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Reflection Sundays

"Change" - It is inevitable! 2020 has shown us more than ever that change is always right around the corner. It has shown us that we cannot avoid it or control it either.

I am a firm believer that how we react to change is a true test of character AND it shows your true personality. I have seen some that react great to change, who are realists but also optimistic. But I have seen those who react horribly to it. They are withdrawn, in denial, and in some situations angry. At that moment I did not see it right away, but looking back I can see the vast differences and benefits between the two reactions.

I have been doing more Meditation and been reading a book on Mindfulness in Plain English. It has helped me to understand the basics of meditation, how to meditate, types of spiritual meditation, how to handle to truths of life, and how to take control of your mind which controls your whole nervous system. There is a deeper level of meaning to all things and our minds are naturally drawn to feel desires and discomforts. Practicing mindfulness requires insights and wisdom to see what things really are. The insight gained from meditation within the body, mind complex without prejudices or biases.

This can be a very difficult thing to do to separate feelings from other mental factors. Mindfulness takes practice and patience. But in the end, it is geared to make the mind sharper and clearer.

Applying mindfulness to your daily life when facing a situation. There are situations that I have been faced with and recognizing the best ways to deal with them have helped me dramatically to stay positive, optimistic, and not act out or say things that I will regret later. These discoveries lead us to see our weaknesses. We can use mindfulness to track down the root of these feelings. Everything does happen for a reason, we cannot change or stop what comes our way. We can only control how we react to it and seek out those bad reactions to show us how to be better and react better. Bringing negative energy and negative thoughts into an already negative situation will make you sick in ways I cannot begin to discuss but you get the idea!

Positive Change Reactions: Calm, Cool, Collective

Negative Change Reactions: Stressed, Angry, Upset

Changing your outlook and changing the way you think, may not change the outcome of the situation but it will certainly make you feel better and more relaxed about dealing with the problem. When we speak with resentment, anger, or profanity we lose our mindfulness and we cannot express ourselves clearly. The other person also feels hurt and loses mindfulness and it becomes difficult to hear and listen to what the other person is saying. When we talk and listen mindfully our minds are free from greed, selfishness, hatred, and delusion.

This is only the tip of the iceberg when talking about change and mindfulness but I encourage you to look more into it for yourself. True happiness can be obtained through practice. Remember that you have full control of your reactions to change, adversity, and negative situations. Negative change reactions are deeply rooted issues in our subconscious. So listen to those reactions and make a clear effort to recognize and change them!!

Happy Sunday!

This is the book that I am currently reading for those that are interested!

Mindfulness in Plain English

By: Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

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Jan 26, 2021

Love it ! Mindfulness and meditation are key to good health and daily zen. #Freethemind !

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