Beating Addiction Takes Mindfulness
Easy Does It
I have been reading the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success each day for the last month. I read one chapter each day and then I try to concentrate on that particular law during my waking hours. I find that keeping myself in tune with the law for the day helps me to ignore the distractions of the hub bub called life.
Using each day's law helps me stay mindful of what is important. My mental sobriety and my peaceful attitude are what presently drive me. It seems that the more physical and worldly accomplishments I try to achieve the less really important work am I able to fulfill. When I stop and I think of all the great people and happenings in my life, I hear a voice calling me to "Slow down, See the sunshine, relax and calm."
I still get speeded up. I still get distracted by things like what other people think of me, or how I am perceived by power brokers. Funny thing though, the more I read and meditate, the faster I am able to let go of the mosquitoes that distract me from happiness.
I recently got in to the mindfulness concept. Probably thanks to reading the book about Spiritual Success. I read "success" and heard "money". Wrongo!!! For me, spiritual success is so much more.
I didn't believe it at first, but the more I practiced, the more I was able to practice. I am thinking, for right now, that when the demons get into my head, stopping to breathe and noticing the abundance around me is a good way to keep the Hee Be Gee Bees from taking over. This idea reminds me of what Jesus did when he was on the mountain and the devil promised him all the riches in all the kingdoms, as long as Jesus would just let go and bow before him.
Since thinking of the world in a different way, I have become less fearful and less concerned about hiding my light under a thick think blanket. I really don't care from an egocentric point of view, who reads my articles, or if anyone comments on them. My focus has become very other centered. That's a funny thing as well.
I find myself offering services and encouragement to total strangers. I am starting conversations with people I have never met. I have made so many new friendships that sometimes I pinch myself to see that my new universe is all real. For today, peacefulness is real. But everything else in this new world of mine fades away. I have to say however, I DO indeed like the new world.
Where did the change happen? In me. I can point to some new concepts around letting go of the results, and gifting the world with myself. The "gifting the world with myself" idea was an especially hard theme to deal with because for many years I did not feel that I had anything to offer this place called "Earth".
"Who do I think I am?" That was the old thinking. The new thinking is "How can I be of service?" "How can I understand your point of view more clearly?" I am discovering that who I am is not what I do or how I look. Who I am is not about smarts, money or job. Who I am is really just a spirit, waiting until I can meet God.
All of this feels really good. Not in the egocentric sense of "look at me", but in the spiritual sense of "Thank you spirit, God, Mind." Thank you for allowing me to be the vessel that promotes the possibility of hope in people who otherwise are feeling a little down in the dumps.
I recently discovered, that these things I write and think need to be offered. If anyone wants to read, hear or be encouraged, great! If not, great! The offer of hope is always available.
Keep dreaming dreams! You'll see miracles!!
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