I am not my body.
I am not my mind.
I am a spiritual being having a physical experience.
My body will suffer and die, I will not.
I did not make myself.
I cannot change what I am
But I can change how I behave.
Emotions, a.k.a. the body-mind:
Notice how emotions are physical reactions to thoughts not events.
It's not what happens to me, it's what I tell myself about it.
Is my self-talk critical or supportive?
Nobody can reject me without my permission.
That's freedom. (See Innerbonding for help.)
To change how I feel, I can change how I think.
I have almost no control over the outside world
And almost complete control over my inner world.
Accept the past
Accept the present
Accept the future
If we could glimpse a future where nothing unacceptable could happen,
We would know fearlessness.*
Who's in charge? God or my ego?
Hint: God cannot be insulted.
God is rarely in a hurry.
How much patience has God shown us?
Patience is a barometer of my spirituality.
Understanding is good.
Not understanding and forgiving is even better.
This is very interesting to me. If I try to leave
the house centered on spirit and love and truth
and balance, inevitably I will meet some one who
will point out to me how far I still have to go.
But if I leave the house with a moderate
awareness of how hurt, scared and fragile
I am then I can handle just about anything!
Giving instead of taking
Accepting instead of judging
Responding instead of reacting
*It might be bad, it might be painful, it might be hard
but it wouldn't be unacceptable.
Are you asking us to accept terrorism, heartache, disease and death?
Non-acceptance makes us slaves to fear.
Love is gentle (or firm), accepting and patient. It's a challenge.
Fear is angry, controlling and desperate. It's a crisis!
Love is open, learning. Fear is closed, protecting.
We can make a God of either one.
Elder statesmen and bleeding deacons.
Feelings of inadequacy keep us stuck in fear.
Fear attracts the things we are fearful of.
Is my glass half empty or half full?
Which will I focus on?
What do you think?