Friday, August 14, 2009

Saturday 8/15/09 - "THOUGHTS WITH LOTS OF LIGHT"


Some thoughts just "light up" my mind. I heard some at a meeting today and others I have heard or read in the past, but love them now all over again. I'm sure some of these you may have also heard before.

Being "busy" and "clutter" distracts us from needed change.

I'm turning this one over in my mind. I admit to being a "pack rat" and that can create clutter. I have at least stopped buying, stopped adding to my possessions. I have made the smallest headway in getting rid of things, but I have a very long way to go. As far as busy goes, on a scale of 1 to 10 I would say I'm about an 8 at staying busy. Sometimes I think if I slowed down a bit, lowered that number, I would have more time for those "intuitive thoughts".

There's two kinds of business:
One - my business
Two - none of my business

Many meetings - many choices
Few meetings - fewer choices

Meetings open my mind to more possibilities. When I am faced with a difficult or fearful situation, God often speaks to me through other Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon members. I discover more possible resolutions than I had originally seen. This is one of the reasons I tend to increase the number of meetings I attend when difficulties arise.

Thoughts in mind duplicate in kind.

This reminds me of my blog the other day about the Magic Magnifying Mind - what we focus on is magnified. When I focus on the positive, the positive increases. When I focus on the negative, the negative increases.

"God proves straightaway what He really wants by the results. The most important thing is to pray and pray, to see which (path) will produce the greatest good." - Mother Teresa

When I first read this quote my thought was, THIS IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE. In the current situation with my loving daughter, I did pray and pray. My husband and I prayed and prayed. I know many, many people were praying and praying. (We are all still praying.) From the moment we went to talk to her until now, I feel the hand of God firmly on her and all of us. God has shown His guidance, His will, result-by-result. Every choice, decision, and opportunity has felt so "from God" in my spirit. So grateful.......

"Why do I allow myself to suffer? Is there any meaning or validity to the items I am permitting myself to suffer from? ..... Even if it was meant to hurt, it cannot reach the real me, if I stand guard at the door of my mind."
(From "One Day At A Time In Al-Anon", August 13, p. 226)

What I love most about this quote is the idea of standing guard at the door of my mind. This brings to mind another often heard phrase - "restraint of tongue and pen". Words are powerful, those we speak and those we hear. In my opinion, for me, I believe it is better for me to think before I speak. And if someone says something that is hurtful, I have the choice to guard that door to my mind and not allow that harmful thought to lodge in there.

Let's all think thoughts filled with lots of light today.

Prayer Girl


Susan at Stony River said...

I love this post-- and I'm going to send the link to someone I know should hear this message! Wishing all the best to you and your daughter (we're having some issues with ours and I'm feeling for you!).

anthonynorth said...

Deep and meaningful words. Those good thoughts are always the best. Even the guard at the door likes them.

Madison said...

I love that question, why do I allow myself to suffer. After years of reacting, that is the question that my husband and I asked each other.

Cindy said...

Thank you! I know my stuff isn't right...the amount of it I mean. Surely it's distracting and taking my focus off of where it should be. My self will tells me, "but I like my neat and pretty stuff"....

Shadow said...

clutter, to me, creates chaos. i keep my life, my surroundings, my thoughts and my daily routine and activities, clutter free as much as possible...

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

My first reaction to the quote "Stand guard at the door to my mind.." was negative, then I rethought... I immediately thought of the scripture knock, seek, ask...

I just realized standing guard at the door doesn't mean don't let anything in, I suppose on further contemplation it means be ready to let the right things in, to let God do the work on both sides of the door, and open it when our Spirit bids, and close it when He bids it closed. :)

I still have so much to learn!

Tall Karen said...

Trying to take a little sunshine from this spot...hmmm feels good!Happy Sunday to you too!

Syd said...

Thanks Anna. Like the photo alot. And, yes, my day was filled with lots of light--in fact the whole weekend was that way.