Lighten Up!!! Don’t Take Life So Seriously
January 12, 2017 by Cathy Brown
“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the Gods made for fun.” ~ Alan Waats
When I first learned about the Law of Attraction, it took me some time to “Lighten Up.” I had been brought up to believe that life was serious and that all of my decisions and actions were very, very important. However, when you’re taking life this seriously, life becomes hard and not much fun. My motto used to be “No pain …no gain.” Spending every day of your life believing the stakes are so high just makes it too hard to trust the journey and allow good things to come to you.
We all need to “Lighten Up”. The lightening up is a process that never really ends. While many days we consciously choose to take the path of least resistance, there are others where we allow worry and control to seep back in, right?
We always have room to grow. Becoming more “enLIGHTENED” is an ongoing process. Each day we simply take steps that either bring us closer into alignment, or we take those that don’t, and we choose which direction we are stepping in with each action we take.
Here are a few signs from Life Coach, Andrea Schulman, that you might be taking life too seriously and ways to remedy that. It may take a little practice to change – but the good news is that every time we chose to lighten up, we become happier and more prosperous.
- 1. You’re working too hard
Society may be to blame for this one, as from the time we were young, we hear people praise the merits of “hard work’. I think that is where my “No Pain…No Gain” motto came from.
Life doesn’t have to be hard, and neither does work. While a little bit of challenge can be fun and rewarding, too much work causes fatigue and irritation, both of which lower vibrational emotions and attract unwanted events and circumstances. You always have the option of stepping away from your work for a few minutes when you are feeling overwhelmed. Try it…it really helps!
- 2. You aren’t getting enough sleep
Lack of sleep is a clear sign of anxiety and worry. When we can’t turn off the thoughts, they keep us up at night. It’s good to remember that when we focus on our problems, we only get more problems (remember…The Law of Attraction… like attracts like?). Learning how to release ourselves from the bondage of negative thinking is really important.
If you are suffering from lack of sleep, you may want to add meditation into your daily routine. In meditation, we learn how to release these worrisome thoughts that have the power to keep us up at night.
- 3. Fights and arguments have become commonplace
Have you ever noticed that the unhappiest people in your life are also the people who have to be right all the time?
We are all different and we each see the world from a unique perspective. Even if someone else is dead wrong in my opinion, this doesn’t mean that his or her actions aren’t valid from another perspective. My perspective may be important to me, but that doesn’t mean it is superior.
Let your beliefs guide your personal behaviors and choices, but allow other people to do the same. When we try to make everyone agree with us, we are simply holding on too hard and this only makes us unhappy.
- 4. You’re making decisions based on what other people think
As we are all interconnected, it would be nearly impossible to avoid making any decisions based on other people’s thoughts and beliefs. It is important, however, to remember that this life is yours and yours alone.
When we worry too much about what other people think, we become distracted from our most important goal, which is to walk the path that is best for us. There’s nothing wrong with asking for a little advice here and there, but ultimately, your decisions are best made by you, because you are the only one who truly knows what makes you happy.
If you want to be happy, you have to be willing to listen to yourself first and foremost. Taking other people’s opinions too seriously is a one-way ticket to living an unfulfilling life.
- 5. You’re sticking with something that clearly isn’t making you happy
Sometimes we let the feelings of “responsibility” or “duty” take over, and we forge ahead with circumstances and events we should perhaps let go of. Do you know people who stay in an unfulfilling career or need to hang in a toxic relationship or friendship? Maybe you have even experienced this yourself. I know I have.
If we aren’t enjoying an aspect of our lives, there’s a reason for it. Our bad feelings are meant to show us when we are moving in a counterproductive direction. When we put up with these bad feelings, we simply keep moving in the “wrong” direction.
If things aren’t currently going your way, you may want to focus on WHY and letting go.
We are all on this journey together. Regardless of the things we achieve and experience, the only thing that matters is whether or not we are having fun and joy on this ride called life. When we work too hard, lose sleep, fight, worry about other people’s opinions and hold on to things that no longer serve us, we squander the opportunity we have right now to enjoy the ride.
So…cut yourself (and others) some slack and Enjoy the Ride!