Unity is a big source of inspiration for me, as I'm sure you've noticed reading my posts. Reverend Ken mentioned today that "you need to guard your mind," and it jumped out at me as an important spiritual tool. As I took it, guarding my mind means being the sentry at the gate, protecting my mind from any thoughts that diminish me, or others, or the world. It is choosing to be that ever-vigilant, benevolent guardian that always serves the truth.
I am very aware of wanting to be the crafter of my own thoughts, and thereby bring my own dreams to light. But it is so very easy to get caught up in speaking or thinking in ways that I don't even really want any part of. I catch myself doing it all the time. It's an interesting place, that moment when I recognize that I am holding something as true that I certainly don't want to perpetuate into the future. But habit, or the old need to please others by not disagreeing with them, or some other form of unconscious, fear-based response kicks in and there I am again on auto-pilot.
I like the idea of being my own benevolent protector guarding my experience and serving truth. To do that, I realize that I need to be more committed to being watchful of the words and thoughts that I don't want to give life to, and deny them, regardless of who might not agree, or understand.
As probably happens in many workplaces, among my coworkers the conversation lately turns fairly often to the economy, job losses, cities needing to eliminate emergency personnel, programs in public education being cut, the world going to hell in a handbasket. I have many times joined in with the tsk-tsking, and nodded my head in agreement. Surely, it is sad. It is scary. But that is not the reality I wish to seal our future with. I am no longer in agreement to acquiescing, not even to a nod of the head.
I spoke to my dad a few days ago, and he was worrying about my husband's job (he's a public school administrator), and talking about how bad things are getting, people wanting to carry guns, and other things that the fear-promoting media is so adept at focusing on.
I am happy to say I didn't buy into the fear of the moment. I told him that we trust the outcome and that the best will happen. I told him that we are choosing not to participate in the recession, and that we will continue to look for the gift in all of it, because this life is nothing if not an amazing, enriching and wonderful gift. At the end of the conversation my dad, who is an avid follower of the television news, said he was going to do something else with his time, and we both affirmed the perfection and divine order that we are part of, each in our own way.
That conversation could have gone a very different way, had I not been guarding my mind, and very consciously choosing the truth I wish to serve. It would have been easy to just agree. But in making a conscious decision to choose the reality I see and speak of that, his perspective was lifted, and mine, and the planet's.
I am grateful yet again for another tool in remembering the unlimited potential we have in creating the world we choose to see.
May this tool be a blessing. . .