Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thought for the week -
This is from The Shu Ching or the Book of History:
Written by Chet Day -
"Heaven-sent calamities you may stand up against, but you cannot survive those brought on my yourself."
"First, stop and think about this oh-so-true passage for a few seconds by reviewing some of the hard times you've survived, hard times not of your own doing -- like a flood or a fire or a car accident caused by someone else.
You most likely stood strong against such life problems and came through them successfully.
Now think about the calamities you've brought on by yourself -- the times you've said things you shouldn't have said, done things you shouldn't have done, thought things you shouldn't have thought.
So what's the solution to calamities you bring on yourself?
As usual, it's remarkably easy.
Begin by taking a long, slow deep breath. Hold for a second or two before exhaling slowly and gently.
Repeat several times until you start noticing the pause between each inhalation and exhalation.
Now breathe in something in your life of your own doing that has the potential to turn into a real mess. Maybe it's a grudge festering against someone; maybe it's slow anger building up over something a family member did.
Whatever it is, just breathe it in. Feel it. Taste it. Savor it. Oh, it's nasty because it's negative -- but it's also powerful and on some level you may even like it.
Now, here's the neat part. As you exhale, you're not only breathing out the nasty feeling or thought that was growing and getting ready to complicate your life, but you're also letting it go.
Breathing it right out into the air and letting that anger, that grudge, that festering negativity float right up and away.
Repeat the breathing and letting go until it's gone. All gone.
And that's how you can survive any potential calamity that you're about to bring on yourself."
By Chet Day
Well you have to admit, it's something to think about . . .