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160930-free-time-to-free-the-mindHave you ever been working so hard and fast then to only realize you were getting very little done? Of course you have – we all have! We all have moments when we feel so crazed and scattered that our productivity simply vanishes. Its times like these there seems to be no solution.

 Rest and activity are the steps toward progress and always remember balance is key. It may seem counterproductive but in order to be productive we have to balance our outer life with our inner life. We generally have all our work time scheduled; and when we get home we have family, chores, and lists of projects. But what about time for play, rest, and relaxation, do we have time in our calendar for them? Many times rest and relaxation are just an afterthought.” Oh, I’ll take time off when I get caught up.” But we never really get caught up because the projects just keep coming, so the busy cycle continues, and we spiral downward.

 Our thoughts can work against us, greatly adding to our problems. Making them bigger rather than working for us and making problems smaller and more manageable. Do good and feel good. Do bad and feel bad. It’s that simple. Our work life depends on our inner satisfaction and peace. When we feel we aren’t getting anywhere our awareness leaves the present moment and attaches to the past or the future and we lose our sense of direction in the present. Try looking through the front windshield and not the rearview mirror.

 So, what can we do? We must set aside time to apply self-care to our real needs, what our true nature desires. Then life becomes much lighter. Mentally, we are hungry for nourishing experiences that free the mind to inner peace. Every cell of our body already knows to respond to the ever-changing circumstance with adaptability and creativity to maintain its health and balance.

 The creative core is a term for the deep well of creativity and creative capacity that is in every human being. Living from your creative core means you respond to every moment from a place of possibility and openness. When we are creatively and emotionally nourished, then our true nature is in balance with our physical self and we can accomplish more.

 Take a break from social media whenever you can to focus on the positivity in your real, immediate life. Make sure you are getting enough sleep and set time aside for activities that nourish your Being. Reading a book, meditation, or doing something to stir the creative spark within you; all of these things can be the key to your inner satisfaction. Successful people have found that if they spend time on their selves their professional lives prosper. So don’t forget to schedule vacations and make time in your day to bring peace and contentment to your Being.

 Focus your conscious mind on things you desire not things you fear. Doing so brings dreams to life. Self-knowledge has nothing to do with our ego or personality; it is about our True Nature and the unique and vital role that only we can contribute to the cosmos. You are only destined to become one person – the person you decide to be.

David Bennett enjoys the retired life of a public speaker, author, teacher, energetic healer, and transformational life coach. He’s appeared on radio and television, including on The Story of God w/ Morgan Freeman, Dr Oz, Angels Among Us, NBC national news, and PBS. Author, of Voyage of Purpose and A Voice as Old as Time.
David’s Website is: http://DharmaTalks.com

 

160824-possibleIn today’s world we are bombarded with messages of fear. Fear causes us to shut down only seeing and acting within a small predictable circle of awareness. Fear restricts our ability to live life. In order to reduce fear we have to first slow down and relax, then examine the source, examine the roots.

Our true nature never loses sight of our eternal potential, even when we shrink our awareness as a result of fear. The future of a person’s life is like looking down a corridor of approaching potentials. In the center of the corridor are events and locations of opportunities not yet realized. Harmoniously, on the outer fringes of this corridor are events that we have not committed our free will or intentions toward and yet are still available to us as future potentials. If we move our awareness toward those fringe events, then they can become firm possibilities.

When we get caught up in the day-to-day distractions and fear in life we allow them to carry us away from our true nature. This deepens the illusion of us being separate individuals having to forge out a life with no sense of direction.  Also, we simply are not pursuing our potential. Wen distracted we generally do not factor our intensions into our decision-making or into our goal setting.

Already embedded within us are all of the gifts and talents we need to complete the work that we agreed on before coming into this life. Already planted is all of the raw material necessary for us to come into a relationship with and develop our character from our true nature. Our task in life is to discover the talents placed within us, to develop them, and to begin to use them as opportunities as they present themselves.

No one else can do the work we agreed to do, and the universe is aligning what we need in a fluid ever-changing world of potential. We are tasked to use our awareness to recognize the synchronicity as it presents itself. While in this flow, it is good to be grateful for what the universe provides and establish new loving intentions that foster empowering goals that are in alignment with our divine essence.

Have honesty within yourself and act in a way that aligns within your truth. Which is also known as self-truth. We are naturally good, we are already awake, and all of that is within each of us, we only need to look past our mental grasping and distraction. We are never off our path. We can however choose to sit down and not move forward. So developing our awareness is critical to realize the potential that we have to keep us moving.

