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Don’t Follow the Dog!

What dog?

A few years ago I watched a video of that exponent of the power of now, Ekhart Tolle. He realised just how powerful NOW is, so much so that he wrote a book with that title, The Power of Now.

The main point is – there….is….only….NOW.

Think about that for a second.

In fact what is a second?

It is really just a moment in time, one sixtieth of a minute, and, as it was passing did you notice that, oops, it’s still now?

So if now is all there is, what does that make the past and the future?

Well my understanding is that the past is just there for us to learn from. It is NOT to haunt us and make us feel bad.

The Future

The future is just that, the future, and when it arrives it will also be now! Can you remember the film that has the quote “There is no fate but what we make?” Even if you haven’t been told that that is how it is, maybe it is time that you thought about that.

The Past

If something is in the past we can’t change it. So why do we beat ourselves up about those things?

Someone once said something like, if something is annoying you and you can change it, then do so. If you can’t change it then change your attitude.

Notice that in both cases you made the choice to change, nobody else. The issue here, as ever, is that choice is the problem and the solution. Now you know you have a choice you can start to make one that suits you.

When you accept that the past cannot be changed, and does not have a hold over you, you free yourself from that burden and can move forward.

So move forward with love, leaving those things that have troubled you in the past, the lessons having been learnt.

Best wishes and feel free to comment to start a conversation. Share your experiences here as well to help others.

Alastair

PS – Oh yes, the dog! Well the dog was mentioned in the video. Ekhart was talking about the way that when we take the time to be quiet, some times we have thoughts that crowd in on our peace and contentment. I have written about too many thoughts going around in our heads but the dog didn’t figure!

It is possible to build our mental muscles to enable us to control these thoughts and get back control of those thoughts. It is the peace that having a quiet mind brings that is the end game here.

Picture yourself sitting on a park bench looking out across a path just watching the world go by. Here comes the dog. The dog is like a thought that pops into your head. Your choice is whether you get up off the bench and follow the dog as it walks by or if you sit still and let the dog walk away and release that thought and don’t follow it.

If you choose to let those thoughts go then you you can experience peace.

I trust that you will find that peace if it is your desire to do so.

More Reflections on Peace here.

Reflections on Peace in our World

PeaceReflections on Peace in Our World

These are some of the things I have come to realise about how things are.

  • Would the world be a more peaceful and loving place if these things were more understood and lived?

I understand and, even though I am not fully able to apply them all the time, I am learning to live by the following more and more each day:

  • I can only change one person, and that is myself.
  • I  should not try to change others.
  • To trust that if a message is right for someone it will be heard.
  • That there are times and situations that bring up emotions and feelings in me that are normally locked away and do not surface in my normal day-to-day life and it is up to me how I react to them; I can after all, choose how I feel.
  • That my ego plays a large part in my reactions when I am not present and I am becoming more and more present every day.
  • That if I feel upset or angry about something someone else is doing, going and looking in a mirror and asking myself, “What is it about the actions of the other person that I don’t like about myself?” is a very powerful way to find out more about myself.
  • When I discover something that I don’t like about myself by looking in the mirror, asking “What is the benefit?”, seeing there is none and moving forward having left it behind.
  • There is no point in worrying, right now you are either dealing with a situation, preparing to deal with it or waiting to do so, what is the point in worrying about it?
  • That I can truly choose how I feel in any situation, if I have control of my mind.
  • That I am creating my life every day and that my dominant thought will become my reality.
  • Judgement is weakness, observation is power, judge no-one.
  • That God is bigger than any religion.
  • When I spend time each day taking back control of my mind it serves to accelerate the positive life I am creating.
  • That harbouring damaging emotions, like resentment, is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die, it only hurts me.
  • That it is not my place to react on someone else’s behalf.
  • That serenity comes when I exchange expectation for acceptance.
  • That forgiveness is a very powerful thing and total forgiveness is essential for harmonious living.
  • Remembering that fear is just False Evidence Appearing Real.
  • Acting from the highest thought, that of love, will always be the right thing to do and recognising what that thought is.
  • Understanding that I have an unlimited supply of love to share in the world, and sharing it!
  • That if I approach every situation from the perspective of unconditional love, there is no need or room for blame, judgement, negative emotion or anger.
  • That, if I find out I have upset someone, my first thought is, how do I put this right  and my first action is to do so.
  • That, when we accept the past is just that, the past, and accept that we cannot change it, we free ourselves from any hold it may have had over us. It is just there for us to learn from, not to have a hold over us. What is, is, accept it and move on.
  • When I smile at least five times a day for no reason my heart is lifted and the world is a better place.
  • Every moment of every day is a new beginning, let go of the past.

I trust the above helps you, if it raises questions then that is good, ask them. First ask them of yourself and look to your feelings and listen carefully, maybe you really know what to do next already, you just haven’t listened hard enough yet. Look into your heart and find out what the answer really is.

I would love to know your thoughts on this, I invite you to get in touch.

One last thought, remember that there is only now, the past is only there for the lessons we can learn from it. It has no hold over us. The future is yours to mould, live in the now and enjoy every moment. For now is a gift, that is why it is called the present!

Best wishes

Alastair