Some great comments on yesterday's post on thinking. Did you give yourself some time to think?
Most people are so busy being busy, they never do this. They are also quite afraid to be alone with their thoughts. So they keep a radio or television on at all times they are at home or in the car alone.
Try going a day where you don’t play the radio or CDs in your car and you may be amazed how weird it feels. Or don’t turn on the TV first thing when you get home or enter a hotel room. Even a 15-minute drive with no radio (or cell phone!) will do wonders for your peace and harmony.
We have created such a busy world that we are constantly stimulated by hundreds of things every hour. Giving yourself some time to withdraw from some of this has an amazing healing effect on you. You mind will clear and your body will renew. When’s the last time you spent 15 minutes in a whirlpool, took a bubble bath, or dangled your feet in a river?
Why not make some time today, to be in that special state of quiet reflection and bliss?
I think if more people fully understood the healing power of silence they'd make being quiet a habit.
As you note, it can be scary to alone with your thoughts....just don't let squiggly little waves of energy scare you too much because that's all thoughts are. Quiet time allows you to see this.
Thanks for sharing Randy 🙂
It is,,, I often use this method to stop thinking and relax from the hustle..
Excelnte Randy! I think when we take time to reflect and spend time with ourselves, without fear, without feeling alone, it is because we are reaching a higher level of spirituality. I think even though we are physically alone, we are spiritually connected to someone else. That means and gives peace to the soul, and that peace becomes the harmony we seek with ourselves and with others! Thanks. A hug
Just reading a book called night wisdom... Buddhist thoughts... said to think of a nice white light before going to sleep, tell yourself you'll sleep deeply and wake up refreshed... it worked.. woke up this morning at six, with no alarm, ready to rock..
A Buddhist teaching is to go deep into silence and meditation, but not so deep you lose yourself, laughed at an example of a guru sneaking up on his pupil and giving him a good whack, and admonishing him, I shouldn't have been able to do that if you were aware....
There is a whole new world when when everything stops around you with intrusive distractions or when I simply halt being like the "energizer bunny who keeps going ... going."
It is incredible! I get to sunbathe in a state of lightness of body & mind; an acute awareness that pulls me into my authentic self. It is the quietness that very few of us can experience, and yet in that moment of nothingness I feel oneness with God/Spirit/Universe. I am alive with peace, and know that I am Peace.
Peace to all,
Meditating or praying in the morning wipes my mental slate clean for the day and keeps me present when dealing with others and myself as well. It is a small investment for such a large return.
I do that every day - My mornings start with a long walk in the forrest with my dog.
No cellphone nothing els but fresh air and my thoughts, it gives me a spiritual experince and it makes me smile, I notice the beauty and all the colurs that are surrounding me- taking it all in -
Great investment in myself - and it gives me so much energy to the projects that fills my day
I can highly recomend it 🙂
I am glad Randy expanded this blog to focus on peace. I observe people and their hectic lives, but are they really hectic, or is this the new drug of choice? I wonder how many people really have to run around like chickens with their heads cut off or if they somehow relate this to abnormality if they don't. Do we ever stop and think about how easy life really is? No more getting up at the crack of dawn to gather milk and eggs, saddling the horse to ride 10 miles to town. Splitting wood for the winter heat. I think our ease of living has created just the opposite. Disease.
Mary-Ellen, I agree with you. Reading your post made me think of a time years ago when I made a decision to take a vacation to the small island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean by myself right after I got divorced. It was sort of a transitional retreat in a way – to reflect, gather my thoughts and move myself into the next phase of my life.
I remember I was there for a total of about 10 days. It was absolutely calm, peaceful, beautiful – really lovely. The staff was so friendly and down to earth. Would bring you anything you wanted – anything - except that it would take them what seemed like ‘forever’ to do it! For the first 2 or 3 days I found myself feeling so anxious and stressed inside. My focus was on how incredibly S-L-O-W everything moved. It drove me crazy! I kept thinking “if that was my resort, I could run things so much more efficiently. It would take half as long to accomplish twice as much!”