Living in fear we live in the roots of our awareness and we will never climb to the tips of the branches, to connection, to the greater world that waits. Truth lies within, waiting to bubble up like fresh spring water beneath our roots, only asking us to accept the absolute truth of our true nature. Now is a good time for new growth and an opportunity to open our corridor of potential.

Rise above those old ways of “being” and instead live your life like your true nature intends. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way the Divine exists within you.

David Bennett author, teacher, energetic healer, and transformational life coach. He’s appeared on Story of God with Morgan Freeman,  Dr Oz,  Angels Among Us, NBC national news, and PBS. Author, of Voyage of Purpose and A Voice as Old as Time.
http://DharmaTalks.com

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A Contemplative Practice is a Stairway of ReunificationMost spiritual traditions aim for the same ultimate goal: reaching a place of Oneness where we become one with nature, with each other, and with the Divine. But we also recognize ourselves as fallible human beings who live in a world of dualities. One way to transcend this and reach that place of Oneness, our Divine Essence, is by working with our dualities, our inner light, and our shadows. Spiritual development inevitably flows in the direction of love and spiritual maturity. When people turn away from their true nature they thwart their own spiritual development; they no longer move forward.

It can be difficult living a spiritual life in this world that typically rejects all absolutes. Absolutes like the understanding that all things, including humans, are sacred. Many people live life without realizing that deep within the core of our being is a place where our personality and human nature touches the absolute love of Oneness. This place is sometimes called our Divine Essence. Our Divine Essence draws its energy and power from the universal Oneness, and when our essence feels cut off from the Oneness, it withers. When it reconnects, our essence comes alive and we grow spiritually.

It is critical that we acknowledge the importance of inner development in the process of our spiritual growth. Inner development is finding out who we truly are as we connect to our True Nature and requires engaging in contemplation and meditation.

Let’s define the meaning of “reflection and contemplation” before we move on. Reflections are thoughts, ideas, or remarks that occur as a result of meditation, which then become your center of focus in subsequent meditations or a subject for serious thought or consideration for a period of time in your daily life. These contemplations provide a path into your divine nature.  Unlike other meditation techniques designed to empty the mind, reflections intensely focus on an idea while in a state of stillness or mindfulness.

Many times after posting my reflections online, I find that the contemplations and my life crisscrossed in unexpected ways.  For example, after working with a reflection, I then find it is the perfect message for someone who crosses my path in some spontaneous way. Many who follow my daily reflections online report similar experiences. Working with reflections helps you make empowered choices that imbue your life and relationships with substance and depth.

Reflections are meant to stimulate your intellect and intuition and thus open a connection to your authentic self. They may confound, or they may provide “Aha!” moments. You may find you want to work with a reflection for a day, a week, or a month, letting all its nuances and facets bring moments of light into your life. I suggest looking for synchronistic events that complement the energy of the contemplation you are working on. How you engage with your contemplation is personal, and everyone’s experience is unique. Savor each reflection, as if a piece of hard candy were slowly dissolving in your mouth, with many sweet and bittersweet shades. Sometimes wisdom hits square in the face. As when we walk from darkness into brilliant sunshine and it takes time to adjust. Other times it slowly works its way into our hearts and minds by repeated exposure or over long periods of incubation. In the long run, spiritual growth helps unite oneness into all parts of our lives. This is what spiritual transformation is all about.

Since birth, humanity has had one shared purpose, which is reuniting with the spiritual Source from which we came. We all tread this path in our own way to reach the common goal of reconnection with the Light that shines within us. It is this Light that silently summons us and connects our being to the Source of all things. Through daily spiritual practice we experience growth and climb the stairway of reunification. No matter where you are on your ascent, you will find reflections supportive in locating the next step toward nourishing your being. Reflection practice can be considered a wake-up call that challenges you to look at yourself and the many possibilities before you, so you can change the way you live for the better.

I look forward to sharing some reflections in the coming months. They are created through love and come to you in love.

This is my article reprinted from Om Times Magazine, © [2015], and is available at http://OMTimes.com.

David Bennett enjoys the retired life of a public speaker, author, teacher, energetic healer, and transformational life coach. He’s appeared on radio and television, including on Dr Oz,  Angels Among Us, NBC national news, and PBS. A Findhorn Press author, of Voyage of Purpose and A Voice as Old as Time scheduled August 2015.
http://DharmaTalks.com
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