Daily Reflections – Week 21

May 22

May 22
Good morning!
Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it? Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of this day. Be grateful and happy.
Today is a good day to cultivate peace.
Begin with meditation. Go to the place of silence and stillness and focus on your breathing. As thoughts arise, resist the temptation to give them your attention; acknowledge them, gently refocus on your breathing, and let them move away from your field of attention. Continue to do so over and over again, and experience the gentle peace that exists in the gap between thoughts.
Now, bring this practice of being aware of your thoughts to the other moments of your day. Be mindful of what you are thinking and release the thoughts that do not serve you in that particular moment. As much as possible, stay with thoughts related with the here-now, and bring back the same gentle peace you experienced before.
The world is full of problems, and one of the greatest contributions we can give is not creating new ones. Mindfulness — the practice of living with focused attention — helps us in this process, and brings more peace to our lives and the world.
Today, be the peaceful presence that brings peace.
Just do it!
Namaste. ~ Piero

May 23

May 23
Good morning!
Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it? Look around with the eyes of the heart and see the Magic, the Mystery, and the Miracles that surround you. Be conscious of all the gifts, and be grateful.
Today is a good day to observe the activity that goes on in your mind, and make progress in the art of living mindfully.
Ask yourself, “What am I thinking, right now?”
Are you aware of what you are thinking?
Our minds are thought producing machines operating most of the time in a state of uncontrolled hyperactivity. We live as if we are under attack. We are anxious, fearful, reactive, defensive. Have you ever asked, “Why?” Well, there is a battle going on all the time. It is a battle for our attention. Our thoughts are attacking us, demanding our attention. With so many things attracting and distracting us all the time, it seems that all of us are living with some sort of ADHD — attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
One of the best things we can do in our lives is to develop the ability to select what we will give our attention to, and stay focused on that one thing.
Practice choosing one thing and staying with it. Practice giving attention to the Here-Now, to the task at hand, to whatever experience you may be living in this present moment. Practice to be aware of your distracting thoughts, and to gently release them by bringing your attention back to your breathing.
This will increase your peace and the quality of your life.
Practice, and get good at it.
You can do it. Just do it! Now!
Namaste. ~ Piero

May 24

May 24
Good morning!
Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it?
Look around. Look at what is big and what is little. Look at what is near and what is far. What do you see? Do you see the Magic, the Mystery, and the Miracles? It’s amazing, isn’t it? Be grateful. Be happy.
Today is a good day, again, to observe the hyperactivity in our minds, and put ourselves in motion to reduce it by practicing non-judging.
Almost all thoughts produced by our minds –these unstoppable thought-producing machines — are judgments of some kind.
Criticizing, condemning, and constantly stating what we like and dislike, is the activity that, more than any other, keeps our minds busy. If we could stop judging — if we could simply accept reality without judging — we would reduce the hyperactivity of the mind and enhance the quality of our lives immensely.
Observe your thoughts and practice non-judging.
Did you catch yourself judging? If so, that’s perfectly alright. Don’t be mad. Don’t condemn yourself, saying “Here I am judging again! I should not be judging. I’m doing it all wrong!” Choose the opposite response. Congratulate yourself for observing and noticing that you are judging. If you are able to do just that, you are on the right path. That’s all you have to do for now. The next phase, which is acceptance of what is, will come naturally.
You can do it. Just do it! Now!
Namaste. ~ Piero
P.S. Just for today I will not judge, criticize or condemn. I will be patient, tolerant, and accepting.

May 25

May 25
Good morning!
Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it?
Hear the songs of nature, feel the breeze, and look at the big and small. Can you hear, feel, and see the Magic, the Mystery, and the Miracles? We have countless reasons to be amazed, haven’t we? Be grateful and happy.
Today is a good day to practice acceptance and gratitude.
Today is a good day to not worry.
Today is a good day to have confidence that everything works for the greater good always.
Today is a good day to experience great peace.
Go to your place of silence, stillness and solitude, and experience who you truly are. When the right time comes, say to yourself, or even better, “feel” to yourself…
“I feel great peace.
I joyfully accept the life that was given to me. I recognize how wonderful this life has been. I look for all possible reasons to give thanks. I feel very fortunate and grateful.
I refrain from complaining. There are no reasons to complain. In this present moment, every single thing is absolutely right and good. I practice being happy in the present moment. I am happy, content and satisfied, here, now.
Despite all my many fears and worries in the past, I’ve made it to where I am now, and where I am is good. All that I have experienced in the past gives me great confidence to face the future. I do not worry because I have this inner knowing that everything will be all right.; it has always been, and it will always be. I have this inner knowing that the Mighty Forces of The Universe are in control, and everything is unfolding exactly as it should. All I see around me is good. The right people, the right events, and the right things show up in my life at the right time as pleasant surprises that make my life even more wonderful, and fill my heart with greater gratitude.
I refrain from thinking, “I will be happy when… I will be happy if…” I am not rushing to get to some other place where (I imagine) I will be happy. No! This is my life now, and what a great life it is! The acceptance of my life, the practice of living mindfully in the present moment, and the cultivation of openness for even better things to manifest, opened up channels through which all that is good comes to me with minimum effort. It’s truly amazing!
The practice of acceptance and gratitude diminishes my fears and worries, opens channels that bring good into my life, and makes me experience enormous peace.”
Practice and experience this peace.
Just do it! Now!
Namaste. ~ Piero

