“How can we move from resistance to openness? By first recognizing the feeling of resistance. Resistance usually manifests itself physically in a clenched jaw, a tightness in the chest, or sighing. Mentally, it shows up in thoughts like, “Why do I have to deal with this issue? I don’t want this, I don’t need it, I don’t like it!” Once you discover where in your mind or body resistance anchors itself, you can more easily identify it in the future.
The next step is to remind yourself that you have a choice. You can either continue with this resistance and feel badly or you can learn whatever the lesson is there to teach you. Presenting yourself with a choice allows you to see that you have control over your resistance and how you choose to deal with life’s challenges.
The last step is to ask yourself, “Am I willing to give up the resistance and learn whatever lesson is presenting itself?” Remember, if you want to truly live from your authentic self, you must be open to learning all the lessons you are given so that you may grow into the person you want to become. What lessons are you resisting?”
Cherie Carter-Scott, in “If Life Is A Game, These Are The Rules”
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