Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
I didn’t really have a plan for a career, but I learned how to run our business quite successfully one day at a time.
Whether we have a specific plan for how we anticipate our lives unfolding or we react to opportunities spontaneously, we have to take whatever comes in small increments anyway. Life only happens a day at a time, regardless of who we are. Being “leveled” in this way is good for one’s humility. It’s also a relief to many of us. Living way into the future prevents us from appreciating whatever is happening at this moment.
There can be joyful excitement in the decision to squeeze the thrill out of every minute that comes to us. If we are practiced in living just one day at a time, we’ll not find this difficult. But many of us get caught in the struggle to control outcomes, circumstances, and people far into the future. Living a day at a time can feel like taking a giant step backward.
With practice, we’ll realize that living more slowly actually extends our lives because we’re able to truly experience each of the moments. Learning this, at any age, is a gift. Let’s rejoice in it.
Today offers me twenty-four hours of moments to be appreciated. I will do my best to love them.
Unruly thoughts are the enemy of the individual practicing the Spiritual Exercises of ECK. In contemplation, as the mind responds to different stimuli, thoughts crop up continuously.
Watch these thoughts as they arise. Soon you will be aware of thoughts following so closely one upon another that they resemble a river. Gaze unperturbed at the interminable flow of thoughts as if you were sitting on a riverbank watching the water flow past.
Do not try to stop any thought process at this stage, just rise above it. The effort to stop a thought from arising inevitably creates other thoughts. Leave unshaped any concept or idea which appears; become indifferent to these thoughts, neither trying to stop them nor fall under their influence. Work from the Atman Plane, the Soul region, unconcerned with what the mind has to say or how it acts.
Imagine the mind is like a small child looking with interest at a toy. The mind is nothing more than a small child which sometimes becomes unruly and wants attention. Handle the mind as you would a small child.
This stage is called the first resting place. If you are successful to this point, you will have attained freedom from the mental tyranny of thoughts and be ready for greater spiritual tasks.
As you celebrate every moment of the brand new day….love ripples out and expand to touch those you love. Who are in turn, creating their own ripples of love and sending them to those they love.
The Creator of All loves who we love….we all were created with love.