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I was so touched by the insight that Leslie shared concerning these two chapters. I made a list today of 5 things I was grateful for and was so upset at myself because I could only think of 5 things.
After this teleconference and going over these two chapters I now realize that I was allowing my distress to overshadow the joy of feeling gratitude in this situation. I am not sure I got this correct but reading from my notes of this call I wrote, ‘it is a gift to choose gratitude when we are in the heat of a bad situation’, and release our resistence to things as they are – tell yourself you are doing the best you are capable of doing at this piont in your life – experience gratitude – remember God can make lemonade out of lemons.
This particular statement in chapter 7 had a very profound affect upon me –
“But the value of gratitude does not consist solely in getting you more blessings in the future. Without gratitude you cannot long keep from dissatisfied thought regarding things as they are. The moment you permit your mind to dwell with dissatisfaction upon things as they are, you begin to
lose ground. You fix attention upon the common, the ordinary, the poor, and the squalid and mean;and your mind takes the form of these things. Then you will transmit these forms or mental images to the Formless, and the common, the poor, the squalid, and mean will come to you”
Today I spent all of the time I could handle emotionally on trying to find the how of how to put this to work for me so I can wrap my mind around what I am going through to learn what I need to learn.
This weeks teleconference was what I needed to hear and learn and now apply along with lesson 10 of the TMF course.
It was also very helpful to realize that I am not alone in this journey that others have struggles and are overcoming those struggles as they apply the universal prinicples. So to all who shared this evening THANK YOU. I am grateful to each of you for your insight and honesty.
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