Thursday, July 8, 2010

To use the treasures within is to increase them.

Message for the day 08-07-2010
To use the treasures within is to increase them.

Projection: Whenever there is a difficult situation, we always expect others to listen and understand. And so we feel helpless as the situation seems beyond our control and we don't feel we can do anything to change it. Then we don't make any attempt and the situation remains as it is.

Solution: Instead of looking at others we need to look within and we'll find a lot of treasures that we can use to change the situation. These treasures, our own inner powers and virtues are such that the as we continue to use them in situations, we find them increasing.

Soul Sustenance 08-07-2010

Stress Management (cont.)

There are some false beliefs about stress that we have acquired:

"A diet change, a little exercise and a good break from work will banish stress"

Truth: You may think, "What about the fun of the party, the healthiness of playing sport or the comfort of the sofa when there's no work to think about?" To an enlightened soul, real happiness cannot be found at a good party. Parties, like running, like watching TV, like chasing a little ball around the court, are ways of avoiding the inner work of self-control and self-mastery. Keep enjoying your leisure activities, don't stop exercising, don't stop going to parties, just don't expect any of them to give you permanent freedom from your stress or give you a real and lasting feeling of happiness. They may provide relief from some of the pain, a temporary high that feels like happiness, but it's an illusory happiness. Perhaps you sense the truth of this already.

It's probably not what you wanted to hear and you may now be thinking, "I just don't agree." And that's fine. But think about your reason for disagreeing. Is it because your partying and running are under threat or is it because you haven't thought it through deeply? Why do you think that after so many remedies for stress have been invented, written about, manufactured, marketed and consumed, there is more stress out there than ever before? Simple - it's called avoidance. We avoid doing the inner work of taking responsibility for our own thoughts and feelings. Everything in our life, including our destiny, begins in our own head.

In Spiritual Service,
Brahma Kumaris

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