Gina Charles

About Gina Charles

Gina Charles writes about spiritual awakening and authentic living with wit and practicality. She is the author and illustrator of, Shift Happens, A Layperson's Guide To Awakening, and FUEL Your Life, A 4-Point Practice To Spiritual Awakening. Gina is also the founder of the New World Living dot com.

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Look It In The Eye

One of the things we all have in common, and I mean all of us, is Fear. Fear, and the endless forms it takes, however illusionary. Fear, the thing we allow to rob us of our own wonderful life experiences. 
I know fear, in every form, is an illusion. Nevertheless, it’s part of my human experience. To get past it, I speak directly to it. 
Fear,  I am contracted with your subtle but constant pain and discomfort. I ask you, fear, to look me in the eye. I’m telling you that I know who I am. I know the deal. I want my gift, my lesson, my growth. Look at me, fear. Your discomfort and sometimes outright suffering will not deter me any longer. 
I will look at you, and feel you thoroughly. I will embrace you and hold you until you dissipate. And when you do, as you do, in your melting, I will absorb my realization, my expansion, my power and my freedom. I will have received your gift. I will have removed you as an obstacle from my path. 
So fear,  while you have the crappiest way of gift giving, I accept, and thank you. 
….Empower yourself. ;)

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Hey, I’m Not a Doormat!

Did you ever feel like you were being taken advantage of? If you have, and it seems to have become a
pattern, …..that’s good! Yeah, good. Good because it’s a sign post…it’s a red flag….it’s like an alarm going off saying, “Look here! Look here! There’s something here for you.”  What is it? It’s an Ah-ha moment, a realization, an empowerment. And these are the very things that free us. 

If I want the gift from these feel-bad situations, I’m going to want to see through to the Truth. I take an unbiased, honest look inside myself and see the isness of the situation. The what-is of a situation without the minds labels and judgements. And when I do, I find that somewhere along the line, I took advantage of myself

Maybe I said yes, when It would have made me much happier to say no. Maybe I accepted less than what was offered. Maybe I’m excessively critical of myself out of a fear of not being good enough. Maybe I did not set boundaries because I thought that would not be well received. Maybe I tried too hard to please others at my own expense. 
My feeling taken advantage of couldn’t have happened any other way. I couldn’t have an experience of being taken advantage of if I weren’t taking advantage of myself somewhere along the line. What’s in is out. What I feel and believe on the inside will be reflected outside of me in the experiences of my life. Why? This is God’s, or the Universe’s way of letting us know that we can use a little polishing in the self-love and appreciation area, that’s all. And I’m sure grateful for that. 
Why don’t I see this on my own? The thinking mind gets in between and evaluates it, labels it, judges it….what it does is pretty much skews the Truth, the actual isness of it all. 
How can I make this situation better for myself? I can pay attention to me. If I want to get good at being good to me what I do is put my focus on what I think, what I like, what makes me happy…..and follow through. Not just put my focus on what others like, think or feel, but gift myself my own attention. A car doesn’t run on an empty tank, ya know. 
So this is what I do when I practice being good to myself. And when I’m good to myself, I will begin to experience everyone and everything else being good to me as well.

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I’m Disconnected – Plug me in!

If I am (mentally) always over there – over there in what other’s think, feel, say, do or want, I’m not here, with myself. I’m not here to put my focus on what I think, feel, say, do or want. I have abandoned me. 
If I pay my Attention to what I feel, think, want and most importantly, what makes ME happy, then I can really experience life. How could I experience life if I’m always over there putting my focus on what others think, feel, say, do or want? I can’t. Then, I ultimately suffer.
First, I must be here with myself. I must learn to do this. I must get good at it. That’s the only way I will do what I’m longing to do…experience life….enjoy life – what I came here for. 
I will retrain myself to notice ME. If I’m always mentally over there pleasing and appeasing others, I have abandoned myself and ultimately my own happiness. I’m simply not here to have it. 
Being here (mentally) with myself and really experiencing the moments of my life, now enables me to share it with others. 

This was the feeling of disconnection. I was disconnected from myself.
Only in connecting with myself, can I connect with others. 

Only in connecting with myself, can I experience life. 
Today I will:  
-Notice me
-Be with me
-Care for me

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