Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 Focus: Nothing in my mind or in my dreams is real.

Observe how the thoughts, beliefs, and stories, just like the feelings and emotions they trigger, are ever-changing, appearing and disappearing, but you are the awareness that is always present, always here. So, breathe and be the clear, unchanging awareness you are . . .

When you do this practice enough, you eventually realize that what you are is simply clear, radiant, present-time awareness itself. When you are no longer identifying so much with the contents of your mind — with thoughts, beliefs, and stories — you are freer of emotional stress and reactivity, and you experience more ease and harmony.

However, in order to pass through the final door to awakening or inner freedom, you have to use this practice to face everything in yourself, including all your demons. You have to face fear itself. If you truly face it and stay with it long enough, you’ll discover it isn’t real. Nothing in your mind or in your dreams is real. Only what is timeless, changeless, and always here is real.

Excerpted from the article:
A Dog Named Love & A Dog Named Fear: Which Are You Feeding?  —  by Jim Dreaver.

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Saturday, January 26th, 2013 Focus: I set my intention each day to do something good for another.

Many people say that they would love to help others in need but can’t because they have to get through their own personal crisis/situation first. How can I give to others when I don’t have much myself? they wonder. Once they are taken care of, then they will help others.

Sorry; that’s not how it works. When you step outside of yourself (and your situation) to help another in need, you will be amazed by what occurs. First, you feel good right away. By simply stepping outside of yourself and helping others, you are putting aside your problems for a moment and gaining perspective on what is going on outside of your world. This alone can shift your mental state to a more positive one.

There are many different ways you can give. You can give money to a charitable organization, volunteer your time, shovel the driveway for an elderly neighbor, or buy a sandwich for a homeless person. Whatever it is, just do something. Set the intention each day to do something good for another. You’ll be amazed at how that will change the way you feel.

Excerpted from the article:
Feeling Down? Give to Feel Good
by Sonia Ricotti.

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