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Mind Seesaw

By Jean Harper


“Come to the edge.”

“We can't. We're afraid.”

“Come to the edge.”

“We can't. We will fall!”

“Come to the edge.”

 And they came.

 And he pushed them.

 And they flew.

~Guillaume Apollinaire


Like most of you, I have a full and busy life-- a life that’s filled with work, relationships and passions.  But many times that fullness turns to overload and then the chatter starts in my brain.  Even when I am meditating at the beach it is hard to stop the endless loops of worries, fears, conversations and plans.  Not only does this create stress and anxiety it also causes me to miss out on some of the beautiful moments happening right in front of me. My thoughts think they are helping me, protecting me, and demand to be heard but are they really helping me? 


I describe myself as a “feeling” person.  I am always asking myself how something feels, or asking someone else how they feel. When I need to clear my head I plunge into my heart and check my feelings.

The New Thought Movement and the Law of Attraction teaches us that thought precedes physical form and that which we think, if allowed to grow uninterrupted, will eventually manifest itself.  So how do we clear our mind from the clutter, release our fears and worries and begin to manifest what we really want? I am still a works in progress but for me the first step is detachment.

Without some inner detachment there is no inner peace and without inner peace the clutter has full control.  As I mentioned before, I am a feeling person and one of my most important lessons was not to let my emotions rule my life.  I had to learn, the hard way, not to be affected so easily by what other people say or do.  I don’t mean being indifferent or uncaring; I remain compassionate, helpful and full of love while at the same time experiencing inner detachment.  This has led me to improved common sense, better-quality judgment and certainly greater inner peace.

I often listen to the Soul of Healing Meditations by Deepak Chopra during my mornings at the beach and relate most to the Heart Meditation from this CD.  A part of this meditation includes a passage from A Course in Miracles which I have adopted as a reminder to me when my mind seesaw starts operating: “Every decision I make is a choice between a grievance and a miracle, I relinquish all regrets, grievances and resentments and choose the miracle.”  I choose the miracle and to fly! 


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