When I found myself depressed in 2009, it became my mission to be peaceful. When a person is depressed, stressed out, living in chaos or just plain unhappy, nothing could be more comforting than the thought of being peaceful.
In 2009, it was a no-brainer for me that if I could experience peace of mind on a daily basis, then I would reach the ultimate level of success in my life.
Peace. It was all I really wanted.
As I immersed myself in spiritual teachings, I learned a life changing lesson. I learned I had two operating systems. One was my ego and the other was my Spirit. The cartoon with the devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other, is indeed the perfect depiction!
I became extremely aware of the thoughts that passed through my mind. I began labeling them like so, "Oh, that's an ego thought! Oh, that's a Spirit thought."
I began to recognize the tone of each voice. The ego voice in my head would persistently bring up fear, insecurity, stress, worry, self-doubt, inadequacy, competition and more. But the Spirit voice in my head was always gentle, encouraging, positive, loving and always offering up creative solutions to every problem.
When I would listen to ego my life was chaotic. When I would listen to Spirit my life was peaceful. And even amongst chaos, if I consciously chose to listen to my Spirit voice, I would always feel peaceful knowing that nothing was too big or too impossible for me to deal with.
It became obvious to me then and it is still true for me now, that I can be successful each and every day depending on which voice (which thoughts) I choose to listen to every moment of my day.
Imagine yourself waking up each morning and picking an operating system. If you push one button you will operate from ego and if you push the other button, you will operate from Spirit. One will make you unhappy the other happy; one fearful the other brave; one insecure the other confident; one chaotic the other peaceful.
Be conscious everyday. Choose your operating system wisely. Be aware of which voice you are listening to.
Daily Affirmation: Dear ______________, help me to choose in each moment of my life, the voice of Spirit because the voice of Spirit always leads me to peace even amongst the chaos in my life. I want to function every single day from this peaceful state of mind because when I am at peace I am truly successful in all areas of my life! When I forget and slip into my ego, gently remind me so I can choose again because I know that I can choose over and over again. Thank you! I love you! I trust you! And so it is!
Set up a morning ritual where you can visualize yourself choosing the operating system of Spirit. Imagine yourself standing in front of a machine and it has two buttons. Choose the button labeled, "Spirit" and know that when you push that button, your day will run smoothly and peacefully.