The quieter you become, the more you can hear. – Ram Dass
True silence can do wonders. True silence is that of the mind not that of the audible kind. As we become more still, we can observer better, we listen more intently, we perceive a lot more and our sense of intuition flowers! Inspiration and creativity is heightened when we let our mind settle down naturally.
How do you do that?
Watch yourself. Watch as thoughts arise, notice their origin, and where they lead you. Observe how you act or react to any incident. Get to know yourself intimately, in this fashion. Your effortless watching of self leads to a quiet alertness that connects you to the essence of all that is.
A peace beyond understanding, a joy inexpressible, emerges!
Recommendation: The Power of Now
Turn your attention to the many ways in which you are blessed in your life; think of these things with sincerity, and you will discover an endless stream of blessings that come to you. – Teacher Olfana
Every time we think, it’s a thought we’re choosing. And each of those times it’s up to us if we want to choose a positive thought or one that doesn’t serve us. If you believe that thoughts that you think today manifest themselves in our lives tomorrow, then all the more reason you want to pick just the right thoughts. You are your own master, don’t relinquish that right.
One great way to have the right kind of thoughts is to keep your focus on what’s working really well in your life. Be thankful.
Some of the most powerful ideas that work are that simple.
Recommendation: Living the Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes
If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic. – Hazel Henderson
Isn’t that the trick? We simply don’t know enough about the future!
It’s in our best interests to be stay positive and jump in without too many preconceived notions.
Thus we can truly handle whatever God throws at us! Let’s play until the very end.
Recommendation: Thoughts Become Things
Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. – Marianne Williamson
First acknowledge all that’s good and great about what you have and all that you are. Know it and feel it. Express gratitude. Stay in this state as long as you can!
Next, flow with life. Because joy is also something that happens when we accept things to be just as they are. And don’t try to fight circumstances. Just flow.
Life is good!
Recommendation: Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering
Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness. – Marianne Williamson (Video)
How many resentments can we harbor? We pay a price for each resentment that we make our own. We can never truly rest or be peaceful until the psychological baggage of any resentment is resolved. And that transaction is completed only when we truly forgive.
Here’s a secret. God’s love and forgiveness can’t be felt in our heart until we can completely forgive all those who might have hurt us in anyway. It makes for a major spiritual block. Try this right now, in your mind find someone who irritates you or who you haven’t forgiven yet. Now visualize them and completely forgive them if you can. If you do, you’ll immediately feel a very palpable peace (a lightness) descend into your heart.
Forgiveness is the first step to peace, even to effective meditation. Ideally we should forgive daily.
Recommendation: Everyday Grace
Fill your mind with the meaningless stimuli of a world preoccupied with meaningless things, and it will not be easy to feel peace in your heart.
– Marianne Williamson
As we become aware of this constant chatter, ongoing inside the head, we start to quiet our mind.
Just by being more conscious!
As we become more still, the peace and joy that resides within us, has a chance to emerge, and it does!
Recommendation: The Age of Miracles
God exists in eternity. The only point where eternity meets time is in the present. The present is the only time there is. – Marianne Williamson
All we have is now. All that we do, can only be in the present moment. And for that reason when we’re thinking and processing in our minds, we can’t really be doing anything else. We can’t be smelling the roses, we can’t really be listening to another, we can’t even listen to the signals our own body or soul might be sending our way!
Pay attention to all the thoughts you’re processing, all day long. As you bring your attention to that constant activity, it will begin to slow down. You then create spaces between your thoughts that allow for peace, intuition, joy and direct perception possible. You start living a richer life.
Recommendation: In Every Heartbeat, Lessons from "A Course in Miracles"