silent spaces between my thoughts...
The fact that we can even talk about thoughts proves there is a part of
us that is not our thoughts. Something else is going on in and around
us that cannot entirely express itself through our senses or our thinking
minds. It is there. It beats my heart and forms my cells and weaves my
dreams. It speaks to me in the silent spaces between my thoughts, if I
listen. What is that?
Chapter 1, page 6
Most of the time our thoughts, both emotional and rational, are previous
thoughts repeated over and over again. Some studies say we have as many
as 70,000 thoughts in a day, and 95% of them are the same thoughts we
had yesterday. Why? If our thoughts are creating our happiness or unhappiness
for the most part, perhaps ...it's worth some time to examine the kinds
of thoughts we have.
- Chapter 10, page 32
you trying to change something you cannot change?
As soon as you have a negative feeling, immediately observe what you are
thinking at the time. What are you struggling against? Are you trying
to change something you cannot change?
From Chapter 13, page 40
Your partner isn’t the same person you met...
When you go through the process of thought observation and management, look carefully for thoughts related to resisting change, especially in people. Your partner isn’t the same person you met. Children morph right before your eyes. That friend who used to support you has changed. Even things that seem permanent crumble over time. This thing we call time plays tricks on our thinking minds.
Chapter 17, page 50
is what it is.
Theres a popular saying these days: It is what it is.
Theres a lot of truth to those simple five words. It not only is
what it is. It was what it was and it will be what it will
be. Everything that has happened in your life was supposed to happen.
Why? Because it DID. And everything that is happening in your life right
now is supposed to be happening. Why? Because it IS. Its really
that simple. This makes sense logically if you open your mind a bit and
see it from a more universal perspective.
Chapter 18, page 51
one can really make you feel a certain way...
Taking responsibility for the way you think and feel is very empowering.
It shifts the power from others to you. Technically speaking, no one can
really make you feel a certain way about anything.
Chapter 20, page 56
thoughts can occupy your precious time...
Isn't it amazing how much precious time and energy people spend defending
their points of view? Why? Is the meaning of life a debate team? Is life
a court of law? Is everything such a federal case? Defensive thoughts
can occupy your precious time, attention and peace of mind.
Chapter 24, page 62
worry so much about how things will work.
That divine life force which created us wants to experience itself through
us. It doesnt care how. It just wants us to recognize its divinity
and have us live our lives as joyfully as we can. An infinity of events
made this moment, and countless others will make the future. Dont
worry so much about how things will work. Most of it is not up to you.
Chapter 25, page 65
whether to be stressed or not.
What is stress? Do the events of the world cause you to be stressed? No,
they do not. You cause stress yourself. Your inability to accept things
as they are and your thoughts around that are causing your stress. You
can choose whether to be stressed or not.
Chapter 31, page 80
someone, somewhere, somehow.
Everything we do, say and think about affects everything and everyone
else around us. You can't think a thought or take an action without it
affecting someone, somewhere, somehow. Every thought you have is transmitted
into the universal energy stew, rippling across the fabric of space and
time, recorded for eternity.
Chapter 36, page 90
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