do things we know aren't good for us - like eat that piece of chocolate, not do our exercise, don't do the things that feed our souls. And why is it that the voice of doom is so much louder than the voice of Spirit. And is so much easier to listen to.
Instant gratification versus long term fulfillment. I am working on identifying these two voices and in the moment, choosing the voice of Spirit over the voice of gloom and doom. I don't always succeed, but as I do this work, the sense of inner peace expands.

How about you?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

For me, that is the voice of the Holy Spirit versus the voice of the devil.

Karen Walker said...

Yes yes yes, Alex

Suze said...

Aw, sweets. I just sighed long and deep after reading your post and the dialogue between you and Alex.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Good for you. I never thought of the internal battle in quite those terms, but you're right. Luckily, I stomped my "gloom and doom" side to death a long time ago.

Karen Walker said...

Suze, aw, thanks
Susan, wow, you mean it never surfaces any more - lucky you!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I think Alex nailed it.

Anonymous said...

Alex is right I believe, he's not just a pretty face but thinks also.