Resilience and determination

Welcome to my first ever blog. I am really excited to share this new venture in my journey with you. First thing’s first. Let me introduce myself. Some of you already know me from my 1000 Petals Wellness Facebook page. I am an energy healer, Reiki master, Chakra Dancing and creative mindful meditation therapist. I am also studying to be an animal healer.

I have been asked by many people what exactly energy healing is. In the coming blogs I will discuss these questions and all matters that are of interest to my audience. If you would like me to talk about a certain topic, please get in touch and I will try to answer all of your questions in the weeks to come.

Today I would like to start my first blog with my thoughts on resilience and determination. Both are absolutely necessary to lead a happy and fulfilled life. In our daily life, we are often faced with situations that a difficult, unpleasant and upsetting. Often we cannot change these situations, but we can change the way we react to them. We have got the power to control our emotions and therefore our environment and the outcome of the situation we find ourselves in. I would like to tell you a story about a situation I encountered recently that gives an example of such resilience and determination and how it has changed the outcome.

I recorded a guided meditation a little while ago. This meditation is a free gift to all of my loyal readers and followers and therefore it was very important to me that the recording should be clear and of good quality. I want nothing but the best for my friends, readers and followers. I went out to buy one of the best USB microphones on the market in order to get a nice clean and professional recording. Full of excitement, I went to my quiet retreat in the loft of our house, which I call my girl cave, to set up this new microphone on my new laptop on which I had just installed all the recording software that I needed for the project. However, my excitement soon turned to impatience and later despair when my lovely microphone just would not install properly. It turned out that is way too sensitive and too powerful for the noisy room in the loft, which is the only space in the house that I have for recording.

I spent many hours trying to eliminate the background noise and hissing the microphone was picking up. I was getting quite frustrated. In the end I searched the internet for tutorials and indeed came across some videos on YouTube that showed me some specific settings that could eliminate the hissing and background noise. I applied the settings and voilá, suddenly the microphone was performing just as it should, recording my voice perfectly. This had only taken me two days, lol. But I never gave up and got there in the end.

Full of renewed anticipation and excitement, I then started the recording. But it soon became apparent that this microphone is so powerful that it was picking up absolutely every little background noise that you could hear in our noisy loft. On the recording you could hear cars driving past our house and honking, buses rumbling down the road, people laughing and shouting in the nearby pub, the train chugging past and every other little noise you could possibly think of. It was becoming clear that if I wanted a good recording I could only do this after midnight when the pub was shut and all traffic had stopped in the road. I therefore decided to call it a day and wait until the following night to finally make my recording of the meditation.

I was absolutely determined to get this recording done at all cost. When the time came and the road appeared quiet, I went into my loft room and again started my recording. This time it was successful – no noises interrupted the recording. I was over the moon. But less than two minutes into the recording it started to rain. And with our loft not being insulated, the rain sounded like a thousand drums beating down onto the roof and making their way onto the recording. To say I was a little miffed at this point is an understatement! I had made arrangements to spend this night recording to finally get my project done after all the previous delays. I was getting rather annoyed by now, but all the disturbances made me even more determined to succeed at my venture at all cost.

It was clear that I needed something to block out the sound of the rain on the roof and all other background noises. Looking around the room my eyes fell on my yoga mat in the corner. I wondered if that could be a temporary solution. I took my yoga mat and draped it over the microphone. Realising that this still left the side open, I also took my snuggle blanket that I keep up there and placed it over the top of the lot. I then got under the blanket and sat in front of the microphone. This makeshift soundproofing chamber appeared to be working as I could hear barely any sounds. So I gave it a go and started my recording. And it worked – I recorded the entire meditation and the background music to it on my lovely Kosmosky handpan drum in one long session that ended at six in the morning.

Totally shattered, but at the same time elated, I went to bed that morning knowing that this was a job well done. Even though I was very tired the next day, I was entirely satisfied because I had managed to successfully complete my project. It gave me a wonderful feeling. And it is with great pleasure that I can now offer this meditation as a free gift to all of my loyal readers and followers. Just follow this link to download the free meditation here:

This story is an example of how we can overcome obstacles if we have resilience and determination to work through the problems that a project or situation may present to us. It is a very common human reaction to want to give up if a situation presents difficulties. But giving up only leads to frustration and upset because we have not achieved our goals and what we have set out to do. If we push on, however, and push through all of the obstacles and think of creative new ways of overcoming them, we will succeed in our endeavours which will make us feel really good about ourselves. It leaves us with a feeling of satisfaction and achievement. These feelings are very important to our well-being. They give us confidence in ourselves. They validate our abilities. And this confidence is what we need to lead a fulfilled and happy life. If we go into each day full of confidence in our own abilities, we are much more likely to achieve positive goals. We stand up tall and speak our truth and do whatever is needed to reach our goals and achieve our dreams.

In today’s world, it is getting less and less common, especially for women, to go after our dreams and goals. We are bogged down with our responsibilities, jobs, childcare, home making, and a gazillion other tasks throughout each and every day. There is hardly any time for us to breathe and live the life that we really want. In order to change this, we first and foremost need to build up our determination and resilience. Once we are able to do this, all the other little things we need to change in our lives in order to lead a more fulfilled life that leads us towards our dreams and goals, will fall into place.

I get asked a lot how we can change and build up this resilience and determination. The answer to that is not always simple. It takes practices such as meditation and self- love. Self-love is a rather disputed term in our times. It is frowned upon because most people think that self-love is a sign of arrogance, big-headedness and narcissism. However, the kind of self-love that we are talking about here is none of the above. This is not a glorification of self but a true, pure and honest love that comes straight from the heart, for ourselves and every other living being on this planet. This is unconditional love. And we must love ourselves unconditionally if we want to be able to love others unconditionally. We need to be at one with our own body, mind and spirit. Only once we are entirely at ease with ourselves and happy in our own bodies can we start living a truly fulfilling life.

There are many ways of working towards this goal. We can sit quietly in meditation every day. We can also join circles of other women or groups of like-minded people with whom we can share a mindful practice. Groups and circles are beautiful places where we can sit in complete safety amongst our peers and talk about everything that is on our mind and listen to the stories of the others in the group or circle in order to learn something and to give and receive help. However, sometimes we are unable to attend such groups or circles in person. We may live in areas where there are no such groups, we may simply not have the time to attend them in person or we may have to travel too far to get to them.

Fortunately, these days there are marvelous opportunities on the internet to join up with other like-minded people. We no longer have to be alone if we don’t want to. I run my own Facebook group so if this article resonates with you and you feel that you would like to join up and meet with other like-minded people who are on a similar path to yourself, then please come over and join.

I would love to welcome you there and give you my spiritual guidance and also for you to meet up with likeminded souls.

Please let me know how you got on with the meditation and get in touch with me if you have any questions or if you have any requests or ideas for future blogs. I would love to write about topics that are close to my readers’ hearts. And I am hoping that my regular readers will develop into a beautiful blossoming online community. I look forward to meeting you all and seeing you at one of my future video calls in the free Facebook Group.

Namaste,

Silke xx

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