Focus is Key to Mastery

September 29, 2011

Imagination, song, the soaring spirit.
Separate them to know them as aspects of the whole,
Join them to know the mystery of totality.

The mind, if focused, can become the most powerful force we know. Yet for most of us, we are lost in the vastness of our own uncharted minds. We play around with different aspects, find certain modes that we can get by with, and leave the rest unexplored. Those who follow Tao do not do this. They want to explore all the dimensions of the mind so that they may find a wholly integral mode of consciousness.

The primary means of exploration is through concentration of the mind. Practitioners first select an aspect and delve into it by daily focus. Only when they have fully understood do they go on. It is like studying. When you are first introduced to a subject, you must put your attention to work in order to master the knowledge. Such concentration leads to absorption, like mixing liquids together in a bottle : Once they are combined, they cannot be distinguished from one another.

With concentration, all the various aspects of the mind can be joined together into one superconscious mode. Sound is the same as sight, taste is the same as smell, touch is the same as thought, and all that we are is identical with the spiritual energy that resides within us. In this high concentration, there is complete union, and we feel the joy of total integration with all our facets.

Deng Ming-Dao, 365 Tao

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Decisions, decisions!!!

September 16, 2011

Decisions, decisions, we are faced with making choices every day, some big, some small.

Recently I was faced with a big decision to make and this was the process I used to

Choose what was best for my highest good. . I hope it empowers you to choose what is best for you too!

The quality of your decisions determines the success of your life.

Some people do a better job of making them than others, but decision making is not an esoteric art or a birthright. It is a learnable skill.

 

If you want to make better decisions, the first thing to know is that decision making is not an event, but a process.

As with any process, it consists of a sequence of steps:

Begin with brainstorming

Think of as many options as possible for whatever you are trying to decide. Don’t critique your options at this stage – just list them. This is the creative stage of decision making, and we are most creative when we let our thoughts roam freely.

Research on brain waves has shown that we are most creative during alpha and theta brain wave activity. These occur when we are relaxed and just let our minds wander.

Beta waves, on the other hand, are not conducive to creativity. These occur when we are feeling pressured and under stress, such as when deadlines are approaching. Interestingly, caffeine increases beta waves and inhibits alpha and theta waves – so that triple latte may be good for your energy level but bad for your creativity.

Take advantage of this knowledge to get the best results from your brainstorming. Many people say they have their most creative ideas just before falling asleep, while lying in

bed in the morning, while doing mindless tasks such as shaving or showering, or while unwinding, relaxing or meditating.

The saying, “I need to sleep on it” takes on new depth of meaning. Whatever decision

you make, it lest make one. The worst thing you can do is sit on the fence. No decision is

making a decision not to move forward with your life! Here is to the greatest gift we

have, the ability to choose!

 

 


Here’s to Change!

September 4, 2011

Changes are happening every moment. We all are in constant motion. I know for myself, I have been going through many changes over last few months. I sold the  home that I lived in for over 20 years and where I raised both my daughters. I have some beautiful memories and then some not so great memories from my experience of living there. Over the last year I intuitively knew I needed to make some changes. My soul was becoming stagnant, and I was not growing.

I know that Change will happen regardless if I decided to stay or move so I chose to embrace the uncomfortable and move forward to creating the life that was waiting for me. To do this I needed to let go of the life that I planned, (that was not an easy decision) however one that I am so glad I did!

So, if there is something inside of you that is calling you to change, grow, or move forward, go for it! Make the decision to greet the life that is waiting for you!  You can either choose to welcome change or be forced to change through circumstances. I have decided to be the master of my life and create the life that is truly waiting for me, all I need to do is met it half way!!

Here’s to change!


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