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“Thoughts are things, and it is important to keep our thoughts of a spiritual nature, to put attention on living a life that is a clear step toward growth.”—Harold Klemp The Language of Soul

One of the many benefits of meditation is the ability to focus. We concentrate on our breath or do a body scan. Whenever our attention drifts away from the breath, we gently return to the it. Each day is different, but the process is the same. The daily practice is one that trains the mind to stay where it is, to truly focus the mind on one thing. If you can keep the mind focused on your breath, an object, or a chant, the rest of your reality will fade away.

The calming effects of meditation work well because of this focus. The mind fights it initially by going this way and that, bringing up a torrent of thoughts that appear out of nowhere. Over time, one can rise above the thought stream and just observe. This new state is quite tranquil. Spending as little as 10 minutes in this state brings one to place of peace and calm that will last for the rest of your day.

The practice of meditating trains the mind and allows the real you to begin observing the thoughts that are most beneficial to you. As the quote above says, “Thoughts are things…” They can bring good things to your life and they can bring bad things. As you observe your thoughts, you can discriminate between the good and bad thoughts in your thought stream and only give life to those thoughts that are helpful and serving. The practice of sifting through your thoughts as they float by is a good habit to get into. It takes time to develop the skill, but it will become habit if you focus your efforts on this.

One of the best ways to begin is to formulate your goals. Each goal will require effort on your part and will require your attention each day. If you set a few goals, you’ll have quite a few daily actions that have to be accomplished in order to move yourself toward the goals you have set. These actions can be set to your calendar, a to-do app, or even a hand-written daily planner. Then, as long as you stick to the daily actions you have set up, you will begin to have more good things to focus your mind on throughout the day. This focus on your daily actions and the productive mindset that ensues are the exact combination that will keep your mind focused on productive, good thoughts, and help you avoid bad thoughts—thoughts that will get you into trouble.

If your life is just not going the way you’d like, try some of my suggestions mentioned here. They work. Your mind likes to create things. A mind that is focused on good things will produce more good things. A mind that is focused on good and bad things will produce good and bad things. A mind that is focused on bad things will produce bad things. You are more powerful than you realize.

Stay focused on the good things in life. Express gratitude for even the smallest thing in your life that delivers joy. If you can keep your mind focused on the good, your life will turn around to the good. You are the only one that can do this. I wish you well on your journey.

Until next time…

Dave

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