How to Prepare for a Bad Time
I got a request to talk about how to get through a bad day or night without hurting yourself or getting worse. And then I realized that I should probably break it down into sections, or else it’ll get long and boring and not be very helpful whatsoever.
In this piece, I’m going to talk about how…
The Cookie Thief, by Valerie Cox
A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.
She was engrossed in her book but happened to see, that the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be…grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between, which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.
So she munched the cookies and watched the clock, as the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock. She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by, thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I would blacken his eye.”
With each cookie she took, he took one too, when only one was left, she wondered what he would do. With a smile on his face, and a nervous laugh, he took the last cookie and broke it in half.
He offered her half, as he ate the other, she snatched it from him and thought… oooh, brother. This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude, why he didn’t even show any gratitude!
She had never known when she had been so galled, and sighed with relief when her flight was called. She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate, refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate.
She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat, then she sought her book, which was almost complete. As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise, there was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes.
If mine are here, she moaned in despair, the others were his, and he tried to share. Too late to apologize, she realized with grief, that she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.
OMG you guys its 12/11/13!!!
oh wait im just dyslexic, thats not so special
Is meditation like making your conscious mind shut up so you can hear your subconscious? Or is the finding of your centre not relevant to conscious and/or subconscious?
Meditation is many things. The art of yogic concentration is the art of focusing the mind in a narrow beam and then silencing the mental chatter. When the mental chatter quiets something happens to us. In our emptiness we fill with something else. We lose our focus on ourselves. We forget that we are in pain and that we are beset with problems. Our inner talking sets our mood and tells us where we stand relative to our surroundings. In our quiet these things cease to matter and we are filled with something else. Something akin to pure love.