Short and Sweet #138 – Human Misery

When we look at human misery, we see two kinds when only one exists, that is our personal misery and everyone else’s. Misery is constant for some, while others only experience it at specific times and then there are those who see it fluctuate in and out of their lives every day.

Many bring the misery of others into their own lives and then suffer because of it. Then there are those who feel compassion for what is happening to someone far away but will not feel this misery in their own lives. Still others fall into misery because they feel close to a situation or energetically connected even if it is happening thousands of miles away. Moreover, there are those who are impacted more by what is happening to someone else than in their own life. They feel they have no control over what is happening and this overwhelms them in their personal life.

The mind tells many of us that someone else’s misery is separate and different from our own. However, the truth is that all misery is rooted in a singular connection to the creative energy of the universe. If we want our misery and the misery of others to stop, then we must change our understanding of how things work. We must realize that when misery shows up in our lives whether personally, to a friend or halfway around the world it is a reflection of our inner state. The perceptions, beliefs and social conditioning that we have accumulated over our lifetime will reinforce the false belief that it is separate from us or that nothing can be done about it in our own lives.

It will be impossible to recognize this when you try to identify it through your own thinking-self. Because the mind will always confirm that your perceptions, beliefs and conditioning are correct, unless you begin to awaken to the False-Self that spins these tails. Better yet, awaken to the True-Self, which will shine a light on the shadow of the False-Self and allow you to let it go.

Question what your thoughts automatically tell you or confirm. Know that if you see misery anywhere that you can help release it by self-inquiry. Look deeply within because it is there that healing will occur. Once you release it completely you will not see it anywhere because it will no longer be created. Know that whatever you release from within will change you and everyone else. In addition, know that you are always safe and can face whatever comes up from within. All ways lead to the True-Self if you seek from awareness. From this place, there are no wrong choices.

 

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Short and Sweet #104 – Take God with You

We do not always get to do what we want in this life or have things just the way we want them. Sometimes we do not like the people we work with or perhaps the job itself. There is always someone gossiping about this or that at the church, maybe even about you. You do not like your neighbor’s behavior so living in your beautiful neighborhood or home has lost its charm. That’s a good start to an endless list of reason for us to be unhappy.

Now we can quit our job or move from the neighborhood but does that really solve our problems, maybe temporally until things change again. The only thing that guarantees your happiness is you. Why, because you are the only thing that you have control over.

When we take the Divine with us every day, we learn that what other people think and do does not have to disturb our happiness. With every action and thought we can pause and ask, is this how God would act or think. With this safeguard in place, we do not have to react to what others say or do, and if needed we can respond appropriately from a higher perspective. When we do respond instead of reacting, our energy has a positive effect on everyone around us.

Know that with awareness it only takes a second to think before saying or doing something that you might regret. Just as important is what is going through your mind because we can ruminate on anger and resentment, creating worry and stress for days, even years. As Dr Phil says, “How is that working for you?” Maybe it is time to try a different way. Remember the next time you feel wronged in some way, pause before you react, just for a second and ask yourself is this how God would respond. If need be leave your words and looks in check and make sure that you did not drop God off somewhere along the way.

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Short and Sweet #97 – There is Always a Solution

When difficult times come or you have a big decision to make, do not fret. We often feel overwhelmed in these situations for no reason. Our worry keeps us from hearing Divine guidance and leaves us feeling unsure or fearful. The mind creates a story that is not based in fact but conjecture. It may create various scenarios often with a negative downside, which continues the cycle of worry and indecision. This is not a time to spend precious moments up in the mind but to become quiet. You can still use the mind to compile pros and cons but worry has no benefit.

Divine guidance, our intuition and soulful inspiration will not usually be heard in the midst of turmoil. We spend hours in worrisome thought, losing sleep and potentially creating health issues or body pains, including migraines. When we look back at situations from the past, we can see that all the stories we thought could happen never do. How useful has worry been in the past for you? Did it change the outcome for the better or in any useful way?

When we fill our centered, grounded and peaceful tanks up on a daily basis, we have the reserves to draw on during difficult times. This is the reason for having some form of regular practice. If you cannot keep up a peaceful state without a practice then it is my belief that you need them until such time that you do not. If you cannot keep up your centeredness when things are OK what do think will happen when something goes wrong?

Make this a special time of the day for you to recharge and connect with the creative energy of the universe. Your mind will always find an excuse not to do your practice. What you have to decide is who is in charge, your mind or you. How important is it to you to have a more relaxed and peaceful life. Moreover, what are you willing to do to carry out this intention? I understand that you feel you do not have the time or that there are more important things to do.

Your mind will always tell you that there are more important things to do. However, is this true? For some I expect the answer will be yes because they have different priorities. However, for others like myself there is nothing more important. What are your priorities? When I take the time to do my practices, I have more to give and I receive so much. I am more creative, patient, relaxed, less prone to upset and illness. These are only a few of the benefits. There are many practices to bring about a more awakened state, find what works for you. Remember, no matter what is happening in your life there is always a solution so worry in never needed. Higher guidance is always available; are you in a state of listening or worrying?

 

 

 

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