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When do we change?

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  • Jeff Belyea
    When do we change? What finally catches our attention, cranks our motivation motor, and moves us in the direction of our hopes, dreams, and aspirations? When
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 16, 2006
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      When do we change?

      What finally catches our attention,
      cranks our motivation motor, and
      moves us in the direction of our
      hopes, dreams, and aspirations?
      When does "one of these days"
      become "Today!"? And on the flip
      side, why do we so often find
      ourselves on the downside of a
      false start? Remember those
      New Year's resolutions?

      Maybe change is precipitated by
      a Mini-Samadhi (or, if you prefer,
      mini: Satori, Self-Realization,
      Awakening, Self-Actualization,
      Enlightenment, Nondual RealizationÂ…)
      and a greater degree of getting in
      touch with who we are and what we
      really want in our lives. And maybe
      the false starts are the result of
      simply performing a ritual act
      without the requisite awakening -
      as in the New Year's ritual, or some
      other external pressure or paradign
      (also like much of the contemporary
      churches` remaining rote ritual,
      after the life has been squeezed
      out of the original teachings).

      When we listen to the expectations
      put upon us, rather than attune to
      our genuine inner workings - and
      those may be tough to untangle,
      we haven't put our heart into the
      desired change, and the slightest
      resistance or tempation will topple
      the resolve. And that brings us to
      the heart of the matterÂ…meditation.

      Meditation has the capacity (or is
      the tool for tapping into our inherent
      capacity) to attune us to our higher
      and genuine aspirations, sometimes
      called our heart's desire. And
      meditation can free us from the traps
      of emotional manipulation that are
      woven into the social fabric of our
      existence by parents, teachers,
      churches, peers, bosses, mass-hypnotic
      media, spouses, significant,
      and not-so-significant, others.

      With meditation comes clarity, trust
      in our own judgment and views, and an
      abiding calm. And the fruit of this
      abiding calm is love, joy, peace,
      patience, kindness, goodness,
      faithfulness, and self-control.

      An interesting note is that "self-control"
      is the last fruit.

      Jeff
      (with a little help from Galatians 5:22)
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