Hello and welcome,
Mindfulness is a way of living, not just thinking. When you allow your actions, thinking, and speaking to be in congruence with each other you are living in an integrated, mindful, being state.
This is faith guided by your heart center and supported by your mind. This faith is not a religious ferver driven by fear, control, and urgency, but rather a calm inner knowing that is balanced, relaxed and guided by love, patience, and compassion.
The challenge with being congruent is to recognize where and how you are out of sync. Malcolm Gladwell in his book Blink, the Power of Thinking without Thinking (2005), identifies the properties of discernment fully available to you, which you ignore. These are messages from within of inconsistencies in speaking, thinking, and action.
Practicing mindfulness offers a simple way to recognize your personal incongruence and that of those with whom you interact. You discover this when you listen with your inner third ear, and see with your inner third eye: these reference using your integrated internal sensory guidance system, your five senses plus intuition to see, hear, feel, and know the way (Turning ME to WE: The Art of Partnering with Mindfulness, Gineris, 2013)
The Tao Te Ching attributed to Taoist thinker Lao Tzu, represents a guide to reorient your focus toward balance.
The supreme good is like water,
which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain.
Thus it is like the Tao.
In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
When you are content to be simply yourself
and don’t compare or compete,
everybody will respect you.
— Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
This last phrase is the one that speaks to me, …content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete... it speaks to me in relation to the fight being started not by the first rock thrown but by the defensive action in return….this is supported through Buddhism and Christianity to not take offense, to turn the other cheek, and by Judaism to forgive. This lack of comparison and competition is the fastest way to move out of Me, narcissism, through I, competition into the place of We, collaboration and connection so that all people have the power and freedom to uplevel consciousness and create a space for Peace in strength for all peoples. This is a result of the undeniable power of truth. Truth is. It plumbs directly into you and through your integrated system. It has the capacity to reveal hidden agendas and incongruent beliefs. As you allow yourself to stand in the center of your being as simply yourself you will experience increased strength and resilience and a light, calm, loving attitude toward all your relations. This aligns you and sets your course so that you are in sync in you actions, thinking, and speech.
join me in cheerfully being simply yourself without comparison and competition and notice the respect, love, and connection you experience in your every day interactions and life; in love and light, bg
Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2005.
LaoTzu, Tao Te Ching. Stephen Mitchell, trans. New York: Harper and Row, 1988.
April 22, 2013 at 5:43 am
Many years ago my husband, who is a Taoist philosopher without knowing it (which, come to think of it, may be the truest way!), said to me, “When you accept yourself, you’ll be happy.” He was right, of course. But what a long journey that can be.