Reflection Topic-You See It Because You Believe It
Yup, you read this correctly. Yes, normally the saying goes: “I’ll believe it when I see it,” but I much prefer the former. I believe the first time I read this inspiring rendition was in Erroneous Zones by Wayne Dyer. I’m also sure that if you’ve ever read about the Law of Attraction, you’ve come across it there as well, and the new buzz phrase these days: “you become what you think,” so kindly shared by the Buddha so long ago. No matter your outlook, you’ve heard it before. All versions apply and you get the idea. You can create the world you want.
I think that developing a belief in something that does not yet exist involves cultivating these two things:
Faith– a conviction of the truth, (usually found in doctrines of religion) especially when this is not based on reason.
Confidence– full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing.
Even if you don’t yet see or believe that a certain event or thing will manifest in your life, it can be cultivated as long as you’re constantly reinforcing your mind with the thing or feeling you’re hoping for. I’m not talking about external tangible objects like wishing to have more money or a cooler car. External things are empty and worthless. The only thing you can truly rely upon are the riches of a solid mindfulness practice.
My husband would attest to the fact that I’m a really big nerd when it comes to using positive affirmations. I constantly listen to empowering and podcasts such as Michael Hyatt’s This is your life, Trish Blackwell’s Confidence On-the-Go and On Being with Krista Tippett. I love to fill my mind with positive “brain candy” each day. I especially take advantage of the ripe time in the morning before work while out on an invigorating run, or bike ride. I personally feel the most empowered during this time because creative ideas flow effortlessly while I’m getting on a good sweat. One of my ways to “brain dump” all of this is during my cool down. I record audio of my thoughts directly into Evernonte in order to capture them so I can return to them later when I’m ready to write.
I try to read whenever can, and the book that really got me on the mindfulness train years ago was: Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das who refers to himself as “just a Jewish guy from Long Island.” His style of writing is so down-to-earth and his books are hard to put down.
“What About Bob?”
If you remember the movie “What About Bob,” you’ll recall that he took baby steps everywhere–but he was afraid and had no confidence. In the beginning of a new practice, we need to keep taking those little baby steps, but not in a scaredy cat way like Bob did. Instead, we need to be patient and take little steps each day with confidence that the little steps will lead us down the correct path. When we look back, we will be very surprised at our progress. If we expect too much of ourselves too soon, we just may give up. As Buddha wisely advises: Take the “middle way.” Nothing to heavy, nothing too light. It should be just right. And only you can determine that for yourself.
Look Through a New Lens
Through constant training, you’ll see your suffering with different eyes. Yes, that same crap is still there, but that stuff might not don’t bother you like it used to. Once you are able to “stand outside of yourself” you just might see how your actions have a strong effect on your mind. This is the beginning of the transformation. I love using the analogy of the layers of an onion: each time you peel one away, it reveals something new each time and no layer is ever the same.
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