Shabbat Shalom from Ms. Cat.
It only takes a day to change from a dog to cat.
Downs and ups of life.
Shabbat is the up, thank G-d! 😉
(Credit Graphic: Andy Blumenthal)
When all the world is going c-r-a-z-y…
The best thing you can do is stay CALM.
– Calm is where good energy enters and bad doesn’t.
– Calm is where rational thinking gets done.
– Calm is where positive action happens.
– Calm is where our inner faith is sustained.
– Calm is where we can inspire and lead ourselves and others to do good.
Calm is where we all yearn to be. 😉
(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)
So I had an interesting conversation with a colleague, and they tell me their philosophy about worry, as follows:
Worrying is suffering twice!
I thought this was pretty smart.
With worry, we suffer when we worry and then we suffer again if the thing we are worrying about actually comes to fruition.
So in essence, we are doubling up on the suffering.
Yet, worry can be constructive if we use it to spur us to positive action such as in confronting and dealing with challenging situations.
But when we worry just for the sake of worry because we can’t control our anxiety and moreover, it actually may paralyze us with fear, then this is obviously a bad thing.
Do I worry?
Sure do, but like my dad, I use worry to try and think out-of-the-box, to plan, to problem-solve, to figure out coping mechanisms etc.
Worry is suffering for sure.
However, if we can channel the worry to positive impact, then the worry can be worth the pain it inflicts on us. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)
Coming from the Metro, someone stopped me and gave me this card for meditation, and I thought it was really insightful.
“Changing the human mind to infinite universe mind”
Our minds are constrained by our mortality, materialism, and physical limitations of space and time.
But if we free ourselves even momentarily from these, we can enter into a sort of limitless universal mindset.
“Human is incomplete because human are living inside human mind world which is one’s lived life and thoughts.”
We are beset by a near endless barrage of life’s fears and worries–like that we can’t fully perceive the metaphysical and spiritual world that is the real and meaningful one for us.
“One can live forever and [when] he has escaped pain, burden, stress, and the countless kinds of agonies; his old self has disappeared and so it is great freedom.”
Through mindfulness, centered and balanced thinking, we can go above the “false world” and enter the “true world.”
Doesn’t this ring fundamental and true?
What an amazing approach to thinking that we can use elevate ourselves above what we live and see every day. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal via Rockville Meditation)
So what happens to most of us when we experience the stresses, disappointments, and conflicts in life?
– Murderous at times
We even question, “Why me?”
But none of this helps.
In fact, it just makes things worse.
Because we compound our life challenges with more problems in how we react!
What should we do instead?
The key is to remain calm, cool, collected, and composed.
Don’t get rattled, disjointed, and out of whack over anything or anybody.
These are all tests in life.
They are all fleeting.
G-d is watching us and seeing if we have faith in him.
When you remember the creator and sustainer of all life then you can rise above the adversity before you.
Go beyond the superficial.
Experience the world beyond the earthly bounds of time and space.
See the larger picture.
Breath deeply…a sigh of relief.
There is nothing to be upset about that G-d can’t make right for you.
Face the challenges with a clear head, a brave heart, and follow your conscience.
Act with determination to speak out and right the wrongs you encounter.
Remember, you are one with G-d and the universe, and all will be for the good. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)