A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices… – William James
Perhaps replace “thinking” with being thoughtful?
People are always thinking . . .
Their monkey minds always chattering away . . .
How about you?
Are you merely thinking, or being thoughtful?
On this solemn day, a reminder of the most fundamental of truths:
The mind is everything. What you think you become. – Siddharta (aka Buddha)
That is all.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. – Buddha
The Sun will rise each day
The Moon will rise each evening.
And the truth will arrive each and every day.
What you make of it, and do with it, will determine whether you evolve that truth – or it keeps you stuck.
Human labor, through all its forms, from the sharpening of a stake to the construction of a city or an epic, is one immense illustration of the perfect compensation of the universe. The absolute balance of Give and Take, the doctrine that every thing has its price, — and if that price is not paid, not that thing but something else is obtained, and that it is impossible to get any thing without its price, — is not less sublime in the columns of a ledger than in the budgets of states, in the laws of light and darkness, in all the action and reaction of nature. – Emerson
Yes, the price must be paid, but the rewards are commensurate.
But as with anything, you must do the work first.
You must pay the price before you receive the compensation.
It’s just how things work.
No one has ever received warmth by sitting in front of a fireplace saying: “I’ll give you wood once you give me some heat.”
I was reading something from Michael Neill (his e-mail newsletter, if you’re curious) and he said something useful:
fear is a function of the mind, not circumstance.
So if fear is (just a) thought, and not anything real or tangible, then I can think differently.
And not be afraid as much, or even anymore.
I think I’ll try that more.