Sunday, July 14, 2013

That elusive first step: Flower essences to help you get over procrastination

For those of you who have subscribed to our newsletter, you might remember this quote from the Special Report you received, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" by Lao-tzu. The special report suggests that a simple first step into the journey of flower essences is to learn more about them by reading articles and posts through resources such as books and articles as well as blogs including Manifest with Flower Essences. By learning more, there would come a point where you might feel inspired to try a particular flower essence and then over time, flower essences would become a tool that you could turn to at any time you wanted to make changes or manifest something in your life.

Today I want to address the factors that keep us from taking that single step. That first step. The resistance to that first step can often be overpowering. Just as you go to click the link to read an article about something that could potentially change your life or pick up the phone to make a phone call to find out more information about an interesting opportunity, you get sidetracked by something. You think you'll get to it later. You start noticing that this happens even for the smallest of steps, and especially for anything that could actually be useful or life-changing. You don't seem to procrastinate when it comes to buying a new dress or trying a new restaurant. Those kinds of decisions and actions are easy.

It's the stuff that really matters, that resonates deep within that seems to be accompanied by a wall that is impermeable. It's so much easier to watch some television or get a snack than to read the article that gives you specific advice on how you could manifest your soulmate or attract the job of your dreams. Of course it's perfectly valid to question whether any of that actually works because you have seen hundreds of ads and books and articles that promise you all of those things and never deliver. It's understandable. But do you ever wonder why so many of those things exist? Somebody somewhere must be benefiting from these types of things; otherwise why would they still exist? Market forces seem to indicate that such self-help material must be helping someone find his or her soulmate and someone attract the type of job that makes Monday mornings fun. But is this curiosity enough for you to try yet another thing that could just be hype? Your procrastination may stem from a need to have everything perfectly set up before you think you can get what you want. Deep down this might indicate a feeling of not deserving what you want. Desert Alchemy's Spineless Prickly Pear Cactus could be just what you need.

But what if your procrastination stems from not being sure of what you really want? You might try Desert Alchemy's Cliff Rose. What if you know what you want but just can't seem to "get all your ducks in a row"? What if it's just hard to put all of your energy and resources behind what you want? Try Desert Alchemy's Desert Broom.

The most useful thing I have found when it comes to procrastination is to find out whether you are willing to go into the first step of any venture with a beginner's mind. In meditation, the beginner's mind refers to a state of openness. Are you willing to see this step as an experiment to learn rather than accomplish something? If you go into any venture being attached to the outcome, you are putting too much pressure on yourself. It is understandable that if you are making a considerable investment in something, it's natural to want results. But most first steps seldom require a huge investment either in terms of money or time. Are you willing to take a first step and just observe and note what it feels like? Can you take that first step with the stance of a journalist and take note of what you learned? Can you take that first step and suspend judgment long enough to fully be aware of how you feel, what your intuition tells you, and what you can physically see and observe? This approach can go a long way to making the process of manifesting easier and more successful. Many times, the first step is the hardest. With the knowledge you gain from taking that first step, you can make a much more informed decision as to whether to follow through or not. Are you ready to take that first step?

We invite you to leave a comment by clicking on the title of the post. Which flower essence was the first one you ever tried? Did you feel anything the first few days of taking it?

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