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Journey into this Lesser Known World
by Jane Powell

 

“It is impossible to listen when you’re talking.’

 

The ability to keep quiet is one of the keys to successfully listening, both in daily life and when seeking communication from within.

 

Unfortunately, inner quiet is unusual for most of us. Even when alone, we talk to ourselves: we hear the sounds of our own thoughts, remember musical melodies, and so on. We become easily distracted by random memories, noises and other intrusions.

 

When you learn to listen, it becomes easier to relax. Your mind clears more quickly and attentiveness to environment is enhanced. As you allow yourself to listen, thoughts become less random and more controllable – and, most important, you hear plainly what’s going on inside.

 

 

 

Today will soon be over. Yet the value you create while it is still here will be with you for a long time to come.
Today, there are hurts that you can heal. Today, there are disagreements that you can transform into understanding.
Today, there are challenges and problems that can, through your efforts, become positive achievements. Today, there are weaknesses that can, through your attention and persistence, become strengths.
Today, there are visions that can be forged into reality. Today, there are small moments that can become treasured memories.
Today, there are joys that can be brought to life. Today, there is love that can grow ever stronger.
 Today is a day that is filled with possibilities. See how many of the best of them you can bring to life.

Negative assumptions drive negative experiences. Negative assumptions can become so thoroughly familiar and ingrained in your thinking that you don't even realize they're there.
Assumptions guide your perceptions, and your perceptions determine the way you respond to each situation. It's important to make sure those assumptions are not working against you.

 

When you come upon a situation that seems negative, challenge yourself to explain to yourself why you consider it to be negative. There's a good chance that you'll discover your own assumptions are making it worse than it really is.

 

When you assume that something is distracting, or painful, or annoying, it will be. Yet you can significantly change things by letting go of the assumption, or by choosing a more empowering one.

 

Just because you've always assumed something, does not make it always true. Make the effort to be more aware of your assumptions, and challenge them.

 

With a new set of assumptions, the same old situation could be completely different. And you'll suddenly see a whole new world of possibilities.

 

Ralph Marston

 
 

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