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Think – Day 1 – “We build our future, thought by thought”

Good morning!  I am so excited for this month’s focus on the pillar of THINK!

This is by far one of my favorite topics to discuss!

And there are so many amazing things we get to cover in our short 5 minutes, so let’s get right down to it.

This fantastic poem will set the stage for our focus this month:

“Thoughts Are Things”

“I hold it true that thoughts are things;
They’re endowed with bodies
and breath and wings:”

“And that we send them forth to fill
The world with good results, or ill.”

“That which we call our secret thought
Speeds forth to earth’s remotest spot,”

“Leaving its blessings or its woes
Like tracks behind it as it goes.”

“We build our future, thought by thought,
For good or ill, yet know it not.
Yet so the universe was wrought.”

“Thought is another name for fate;
Chose then thy destiny and wait,
For love brings love and hate brings hate.”

– Henry Van Dyke

We create our lives with our thoughts.

Our mind is such an amazing gift!

Everyone has come ‘pre-packaged’ with this state-of-the-art, miraculous machine called a brain with a built-in connection to the source of infinite intelligence that we are all created from.

The brain is a miraculous tool of creation that constantly transmits and receives energy in the form of thought.

Yet all too often, we find that our mind is like a runaway tractor that bucked us off and is now dragging us behind screaming and tumbling across the rocks of the field of life, flailing and feeling beat up and out of control.

The ancient Roman poet Horace said this on the topic:

“Rule your mind or it will rule you.”

All too often we find ourselves ruled by our minds.

Does your mind ever flog you with self-criticism like mine does?

Who is doing that?  And why?  Are we ruling our minds or are they ruling us?

In addition to our self-critiques we are bombarded by distraction and mind-numbing information at every angle these days.

It’s all too easy to just escape and let others rule our minds by just tuning in to the endless stream of information.

In order to stay strong and rule our mind we must consciously work our thinking muscle.

That is why we are focused on this important pillar of THINK this entire month.

When we control our mind, we then control our emotions and our entire life experience…and we create a life of immense joy, naturally.

Without this ability, we get blown about easily, knocked off track, and our mind rules us…in the form of depression, anxiety, despair, or boredom and settling for mediocrity.

So to empower ourselves to be the masters of our fate, this month let’s dedicate ourselves to this ONE thing:

The daily practice of meditation

Now…there is a LOT more to meditation than we tend to automatically think.

Often hearing the word conjures images of monks in robes, cross-legged with hands on knees, sitting for hours on end…

…But it is so much more applicable to you and me…normal everyday people, with jobs, families, and busy lives…

Here are some reasons why:

-Meditation is not just sitting and breathing, it is awareness and consciousness to the present moment AT ALL TIMES.

-Meditation truly is ‘the way’ to live life.

It is the art of living in awareness.

The practice of sitting while meditating is simply called ‘sitting’ by Zen masters.

We are indeed going to establish the practice of sitting daily.

But we’re going way beyond that as well.

We’re going to dive deep into the understanding of meditation, the power of concentration, and living our lives in a state of awareness.

Concentration is the supreme art because no art can be achieved without it, while with it, anything can be achieved.” – W. Timothy Gallwey, The Inner Game of Tennis

And meditation is the art of concentration.

Meditation is the practice of living in the present moment.

And you’re probably better at meditating than you’ve ever given yourself credit for.

Whenever you have lived in a state of joy, awareness, and peace, you were living a meditative state.

The goal is to live more often in that state because it’s in that state that we can live a Truly Amazing Life.

The practice of sitting each day will greatly assist us in that, and will lead to a host of other blessings.

So…here are your simple steps for today:

1.  Sit quietly in a comfortable position. (chair or floor is fine)

2.  Close your eyes.

3. Deeply relax all your muscles, beginning at your feet and progressing up to your face. Keep them relaxed.

4.  Breathe through your nose.  Become aware of your breathing.

Each time you breathe out, say the word, “one”,  silently to yourself. (Or any easy word like Love, or Light for example)

Breathe easily and naturally.

If you notice your mind wandering, gently bring it back to a focus on your breath and repeating that one word…don’t fret when your mind wanders…it will.

5.  Continue for 10 to 20 minutes. When you finish, sit quietly for several minutes, at first with your eyes closed and later with your eyes opened.

Don’t overcomplicate it.  Really it’s just sitting comfortably, breathing, and focusing your attention on your breath as best you can.

OK, go!  Even if you’re rushed today, at minimum do this for ONE minute!

You can work up later to 10-20 if that’s overwhelming at all right now.

You can do it.

Make Today Amazing!