We all have times when we wonder if the buried treasure of our inner resources is actually there. When we’re discouraged or depleted, our doubt in our abilities to cope may be especially strong as we wonder what happened to our skills, strength, and courage. It’s important to know that whatever is happening, our inner resources of love, spiritual guidance, healthy perspective, forgiveness, gratitude, and willingness to learn and grow are always available.
Thich Nhat Hanh describes it this way: “We already are what we want to become. Even in our most difficult moments, everything that is good, true, beautiful is already there, within us and around us. We just have to live in such a way that allows it to be revealed.” We can be at peace with life. Like a muscle, the more we use our inner resources, the stronger they become. So, let’s go on a treasure hunt to remind ourselves of ways to find and build our inner resources.
Embracing our fears is easier said than done, but it does lead to treasure. Fear overrides what we really want: love, freedom to be ourselves, new experiences, and inner guidance. Acknowledging what is happening and accepting challenges will open the door to all of these, along with the gift of unexpected opportunities. When we welcome our challenges instead of pushing them away, we move into trusting that whatever happens is perfectly orchestrated for our personal growth.
With patience and encouragement we can take our toughest circumstance and cover it with acceptance and love, transforming it and us in the process. Psychologist Rick Hanson writes, “Mental resources like determination, self-worth, and kindness are what make us resilient: able to cope with adversity and push through challenges in the pursuit of opportunities.” Facing and embracing what scares us will reveal our hidden treasure and open the door to major breakthroughs.
Building inner resources happens when we spend time with confident, emotionally strong, productive people. These people inspire us and surround us with positive energy. We learn from their stories. Christine Northrup calls negative people “energy vampires” and has written a book by that title. She clearly states that we need to step away from people who use or abuse us.
Our inner resources are strengthened when we spend time acknowledging our own past accomplishments and the roadblocks that we overcame to achieve them. This reaffirms that goals can be achieved despite difficulty. Even the people that look the most accomplished have had struggles. The difference lies in using and strengthening our inner resources.
Buried treasure is found when we embrace quiet time for spiritual reflection and gratitude. Connecting with our spiritual source is essential for our wellbeing and can be done through meditation, prayer, reading, and connecting with spiritually mature people. With a grateful attitude and spiritual connection, we definitely enhance our inner resources.
More treasure is found when we stop being busy and spend time with our thoughts and feelings. We get to know ourselves and have empathy for ourselves and others. Thich Nhat Hanh writes, “We have a tendency to think in terms of doing and not in terms of being. We think that when we are not doing anything we are wasting our time. But that is not true. Our time is first of all for us to be. To be what? To be alive, to be peaceful, to be joyful, to be loving. And that is what the world needs most.” When we declutter our minds and take time to relax, we get in touch with the very best parts of ourselves.
When we take responsibility for ourselves we build inner resources. This means we do not make excuses when we make mistakes. We take responsibility for our actions, admit our mistakes, and forgive ourselves. This is hard and uncomfortable, but it’s ultimately rewarding because it develops strength and resilience. Asking for help is also a sign of strength and can take many forms including counseling and therapy.
Ruth Nina Welsh writes, “But remember that while others can help you make the journey, only you can grasp the treasure. Only you can believe that you are special, a person of value and worth, with gifts and skills. Only you can claim your buried treasure.” Our inner resources are always ready and available. Let’s claim the treasure that is ours.
Until Next Time – Sylvia