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  1. Malag

    What works for me is to defuse from the thoughts: the mind is doing what the mind does, generating all manner of thoughts and I am not those thoughts. So those thoughts are like unruly passengers on the bus and can rattle around as much as they like but I’m driving the bus and can function to my values regardless of the eg catastrophising. I hope those values align with a better world.

    That said, I aim not to actively feed the factory either.

    Do I sometimes get overwhelmed? Yes. Do I get back to what I’ve described? Often.

    What I definitely endeavour to avoid is trying to change the thoughts. The thought factory will keep producing because it’s really good at it.

    2 years ago
  2. mam_gigi

    I sometimes think that the outcome depends on me and take on too much responsibilty. I can get overwhelmed or resentful when this happens. I can also be too pessimistic at times. I have to learn to let go and trust, to be okay with whatever outcome and not to try to force things.

    2 years ago
  3. Chester

    I am sometimes caught in the pattern of measuring achievement based on the immediate context or problem, the current expectations, rather than maintaining a more global, longer-term scale focus. I unconsciously give myself permission to slow down, to pull back after reaching the very short-term target, and thereby lose ground in the longer-term effort. Perhaps I need to worry less about the short term target and focus more on the broader, longer-term vision – sacrifice some short term gain for longer-term ideals.

    2 years ago
  4. Don Jones

    Perhaps the need for greater precision – in thinking and action. For example, I might think about the temporary nature of of everything and perhaps use that as an “Oh well” mindset. But of course, the point is to be 100% awake and 100% on to fully experience what is unfolding.

    2 years ago
  5. Mica

    I am sometimes even foolish about conserving things such as water – pouring into a drinking water cup the unused water left from boiling water for tea, for example. But as this morning’s quote says, interdependent relationships are needed to change the world. I see this in emails from my former church – many concerns about what to do for Ukrainians – and I am not part of that interdependent group now. That’s what I’m lacking.

    2 years ago
    1. Don Jones

      Conservation is never foolish. It shows wisdom.

      2 years ago
      1. Mica

        Thank you, Don – I guess it does show some awareness.. 🙂

        2 years ago
  6. Ed Schulte

    More of this example of application of Christ Consciousness …there can never be enough of this !

    https://gentleartofblessing.org/loving-vladimir-putin/?fbclid=IwAR37VC75Ogo63eevDEMNS9L4myhjTGk-s7JwonHCtSY73dqPyo94Gjo4Bew

    2 years ago
    1. pkr

      Ed, thank you for sharing this. Yes, Love is the only way. ❤️

      2 years ago
      1. Ed Schulte

        You are welcome, per, I try to share these as much as possible 20 plus, they are on face book too bt still that is not enough.

        I prefer “visualization” a the operative word …the pre-sufism and other ancient wisdom systems maintain “Visualization is indeed Heaven” , this are no small words ….there is not much left in the New Testiment on visualization ..but for parts such as “You can tell the mountain to go and it will go” but in its original source “Visualization” wAS one of the ‘Five Keys to the Kingdom of the Heavens”.

        It is long past the time to bring those powers back.

        Be Well.

        EdS

        2 years ago
  7. alara

    About two yrs. ago I was introduced to the idea of the Old Story (our usual ways of thinking and acting) to being in Between Stories. My old ways can be summarized by fight, flight or freeze.
    The Old Story was about who/what was right and what was the truth? Results: doing the same things over and over expecting different results. Insanity- mine and the world’s.
    Letting go and Being between stories was originally like jumping into an ice bath – I couldn’t breath; I panicked! So, I would look forward, but turn back, again and again,
    I was surrendering to the unknown – without thinking, doing, planning, searching, I began to have moments that touched my core being, so I just kept turning toward the light, and hung on for dear life.
    I can say, at this time, that Brother David, Kristi Nelson’s book, and this site have become my first regular actions – in gratitude.
    “To be courageous is to stay close to the way we are made” – Author

    2 years ago
  8. Barb C

    I’m putting this question beside a piece by Mia Mingus on accountability I saved to read when I had time to reflect on it: https://leavingevidence.wordpress.com/2019/05/05/dreaming-accountability-dreaming-a-returning-to-ourselves-and-each-other/.

    I’ve gotten better over the years at owning (and owning up to) my errors and omissions in the work context. That comes in part from hard experience, in part from being further along in my career and having fewer possible negative consequences. Either way, it got easier with practice.

    I’m thinking now about how I might bring that to other contexts and relationships. If I own up to making mistakes and commit to being/doing better–out loud, so others know it’s possible to do this, to hold oneself accountable–what could that change?

    An excerpt from the piece:
    :
    “What if accountability wasn’t scary? Take a breath and let that sink in for a second.

