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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tuesday's Thoughts A New Earth

"A New Earth" by E. Tolle
I bought the CD's - there are 8 of them. I also bought the book at BJ's. It was a hard one for me to get through and finish to be quite honest with you, but I did it and I'm finally done. Can't say it was my cup of tea. There were some good points and I'll share some of the ones I thought were good.
"Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain. "
The following is all taken from the book -

"Most people’s reality: As soon as something is perceived, it is named, interpreted, compared with something else, like, disliked, or called good or bad by the phantom self, the ego. They are imprisoned in thought forms, in object consciousness. YOU DO NOT AWAKEN SPIRITUALLY UNTIL THE COMPULSIVE AND UNCONSCIOUS NAMING CEASES - OR AT LEAST YOU BECOME AWARE OF IT AND THUS ARE ABLE TO OBSERVE IT AS IT HAPPENS." page 239

"Listen, Breathe – be aware of your breathing
Let go of addictions
Be aware of your inner body

"You Must Lose yourself to find yourself."

A story - page 223 - 226

A time came when the king finally got tired of himself and of life, and he began to seek a way out.
He sent for a wise man who lived in his kingdom and who was reputed to be enlightened. When the wise man came, the king said to him, “I want to be like you. Can you give me something that will bring balance, serenity, and wisdom into my life? I will pay any price you ask.

The wise man said, “I may be able to help you. But the price is so great that your entire kingdom would not be sufficient payment for it. Therefore it will be a gift to you if you will honor it.” The king gave his assurances and the wise men left.

A few weeks later, he returned and handled the king an ornate box carved in jade. So the king opened the box and found a simple gold ring. The inscription read: This, too, will pass.

“What is the meaning of this?’ asked the king. The wise man said, “Wear this ring always. Whatever happens, before you call it good or bad, touch this ring and read the inscription. This way you will always be at peace.”

The words inscribed on the ring are not telling you that you should not enjoy the good in your life, nor are they merely meant to provide some comfort in times of suffering. They have a deeper purpose: to make you aware of the fleetingness of every situation, which is due to the transience of all forms – good or bad.

You attachment to these things becomes less.
You will have less fear and less anxiety.
Brings a detachment and with detachment another dimension comes into your life – inner space.

You can participate in the dance of creation and be active without attachment to outcome and without lacing unreasonable demands upon the world: fulfill me, make me happy, make me safe, tell me who I am. The world cannot give you these things, and when you no longer have such expectations, all self-created suffering comes to an end. (This means you can just live life without judgements).

Laughter is extraordinarily liberating as well as healing.

A meditation that I thought was good too by J. Krishnamurti an Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher –
This is my secret:I don’t mind what happens.
The suchness of the moment
Do not label it good or bad
Unhappiness or negativity is a disease on our planet

Life must be Lived with LOVE and HUMOR...
LOVE to Understand, and HUMOR to Endure
Page 234

The Joy of Being :

If you are not spending all your waking life in discontent, worry, anxiety, depression, despair, or consumed by other negative states; if you are able to enjoy simple things like listening to the sound of the rain or wind; if you can see the beauty of clouds moving across the sky or be alone at times without feeling lonely or needing mental stimulus of entertainment; if you find yourself treating a complete stranger with heartfelt kindness without wanting anything from him or her . . . it means that a space has opened up, no matter how briefly, in the otherwise incessant stream of thinking that is the human mind. When this happens there is a sense of well-being, of alive peace, even though it maybe subtle. The intensity will vary from person to perhaps barely noticeable background sense of contentment to what the ancient sages of India called ananda – the bliss of Being.

To be aware of little, quiet things, however, you need to be quiet inside. Page 236. A high degree of alertness is required. Be still. Look. Listen. Be present. I am.
Just thought a couple of these ideas were good. All the above were quotes taken out of the book.

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