Happy March, my friends; 'tis the month associated with leprechauns and luck. This got me thinking about luck, and the more I considered it, the more my curiosity grew. What is luck? How is it created in our lives (beyond capturing a leprechaun)? 🍀
I started my investigation by looking up the word luck to ensure I knew the definition. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines luck as: "a force that brings good fortune or adversity." Hmmmm. I have experienced this force in my life - both positively and negatively.
There was a time that I didn't believe in "luck." I thought the idea of an invisible force that impacted our lives smacked of religious tripe. I was born with a scientific, logical mind that demands proof for my belief systems. However, over the decades of having this human experience, I have gathered significant data that something else is happening here - on this planet, in our souls, and our lives. There is no logic to it, and it can't be explained. I certainly don't have any words to describe it accurately. The closest I've gotten is "chaos" and "magic," but I supposed that you could call it luck (given the definition outlined above)
Here is what I've learned about this invisible force: You can't control it, but you can dance with it. So first, let yourself off the hook for influencing everything in your life. While I love teachings like The Secret and Abraham Hicks, my experience is that they are incomplete. They are missing two critical pieces of wisdom & knowledge. The first missing piece is the power of action, and the second is the dance with luck. There is a force that brings boons and tragedy, and we (as humans) have some influence, but we don't control it. Therefore, we must learn to dance with it.
The Dance With Bad Luck
Bad luck is challenging to dance with. When tragedy strikes our lives or something doesn't go as planned, it is normal to experience feelings associated with suffering (anger, sadness, frustration, resentment, or confusion). This is where the dance begins. The way to move beyond the feelings is to feel them- but not think about them. This is the trickiest dance step. Our minds want to ruminate on the suffering, relive the experience, or imagine it repeatedly, adding in ways it could have been different. This is not helpful. Quiet the mind, feel the feelings, release the feelings, and get back into the game of life.
The Dance with Good Luck
The dance with good luck is much more fun, but strangely, it can be just as challenging. The challenge in this dance is self-confidence. To play with the good luck in the Universe, you must believe in yourself. You must know that you are endlessly powerful and deserving. When you cultivate an environment and habits that support you in knowing your worth, you can increase the "good luck" in your life by creating ever-growing levels of presence that alert you to "clues" in your life. Your attention will be drawn to people, things, and situations, giving you information about unlikely actions to take. As you develop your intuition and trust in yourself, you will notice a dramatic improvement in your decision-making, timing, and results. Your work and life can become an enjoyable and continuous treasure hunt with unlimited treasures.
You are a powerful creator, but you live in a world with multiple forces at work, not just your own. Understanding this and establishing both self-compassion and self-empowerment is the key to dancing with luck in your life. Cha Cha Cha.
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Mindy Amita Aisling