FOCUS It’s said that the mind makes a powerful servant but a terrible master. My mind is a powerful tool, and like money and time it can be wasted, misdirected, or honoured and wielded with skill and love. I choose to take responsibility for the direction of my life by accepting my role as the caretaker of my own thoughts. If I have never experienced the difference between me and my thoughts, I’m still in slave mode, and probably being run in circles by habitual thinking, wondering why nothing changes. The first step to freedom and mastery is to shift attention to the source of it all: my own mind. Just relax back, notice thoughts, and eventually the space between thoughts. This requires a release of what I had going on. All the balls in the air must be allowed to fall for just a second while I step into a larger perspective. If I can’t trust that everything won’t fall apart if I’m not sweating, stressing and juggling for a second, there isn’t much hope for attaining my most important goals. What is it I want most? Why am I here? What benefits me and others too? And what do I let come in the way of that? Who or what most often distracts or derails me? Do I want to be a master or a slave? Decide now. It’s a clear new day. My needs, hopes, and dreams are important. I make a friend of my mind and lead it with wisdom toward what I love most.
Ann Marie Cross shares current insights on the wild and windy (and sometimes peaceful) path to the inner Treasure
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