What am I thinking today to improve my mind? How can I make my mind strong to create the world I want to live in? Practice, Grasshopper!
Forgive me for not having the exact reference and for mis-quoting in a big way, but this re-minds me of one of the Great Teacher’s responses when asked how to achieve spiritual mindedness– “Attention,” the Teacher responded. The student asked for further explanation. “Attention, attention” said the Teacher. Again, the student asked what exactly was meant by that to which the Teacher said, “Attention, attention, attention!”
Attention means focus, which means aiming your mind in the right direction and keeping it there. What do you think about all day? Positive life-affirming things like Harmony, Light, spiritual Power, Love, Beauty? Or do other thoughts occupy the space in your mind? I can tell you from my own experience that it is EASY to have my mind occupied by inane thoughts ad infinitum. On and on they go as if they have a life of their own. But they do not! We all have an incredible gift, the gift of mind that if pointed in the right direction can provide an awesome connection with the spiritual universe!
I am a neophyte in this practicing daily and whenever I can remember literally trying (and doing on occasion) to change my mind. Thinking in a certain way, like other behaviors, becomes habitual so to really change my mind I have to change my thinking habits. Meditation, prayer, good!
Some days I am good at it thinking that we are all a part of the whole and I mean the big WE, that is, everything is part of the whole. Thinking like this helps me to treat everyone and everything including myself with love and respect. The areas where I have made good progress….ummm 🙂 No, really I have made good progress in general about not judging people and looking for the good in every person or situation (see Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”, the song “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2Wx230gYJw)
The points on which I am working–driving and thinking kindly about other drivers–getting better at it! And losing my temper over stupid stuff (not that I want to lose my temper over other things!) I have made a habit out of this. The more ridiculous the circumstance the stupider I get.
Just a few thoughts, but don’t go away, there’s more! If you are interested in this kind of stuff, some authors to read include Thomas Troward (“The Edinburgh Lectures” is my favorite!), Charles Haanel, Rhonda Byrne. Some of their writings are on the web at The New Thought Library (http://www.newthoughtlibrary.com/).
As always, enjoy the day!