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Chrystal Dawn my very curious 5 year old daughter asked me why I went to the Temple. I told her so that I could find out who I was by meditating. I asked her if she wanted to come and try it. She looked at me and without a moments hesitation said ‘No, I’m Chrystal Dawn’ and walked away. She was still innocent enough to not have lost her mindfulness.

For those who are older and have lost your mindfulness I offer you this challenge. But please only accept it when you are standing on something soft:

Pick an object twenty feet away that you will walk too. Stand as tall as you can, stretch your arms out to both sides and spin as fast as you can while counting to ten. Lower your arms and walk to the object you have picked out. I am betting you will not get to the object. I am betting you will fall down?

Once your dizziness has past stand up. Stand as tall as you can, stretch your arms out to both sides, count to ten. Lower your arms and walk to the object you have picked out. I am betting you will get to the object. I am betting you will not fall down?

Your bodies reaction to spinning is the same as your minds reaction to loosing it’s mindfulness. When you were dizzy you collapsed and went nowhere. Once your mind looses mindfulness it also collapses and gets nowhere.

The good news is that you can regain mindfulness. The not so good news is that it is harder to regain mindfulness than it is to loose it. But hard or not your life (and here you really should believe me) will be better for having mindfulness.

If you wish to regain your mindfulness here is one simple way to start the process. Pay attention to what you are thinking. If you are having a thought that will or could create life and love go with it. If you are having a thought that will or could create neither life and love not death and hate go with it. If you are having a thought that will or could create death and hate stop it immediately and replace it with a better thought.

In time it will become your nature to think about your thoughts. You will have achieved mindfulness. You will  have taken the first step on a life that is lived and not just wandered through.

 

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