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It’s Tannaz Hosseinpour and welcome to another episode of Minutes on Growth. As we’re all navigating through these uncertain times, and practicing social-distancing, I wanted to talk about a happy and uplifting word that has defined almost all my major milestones. That word is Serendipity. What is serendipity?
Serendipity is the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
These uncertain times have made me rethink many aspects of my life – Are my priorities in check? Do I actually need all the things I’ve accumulated? Am I happy where I am? Do I feel fulfilled? Am I surrounded by people who lift me up or stress me out? Am I sad that I can’t serve my clients to the best of my abilities because of the restrictions? Does my career add value to my life and to the life of others? Right when March started, I had written down a few monthly goals, and I’m happy that I was able to accomplish them all, but with April only a week away, am I still able to set goals even when the whole world is in a lockdown? These are some of the questions that have been running through my mind these past few days, as I’ve been spending more and more time with myself. I haven’t been forcing myself to find the answers, instead I’ve decided to just sit silently with the questions, knowing for certain that the answers will arise when the time is right.
Now back to serendipity…Yesterday, a few hours before our monthly book club session started, I suggested that we meet online instead. As I was talking with the other members, my eyes suddenly fixated on a book I had not read in many years, Dr.Wayne Dyer’s “The Power of Intention”. I suggested it to the girls and they all agreed to read it for April. I was about to pick it out of the shelf when I noticed that I had two copies. Random I thought. That night, I received an email from Hay House informing me that they had placed free content on their website. I sent the link to my book club friends, when suddenly one of them noted “This is the second time someone has indirectly sent me Louise Hay’s movie/book, I can heal my life.” What an amazing movie I thought. I had watched it many years ago, but just like every other Louise Hay and Wayne Dyer material out there, one can never watch or read it enough times. So after dinner, as everyone fell asleep, I switched on the TV, and put on the movie. It’s as if the movie was speaking to me – all the questions, the fears, the insecurities that were running around inside my head were being addressed, one by one. I was reminded to have faith, to believe in miracles, to trust that the universe supports me and that there is a reason behind all that is happening around me and most importantly to know that I am always being divinely guided. The movie reminded me that when I’m setting goals and intentions, I don’t need to think about the how or feel the need to assess whether its possible to not, all I need to do is set intentions and goals that are true to me, that I wholeheartedly believe in, that I know I truly deserve. I need to be flexible, to be willing to put in the work and to be open to divine guidance – to allow serendipity to occur. Teamwork…the universe and I both working together — and I need to trust my team member with 100% certainty. Feeling inspired, I opened my journal, and I wrote down some of my intentions.
This morning, as I was cleaning the house, my partner suggested that we use this time to read more books. I was surprised at his suggestions but then I remembered “divine guidance”. I quickly turned to our library and said, “Why don’t we start with Dr Wayne’s Book?”. He quickly agreed and I put one copy on each of our bed stands. A few hours later, as he was taking his afternoon nap, I decided to open the book and start rereading it. As soon as I opened the book, 3 letters fell out. As I opened them, I could not believe my eyes. I had written one in 07, one in 08 and the last one in 09, as I was sitting in my Hinduism class at George Washington University. I always believed that my spiritual awakening started after experiencing a life changing event in 2011, however these letters proved to me that there has always been a part of me that believed in the power of the universe, in manifestation, in the power of myself, in the power of positive affirmations and thinking, even way before I had read a single self-help or spiritual book. We all hold so much wisdom and magic within us, if only we trusted ourself more. Anyways, so much of what I had written down had manifested and come true, and the parts that didn’t, simply didn’t because they are no longer aligned with my purpose. I no longer want to be a politician or desire to live in busy cities – and that’s perfectly fine. Have I made mistakes? absolutely and thats fine too. I’m happy that I’ve allowed myself this compassion and flexibility to change and grow throughout the years. The letters reminded me that the answers I’m seeking are all within me, waiting to come out by forgiving myself, healing, meditating, journaling and with the help of all these wonderful teachers that have released free materials online. I have a choice, and I can focus on trusting my inner wisdom and co-creating magic with the universe.
I urge you all to welcome serendipity – to use this time to go on a journey of self-discovery, of self-love and healing. Write letters to your future self – write letters to your current self – write letters to your inner child – Discover your truth, your dharma, your purpose. Be open to life, to change, to divine guidance — be open to all the signals that life is sending you on a daily basis even if its not how you expected it to be. Whether we like it or not, this time has been given to us, so let us use it to the best of our abilities.
Thank you for listening and talk to you soon.
Love & Light, Tannaz Hosseinpour