    What if accountability wasn’t scary? It will never be easy or comfortable, but what if it wasn’t scary? What if our own accountability wasn’t something we ran from, but something we ran towards and desired, appreciated, held as sacred? What if we cherished opportunities to take accountability as precious opportunities to practice liberation? To practice love? To practice the kinds of people, elders-to-be, and souls we want to be? To practice that which we can only practice in real time? After all, we can only practice courage when we are afraid. We can only practice taking accountability when we have wronged or harmed or hurt. Practice yields the sharpest analysis.”

    2 years ago
  9. Carol

    I think everyone experiences self talk that is not always healthy. Some of what I call the voices in our heads are bullies. I’ve learned to face their messages like “You’re not enough.” and “You have to earn God’s love.” head on. I know that there is a part of me that has never been afraid and I call it forth. I claim the strength of my ancestors Life is trustworthy and so am I. Sometimes I have to call a meeting and remind those life-limiting voices that I’m chairman of the board!

    2 years ago
  10. Cathie

    Ok, this one has me going round in circles!
    Usually my pattern of thinking links up and supports the vision I have for the world.
    Yet, being a critical thinker my 1st response to ideas, etc. may be why they won’t work AND then a sharing of ideas on how to pivot to support ways they can work. I do this with my own thoughts in my brain.
    However, if part of my vision for the world is that we can all collaborate in life to come to some common understanding, even if we don’t agree, I need to ensure that voicing my thoughts are done so in a positive way vs. so direct as to be abrasive to disrupt the collaborative spirit.
    So this is not so much changing my thinking patterns as changing my behavior I guess…
    …Ha or – I suppose I could try to change my thinking so to not respond??? But then would my presence of silence be collaborative or isolationist?? And if I silence my outward voice, yet my inner voice is still working is that not also a change in behavior vs. a change in thinking.
    It appears a change in thinking effects a change in behavior.
    So maybe my change in thinking needs to be to acknowledge inwardly that someone else may have the same or better thought than me and to listen more, before I share.

    2 years ago
  11. Laura

    I was going to say that too many of my patterns begin with “me” or “I” as an origin. But I am the only entity in this world over which I have any real control.
    There’s the wisdom that if you want peace in the world, you start with yourself. At peace with myself, I can then offer it to those I encounter each day in my corner of the world.

    2 years ago
  12. Michele

    I think having a sick sense of humor helps sometimes. Humor at least. The news is so upsetting you still have to try and remember to laugh at something. How fitting that one of today’s National days is National Let’s Laugh Day😆

    2 years ago
    1. pkr

      Michele, thank you for this reminder, to laugh. Laughter is the best medicine and it is FREE!!!! I hope you laugh a lot today.😂

      2 years ago
    2. Mica

      Thank you, Michele – what fun! Thanks for reminding us of National days 🙂

      2 years ago
  13. sunnypatti48317

    I’ve been called a dreamer (ha! I’m actually drinking from a mug that says “Always a Dreamer”), and my vision of the world has always been one of peace, love, and prosperity for all. I’m not sure how my patterns of thinking affect this overall. I am generally pretty positive, and I pray for the things I mentioned. My thinking prompts me to act when needed and to be kind to all I encounter. I’m in retail, so I encounter many, and I know that we get what we give. I just want it to ripple out to everyone who needs it. And that’s a lot of people right now.

    2 years ago
  14. Patricia

    I am trying to do more “doing” and not just thinking. The small ways in which I act each day contribute to the vision God has for us as God’s people, God’s creation. And when I DO something, that also changes the way I think….

    2 years ago
  15. Kevin

    I hold hope for the world more so than a vision. If I held elected office, or if I possessed widespread notoriety, fame, or some form of outsized global influence, then I would hold a vision for the world and try to affect badly needed change. For better or worse, I’m a realist, I can sit around having visions all day for the world that amount to just that, visions. From my station in life, I’d rather take demonstratable action as one among many, adding my voice, money, and my prayers to something achievable.

    2 years ago
  16. Hermann-Josef

    There are many tendencies in my mind which I am trying to thin out. The worst is thinking that i am somebody or something. Nobody is an object. We are subject. Often I watch myself making somebodyelse responsible for my situation, condition ,feelings and experiences. This is foolish. I alone am responsible for what I experience or have to go through. And then my mind does not like to much change or to rapid change. It took me years til I accepted to buy a handy ( still I have a very old Nokya), all this digitalization makes me feel like I had to live on another planet. To criticize myself myself unlovingly. But there are also things running better and better within myself. To strengthen the good sides and to stick to them will weaken my bad sides. By changing myself I have done the best to change the world.