May 26

May 26
Good morning!
Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it? Look around and see all the Magic, the Mystery, and the Miracles that surround you and realize how blessed you are. Give thanks and rejoice.
Today is a good day to revisit the basics of your daily meditation practice.
Let’s start by clearing a misconception: meditation is not what many people think it is. When they hear the word meditation they immediately envision someone sitting on the floor with their legs crossed in a lotus position, chanting “Om,” while incense is burning, and they conclude that this is something for monks and hippies, but not for them. One of the major objections I hear is, “I am too busy. I don’t have time for that.”
Although a meditation session can be as the one I just described, it can also be as simple as you sitting on your living room couch giving yourself some time to observe the activity that goes on in your mind.
So, get back to the basics. Do you have 20 minutes to meditate? Good! No, you don’t? What about one minute? Can you pause for one minute and pay attention to what is going on in your mind? Even this one minute is better than nothing.
So set some time aside today to meditate. Sit down, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing. Observe what happens when you inhale and exhale. As you do this for some time, inevitably the mind will get distracted with thoughts. Your job is to catch yourself when you get distracted. Acknowledge your thought — become aware of what you are thinking — but don’t continue to give it your attention. Simply invite it to leave, and do this gently. Think of yourself as someone who is sitting by the side of the road watching cars go by; each car carries a thought. See each car passing by, going away, and disappearing in the distance. Do not judge the thought, the practice, or yourself. Just bring your attention back to your breathing. Do this over and over again. Soon the activity in the mind will slow down and you will spend less time with the thoughts and more time in the space between thoughts. The traffic on that road will dwindle substantially.
This simple practice will develop in you the ability to be aware of your thoughts and emotions during the other hours of your day, and allow you to be more selective of what you should give your attention to, and this way of living more mindfully will enhance the quality of your life.
It’s simple, isn’t it? So, do it. Just do it! Now!
Namaste. ~ Piero

May 27

May 27
Good morning!
Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it?
Look around. Can you see all the Magic, the Mystery, and the Miracles around you? Do you realize how blessed you are? Do you realize how much was given to you?
Give thanks and rejoice.
Today is a good day to reflect on what is important in life, and also on the futility of complaining. So, pause, take some time off, and ask yourself, “What is important in life? Do I complain? What do I complain about? Why? Are the things I complain about of any importance?”
I hope that with some reflection you come to the conclusion that you should not complain; complaining is futile.
I hope that with this reflection you choose to give thanks for what life has given you instead.
Have you ever read Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata?
Have you ever heard the advice, “Don’t compare yourself with others?”
The truth is that there will always be people with more than you. And, guess what? There will always be many more people with less than you. If you want to compare yourself with someone, choose to compare yourself with those who have less material possessions and worldly successes than you. If you are constantly comparing yourself with those who have more, and bitching because “life has not been fair to me,” you certainly will be living a pretty miserable life. Pause again and think… Can you bring to your consciousness those individuals with much bigger problems than yours, and realize how fortunate you are?
What do you want? What do you really need? Remember that in the final analysis no one owns anything; everything we think we own is just loaned to us during our passage through here. When we leave, we don’t take anything with us. So, definitely, in the long term, possessions are not important.
So what is?
Important is to be grateful. Important is to be kind. Important is to help and love one another.
In the end, what we take is the love we make.
It’s simple, isn’t it? So, do it. Just do it! Now!
Namaste. ~ Piero

May 28

May 28
Good morning!
Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it?
We are so fortunate to live in this beautiful planet, aren’t we? Look around with the eyes of the heart. Do you see the Magic, the Mystery, and the Miracles around you? Do you realize how blessed you are? Do you realize how much was given to you?
Give thanks and rejoice.
Today is a good day to reflect on pain and suffering.
Pain is inescapable, but suffering is optional. Pain is a condition of being human; it is inevitable. But suffering is how we carry our pain, and fortunately we have some control over it.
What do we do with the pain? Do we avoid it? Do we try to run away from it? Do we revolt against it? Do we feel unjustly treated by life, and feel sorry for ourselves? Do we create a victim narrative and choose to tell our sad stories as if those stories defined who we are? Haven’t we already learned that we are more than the stories we tell about ourselves?
Is there a different way of carrying our pain? Can we accept and befriend our pain?
Meditation, creative visualization, positive affirmations, and mindfulness are of great help in making our pain more bearable. As fruits of these practices you may be able to say to yourself…
“I am not my pain. I am the one who observes this pain.”
“I accept my present condition, knowing that it is not permanent, simply because nothing is.”
“I befriend my pain. I treat it kindly and gently.”
“I focus on my breathing, and treat my pain the same way I treat my distracting thoughts and emotions during my meditation; I gently invite it to leave.”
“I have the power to choose what I give my attention to. I can focus on the part of my body that is in pain, or not.”
“I am a pure channel for the intelligent and healing Life Force Energy. The universal, loving and healing Life Force Energy runs freely through me. It heals me. It purifies me. It protects me. I can focus on the part of my body that is in pain and mentally send it healing and pain-soothing energies.”
“I remember that the human body is a fantastic self-healing organism, and that it will take care of healing itself. I can help the healing, or I can make it more difficult; my attitude is a determining factor in this process.”
“I see myself totally healed, healthy, without any pain, and much better than before.”
“I am healed. I am protected. I am purified.”
“I am healthy. I am happy. I am terrific.”
“I look for whatever is positive in the condition created by my pain, give thanks, and rejoice.”
There are many opportunities for personal growth in this process of dealing with pain. The development of resilience, patience, compassion, self-control, and a better understanding of the Mystery of Life are some of the fruits waiting to be reaped by those with the right attitude toward pain and suffering.
I hope this helps, not only to deal with your physical, but also with the mental, emotional, and spiritual pains in your life.
Choose the positive way of carrying your pain.
Just do it!
Namaste. ~ Piero

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