Mind, Body, Spirit Connections

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Spiritual Guidance~

Thought becomes Form~

The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character;
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings...
As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become.

— The Dhammapada
(Sayings of the Buddha)

Global One TV - Eric Bell

Our consciousness is like a garden and we must tend to the fertile soil of our minds and hearts mindfully and with awareness. Are we sowing seeds of love? Or, seeds of fear? If there are weeds in your garden, gently pull them out. Thank them for again reminding you how important it is to sow only love.

A helpful spiritual practice to keep us aware of our thoughts is Ahimsa -- "non-violence through thought, word and deed." For most of us, it is fairly easy not to engage in a 'violent deed', but catching ourselves with thought and word is not as easy.

Practice Ahimsa today~

Any time you find a thought arising that is harmful pay attention, and replace this thought with something kinder. When a word slips out that is unkind, or perhaps it is the 'tone' of voice, pay attention and try again. It's ok to say, "I'm sorry. I didn't mean that." And, be gentle with yourself. This is not an easy practice.

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