    2 years ago
  17. Iamme

    I am or should I say was, a natural born pessimist, always looking at the future worst case scenario. In some situations, such as event planning this is required so that we are prepared for every situation and the event runs smoothly, but in terms of my own life, it drags me down, makes me unhappy, and fills my vision of my future life with dread. I am working very hard at the moment to change this, I’m working on gratitude, being present in the moment and mindfulness in going about my daily activities. It’s definitely starting to pay off, I’m all ready feeling more serene, sleeping better than I have in decades, waking more easily in the morning, and my head is not chasing repetitive thoughts of doom all day long, which is exhausting, now I have more space for goodness and contentment, and my anxiety is much less.

    Regarding my vision for the world, I’m not sure yet, other than I hope that by having a less anxious, more relaxed and cheerful way of being, I may be a nicer person to be around and be of more practical help to others.

    2 years ago
    1. sparrow

      Welcome to this space,
      dear I am me…
      I believe you have a lot to offer
      with love…
      sparrow ♥

      2 years ago
      1. Iamme

        Thank you sparrow x

        2 years ago
    2. Patricia

      First of all, Iamme, I like your name. Initially, I thought it was a small L to begin your name, but then I realized it’s “I am me.” You ARE! You are the precious and only one who is you. I love it.

      But I wanted to say that your words were inspiring this morning: that we can change and re-wire our brains and spirits through gratitude for what is. Goodness and contentment replaces anxiety and doom; we see life’s abundance in the present. I am encouraged by you and your words. Thank you.

      2 years ago
      1. Mica

        Wow, Patricia – I realized the first letter could be an ‘ell’ or an ‘eye’ but I didn’t make the leap to ‘I am me’ – thanks!

        2 years ago
      2. Laura

        I thought it might be Greek. 😂
        Clever, Iamme!

        2 years ago
        1. Iamme

          Ha! I’m less Greek Goddess and more Shirley Valentine. 🙂

          2 years ago
      3. Michele

        wow, I have been reading her name as lemme with an L, lol.

        2 years ago
        1. Cathie

          Ha! me too:)

          2 years ago
      4. Iamme

        Thank you Patricia, you have brought a smile to my lips. I did wonder if people would see the significance of my screen name. I’ve not used it before, but it just seemed apt somehow for this site and for the changes I am going through. I tend not to use my full name online anymore as I have had some unpleasant stalking in the past, it’s not so much wishing to be anonymous but simply to avoid going through anymore stalking.

        I’m finding inspiration on these pages and especially the comments under The Question of the Day, it’s all contributing to the work I am trying to do to find a more peaceful state of being even whilst all around us it feels as though the world is turning more and more uncertain as the hours and minutes tick by. The war was profoundly distressing me over the first ten days, I was crying all the time, terrified of the nuclear threat and distraught at the needless suffering being inflicted on Ukraine, it was the final straw for me, realising that I had to find a way forward for myself whereby my body wasn’t in a constant state of fight, fright, freeze; that lead me here to this site as well as others, but this is the one I have settled on and it has grounded me and calmed me, for that I am so grateful.

        2 years ago
        1. Mica

          I don’t have a landline, lamme – thanks for sharing. Email resonates with me. I often miss phone calls on my iphone because it is off or too far away for me to hear. They’re nearly always spam anyway. I never really became fond of telephoning. I’m not big on texting either, but I delight in having my bank text me when I spend more than a dollar on my credit card – it’s wonderful for alerting me to any problems. But I do love email 🙂 Warm wishes to you and {{{hugs}}} [my new laptop doesn’t have all the emojis of my macbook, but at least it works, unlike the macbook..]

          2 years ago
        2. Mica

          This is such a wonderful site, isn’t it, Iamme?
          I like the privacy of a ‘secret’ name on this site.
          And Brother David, who wrote so many wonderful books and gave so many wonderful talks, has gone beyond these to reach so many of us and so often! I like the story, that someone told him he should have a website and Br. David replied: “Wonderful! What’s a website?”

          2 years ago
          1. Iamme

            It is indeed! I love that story, I often wish I hadn’t discovered the internet, I was later to the party with internet and mobile phones than many of my friends, it has positives and negatives and I am learning how utilise the positives and use it as a tool rather than a way to pass the time, precious time. I only had a mobile phone because a good friend that myself and my family used to go on holiday with when our children were small got fed up with not being able to contact me on our long journey in separate cars to the west of the UK, that she gave me her old Nokia when she got an iphone. Then she wanted me to keep it so we could text each other, I was very put out by this, I thought that if she wanted to talk to me she should call my landline and actually speak to me. Little by little I became inseparable from the phone, leaping to attention at every incoming message and taking more photos than David Bailey, it ruins concentration and steals time. I am now learning that If someone is texting me it’s not urgent and my phone is on silent for most of the day unless I leave the house. I figure if someone needs me urgently, such as in the case of illness or accident, they can call my landline. I’ve also stopped taking endless photos on it and reverted to the good old fashioned way of simply looking at a thing and enjoying it in the moment.

            2 years ago

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