I’ve actually been kind of an anti-TV person for some time now. A few years ago I even un-subscribed to cable! Since then my wife has re-subscribed though. Some thought I was a little whacky for that! Cable TV is a necessity these days, right? I think that we all can agree that for the most part it wastes a lot of our time and litters our mind. I would usually watch TV when there was “nothing” else to do. But now, I need that nothing time to work on my thinking. (and the rest of our new good habits) So, I’ll bet that most of us, once and if the TV ban is over, will be watching less than we were before.
I’ve never been much of a “dieter”, in the food sense, that is. We all know that most ‘diets’ just don’t work in the long run. We generally know what’s good for us, what to eat or not to eat and how much and so forth. But, this mental diet is something far different as I’m finding out. We know how difficult it may be to follow a diet and this seems no different, and sometimes even more so! That negative thought enters the mind before you even realize it. However, I do find myself ‘catching’ it and trying to correct it quickly. Again, it’s not easy but I feel that with more practice this habit will become more second nature. Either way it is changing the way I handle a negative situation by realizing my initial thoughts or reactions and nipping it in the bud, so to speak!
This visualization thing is great! As I’ve mentioned in past blogs, I’ve always been a ‘why things work’ kind of person. But this all requires faith and belief. Part 7 masterkey intro page even says ‘It can and does bring about results by methods concerning which the human or individual mind can have no possible conception’.
It’s a knowingness that is a work in progress!
Each week, as I read and do the exercises, I try to let something (or some things) stand out and strike interest with me. These things I refer to as ‘nuggets’. This week so far a couple things really stood out and made me think about how my habits, good or bad, may be affecting things in my life. The first was that MRI test that showed how we see our future self as a stranger! That being the primary reason why we procrastinate on things. Why else would we not do something when we all know and believe that by not doing it makes it worse for ourselves in the future! OK, so present me and future me is the same person – got it! Now plan accordingly, don’t procrastinate and make life a bit easier for future ME!
The second was the fact that most of us can’t stay focused on any one thing for even 10 minutes. But, if what we are learning is to actually work, we need to! For the sitting exercise I’ll start with a photograph that I really want to look at!
It’s nice that we are beginning to learn why this whole process works from a bit of a scientific standpoint. That starts to satisfy the ‘logical thinker’ in me. The feelings and belief is what’s really greasing the skids though!