The Value of Dissatisfaction


Have you ever felt a vague restlessness, a dissatisfaction with the status quo? For me this is often the signal that change is in the air. Sometimes I can get lost in this feeling and I battle with myself. But if I can remember that this is a signal that I’m about to enter a period of growth and this is the preparatory stage then I find I’m more able to make the most of the opportunity.

I can misunderstand the window of opportunity because the beginning stage presents itself as a challenge I cannot solve easily. I feel lost. I don’t know where to start. This is where my journal comes in useful, because as I start to write about what is happening with my thoughts, emotions and levels of energy I begin to go deeper into the observer state, I become more detached and I’m better able to navigate. The greater the challenge the more I need to focus on one moment at a time. I create intentions about how I want to be in one moment, then I try to hold that intention for another moment and another moment and so on.

What is the challenging calling for? What is the gap I’m hoping someone else will fill? This is easy to figure out because I hear myself say, “If only so and so would do this everything would be OK.” In other words I can easily tell what someone else needs to do to “fix” the situation for the challenge to disappear. I write this out with a pencil. Then I erase the name of the other person and write the statement again with my name instead. Now I know my soul need.

I often have to live with this soul need a while before I’m able to start acting on it. In this way I find myself digging deeper into chakra energies as I bring more spiritual qualities to bear on the situation. I need to connect to the guidance and inspiration of that Higher power (Crown), I need to have a vision of where I want to go, to manage my mental and emotional energies (brow). I share my vision with others and listen to their ideas.(throat). I engage my passion which helps me to feel motivated and excited by the project (heart). I tap into my vital energy which gives me confidence and belief in myself. I draw the energy from the sacral center to the upper centers so I have more available to me. I ground myself and keep an awareness of the needs and support of the physical body. Sometimes I am not aware of this whole process happening, what I do feel is that I have to go deeper in myself, and as I engage in spiritual discipline the process unfolds on its own. It is in looking back that I become aware of how it happened.

We will explore this unfolding together at the retreat on the weekend.

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2 Responses to The Value of Dissatisfaction

  1. Victoria says:

    Namaskar Madhavi and thank you so much for this post. It is extremely helpful, very relevant and timely. I wish I could be in physical attendance at the retreat!

    With love and best wishes
    Victoria xx

  2. Karel says:

    Maybe you don’t need anything. Slowing down often results in seeing things differently. You’re always connected to guidance and inspiration of that Higher power, you are that higher power. There is not such a thing as lower and higher power. It’s all one, there’s no difference, although the experience might be different.

    have a great retreat!

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