Month: November 2015

Week 9 : Attitude of Gratitude . . .

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grat·i·tude

[ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od]

NOUN
  1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness:

    “she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support”

    synonyms: gratefulness · thankfulness · thanks · appreciation ·

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Reflecting back on the week

This week was probably one of the best Thanksgiving’s I have ever had . . . through and through.  There are two events in particular that have created an immence attitude of gratitude for life.

Tuesday evening . . .

Don’t really remember too much about the happenings of Tuesday morning and afternoon.   I’m sure I was trying to have positive thoughts and remain as opinion free as possible . . .

gratitude 2 All of that took a back seat at 4:07 PM . . . got the following text from my oldest sister Monica . . .

Just talked to Matt; Kaydee wrecked and is being airlifted to Mission regarding her complaint of head pain.  She was conscious and talking when Matt talked to her while she was being loaded up.  I’m heading out there.

Holy Cow!  My heart did a couple of back flips and cartwheels!  My first response was to send a reply message and ask if she was by herself . . . she has two girls and I wanted to make sure that they weren’t involved in the accident also.  I was relieved to find out that she was by herself.

As the night played out we learned that my sister Kaydee had went to my oldest sister’s house to drop off a couple of Christmas trees before she went grocery shopping and picked her oldest daughter up from basketball practice.  She had left Monica’s house and was on a back country road . . . came around a curve and was met with another driver in her lane.  Kaydee jerked the steering wheel to the right to avoid a head on collision and realized that she had over compensated.  She ended up climbing a bank to the right that resulted in launching her Yukon airborn and caused it to roll head to tail a couple of times.  Fortunately she was wearing her seatbelt and there were plenty of people to witness the end result . . . the vehicle upside down in a ditch on the side of the road.

She definately had her guardian angle with her . . . although she was airlifted to a hospital two hours away, we loaded up the family and drove out to Mission to be by her side.  I’m happy to report that she was discharged about 9:30 PM with a couple of scratches on her hand, a good bruise on her left shoulder, a pounding headache and a piece of glass lodged in her left knuckle.  All in all . . . she was lucky.

Before the accident, plans were in place for Thanksgiving dinner to be at Kaydee’s house on Friday afternoon.  We were still able to have turkey day at Kaydee’s with no interuptions.  If there’s one thing to take from this situation it’s to live each day as if it’s your last . . . it very well could be.

gratitude 3Sunday morning . . .

This morning in church services there were a couple of people that got baptized.  As I’m sitting there watching the whole thing unfold my 4 year old son, Tasker, watches in amazement.  He leans toward me, taps me on the arm and says,  “Mommy, I want to do that  .  .  . ”

By the end of service he got saved so he too could “get dunked in the big tub.”  Just a week prior I was saying a prayer that Tasker would accept Christ as his Lord and Savior and here I was a week later witnessing a little warrior being added to Christ’s roster . . .

Between the two events of the week I would say that my gratitude meter is filled up right now . . .

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Week 8: Imagine there is a bank . . .

I loved this so much that I wanted to share it with everyone . . .

Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day.

Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course?

Each of us has such a bank. It’s name is TIME.

Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.

Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose.

It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day.

If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow.”

You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!
The clock is running!! Make the most of today.

To realise the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.

To realise the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realise the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realise the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realise the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who just missed a train.

To realise the value of ONE SECOND, ask someone who just avoided an accident.

To realise the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal at the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with. And remember time waits for no one.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why its called the present.

Week 7: How does your garden grow . . .

mind is garden

Some of you may be saying to yourself right now,   “Garden . . . what garden?  What is she talking about !?  .  .  . ”

“I do not have a green thumb, nor do I have any desire to plant any gardens!”

I would be interested in seeing what the world without looks like for these people.  Actually . . . I don’t really have to look at someone else, for it was not to long ago that I would be asking these very questions and making these very statements.  Currently I am in dire need of tending to my mind’s garden and doing some weed pulling and cultivating  .  .  .

This week this analogy of the mind being a garden and the thoughts being the seed really hit home for me.  All of the exercises that we have done up until now have caused me to make an honest effort to observe my thoughts and see exactly what it is that I have planted in my own “mind garden.”  I’m not going to lie . . . it has not been an easy assessment of trying to recognize my thoughts that flash across my mind.  They seem as second nature, for I have gone the majority of my life living in autopilot mode.  Although it has been difficult initially, I feel as if gradually I am paying more and more attention to these thoughts.

It has been obvious that the negative thoughts that have been fed and cultivated in my life have produced thick patches of thorny thistles.  I am seeing that most of the problems and difficulties I have encountered in life have initiated from the seeds of fear, anxiety and doubt that I have continually planted in my mind.

Just as seeds grow, so do our thoughts.  When we think of our thoughts as seeds and our rooted beliefs as established plants in our garden, it is easier to understand the analogy.  If we don’t properly water and thistlecare for our garden, the initial sprouting seeds will parish.  Furthermore, the positive thoughts we plant will begin to wilt and wither away when we don’t tend to them and the thoughts that we don’t want are left to grow wildely, just like weeds.  Regardless of hot temperatures and dry soil, the weeds are tenacious, as their roots are burrowed deep within the earth.

Week 7’s lesson takes this one step further by addressing the power of concentration and focus.  The following is the example used in the lesson:

23.  For instance, a man is in debt.  He will continually thinking about debt, concentrating on it, and as thoughts are causes the result is that he not only fastens the debt closer to him, but actually creates more debt.  He is putting the great law of Attraction into operation with the usual and inevitable result — Loss leads to greater “Loss.”

focus and concentrate24.  What, then, is the correct principle?  Concentrate (focus) on the things you want, not on the things you do not want.

