Snippets of Clarity


Sometimes we just need a little boost over the rough spot, not a whole counseling session. Or we can’t swing the counseling, or a day off, or a vacation when we need it. One trick I use when I’m feeling scattered, lost, or stuck is to use quotes that I have picked up here and there to focus my mind for a moment. I have them on sticky notes and scraps of paper and in my journal. I found this one on Adya’s website today:

The mind doesn’t rest as a result of getting its questions answered; it comes to rest when we see through the questions, when we see through the incessant drive to know.

Here’s another good one I used to carry with me from Marianne Williamson’s Illuminata:

Dear God,
I surrender to You my striving.
I let go all need to effort or to struggle.
I relax deeply into things exactly as they are.
I accept life, that it might move through me with grace.
Amen.

Another trick I use is to read a short article by someone like Adyashanti or Guy Finley, or pick up one of my books on spirituality and just open to any page and read that page, and maybe the next. This also works astoundingly well with A Courses in Miracles. You can also listen to Marianne Williamson read lessons from ACIM on Oprah’s website.

Today what worked was an audio snippet called  “The Fire of Truth” from this page on Adya’s website. (BTW, I noticed that there’s also an upcoming live broadcast with call-in next Wednesday, March 2, 9pm EST. He gives a Dharma talk that lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, and then takes questions. I try to catch these whenever I can because I find there’s always something there to feed me.) I also have dozens of his talks (many are free!) loaded on my ipod to listen to when I need quick focus. It’s interesting, though I listen to the same recordings over and over, it seems that each time I hear something different.

What about you? What feeds you? What do you do to help you remember who you are and how you want to be? Let’s help each other and share below…

About Cynthia M Clingan

Cynthia Clingan is a licensed professional clinical counselor in Columbus, Ohio who offers somatic psychotherapy, spiritual coaching, and meditation and mindfulness instruction.
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