When I first started studying Vedanta, I had no idea what I was getting into.  As part of my school curriculum, it was required to attend weekly satsangs which consisted of  spiritual discourse to help you find your place in this world. One of the very first satsangs was a teaching on how we get caught up in the surface of people, things, and ideas that we forget the subtleties that emerge.  We get caught up in the rat race of life.  The need for the next biggest thing, the next best computer and making it to meetings and appointments on time.  We forget all that is around us. We forget to just slow down.  It's with this practice of slowing down and really taking stock of what is in and all around us did I realize just how powerful we are. *******************************

Do you know how powerful you are?  I bet you didn't even know you were.  I'm not talking about woo woo powerful, I'm talking about having the strength and drive so much that you want to make changes and through your thoughts and actions you are able to change those beliefs that are no longer serving you into a whole new perspective that drives you to make changes that stick.

I'm currently reading Willpower by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney. I haven't finished it yet but from what I have read, the authors talk about how we start off with good intentions and want to make changes and have the motivation to do so but somewhere down the road between starting a new project, activity or idea we lose steam and it peters out. They talk about how to regain that desire, willpower and self-control to see something through by resisting those things that like vices, temptations and that critical mind that tells you "You're not good enough" that doom us to fail.

So dear reader, here is a challenge/exercise for you.  When you wake up in the mornings, take a few minutes to just sit in your bed with cupped hands so you are staring at your palms.  Just take a few minutes and admire these hands.  These hands do so much more than help you reach for that cup of coffee in the morning.  These are hands that have wiped away tears from sadness, frustrations or even joy.  They have held and comforted a child, helped an elder or petted your animal.  These hands have made nourishing meals and allowed you to write a love letter.  These hands do so much more on the subtle level that we are too busy to see.  Take that time and just admire all that you are, all that you want to be and the power that you have within yourself to thrive.