I found a blog post that I wrote almost 8 years ago called Resistance is Futile. I was tempted to share it this week since my chosen theme was resistance, but I thought I’d go deeper with the idea instead. I felt that it was the right thing to do, since I’m still learning how to wrap my head around the concept! 😉
“What we resist, persists.” I had to do a Google search to see who I should attribute the quote to and discovered that the full quote is: “what you resist not only persists, but will grow in size”, and was said by Carl Jung. I’m not sure why it seems like such a difficult concept for us to remember. Especially when we can all probably point to an area in our life where the very thing we don’t want keeps making its presence known!
I think that’s why having a consistent gratitude practice is so important. Making the time to think about all the things we have to be grateful for serve us better than thinking about all the thing we don’t want or don’t have. It’s all about finding a better feeling thought than where you are right now. Focusing on what we don’t want doesn’t leave any space for the things we do want to come into our lives!
Resistance leaves us tight. When we’re in a place of resistance we are closing ourselves off in the hopes of protecting us from whatever it is we don’t want. We have to loosen ourselves up in order to find the best way to deal with what we’re resisting. We need to ask ourselves what the problem is and what we can do about it.
We have to accept that there are always going to be things that are out of our control, things that we cannot change. The good news is that there are also going to be things that are within our control, things we can change. That’s where we need to spend our time and energy. Working on the things that we can work on that will continue to bring us to a better feeling place regardless of where we are right now.
I think that the ability to surrender to the things that are out of our control leaves us open to receiving the things we do want. So often we’re doing the work and not seeing the results because there’s some kind of resistance going on. Whether it’s the fear of failure or success or holding on to resentments from experiences long past, we need to let go and have faith that it’s all going to work out the way it’s supposed to.
As long as we are doing our best and taking consistence action towards our goals, we have to believe that our persistence will pay off. We need to focus on gratitude and abundance instead of coming from a place of lack and scarcity. We have to make more time for allowing and less time for resistance if we want things good things to flow into our lives. Are you ready?