January 27, 2016
Hi Luv et alii,
Sometime last year SWMBO suggested that it was time to get back to my spiritual practices. She was right. Daily, sometimes hourly I was slipping back into old mental habits.
Habits that allowed me to survive when they were formed but were creating problems for me now. So I got intentional about creating new good habits and destroying old bad ones.
I made small steps forward and large steps backwards.
Two days ago I was once again reading ‘A Flash Of Lightning In the Dark Of The Night‘ and what I read clicked with my present problem.
My old mental habits only have power and strength because I give it to them. They only exist as a creation. They have no stand alone ability. They are only as strong as I make them. Only I allow them to enslave me.
‘Anger, lust – these enemies of mine –
Are handless, footless, lacking other faculties;
They have no courage, no intelligence;
How then have they made of me their slave?
It is I who has let them lurk within my heart,
Allowing them to harm me at their pleasure.
And I suffer all without resentment;
Thus my unworthy and misplaced patience!’