You can blame circumstances, but backsliding always begins in the heart. – Aiden Wilson Tozer

The word backsliding is often used in a religious context but it defines any relapse into old ways of poor behavior. To backslide is to regress or weaken and fall away from your goal or highest good. We try to live our lives the way we know we should. Eat right. Get enough rest. Be kind. Meet our responsibilities gladly. Be grateful. Take good care of ourselves so that we can take care of others. We try. We try and we fall. It is a part of life.

Falling back is the only way you can go when you are not able to move forward. Life is a mountain to climb. You can not be still for long before you are forced to move up or fall back. We make a plan. We begin the climbing in order to make it happen. Unforeseen obstacles get in the way and we come to a halt. Even the best laid plan can pop with problems and delays. But we were half way up the mountain. We can only be still for so long. Nothing is pushing us forward so we begin to fall back. How far down we go is usually up to us. Sometimes, we have to hit rock bottom. Not because we can’t do anything right. We just can’t find the energy and support needed to resume the climb. So, you are down. Would you kick another person when they are down? Then don’t do it to yourself. Down is not down for the count unless you will it into manifestation.

We take backsliding hard. We judge ourselves and others for what we consider to be indulgent or self-destructive behavior. Or we think we may have character flaws that keep us from success. Nah. Like Tozer says in the quote above; backsliding always begins in the heart. It doesn’t matter if your backslide call is a drug, food, alcohol, or relationship related. Don’t slip into a depression because you have trouble understanding how life works. You tried to make something happen. Odds and favor were against you. Now you are against you. Of course your heart aches.

The less you try to control life the better life will take care of you.

It doesn’t matter if you have hit rock bottom. Fix your heart. Get your head together. Forgive yourself and all others involved. Get up off the ground. Put one foot in front of the other. If you feel resistance don’t fight it. Give in. Rest a minute or a day or a week. Welcome the down time. Use it to get yourself in a stronger position of strength.

Keep on climbing.

There is no shame in backsliding. You will find your way back to your good as soon as you accept wherever you are on your journey. Backsliding is a part of the process.

Fix your heart. That’s where the magic begins.

Sending Love, Light & Oceans of Bliss.

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