Every once in a while we all want to scream…help! Our emotional responses to the stress of challenging life situations can leave us with feelings of hopelessness, being stuck, afraid to make a change or a “wrong” decision and so forth. If we focus on observing our situations in the moment rather than reacting out of fear, we can ask our higher self (God, the Holy spirit, Divine wisdom) to help us see things differently. Our emotions don’t have to derail us, rather they can be used as a tool to facilitate positive change. In this new light we are able to receive “inspired” solutions which will relieve us of the burden of judging our situations, giving them power over us and feeling defeated. It’s a comfort to know that we are not alone and can call on our wisest selves to help us see the bigger picture. It’s difficult to make decisions while in the “throes” of challenging circumstances- a difficult job, an undesirable relationship, an illness, or trying to integrate life changes. How do we ask our higher self for help? Take a deep breath, close your eyes and ask for guidance and peace. Be still. Wait for a new experience of that moment. Help is always available. It gets easier with practice. We can remember everyday to clear the way for inspiration.