Hi, this is Dorothy. Let me ask you, do you think of September as a New Year? I have, for as long as I can remember, considered September as a new beginning, more so than January. Classes and workshops commence again; leaves turn various colours prior to falling; there is less daylight and cooler days, and new intentions are set.
Whichever time you choose, there is one undisputable fact, that if we live another twelve months we will each have a 'bank account' of 525,600 minutes. The question is, how will we invest those minutes? We get to choose. Let's break it down into something more manageable. Each day we have 1,440 minutes. Even allowing for time to sleep, we still have almost 1,000 minutes. A HUGE bank account! It's said that we have about 70,000 thoughts per day, but many of those are recurring ones, such as rehearsing our past, cursing a circumstance or fueling resentment. Like the farmer, we are planting seeds with our thoughts, or as the Buddha put it: "We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world."
On my Facebook page a few weeks ago I wrote about the current book I was reading by Anita Moorjani, Dying To Be Me. It is about her journey from cancer, to near death, to true healing. I first saw Anita interviewed on Dr. Wayne Dyer's currently running PBS program, Wishes Fulfilled, and immediately ordered the book from my local library. However, it spoke to me so loudly, that I purchased a copy. Anita talks about judging herself as 'not enough', constantly focused on people pleasing and living according to what was expected of her. Through her near death experience she went from an outside-in view of reality to an inside-out view, and reminds the reader to love themselves and treasure their magnificence. I related to Anita as, too often, I followed the same path instead of heeding Robert Louis Stevenson's words: "To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying 'amen' to what the world tells you is to keep your soul alive."
So as we think our 70,000 thoughts each day, let's be mindful of what we think, and remember that what is within us is so much greater than our history, or adopt the wisdom of one of my ministerial teachers, and give up all hope of a better yesterday! Our history is rich in the experiences that brought us to this moment, but our mind is the greatest tool we have, so let's use it to raise our thinking to the life we wish to create.
I invite you to visit my website where the book list has been revised, and also listen to a prior audio of September 2010, which has a similar message: Paint Me a Masterpiece. Please always remember that you are a beautiful spiritual being, connected to a Source that knows no limitations. I wish you rich blessings for a very special month.
Until next time... This is Dorothy... Namasté.
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada