Posts Tagged ‘Thoughts’

We Want Love, Now What?

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Staying in Love is an intentional act. You have to think it if you want to feel it. Love is allowing, It doesn’t impose itself. Unlike fear or anger, which just seem to arise like a bull in a china shop. Love sits quietly and waits. We must come to Love if we want it. We have to focus our intention on it. We have to release anything that arises that is inconsistent with it.

Staying in love is a continuous practice. It is a constant vigil. Affirmations are fine and good. Saying them can raise your awareness to a more loving state. Saying a Loving affirmation one moment, then condemning yourself the next, for some perceived wrong, offers nothing. Can you make an error without the condemnation? That is what Love does.

Practicing Love requires mindfulness. Mindfulness is the act of being self aware. Aware of what you are thinking, what you are feeling, your emotional state, as well as any physical sensations. It is also being aware of your reactions to the world around you. In order to do this, you can’t condemn what you see.¬†Mindfulness is discernment without condemnation.

Judgement has two parts, discernment and condemnation. Discernment is mindfulness. Condemnation blocks mindfulness. As soon as you view yourself or another as wrong, or bad, or failing, or less than you, or better than you, you block your ability to see and thereby, your ability to Love. How can you allow yourself to really see yourself if the seeing causes pain? Noticing what is creates the opportunity for something better, condemning it guarantees that nothing will change.

Love is as Love does. Taking action, based on the most Loving idea you can muster, even when you think or feel something else, reinforces Loving attitudes. It builds a Loving framework within. When you do this, the other thoughts and feelings quickly fade away. It is impossible to do though, while you are condemning the other thoughts and feelings.

I don’t think there will ever be a time when we will have only loving thoughts. That would be inconsistent with the nature of free will and the realm of infinite possibility in which we live. This puts us in the position of needing to manage our thoughts and thereby our emotional framework constantly. It is our gift and our curse to have such splendid power. Is is also our true responsibility. Given the problems that we know arise from not managing our thoughts, it is our most important task.

Staying in a state of discernment without spilling over into condemnation is what Jesus was talking about when he said, “Let those with eyes see and those with ears hear.” It is the difference between noticing a beggar on the street and having an insulting thought about his condition. It is also the willingness to forgive ourselves if a condemning thought arises. This allows us to dismiss the thought and return to Love in an instant.

You are the creator of your reality. With every thought, you bring your experience into existence. To maintain your highest aspirations you have to be them, in every moment. If a thought arises that is less than your best vision, you must notice it, forgive it, and dismiss it. Doing otherwise is only slowing our beautiful expedition into Love.

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Why Meditate?

Monday, April 26th, 2010

There are so many ideas in the world. It seems like every day there is a new study showing what we should eat or how we should live our lives. Most of these well meaning studies contradict. Eat meat, Don’t eat meat. Work hard, don’t work so hard. Help others, help yourself so you can help others, take what you can, give nothing back. Drugs are bad, except these drugs which are good, oh wait; these drugs were good but now they are bad.

There does seem to be one thing that is true. Objective science keeps proving it over and over. Every study includes provisions to avoid having this one fact interfere with the results of their tests. Science keeps trying to ignore this one thing and by doing so they prove it even more strongly. What you think, you create! Your thoughts are creating your reality. This is being taught now at over 23 accredited medical schools around the country. They use the words prayer and positive thinking but the message is the same.

We know that what we focus on, what we believe, is. We better have some control over what we are thinking, focusing on and believing. Meditation offers an opportunity to have a measure of control over our thoughts. Meditation also helps us quiet the mental chatter enough to be able to hear our own higher selves. When you are connected to the larger part of yourself, you bring your dualistic nature into balance and you become the being you intended.

Meditation is a skill. Sitting quietly and grinding away at your problems is not it. Quarts crystal singing bowls offer an experience of a successful meditation. Once you have this experience you can repeat it daily. The more you do this the better you can focus on what you want in the world and the more what you want comes to you.

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