Monday, August 11, 2008

What's on Your Mind?

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Oh, there is always a steady stream of activity running through my mind. Most of it is what Robert A. Johnson would call passive fantasy—pointless chatter, paying the bills, how long before we have to replace the car, etc., etc. It’s ok—because it’s normal, if not inevitable---for these thoughts/passive fantasies to pass through the mind. But allowing them to take residence and start receiving mail there will deplete physical, mental, and psychic energies. I like the idea that was given to me about my mind being as a lake and the thoughts being clouds. Clouds pass over the lake and cast a reflection. The lake does not resist the clouds, but acknowledges the clouds in reflection. Additionally, the lake does not hold onto the reflection as the cloud passes in its time.

Note: any attempt to resist the thought has always proven for me to give it focus, energy, and more power.

Fortunately, there are a lot of wonderful reflections that pass over my lake, my wife’s smile, the mist rising in the forest, the birdsong outside, and my next novel that is luring me into its tale. I have to admit, though, that I am not so good about letting these reflections pass….but if that is enlightenment, I will let it pass like a cloud for now….

What have you been thinking about recently? What's been burdening you, or what have you been waiting to share? What's been calling you? Are you listening?

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