I remember hearing the preacher read Matthew 4:4, But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Where I was raised children were punished for swearing but we’d laughed at each other as we experimented anyway.
This week I pondered my mental diet from a hospital bed with a bowel obstruction. I was literally holding on to things from my past. I was aware of every pinprick and often my thoughts weren’t charitable. In observation, I realize I anguished over the time lost since my reading materials were home. I struggled. I felt trapped.
There’s an old Zen saying, “It is the silence between the notes that makes the music; it is the space between the bars that cages the tiger.”
Every word that proceeds from the mouth…
If I weren’t in a class that was telling me to become aware of what I’m holding on to, what I’m thinking, what I’m saying , you’d think I’d pick up the message from the universe. I do realize a different outcome requires a different way of thinking and a different way of doing things.
I look forward to the work required by the Master Mind Experience: the reading, the sitting, the writing and the interaction with my instructors, guide and colleagues. I look forward to the changes that come from the repeated exercises: the awareness, the empowerment and the growth. I look forward to involvement in the community: assisting neighbors less able than I, singing in the choir and exercising at the gym.
As I become more aware, I expect my thoughts to broaden to the bigger picture, my words to be spoken perceiving the ripple effect and my voice to grow stronger. I am a part of the completion of this perfect world.
Benjamin Disraeli said, “Most people die with their music still locked up inside them.” That won’t be me.