“By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.” – Grenville Kleiser
Daily Nugget of Gold 1578
The Habit of Bliss – Refocused Attention
In our last session we spoke about the importance of “owning” our emotional state of being, of reclaiming control of our state of mind as ours and ours alone to install and to maintain. When we do this, something magical happens- not so much a detachment from the world, but our power over circumstances, events, and the ability of other people to manipulate our state of being emerges. Realizing that we have the ability to choose what that state is no matter what happens outside of our mind is an important step to freedom. There is another thing we need to do in this process once we’ve taken full and complete control here- choose wisely, and then act appropriately on that choice.
While the above paragraph outlines what ought to happen in an ideal world, the human vessel we find ourselves in is one that requires continual attention and commitment over a long period of time in order to approach the goal of being able to do that. The good news in all of this is that we can begin right now and enjoy measurable results quite quickly as we succeed, the bad news in this is that we are likely to mess up an awful lot along the way.
There’s a reason we need to start “right now”, too. This is the only moment of time we have absolute control in. The past is unaffected by our efforts, what’s done is done. The future isn’t here yet and as one philosopher put it, is only a promissory note. The way to begin effectively creating change is to Seize the Day- or “Carpe Diem” as Robin William’s character once famously said in a movie.
So what do we do in this moment of time, you might ask? We refocus attention to where we want it to be. Instead of having outside forces dictate our state of being, we put our gaze upon those things we desire. Gratitude is a wonderful tool here because it allows us to shift our focus away from what doesn’t enhance our being to what does. By counting all of our blessings we have tremendous power over our internal affairs of the heart and soul. Fortunately, our blessings are too numerous to count.
Why take the time and energy to do this? Because, friend, this is where change in the outside world begins. It starts taking shape the moment we work on the internals, for that is what The Law of Attraction responds to. We believe there was true meaning in, “Peace comes from within, do not seek it without” So often people try and change the things we have little control over in order to attempt to enhance their lives, but in doing so they relinquish control of the one estate they have the ability to affect, their own internal domain. The mistake people make is that they believe this private place is of little or no consequence. That would be a massive error in judgment.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“How can I get really good at putting my attention on where I want it to be?”