The past is history, the future is a mystery. Today is a gift, that's why they call it the present!
Some people think that their thoughts and feelings are the result of something outside of them. They blame others or a situation for "making them" feel a certain way, as if the thought came from outside and got in their head. We know this isn't true. We alone create our thoughts and thoughts are triggered by our life experiences.
Our soul is made up of three faculties: the mind, which creates thoughts, our intellect, which decides, and our personality, which is a sum total of life experiences of one life time or previous lives. Far too often we find ourselves more externally driven. We are under the influence of past experience rather than current wisdom. Sometimes we tend to dwell upon the shoulda, coulda, woulda when what we really need to practice is being PRESENT. In order to do this, you can observe your thoughts while in motion and change what you wish if it's not making you feel calm and clear. Keep in mind, thoughts lead us to our destination. Where are your thoughts taking you? When we sit in the early morning for 15 to 30 minutes, we offer ourselves "respected space" -- I call it love. This love from inner silence helps me to see where I might be going off course and how I can redirect my thinking to match love and respect. In our minds, neural pathways are created. Our thoughts follow these pathways or these patterns. In order to create new thoughts or new habits we have to create new neural pathways. The best way to do this, is through meditation. Meditation allows us to slow down our thoughts enough, and offers us a sense of deep awareness so that we have the power to choose a different thought. The more you have a thought, the more it becomes you.
For example, let's say that every time you see your in-laws you begin to think angry thoughts. Those thoughts will increase if you keep having them, eventually creating a bad relationship with them and with yourself. The way that you would change that experience is to realize that negative thoughts hurt you. By choosing pure thoughts, we weaken and eventually delete the negative ones. Sit in meditation in the early morning hours. The time between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. are best to really get to the core of the soul's worth and silence. What will begin to form is more self-control, clarity, personal capacity and yes, love. Keep practicing to pause during the day and observe your behavior, words, and thoughts. Begin to remind yourself, it's up to you to live your bliss. Don't lose your bliss ever thinking you wish to change someone -- rather, keep your bliss by changing yourself.
And perhaps they will strive to do the same. You see, this is how we create peace in ourselves and extend that peace out into the world. Have this consciousness as you are walking, talking and eating.
Meditation = freedom. Live your bliss now. Power is who you are.
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