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Knocking

This morning I woke up with a headache. It felt like a giant was knocking on the front door of my face. I at breakfast took a pill and laid back down. It helped a little but it’s been painful off and on most of the afternoon.

Last week a friend told me he had a “secret knock” whenever he went over to his mother’s home. He said this knock was for her to know that it was him without looking out the window to see. I liked this idea both the reality and the thought behind it.

We have ideas which knock on the doors of our heads. Some of these thoughts, especially the ones filled with doubt, confusion, anger, can take us to places we don’t want to go. Wisdom teachers call this; “monkey mind” a mind filled with chatter like monkeys in a tree, never-ceasing or giving a moment’s peace. It can also be called; “thought train” which is a mind that’s on a particular set of tracks taking us to places it’s not always wise to go.

The good news is we are able to train our minds to recognize “monkey minds, thought trains” and refuse to let them take over our spirits and emotions. The key to mindful living is to be present, in the now. Our mindsĀ are not all-powerful and we do have the capability of saying; “No” to negative, repetitive, thoughts and “Yes” to those which keep us centered, balanced and at peace. We simply need to know when and when not to open the door.

blessings,
@BrianLoging (Twitter)
thewannabesaint.com

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I oftentimes have a hard time saying; “No.” Even at risk to my physical and emotional health, I have difficulty turning someone down. I’d like to blame it on the fact that people don’t ask me to do anything dangerous or untoward. Requests almost always are for a good cause and benefit families or churches. However, the truth is much less unsettling. I don’t like saying; “No,” because I don’t like being the bad guy, I want people to like me and the thought of someone being upset or disappointed in me causes great anxiety.

Our ego, my ego, can be such a fragile thing. There is a wisdom principle which teaches that our lives have a list and on that list we place the things we value. The more items on our life list the less passion, energy and time we have for each item. Saying; “No,” to others can mean saying; “Yes,” to that which we value most.

Blessings,
@BrianLoging (Twitter)
http://www.thewannabesaint.com

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