Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. – Shakespeare
Once we get used to watching where our thoughts spring from next steps can be:
- Becoming aware of how we get enmeshed in each thought process. When we’re involved in them we’re not being conscious of that activity. When we become aware then that act in itself, helps us distance ourselves from the thought. We notice that we are having these thoughts, we are not the thoughts. This distinction is crucial for our peace of mind.
- Next notice the quality of these thoughts. Are they the spirit enhancing kind or the opposite? Ferret out thoughts of fear and of doubts. Consciously bring up pleasing thoughts instead or just watch them disappear if you don’t get involved in them and just become aware of them instead.
Both activities above are enhanced by meditation, just 5 minutes twice a day helps! Check out some exercises here. Won’t you do that for yourself?
Banish your doubts, be less fearful and forge ahead!!
Recommendation: One Month to Live
Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed. – Michael Pritchard
Which is why we want to keep most fear at an arm’s length! The more negatives we develop, the more they affect our lives today and tomorrow. Thoughts make things, bad thoughts make bad things more likely in our lives. And that is a major reason why things happen the way they do in our daily lives.
Meditation practiced regularly allows us to be more aware of our thoughts as they occur, that in turn can help us control them. Remember the thoughts you have, are your thoughts, you control them, thoughts shouldn’t be controlling you.
Take back your life by being the conscious creator of your thoughts.
Recommendation: Living the Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes
To him who is in fear, everything rustles. – Sophocles
- How many fears are you harboring in your life?
- How many of these fears are actually conscious ones? How many lie deeper still?
- What do these fears cost you, your life and family?
- How would your life be if you were calm, peaceful, at-ease and fearless!?
- When do you plan to answer some of these questions for yourself?
Meditation Tip #3:
Start with Tip #2 and then once you feel settled let yourself relax even further. Now connect with your inner self by consciously putting your attention on your heart. You’ll notice that your attention so far had been inside your head and now can shift, if you let it.
Notice all thoughts as they arise. Just notice them, do not attach to them. As soon as you notice that you’ve attached to a particular thought and followed it, because that will happen, let go, and just be. Now notice the next thought that soon arises. At first this will happen a lot, over time though your mind will settle down, bit by bit.
The key is practice and regularity.
Can you invest just 10 minutes morning and evening, in this practice, for your own greatest benefit?
Previous meditation tips.
Recommendation: AM Meditation
Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. – Charles Dickens
It comes back to the heart. Your heart first, then someone else’s and then to the heart of the matter! Gentleness touches the very core.
If your heart is gentle, your temper is not likely to flare. Your approach to life will be akin to that of a butterfly as it gently flies through the air to set down on a beautiful flower.
Can we be like a bright butterfly that is gentleness personified? Then the gentleness in your heart will touch the heart of another. From one heart to another will the benign virus spread!
Recommendation: Love: What Life Is All About
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Mahatma Gandhi
True harmony can only come from a self that’s unified. Such a self is calm, intellectually growing, physically healthy and spiritually attuned.
Such a personality can handle disappointments more easily, can pick up and keep going towards insurmountable goals and is a pleasure to have around.
Such a person is not a saint, s/he’s a human who’s worked hard on self and has allowed the divine the pass through. Such a person has not reached a spiritual plateau, because there isn’t such a thing, but keeps growing while helping others along.
You can be such a person. Part of you already is.
Recommendation: Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. – Bertrand Russell
Fear is our constant nemesis. How do we defeat it?
Do we need to defeat it though? What if we embrace each fear to try and experience the very worst that’s possible? What happens then?
When we do so in full awareness, from our center, the fear tends to melt away. We understand better whence it arose and why it has such a hold on us.
Run not away from your fears, nor bury them deep into an emotional corner, instead face each fear and let it do its worse on our own turf. It has no chance.
Recommendation: God Is Closer Than You Think
I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. – Gerry Spence
And that’s what all belief does, it closes our mind to something greater and richer. Don’t get me wrong, belief is good and serves a great purpose, we just have to be prepared to adopt a higher or wider understanding of anything and everything as we grow.
An open mind filled with wonder, curious to know and learn, is just richer.
Recommendation: Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tse