Mar 31, 2014 02:15AM
The first lesson in A Course in Miracles is, “Nothing I see in this room (on this street, from this window, in this place) means anything.” You are then to look around the room and apply the idea to whatever you see. Why is this lesson important? What the course is reminding us, is that everything is neutral, until we give it meaning.
From the time we are very small, the adults around us take us by the hand and give us the names for everything we see, the furniture, our food, the colors that surround us and the parts of the body. They tell us which words are “good” and which are “bad.” We are taught to differentiate from good and bad experiences, good and bad people, and we gather information of how to stay safe, based on those teachings, setting a strong foundation for how we will perceive the world around us. As we move on in life, a lot of those early teachings become the background noise that settles into our subconscious and quietly runs our lives. We give power to those inner voices that drag us into past experiences, taking us out of the present moment.
Mind chatter that becomes incessant are the voices of information stored in our subconscious. Learning to quiet those voices is a worthwhile endeavor. A quiet mind allows us to hear the still small voice that communicates with compassion. It gives us space to come up with useful solutions and it allows us a sense of peace, even in difficult times.
To stop the mind chatter, spend time in meditation. The discipline of focusing on your breath can help quiet the mind and give you some much needed rest. Pick something you consider beautiful to look at, and allow yourself to become fully absorbed in its beauty. Ask yourself, “I wonder what my next thought is going to be?” For some reason this question momentarily quiets the mind. Look in the mirror and stare into your eyes. As you quiet the inner voices, you will find a peace you did not know was there.
Milagros Phillips has been a sound shaman/teacher and a Reiki master/teacher for 20 years, diversity/race healing consultant for over 30 years and is a multi-talented artist and an intuitive. She is a coach and leads retreats for self-care and transformation.
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