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Struggle On The Rocks

If you feel your life is an endless series of struggles and suffering, remember you have a choice.

This may sound harsh but it’s true. It just might be that you’re simply unaware of your choices to help you out of ‘struggle mode.’ What helps? Pause. Take in a deep breath and find your compassion. To end the suffering and struggling it’s imperative to find a way to sustain compassion.

The core of suffering screams, “I need proof that I’m loved and supported! Show me!”

If a baby screams for food you feed it. If the baby isn’t screaming you believe it’s content. The same is true with adults. If you feel okay you go about your business.  There isn’t a need for anything else outside of you to fulfill the thing you think is missing on the inside.

When you’re struggling or suffering, you feel as though you lack something in your life. You’re in a state of not having.

This is classic poverty consciousness.

“I don’t have enough money, I’m not smart enough, I can’t find the right relationship, I don’t deserve to have nice things.”

Maybe you have a need for someone or something to supply you with whatever it is you don’t have or think you don’t have. Or you go to the extreme and go it alone, never letting anyone in.

Poverty consciousness is like putting a stone in your shoe to make yourself suffer–to pay for something you did or didn’t do or thought you ought to do but didn’t have the courage to.

Allow me to plant a seed. When you feel like you don’t have something, practice compassion and gratitude in as many moments as possible.

Compassion and gratitude neutralize poverty consciousness. Compassion and gratitude dissipate expectations. Compassion and gratitude replace the idea of lack with the wisdom of abundance – inner abundance.

Compassion and gratitude take a bit of practice. Start right now.

Here are a few simple ways to begin:

  • Give the waitress an extra tip, especially if she’s having an off day.
  • Take a deep breath when someone takes forever to finish a sentence.
  • Let an elder onto the elevator first.
  • Hold the door open for anyone, especially when you’re in a hurry.
  • Say hello to someone you don’t know.
  • Tell the cashier she’s doing a great job, then help her bag your own food.
  • If you get doubles of anything for any reason, give one away.
  • Smile in the mirror each morning and make eye contact with yourself.
  • Awake with an audible ‘Thank You’ to the Cosmos.
  • Before you take a sip of your water, say the words, “Gratitude. Gratitude. Gratitude.” and drink up!

At the end of the day, reach down and take the rocks out of your shoes then go have a cookie. Celebrate just because!

Read more posts by Elaine Marolakos Edelson, intuitive channel, empath, astrologer, and energy worker. Elaine is a blogger for JenningsWire.

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