For your entire life, you live with the best friend you could ever have – yourself.
Many of us live our lives oblivious to that fact, and when we find ourselves on our own, we feel lonely. Some of us actually treat ourselves as the enemy.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
One of the possible outcomes of living alone is finding out who you really are. I say one of the possible outcomes deliberately, because there are others, and you need to make a deliberate choice to embark on a journey of self-discovery. Continue reading “Living alone. An opportunity for self-discovery.”
I always trust people – until they demonstrate they cannot be trusted.
This means there have been times when I’ve discovered my trust was misplaced. Most times, though, I have found people to be trustworthy.
I trust in the process of life. Continue reading “I am trusting”
Conscious living is being aware of who you are, what you believe, and what you’re doing.
We are all born into a cultural story. We’re all told our cultural story is the truth about how things are in the world and in the universe.
However, what you are told depends on:
- where you’re born,
- which religion your parents belong to,
- who is in charge of the government where you live,
- what they teach in the schools you attend, and
- the messages of the marketplace.
Something for those interested in the thoughts of modern-day mystics: a library of resources on the Teachings of Christ Mind.
From the introduction on the welcome page of the library.
Christ Mind flows from a way of being that is Christ. It is a way of living that was demonstrated by Jesus and others and expressed fully by the quote:
Not my will but thine be done.
There is a depth to these words that is revealed through deep self-honesty and an acknowledgement of the wisdom found at the center of an open heart and recognized by a mind at peace.
The Way of Christ is not a belief but a way of life that allows and forgives and cultivates the recognition of innocence and safety in each moment.
Christ Mind teachings guide and inspire such a life. They are not new and have been expressed by many throughout human history. Few have given themselves fully to living such a life yet this is changing and changing rapidly. We are living in a time where the call to awaken is being heard and embraced.
Teachings of Christ Mind offers a small but growing collection of Christ Mind teachings easily accessible and freely available. We hope you will find it helpful on your journey and a source of inspiration and encouragement.
Peter Mulraney is the author of My Life Is My Responsibility: Insights for Conscious Living and several other books.
A reflection on ‘I am refreshing’.
An extract from my collection of reflections on the I am affirmations.
I am being made new again. This is a meaning that’s come to me from the world of computers.
It seems every other day there’s an update to refresh the operating system or one of the programs on my computer.
If I open the web browser, there’s a button to click for refreshing the webpage I’m viewing in case it’s changed since the last time I looked at it.
Meditation is one way I use for refreshing my operating system.
Reading is a way of updating my programs by refreshing my beliefs.
If I do not engage in refreshing activities I remain the same. I go stale.
Unless I refresh, I continue to operate on outdated beliefs.
I am refreshing.
It’s a commitment.
And, when I keep that commitment, I am refreshing to be with.
Peter Mulraney is the author of My Life is My Responsibility: Insights for Conscious Living and I Am Affirmations: The Power of Words.
There is no point in pursuing happiness, despite what you’ve been told.
It can’t be found because it’s not out there somewhere for you to find.
You can’t become happy by doing anything or buying something or being with someone special or having some wild experience in some faraway exotic location.
You can have fun doing all of those things but none of them will bring you lasting happiness.
None of them lasts forever:
- events finish.
- new stuff gets old.
- people move one.
- holidays end.
The only way to be happy is by decision – by choosing to be happy.
Happiness is a mindset or an attitude that’s available to you at all times and in all circumstances.
Choosing to be happy is an act of self-empowerment.
When you understand your happiness is not dependent on anyone or anything but yourself, you can give yourself permission to be happy despite what’s going on around you.
Stop chasing it.
Simply be what you want to be: happy.
Peter Mulraney is the author of My Life is My Responsibility: Insights for Conscious Living.
Some days you simply need to spend time with nature.
Get out of the house and stroll through the park. Walk on the beach or down by the river. Sit in the garden.
If there is nothing natural in your immediate environment, befriend a pot plant.
Old style mystics withdrew from the world into monasteries or convents, or they lived as hermits in a cave or a hut a long way from civilization.
Modern day mystics are called to embark on the journey in the middle of things. It’s no longer about running away, it’s about finding yourself right where you are.
Old style mystics relied on prayer, fasting, and isolation. They turned away from the experience of everyday life.
Today’s mystics are called to embrace the experience of everyday life, so you’ll need to use some different tools. Continue reading “A mystic’s toolkit”