Ditch the Brave Face


Do you show your brave face to the outside world but are brutally honest with yourself?

I’m voting to flip that on its head – we don’t have to moan and whinge to all and sundry on social media but a little honesty can be truly liberating and will undoubtedly create a feeling of community, and help others realize they are not alone.

When you scroll through your timeline, whichever social media platform you are on, often it’s all about how wonderful things are going for everyone, or conversely about how awful everything is in the world.

But most of this is illusion.

Yes, the world needs our care and many adjustments to help support our children and their children, but really, nature is pure in it’s beauty and has been around a lot longer than we have!

And, all the smiles and success stories can often be a result of vanity or business promotions.

I sound slightly cynical here, but I don’t mean to be. There are tons of amazing things going on and some truly inspiring folk out there who share ideas and thoughts to help us all live happier healthier lifestyles.

My take on all this is that we can discern the wheat from the chaff if we first get in touch with our own inner being, our own dreams and our own integrity. Then somehow it all becomes a lot easier to deal with.

When you’re really feeling great, the message comes through clearly, because you tapped into the energy of the Universe. We all have those moments, they may be just a second or two in an otherwise stressful day, but sometimes they last longer and the gratitude and joy shines through.

So, ultimately, we want to extend and expand on those few seconds so that we can share our wisdom and joy with the world, whether on or offline. Those positive feelings allow us to share practical help that will protect ourselves, our loved ones and our world.

No more fake brave faces and no more whinging.

So how do we do this? When you’re stressed, worried, anxious or depressed, it feels impossible to climb out of the dark shadows but honestly, anything is possible.

Slightly glib statement there. I know that it would not be possible for me to be a brain surgeon for example, but actually I don’t want to be a brain surgeon. So maybe anything is possible if you truly desire it from the bottom of your heart.

And it’s not about material gains. A few hundred/thousand pounds could change your life right now perhaps, but when we want something it’s always because we know in the having of it, we will feel better. So it’s the feeling you’re aiming for at the end of the day.

Who doesn’t want to go to sleep without worry or stress?
Who doesn’t want to wake in the morning feeling gratitude and joy for a brand new day?

The answer I believe lies in meditation. And yes, I have a monkey mind that has regular parties at my expense, but having given it my best shot and thought it would never work for me unless I lock myself away in an ashram for years (something I don’t want to do!) – I have finally come to understand that meditation is NOT about becoming mind-free but is about becoming mindful of the present moment.

Enjoy the moment, be present. While washing your hands, feel the water and soap on your skin. Take a moment or two to be aware of your breath – the air that keeps you alive. Meditation takes many forms and those few seconds of presence will boost your inner peace and encourage feelings of gratitude that will be impossible not to share with your world.

Don’t put on a brave face if you feel like crap, just allow yourself to remember you are worthy, you are loved and have so much to offer this world, just simply by being yourself.

Have a wonderful day,

Linda x

P.S. If you feel like a bit of mind-empty-ness instead of mind-full-ness, this is a definite must read. (I would recommend watching some of his videos as well!)

The Power of Now:

A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment: (20th Anniversary Edition) Eckhart Tolle

“Surrender to the present moment, where problems do not exist. It is here we find our joy, are able to embrace our true selves and discover that we are already complete and perfect.”

The Power of Now (Amazon)

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