Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thinking & Mediation

For me, life is a continuous process of trying to mediate my thinking. I spend time waking up and thanking the universe for another day. When I go to bed I spend time thanking the universe for a soft bed in which to sleep - and wishing for all mankind to have a soft place in which to sleep. When I grocery shop I thank Mother Earth for the incredible bounty in which I have to choose from, and the ability to pay for my purchases. When I drink water, I send appreciation to the water. Crazy sounding, I know. But this is the way that I remain as positive as I can be in these times.

Recently I found a very cool website that sends me little reminders to stay focused on what is important. Looking for the best in humanity is a constant struggle, lets face it. So I really liked the one sent to me today. If you would like to sign up for your own little reminders to stay mindful of all the good in the world, visit tiny Buddha, simple wisdom for complex lives,  or just visit when you feel the need for a little boost.


Whatever you believe about people and the world, you will likely find proof to support it. 
If you look for selfishness, you’ll find it. If you look for animosity you’ll find it. If you look for injustice, you’ll find it. If you’re invested in seeing the world this way, you can probably explain a lot of what you see with negative interpretations.
Conversely, if you look for good intentions, you’ll find them. If you look for loving gestures, you’ll find them. If you look for possibilities, you’ll find them.
Much of what we see is based on how we want to interpret things–whether we judge people or give them the benefit of the doubt; whether we play the victim or find opportunities in struggles.
So the real question on any given day isn’t why you’re seeing what you’re seeing; it’s why you’re invested in that interpretation.
Today if you find yourself clinging to a negative story about a person or situation, ask yourself: What’s the payoff in holding onto this interpretation? Does it make you feel right? Or justified? Or safe? And more importantly: How might you be able to improve your state of mind or situation if you chose to see things differently?


Brian Miller said...

nice..these are great things to meditate on through out the day to keep your energy focused...i like.

Kala said...

Great link to Tiny Buddha. I enjoy your blog and much of what you say resonates with me:):)

Grandmother said...

Yes, we see what we're looking for. Thanks for the website reference to help us along our way. I like your attitude of gratitude.

Kathy G said...

Thanks for the link.

luksky said...

Bravo Nancy!

claudia said...

Thank you for the link. This is knowledge I can use everyday at work with customers and my co-workers.

Cloudia said...

Excellent and helpful!

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Nancy said...

Testing, testing

Paula said...

Thanks for sharing!

Natalie said...

I will check it out. Thanks. ♥

alaine@éclectique said...

Thank you, Nancy, for this reference; I'll visit the site and sign up. If we receive one each day and take it onboard throughout the day, we should remember to practise it forever.

Simonbuc said...

Thanks for sharing this, Nancy. Not only a very useful site, of real service to humanity, but also a great example of someone who turned her vision into her livelihood