Our minds are filled with a collection of data. Most of the data is called "past experiences". If we let our minds be the road map for our lives, our thoughts, reactions, and decisions will be based on the experiences of our past.
We will unknowingly re-live our childhood over and over... To break free of the past, we have to live deeper than our mind.
To live in the present moment, we can not choose yesterday's ideas. Each day must be fresh and new, aligning ourselves with wisdom and truth.
When you completely surrender your will to God and align your life with His Way, you can expect big changes to happen.
All the parts of your life that are based on fear and falseness will die away, leaving a lot of empty space. No matter how uncomfortable you feel, don't try to fill the empty space with more illusions. Let things be as they are, trusting that... one day soon a new world will open up,
one that will exceed any dreams you've had, a world of infinite possibilities...
In life, there is a duality whether we like it or not.
Happy days, sad days, frustrating days.
It’s important to remember on the difficult days
not to be flattened by the circumstances.
We can make the choice to…
let our experiences harden or soften us.
feel victimized by the events or empowered.
curl up in defeat or stand strong in our faith.
give into fear or expand our courage.
put up protective walls or live compassionately.
We can not shield ourselves from the human experience,
but we can move more fluidly through it by practicing
acceptance rather than struggle and resistance.
It’s helpful to remember that pain is the catalyst
for softening our edges, expanding our hearts,
and gaining wisdom… **** This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness... comes as an unexpected visitor... Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” - Rumi