Hey passengers with all the uncertainty in our economy, job loss, high gas, no gas, rising food prices etc. etc., one could surmise that we could not be blamed for losing hope. As you go through this week though, why not be a beacon of hope and light. Remember, poverty is not being without money, but being without hope.
Another point to keep in mind as we pull out of the station this Monday, our desires could cause our peace to disappear. Sometimes we think that acquiring things will make us feel secure, but the reality is that the more we have the more fear there usually is of losing it, and the further we are from peace. Think about what you read about in the news. People of great wealth and fame committing suicide, caught up in drugs to escape thier reality. One would think that money and the acquisition of things would be a panacea. If left uncontrolled, our desires are could be a root of some our conflicts. When we want something and cannot get it we become frustrated. So, we might conclude that learning to be free from controlling desires is learning how to stay peaceful.
I am not saying we should not have goals, dreams and aspirations.Â I am also not saying that we should not want the best that life has to offer.Â What I am trying to convey is that we should first learn to be content.Â Contentment is the king of all virtues. A contented person lives naturally peaceful life.Â A truly contented person remains happy with what is available and at the same time keeps trying for better.Â Feeling me?
Finally, this week remember that If our minds can be stilled at strategic points this we, we might see the deeper meaning behind each situation. No matter how bad a problem may seem on the surface, if we remain positive eventually we “WILL” find a way to work everything out for the best.
I had a couple of minor surgeries this week.Â So now, as my wounds heal, I am suddenly pre-disposed to reflect on the deepest wounds of all.Â Those hardest to heal.Â Let me share
The deepest wounds we all carry are locked in our subconscious (out of our awareness).Â Deep memories and subtle impressions, from unfinished experience, rooted in the past.Â The pain from those wounds comes to revisit, to block and paralyze us in the moment called now. We all know it comes without warning – “Why am I feeling this way, I didn’t mean to do that, I don’t know what made me say that.”Â Healing does not mean finding and treating every single inner scar which sent her message to haunt (me) us.
It means going even deeper, past those wounds, beyond those distant memories and recording unfinished business, to the core of our self, to the heart of our spirit, where we find the light and warmth of our own core qualities of love and peace.Â Although some would argue not, they are eternally present within us.Â They are what we need to heal all our inner wounds. That’s why this kind of deep healing is called spirituality and not therapy.Â Â …Can you dig it?Â I knew that you would…
Sometimes it seems that the tracks of the LifeTrain seems to be strewn with the bodies of promising people.Â People who show promise, yet lack the confidence to act.Â People who make promises they are unable to keep.Â People who promise to do tomorrow what they could do today. Promising young stars, athletes, and entrepreneurs who wait for promises to come true. Promise without a goal and a plan is like a barren cow. You know what she could do if she could do it, but she canâ€™t.
Before it’s to late, let’s turn our promise into a plan. Let’s not make promises for tomorrow if we are able to keep it today. …And if someone calls us promising, know that that we are not doing enough today.
Please tell ten potential LiFeTrain passengers to tell ten other potential passengers today! The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on their site daily to meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman. It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on “donating a mammogram” for free (pink window in the middle).
This doesn’t cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate mammogram in exchange for advertising.
You know what, I recently realized that sometimes we need to change our thought processes. I’ve often caught myself thinking that things weren’t going to work out, so during those times I have to make myself think again. As I looked back I remembered that most things worked out better than I feared – …so fellow passengers, imagine that your fears are ungrounded and that success is ahead. Rather than thinking of the problems and getting desperate, imagine the best outcome and then work out what you need to do to make that happen. Follow your “inner guidance system.” If the thoughts you are thinking are not giving you a good feeling, then think about something else that will make you feel good in that moment. Monitor your thoughts consistently throughout the day. Sometimes this may not be as easy as you think if you are stuck in a “negative” train of thought and your brain chemicals are getting fired up and forming an “anxiety or anger” pathway.
Anxiety, fear and anger patterns can be interrupted by focusing on doing a math problem, counting backwards, counting in odd numbers, doing a sudoku puzzle, etc. – this will dissipate the rush of chemicals that are making you feel bad. Immediately then go back to picturing scenes/remembering things/imagining, planning stuff that makes you feel GOOD.
Hey fellow passengers, can I have just five minutes of your time today? I want to share a few things with you as I look into the mirror (trying to get this tie knot right!) and talk myself into remembering the following today:
Consider time to be a great treasure. Never waste a second.
Be quick to forgive any form of insult, and slow to forget the importance of a big heart.
…and to use the balance of my five minutes, check this out:
While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground.
“That’s my son over there,” she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide.
“He’s a fine looking boy” the man said. “That’s my daughter on the bike in the white dress.”
Then, looking at his watch, he called to his daughter. “What do you say we go, Melissa?”
Melissa pleaded, “Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes.”
The man nodded and Melissa continued to ride her bike to her heart’s content. Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his daughter. “Time to go now?”
Again Melissa pleaded, “Five more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes.”
The man smiled and said, “OK.”
“My, you certainly are a patient father,” the woman responded.
The man smiled and then said, “Her older brother Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much time with Tommy and now I’d give anything for just five more minutes with him. I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake with Melissa.
She thinks she has five more minutes to ride her bike. The truth is, I get Five more minutes to watch her play.”
Life is all about making priorities, what are your priorities? Give someone you love 5 more minutes of your time today! …or…let them have 5 minutes of their own time if that is the case (figure that one out – smile and a wink).