In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Cause, Meet Effect.”
The way one precives things becomes their realities. Unfortunately many people automatically precive things negativity, which results in negative feeling and actions. I hope to change more people’s perspectives and thought processes. I want to help people live a life that is more enriching, fully of happiness, and meaningful. That is why I have chosen to be a therapist. I would tell you that I have one of the best jobs in the world. Although many people tell me “you have to be crazy to do that.” If helping people to change is crazy, well I guess I like being so.
Knowing is defined as the state of being aware or informed about something. Where does knowing and awareness come from? How did you come to know of an idea, thing, person, place, etc? Was is from a conversation you had, a book you read, or something you seen? Many would suggest that simply having knowledge about something is not actually knowing it. Too often we limit ourselves by letting someone else’s reality dictate what we think we know. Unfortunately, many people allow the thoughts, experiences, and feelings of those around them foolishly become what they hold as truth. From the wise words of Buddha “Do not believe what you have heard. Do not believe in radiation because it is handed down many generations. DO not believe in anything that has been spoken of many times. Do not believe because the written statements come form some old sage. Do not believe in conjecture. Do not believe in authority or teachers or elders. But after careful observation and analysis, when it agrees with reason and it with benefit one and all, then accept it and live by it” (563 B.C.-483 B.C.). I beg you to be careful in what you chose to know. One’s reality is determined by the experiences they hold. Reality is revealed to us in every moment we live. Be wise in what you allow into your life, what you allow to become your reality. Be selective in the thoughts you carry and the experiences you share. Every moments in your life is valuable and precious. Don’t fill your thoughts with fear, anger, doubt, worry, and hatred. Your thoughts generate feelings and the combination of feelings and thoughts create actions, which is directly related to how we live our lives day in and day out, hence becoming our realities. Wayne Dyer proclaims that “Fear becomes the constant companion of your beliefs beside the doubts that you may be feeling inside, you often adopt these beliefs and make them crutches in your life, while you hobble throughout your days looking for a way out of the traps that have been carefully set by generations of believers before you” (p. 7). Here is a few things I have come to know…… No matter how many people come in or out of my life, I will be okay. That I am not perfect and I allow myself to make mistakes. Every mistake I make offers me a valuable lesson. I have the ability to do great things. I will always be a novice that is searching for more answers. I will always strive to have deeper and more meaningful connections with people. I am changing everyday. I have something great to offer this world. I am worthy of love. I am doing a job that is meaningful. Thanks for reading, Rebecca Hunt, MS References Dyer, W. (2002). Wisdom of the ages: A modern master brings eternal truths into everyday life. New York: Quill.
For many, meditation is a crucial part of their day, whether it be for 10 minutes or two hours. Meditation is something that you can learn to incorporate in your daily life. As with anything, there are many forms of meditation such as guided meditation, transcendental meditation, prayer, Zen meditation, Buddhist meditation and mindfulness meditation. No matter what form of meditation you use they generally all “…have four elements in common: a quiet location with as few distractions as possible; a specific, comfortable posture (sitting, lying down, walking, or in other positions); a focus of attention (a specially chosen word or set of words, an object, or the sensations of the breath); and an open attitude (letting distractions come and go naturally without judging them): National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)”
Mindfulness meditation is a great form of meditation that can be used in everything you do. Psychology today proclaims that, “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.” Personally I find the mindfulness is a practice that can totally reprogram how someone experienced every moment in their day. Being present in the moment is one of life’s greatest gifts. So many of us do not take the time to be present in the moment, instead we ponder about the newest fashion, the latest trend, the stress of the day, and all of the other things we allow to cloud our thoughts. Well, I am here to tell you that you can learn to be more mindful and present in all that you do.
No matter how much you practice meditation, know that any form of meditation can have a positive impact on your life in many ways. For instance there is a lot of research that suggests that meditation can improve one’s overall health and well-being. It has been well known in the world of physical and mental health that, “Meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being. Mind and body practices focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior” National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).” So if you are looking to feel better and live a better quality of life, try incorporating meditation in your life.
I will leave you with this great quote from Wayne Dyer on meditation “If you want to understand the universe, or your own personal universe, if you want to know how it all works, then be quiet and face your fear of sitting in a room along and going deep within the layers of your own mind” (p.3)
Thank you for reading,
Rebecca Hunt, MS
Dyer, W. (2002). Wisdom of the ages: A modern master brings eternal truths into everyday life. New York: Quill.
Meditation: What You Need To Know. (n.d.). Retrieved December 20, 2014, from http://nccam.nih.gov/health/meditation/overview.htm
MINDFULNESS PRACTICE. (n.d.). Retrieved December 20, 2014, from http://www.mindful.org/mindfulness-practice/7-things-mindful-people-do-differently-and-how-to-get-started
Mindfulness. (n.d.). Retrieved December 20, 2014, from http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/mindfulness
Through my journey I have had many great people inspire me and help me become the woman I am today. I have been graciously inspired by many great educators, spiritual leader’s, pastor’s, counselor’s, mother’s, father’s, friend’s, stranger’s, children, etc. All of these people would not have been able to inspire me nor help me if I did not allow them to. We can have the best teachers in life, yet if we are not open to the lesson or message, then what is being taught is irrelevant. It is important to open one’s self up to the lessons presented to us in this life and know that we have the ability to change and overcome even the most tragic parts of this life experience. The most powerful thing someone can do for themselves is make the decision to change their lives and heal from all the pain and suffering they are experiencing; I know it is not easy, yet I promise you that it is possible.
Change is daunting for so many, yet it is also inevitable. Change is how we improve, it’s how we learn, it’s the very nature of living. I could not think of a better ways to sum up my thoughts on change besides by sharing this brilliant quote “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly” ~Henri Bergson. If you were to ask me what are the essential parts of finding true happiness, I would tell you that one must learn to adapt to new circumstances, overcome many obstacles, embrace changes gracefully, and learn to love unconditionally.
It is with this knowledge, that I plan to embark on a 60 day journey that I will call Rebecca’s 60 Days of Personal Enlightenment. Lucky for you, I will share my thoughts and journey on this blog for your enjoyment. I will be following Wayne W. Dyer’s book Wisdom of the Ages: 60 Days to Enlightenment to guide my research and this blog. If you wish to purchase this book and follow along, please feel free to do so. I plan to read one section a day, research, practice, and reflect on this topic here. I have thought to do this as a way to improve my life, touch the lives of others, and share an important message. Your comments, thoughts, and experiences are encouraged and welcomed. Each blog will consist of my personal reflections on the topic, quotes from the book, and research from the most credible resources.
Rebecca Hunt, MS