What to do when you feel stuck?
Do you sometimes feel stuck? Do you sometimes feel pulled down and held back and limited? I was reminded again this week of one of the most profound stories I have heard over the years.
It’s about a young boy who goes to the circus with his father and he sees a large adult elephant next to a little baby elephant. His father tells him it’s a mother elephant and her baby. Father and son are watching the elephants and the little boy notices that the baby elephant has a huge metal bar around its ankle that is chained to a stake in the ground and from the sound they make, the chains are very heavy. But the Mother elephant had a much smaller, thinner and lighter metal bar around its ankle and the chain attached to the stake in the ground was much smaller than the one that was holding the baby elephant. “Why is that?”, asked the young boy. “Shouldn’t the bigger elephant have a bigger chain?”
His father explained to him that sadly, elephant trainers know that when an elephant is young, if they can chain it so that it can’t escape, after a short period of time, it will give up. It won’t even try anymore. The elephant at some point in its young life begins to believe there is no point in even trying to escape its captivity. Even when the elephant grows to maturity and is huge and massive and could easily remove the chain, it doesn’t even try because it believes it can’t.
Doesn’t that just break your heart on a number of different levels? First of all, the sadness of chaining such a majestic creature and bending it to our will so that it can perform in circuses. But on a deeper level, breaking this creatures’ spirit to the point where it doesn’t even know that another type of existence is possible.
What a lesson for our own lives. What are the beliefs that keep you chained into thinking that your life can’t be different? For so many of us the chains are imaginary. We think we’re bound to the life we’re living, even if it’s making us miserable. We maybe watched our parents have unhappy lives and we tell ourselves that we can’t expect anything different. Or we’re surrounded by people who believe “this is life, this is as good as it gets” and we watch them as the life force slowly drains out of them.
If you’re feeling stuck, do whatever you have to do to pull up that chain! Break those chains that are binding you. Do you hate your job? Do you hate parts of your life? What are you going to do about it?
The one thing I know for sure is that the one thing we can count on in life is change. Everything is changing in every moment, we’re getting older, time is passing, the clock is ticking. We can shift and change things simply by making the decision to do that. I know. I see it happen over and over and over again with the people who come here to do a Sedona Soul Adventures retreat. In many cases they’ve reached the end of their rope and they finally say, “I’m not going to live my life like this anymore”.
That’s exactly what happened for me the first time I came to Sedona in 1999. I was at the end of my rope and every area of my life was messed up — I hated my work, I was 40 pounds overweight, I was in an unhappy marriage and I was $50,000 in debt. I felt like I was completely stuck. I thought I couldn’t leave my work because I was at least supporting myself with it. Two weeks after coming to Sedona, $50,000 dropped out of the sky, 6 months later I left my job, 3 years later I started Sedona Soul Adventures and after moving to Sedona, the 40 pounds melted off and I went from a size 14 to a size 6 and I now eat and drink whatever I want, whenever I want. Seventeen years ago I felt like that elephant (literally when I was 40 pounds overweight!) and I felt completely chained to my unhappy life. What a feeling it is just to know that I’m not that chained up elephant anymore.
We are on this planet to be happy and to live our life purpose. If we are miserable and unhappy, we aren’t living our life purpose.
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The clock is ticking – if not now, When?
Wishing you a week of breaking free from your chains,
Debra Stangl / Founder
Sedona Soul Adventures – Transforming Lives One Soul At A Time
Dani says that after her “amazing” Soul Adventure she’s been able to let go
“My Sedona Soul Adventure was simply amazing. I learned so much about myself, Why I do things that don’t serve me, and why I must control everything! I learned that I am perfect in my imperfections and I learned that I could let go of all the guilt I had been carrying, and that I don’t need to feel responsible for everyone and everything. After my Soul Adventure I feel like I understand my purpose more than ever. All things happen for a reason and I’m so glad I was called to Sedona! Thank you Soul Adventures!”
Dani L., Iowa
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