On Spiritual Inertia

Spiritual Awakening

“The inertia of the mind urges it to slide down the easy slope of imagination, rather than to climb the steep slope of introspection.”

― Marcel Proust

For over the past 10 years I have been feeling spiritual inertia with respect to getting a better understanding of who I really am. In 2014 I decided to do a Course in Miracles for the year.  Along with doing the lessons, I also began meditating and finding Yoga Principles of Yama and Niyama along with Human Design to get a better understanding of the Mind~Body~Spirit connection and to find my purpose in life.  I discovered I was riddled with blocks that I never received lessons from Sunday School.   After several months of Inertia I was finally able to still my mind and felt my Spirit clearly.  Inertia comes from the Latin word, iners, meaning idle or sluggish.  

According to MysticGenius.com, “Essentially, mass will stay in the same state or continue on it’s course of direction unless an external force causes a change in state or a shift in direction. Ice stays frozen until it’s introduced to heat. A plane will stay on course until another plane shows up along its flight path, causing one of the planes to divert. You and I will continue on whatever paths we’re journeying on until some external force causes a shift in state or direction.

Spiritual Inertia then, is when life starts talking to you (first softly then loudly), encouraging you to make a change in your state and/or your direction. You know life is talking by the constant roadblocks and dead ends. All the “no” answers and “no answers”.  The inability to get traction on that thing that you are trying to build. The relationship that never advances into something more. The way that life feels bad and things aren’t flowing with relative ease. The blocks, stops and starts are the external forces, Spirit’s way of making you change state or shift direction. I want to note here that Spiritual Inertia is not the same as distraction.  Distraction comes about when you ARE in flow with life, and outside things show up vying for your attention.  Spiritual Inertia happens when you ARE NOT in flow and it’s time for you to change direction.

Resistance plays a large part in Spiritual Inertia as well. Resistance happens when you choose stagnation over motion. This is why being “stuck” feels so bad. That external force is trying to knock you onto a more life affirming path and/or encourage you to do the one thing you are procrastinating on. Instead, you use every bit of your strength, willpower and determination to keep walking a dead-end road. When you resist change you are working against yourself. You are not flowing with life.

When Spiritual Inertia shows up in your life, the key is to surrender the things that no longer serve you AND THEN act on the right-tasks you are procrastinating on. How do you determine the shift? by (1) Being honest about what’s not working (look at the patterns that continuously show up in your life) and (2) Acting on the inspired idea that scares you. That one thing you are resisting may be the key to unlocking your ability to flow with life.

For me?  The one thing is writing + publishing two specific books. One fiction and one non-fiction.  They are my foundation and I have an assured expectation that once I complete them, life will flow seamlessly.

So here’s two questions for you:

  1. If you are currently feeling stuck, ask yourself “Am I stuck, or am I resisting change?”
  2. What’s that one thing you are resisting or procrastinating doing, that if you did it, things in your life would be the way you wanted them to be?

Espresso Meditation Shot

Blessings to all…

In Gratitude,

Jan Marie

Eating your Dosha!!

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Published by Jannat Marie

I am a 20+ Breast Cancer Survivor whose passion is culinary, literary, and Yogic principles of living the fullest and vibrant life under any circumstance.

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