MARCH 2005 LINCS
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The message is clear: Drink lots of water everyday. Are YOU drinking enough?
One reason why negative states sneak in so easily to steal our peace is that we
have been conditioned to believe in their right to punish us. Here is proof of
this dark conspiracy:
We can be seated at a nice quiet table in a restaurant, have enough money to buy a fine meal for ourselves, have on nice clean clothes, be by ourselves or with friends, and for all of our good fortune, we will get upset because the waiter didn't bring our toast buttered on the right side! As silly as this may sound, it's true: Negative states such as these, born of nothing other than conflict-filled, comparative thinking, steal into us to squander our peace one hundred times a day.
We do not have to yield ourselves to such meaningless states, nor live the life of the sorry self that revels in them. But emancipation will take a special effort on our part.
Following is a list for special Self-study to help get you started up the path of spiritual freedom. After a careful review of these peace-stealing conditions, take time to make a list of your own. Keep it simple. Use casual observations of yourself and others around you to be a spiritual detective.
UNMASK THE THREE THIEVES OF PEACE
There are many other ways in
which our peace is stolen, such as when we find ourselves caught up in the
excited anticipation of something, good or bad, coming our way or in the endless
comparison of our lives to those of others -- friends and strangers alike!
Hoping to find a sense of peace in any form of comparison or anticipation is
like waiting for a dark, overhead thundercloud to rain sunlight. We must aim to
be this honest with ourselves in each moment.
For extra benefit, and as a way to amplify the impact of these last lessons, take a piece of paper and write down on the top of it: "Known or Possible Suspects Who Are Stealing My Peace." Then make a list of those thoughts, feelings, habits, or beliefs you have that you think need closer observation. This simple exercise will help you to exorcise those inner thieves that are intent on stealing your contentment.
(Excerpted from Let Go and Live in the Now, pages 81-83.)