Saturday, May 15, 2010

Toothbrush Meditation

Clean Your Teeth, Clean Your Soul

The morning rush is filled with various mundane activities, like brushing and flossing your teeth, which is hurried through to get to the days important stuff. And some days, forget it, there just isn’t enough time to floss! It’s either fuss with the plaque (and such) that nobody is noticing or be late for work, which everybody will be noticing.
Performing for the outside world too often wins attention over acting on behalf of the self. So how do you make brushing and flossing your teeth the important stuff?

First, let’s think about what is happening when you brush and floss.
You are cleaning off what has been left behind. You have taken what you want, what you have left is what you don’t want. If unwanted entities stay attached to you they begin to rule you. So brushing and flossing are ways that you take control over what is permitted to influence your life.

Imagine brushing and flossing your teeth as a deliberate action that frees the unwanted influences attached to you. The emotions, relations, reactions and actions you have experienced that diminish who you want to be could be referred to as entity influences.

You can clean away these entities by redirecting your mental outlook. Using the time you spend cleaning the left over, unwanted debris from your body (mouth in this case) as a time to clean the left over, unwanted debris from your mind increases the effects of both efforts. You are actively changing how the world influences you by changing yourself.

When brushing and flossing your teeth, visualize who you want to be. Feel what qualities you need to be that person. Allow your attitudes toward entity influences to change as you expand your definition of Self. What was once an influence that you were at the effect of can now be seen through compassion, patience, forgiveness and poise.

Using the mind-body connection to bring a deliberate focus into your consciousness is the art of living.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Day 14 ~A Psalm In My Heart

Oh That I Had Wings
Psalms 55:6

The poet wanted to get away from it all, to "wander far off. and remain in the wilderness," get out of the city, get back to the quietude of nature.
You cannot fly away like an eagle with the wings of a wren.~William Henry Hudson

So maybe we had better stay put, fight it out and grow some stronger wings; by then we might want only temporary leaves to regain strength for a renewal of the struggles.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Day 14 ~ A Psalm In My Heart

Praying in Troublesome Times
Psalm 54:2

In this short Psalm we have a most earnest prayer in time of dreadful trouble.
First, there is a plea for deliverance:
  • "Save me, O God." From the oppressors.
  • "Judge me." Vindicate me.
  • "Oppressors seek after my soul." Seek my life.
Second, there is an expression of confidence in the forthcoming help and a vein of gratitude for it:
  • "God is mine helper." The only sure help.
  • "The Lord is with them that uphold my soul." The Lord works with the helpers.
  • "He shall reward evil unto mine enemies." They shall reap their wrongs.
"I will praise thy Name . . . for he hath delivered me."  In his assurance and praise he treats the future as if it were the past.

Begin the day with God!
He is thy Sun and Day!
~Horatius Bonar

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Thank you

Thank you Sitka

A Psalm In My Heart

Farewell to Fear

The people of God became fearful where there was no fear: they were filled with consternation because they felt the threat of being overthrown by the wicked. It was a cycle of decreasing faith and increasing fears. Hence, the Great Protector reminded them that He had scattered the bones of an adversary and had put the enemy to shame.  He refreshed their memory to abate their misgivings.
The passage addresses a common woe of man: fear, which often exists for no cause other than fear.  Man's major fear is fear. 
A wild, fearful imagination sees a storm in every cloud, a falling limb on every tree, a snake behind every log, and a death in every illness. The scared person sees more dangers than the world could possible hold.
O anxious people! O blind hearts! In what uncalled for fear we spend these few fleeting years! Where is our faith? If we are living in the promises of God, we have nothing to fear:
So with renewed faith we say, Farewell to fear.

Thank You Sitka