I can touch a principle, say, gratitude, and focus on it without stopping. I mean no quitting. Find the things I’m grateful for, write a gratitude list, etc., just don’t stop till I am grateful. I can do that anytime, anywhere, if I’m willing to put the effort in, and it works, every time. Why, because it’s a truth whether I am of aware of it in any given moment or not doesn’t matter, I am grateful. Gratitude is a principle. We come that way from the creator.
So I can do that anytime with any truth love, beauty, any truth. Why can’t I stay there? What is it I need to do to stay in the moment and feel that way all the time? Some say it’s not possible. I have to ask, “Says who?”. The authority of self, that’s who. It’s the only authority I’ve ever known, it’s my mind, it tells me what’s what and I’ve become so dependent on it I forget there is a higher authority… within me… there is a higher truth.
In fact, we are all trained to figure it out ourselves from the day we are born. I can’t remember anyone saying to me, “just be still, get quiet and ask in the stillness what you should do”. What I got was, “Use your head, think, figure it out, you can do it.” I missed the critical link. I am more than a mind. I have to include all of who I am, body, mind, and soul, or I am not being who I truly am. A part of me is missing and I feel it, I don’t understand it, but I feel it.
When I put a pause… before thinking, it allows for something other than my mind to be there. Call it what you want, spirit, inspiration, God, savior, or consciousness. Whatever name you give to it, you can only know it by experience. Pausing, stopping all action and thoughts, makes space for that experience. It is only when we attempt to quiet the mind that we see how addicted to thinking we are. Don’t let that stop you. Here’s a suggestion from CwG that I have pasted on my computer:
Just close your eyes. Breathe. Stop whatever you’re doing for ten seconds and find the Silence.
Visit the Quiet. Just for ten seconds. Do it six times today. That’s all it takes.
One minute, divided into six parts. Go ahead. Do it now.
I find it works every time I apply it. Each experience I have applying it changes me… even though my mind can’t see it… and it will never agree.