I recently saw a post from Dr. Iyanla Vanzant's Facebook page. She is a mentor to many and life coach on the TV show "Iyanla: Fix My Life" on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
The quote that captivated me reads as follows:
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We often work so hard trying to get the things we want that we miss the fact that it is the landscape of our inner world that stands between us and true happiness. This journey is about learning to love and honor yourself from the inside to the outside.
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I don't know about you, but this quote stills me.
She said, "The landscape of our inner world stands between us and true happiness."
I want to explore a bit of what I think Iyanla was saying to me.
Oh yes, it was definitely a word I needed to hear... And I completely took it as if she said it directly to me!
I know for a fact that I have chased things outside myself... to try and gratify my inner self.
...And Ms. Iyanla is telling me, it doesn't work like that.
I also know that I have tried to rely on other people... whether friends, family, or strangers... to speak life, motivation, or affirmation onto/into me...
But Ms. Iyanla is attempting to tell me, it does not work like that.
So, how does life work at it's best?
Well, the journey is different for each person...yet the same cycles are initiated time and time again...
The feelings of being alone in this fight called life are a lie.
There are people who can help you and once you find one another they can support you.
But all the work for your life is not in their hands.
They have their own lives to live and you must live yours.
This starts by taking ownership of your thoughts and feelings, building your own self-awareness.
This inner place is what will affect the outer-space that is your physical being and spiritual aura.
There.. in that inner place... you will find yourself.
And it is through this process that you eventually stumble upon your own true happiness.
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