The Chinese Cracked Pot!

The Chinese Cracked Pot "A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After 2 years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself because this crack in my side causes water to leak all the way back to your house.” The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only … [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...]