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Gratitude Dispels Fear …

photo credit: jakub_hla I was tossing and turning during the wee hours of the night a while back. (I’ve found that the early AM hours are the time when the ego does its worst work.) This sort of sleeplessness has assailed me before. I awaken abruptly and lie there for hours completely overrun with thoughts like, “what if this happens or what if that doesn’t

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Suffering is Optional, Pain is Not

photo credit: Kim Marius Flakstad I am not in denial of the hardships of life. I know that life happens the way it does! After all, every thought that has ever been thought is “made flesh” on our planet, including murder, rape, disease, all of it. I am not blind to these things. But I understand that our suffering is generated in the mind FIRST.

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Eyes open and mind takes over ….

Yes, I understand about those days when the stressful mind is what greets us first upon opening our eyes. This is more common than not for many …. I see the limited mind as ever waiting for the opportunity to take us over … it does so by filling our heads with opinions and stories (such as, “I just don’t want to deal with life!”

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When We React Negatively ….

Remember that stressful reaction only distracts us from the awakening message sent through the stressful circumstances we encounter …. When we react negatively or defensively we aggravate and prolong painful situations and interaction. Instead, we can learn to observe the stories that get triggered by the external events in our lives and question them. We can learn to trust that there are no mistakes –

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