Just show up!

“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.” ~ Eckhart Tolle While engaged in the “Creating the Impossible” course with Michael Neill, he used a phrase I’d never considered before. The phrase was ‘showing up’. Initially, I wasn’t sure what he was getting at. I was showing up each day by waking up, going to work, taking care of my family and all the other little details of a busy life. I tried to keep my life balanced and positive. But the more I listened to him, I began to understand what he was getting at. I was getting up, going to work and doing all the other things, but half of the time my mind was some place else or focused on an expectation. Let’s take work example: I showed up every day, not really liking what I was doing, but I liked the pay cheque. I showed up with the sole purpose of monetary reward and went through the motions of productivity. I did what was required to get the reward, but gave little else. Much of the time I was … [Read more...]

“If only I had…!”

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." ~ Albert Einstein   This week I was asked, “Do you have any regrets about your life?”                                                                                                                           Every time I get asked this question, it takes me by surprise because the concept of regret no longer enters my awareness. I did what I did in the past with the limited understand of life I had at the time. My life was driven by my thoughts, beliefs and experiences up to that point. I did what I thought was best, needed or required in each situation. But even if I did regret some action in the past, so what? I can’t go back and change it even if I wanted to. That doesn’t mean I didn’t do some very stupid things, but I don’t dwell on them. The recurring thought, “If only I could go back and change things” is futile. It only traps one in thinking about a past that is gone and can’t be … [Read more...]

THOUGHT vs thinking

I have been playing this past week with the idea of THOUGHT vs thinking! My understanding of the Principle of Thought is that it’s a neutral, formless tool for us to use. Thoughts aren’t self-generated, meaning that we don’t create thoughts. They float through our mind much like clouds pass by in the sky. If you don’t agree with me then how do you explain that thought of your sister popping into your mind. You hadn’t thought about her for days, but all a sudden she was in your mind. Did you create it and then become surprised because all of a sudden you thought of her? Did it just appear? Or how about all those times when you found yourself thinking of something and wondering where they come from. Did you create those thoughts or did they just appear? Thoughts drift through our awareness all the time. Now you’re beginning to get the idea of what a THOUGHT is, so let’s look at how this neutral thought becomes ‘thinking’. Stop reading for a moment and pay attention to … [Read more...]

Unleash your thoughts!

What if you stopped trying to control your thoughts? You know those thoughts like: “I shouldn’t be thinking that, it’s not nice, or positive or spiritual, or healthy or whatever.” I think you get the idea. Somewhere along life’s path, the belief that some thoughts are good/positive/desirable and others are bad/negative/undesirable took hold. As a result you expend a huge amount of energy trying to have only positive thoughts. Then we exert even more energy beating ourselves up for those unfavourable thoughts that creep in. Looks like a battle you’re never going to win. What if you could unleash all your thoughts in the same way that you unleash your dog in the off-leash park? As soon as your dog is unleashed it bolts for joy. What about you, if you unleashed your thoughts could you be totally comfortable with all of them? Or does the fear that they will run amuck keep you from taking that chance? I was afraid of unleashing my thoughts. I believed that if I … [Read more...]