“My most formidable enemy is a man named Mahandas K. Gandhi, with him I seem to have very little influence.”

Mahandas K. Gandhi

Beauty
A friend reached out this a.m. after reading St Therese’s prayer. She has lost both her parents in the last few months. We chatted a bit about grief and asking for strength. She commented she wasn’t sure who she was talking to in her head, but that traditional beliefs did not have a presence in her life right now.
Completely understandable, we don’t feel very spirited in the wilderness.
It got me to thinking…
Faith. Does it matter what you are having faith in, or just that you are choosing to believe?
And which feels better right now– to project hope into a future positive possibility or to fear the worst?
Faith is seeing possibilities, not just problems. (What is a problem solver anyway? I think it’s just someone that believes in possible solutions.)

Get Over Your ‘self’

Have you heard of the big Self and little self? The big Self is your soul, Spirit, the higher version of yourself, and lives from the heart. The little self is your ego, thinking its way through life, always looking out for danger. The big Self operates with love and compassion, and full of faith. There is a place for both- we are, after all, made up of flesh and blood with mind, body and spirit. Our ego has purpose, it gets us up and dressed in the morning, but too much and we become that person, full of fear and looking out for nothing but our own little selves.

It’s a balance, but ultimately, the way to ourself, is through our Self. 

Buddha: “No one can understand the way unless they have pure hearts.” (The Dhammapada)

Krishna: “Those who find the way are those who have love and forgiveness in their hearts.” (The Bhagavad Gita)

Judas asked Jesus, ‘how do we find the way?’ Jesus answered, ‘by developing love and compassion.’ “I am the way” he said. And “follow me.” (The Bible)

Lao Tsu: If you seek the way through learning, you will not understand it.  If you seek the way with a humble heart, then you will find it.” (The Tao de Ching)


This Week's Practice, ("The Work", by Byron Katie):

Every time you do ‘The Work’ you are becoming enlightened to who and what you are, the true nature of being. To question what you believe is an amazing gift to give yourself, and you can have it all the days of your life. The answers are always inside you, just waiting to be heard.

And the questions: Is it true? Can you absolutely know the it’s true? How do you react, what happens when you believe that thought? Who would you be without that thought?

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These are wonderful questions to consider. And as we do in meditation, let go of trying to solve them, and just be with them. And breathe. You’ll be amazed by what comes up, when you let it.

This Week's Musical Inspiration:

Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
It takes a lot to change a man
Hell, it takes a lot to try
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die

Nobody knows what waits for the dead
Nobody knows what waits for the dead
Some folks just believe in the things they’ve heard
And the things they read
Nobody knows what awaits for the dead

I’m glad I can’t go back to where I came from
I’m glad those days are gone, gone for good
But if I could take spirits from my past and bring’ ’em here
You know I would, you know I would

Nobody speaks to God these days
Nobody speaks to God these days
I’d like to think he’s looking down and laughing at our ways
Nobody speaks to God these days

When I was a child they tried to fool me
Said the worldly man was lost and that the hell was real
Well, I’ve seen hell in Reno
And this world’s one big ol’ Catherine wheel
Spinnin’ still

Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
It takes a lot to change your plans
And a train to change your mind
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
Oh, maybe it’s time to let the old ways die

~ Bradley Cooper

more info:  www.40daysofpeace.com. inquiries/reflections: info@40daysofpeace.comjournaling encouraged; personal favorite- the old ‘composition notebook’ , a good online option is 750words.com

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