25.  If the law (of abundance) operates perfectly to bring about poverty, lack and every form of limitation for those who are continually entertaining thoughts of lack and fear, it will operate in the same way certainty to bring about conditions of abundance and opulence for those who entertain thoughts of courage and power.

26.  This is difficult for many; we are too anxious; we manifest anxiety, fear, distress; we want to do something; we want to help; we are like a child who has just planted a seed and every fifteen minutes goes and stirs up the earth to see if it is growing.  Of course, under such circumstances, the seed will never germinate, and yet this is exactly what many of us do in the mental world.

It does take effort, but like anything else it gets easier with practice, and the amazing thing is, as we become more and more aware of these negative thoughts we are capable of recognizing that we will not plant negative weeds in our garden.  I am consciously choosing to plant and cultivate a positive and productive crop in life.  I am amazed at the changes that are happening in my life .  .  . obstacles are disappearing, barriers are falling away and crumbling, and things that I once though were either impossible or too far away are obtainable.

Week 6: I greet this day with Love in my heart . . .

light dark

I truly cherish the reading from the scrolls this week  .  .  .  I will greet this day with love in my heart  .  .  .  The following are my favorite part of the reading:

And how will I do this (greet this day with love in my heart)?  Henceforth will I look on all things with love and I will be born again.  I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit.  I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.  I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul.  I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.

love is my weapon

But how will I react to the actions of others?  With love.  For just as love is my weapon to open the hearts of men, love is also my shield to repulse the arrows of hate and the spears of anger.  Adversity and discouragement will beat against my new shield and become as the softest of rains.  My shield will protect me in the market place and sustain me when I am alone.  It will uplift me in moments of despair yet it will calm me in time of exultation.

And most of all I will love myself.  For when I do, I will zealously inspect all things which enter my body, my mind, my soul, and my heart.  Never will I overindulge the requests of my flesh, rather I will cherish my body with cleanliness and moderation.  Never will I allow my mind to be attracted to evil and despair, rather I will uplift it with the knowledge and wisdom of the ages.  Never will I allow my soul to become complacent and satisfied, rather I will feed it with meditation and prayer.  Never will I allow my heart to become small and bitter, rather I will share it and it will grow and warm the earth.

The icing on the cake was the link that I made between the second scroll and part 5 in the daily blueprint reading:

Fifth: I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure unless built upon truth and justice, therefore, I engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects.  I succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use, and the cooperation of other people.  I eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism of other people.  I love all humanity, because I know that negative attitude toward others can never bring me success.  I cause others to believe in me, because I believe in them, and in myself

Week 5: The Comfort Zone . . .

life and comfort zone

This week thus far has been the most challenging week in my MKMMA journey.  Up to this point I had been consistent with my readings, exercises and sits.  I knew that this week would present a bit of a challenge . . . just didn’t know to what degree.

The week started out with a strong dose of excitement and a slight concern as to how I was going to complete all of my pledged committments.  As the week progressed I beat myself up for falling out harmony with my Master Key’s family . . . however, I tuned into harmony with my RawBrah family.

In April I had come across a group known as the RawBrahs.  This is a passionate family of three Godly brothers and a sister who put on retreats around the world.  Their goal is to re-ignite the human passion for life through a series of workshops that exercise the principle of “self acceptance through self expression.”  The brahs teach people how to “lose their minds” in order to reconnect with their hearts.

Furthermore, the RawBrahs’ mission includes co-creating a space for emotional and social bungee jumping that essentially explores the deepest depths of human connection, growth and healing, while also exploring the importance of fitness, play and total mind and body wellness in embracing the full capacity of one’s potential.  The retreats are created on the premise of “expect anything, experience everything”.

 

Expect Anything

comfort zone

The retreat itself took place this week not too far from home for me, in Blue Ridge, Georgia.  There was no strict schedule or itinerary with the hopes that the attendees would practice the important skill of being fully present.  This meant that we did not know what the plans were from day to day, let alone hour to hour.  This process taught me the value of embracing each moment by showing me how to adapt to and appreciate the adventure of any circumstance that comes my way.  One of the most important lessons learned thoughout this experience was that all growth takes place outside ones comfort zone.

 

Experience Everything

The value of the retreat was not placed on the emphasis of the food or the living accommodations, rather the participation in the experience as a whole.  Through the whole experience the goal was to reconnect to the scenses, to be close to nature and to be close to everyone involved.

The RawBrahs definition of intimacy is “to be fully known and accepted.”  Notice it says FULLY:  not half known, nor half loved or accepted for a character or an image that one may portray; but for who you really are.  This is the type of relationship that is fostered with the people that attend these retreats so that important skills can be learned to replicate this very relationship with others.

 

fear and others perceptionsImportant Questions to Ponder

 

There were some very important lessons learned this week.  I really beat myself up for not following along with the system regarding the MKMMA experience, however, with hindsight and a different perspective I choose to see the retreat as a real hands on fieldtrip to the lessons that we are learning in the Master Keys. The following are very important lessons and insights ask and learned:

  • Is a low point really a low point if it’s the place where we can learn the most?
  • If the opposite of love is indifference, is a resentment really just a deeper form of appreciation?
  • Are the things that I don’t like in others a reflection of what I don’t like in myself?

The following is a video that highlights the retreat with the RawBrawhs.