I confess even as I type that title into the box I cringe a bit on the inside. My critical self pipes up with, “Ha! As if!” But listening with my heart today during Mother’s livestream I was struck by the awareness that a thought is just a thought. It has relevance but I get to assign the level of importance it holds in my Being. Because I can just as quickly have the thought that my past doesn’t decide what sacred means. To believe that my life is precious is a leap at times for me. Believing your life is precious isn’t a stretch at all. I know it’s true! But that’s just a thought too. One that I classically assign greater importance to than the thought that says we’re equally precious.
Redistributing power from one thought to another is something that is a new practice for me. To notice and acknowledge a critical thought that has little to no basis in fact and not hook in and feed it is a practice I’m diving into on a level I’ve never done before. Hundreds if not thousands of thoughts pop up in my brain throughout the day. It’s starting to be okay that some of the thoughts I have about myself are the same as what’s on the grocery list. They have their place but aren’t earth-shattering in their significance. Oh.
Today’s teaching felt urgent for me. Not in the way of-you better hurry up and take better care of yourself otherwise something horrible is going to happen-but more like, you deserve to be happy and free of misery. Simple. Profound. I hope you enjoy Mother’s wisdom. Let me know in the comments how it resonated with you.