Well, somewhere around day 4 (and probably about the time I began to ‘unwind’ from my usual pace of life) I realized that maybe there was nothing wrong at all with the speed in which life moved on this little island. The people were happy, carefree, healthy and had a spiritual essence that showed on the outside all the time, not just on Sundays!!! And at that point I realized maybe it was our own culture that could use to take a lesson from this tiny island and slow down our pace long enough to enjoy the sunset, take a walk along the beach, draw a picture in the sand. It was a huge gift and I came home with a very different perspective than the one I had arrived there with.
I’d like to say that I’ve held on to it … but life here does move too fast for those moments to just ‘show up’ on their own. We need to consciously make time for them to happen. I think I will schedule some quiet time this weekend just for that purpose!
Excellent Point! My relatives in Yugoslavia live a relatively simple lifestyle without all these distractions and they are very happy people. I must mention that I think the media of television is actually addictive and we've been conditioned to be entertained by it since we were young. I hardly watch TV anymore and prefer my surroundings to be more realistic -vis. a vis. bike riding in the forest or being with people. The mass media does not do you much good anyway and will inhibit thinking as well as being a cause for the collective rut many are in.
Dear mentor-role model-guru-spiritual prosperity guy-teacher, RANDY GAGE,
THANK YOU for your WONDERFUL INSIGHT, as always, RIGHT ON THE MONEY ; )
I practice this so much, that it´s hard for other people to grasp, but it may be one of the reasons for my almost PERPETUAL HAPPINESS & PEACE ; )
SILENCE IS GOLDEN. - author? (I remember the late Norman Vincent Peale saying this)
With love & best wishes to Randy & his holistic abundance (money, followers, goods, fans...),
I agree with you. It is so nice to enjoy the quiet and be alone with your thoughts. It does take some getting used too but I love it now. I also enjoy taking my dog for a walk early in the morning before everyone is in their cars going to work. Just to hear the birds singing and the wind in the trees, it's a beautiful thing!
Enjoy the day!
I deliver the morning paper. I hate to get rained on like tomorrow morning, but one of the things I like about it is that it is quiet and peaceful. Plenty of time to think.
I'd love to take some time out to dangle my feet in a river but I live in Canada.
Prosperity is a part of money but not all money. It is the knowing that all is well in all areas of our life. Like the spokes in a bicycle wheel. I agree that peace is part of prosperity.
I don't know how to text and I don't know how to go out to dinner with people and take their picture with my phone and upload it to Facebook. I am not going to learn either, because I already have enough distractions in my life without adding more. I also love when I am with people and don't want to miss out on the time.
I learned I can listen to Ipod so much and good stuff too that I forget the spirit within comes out when I am silent and listening (not speaking doing etc). Thanks for reminding me that it is Ok to be quiet.
PS. I usually leave the cell phone in the car. Not during a meeting, lunch, church. There is voice mail.
Pearls have been cast around this blog everywhere - thank you for putting this together and leading by example!
You’ve talked a lot around programming by the mass media and religious outlets into believing that poverty is noble. But what do you have to say about being ridiculed by family members? Unknowingly, affected people may sabotage themselves later on in life in leading an abundant life.
None of us get to pick our family and since we can't change anyone but ourselves, it's best in my opinion to just be the best we can be and develop huge forgiveness skills where family is concerned. Sabotaging success is part of the progression. We all have a thermostat, or at least I did, set for a certain comfort zone. When we get above it, our brain naturally gets triggered to cool down. As long as we are aware of this as a natural progression, and identify it when it rears it's ugly head, we can continue to grow. I did this for years. Got to a certain income that no one around me had experienced. I kicked myself back down to my comfort zone until I finally learned why I was doing it. Hope this helps.
Forgiveness is a big deal...thanks! Wanted to know what Randy had to say about family issues.
Once you spend time with your thoughts you will discover most of them are not 'of' or 'from' you. Some say human is to thought as fish is to water. We are immersed in 'it.' If those thoughts are you... go ahead and control them... you will not. At best you can notice them. Most of us are like radio antenna tuned to certain a frequency that collects a certain range of thought. Once you notice which ones you attract you will begin to notice what others are tuned to as well. That is not them or their 'thinking' either [for the most part].
THINKING is another matter. THAT you have some say over. Before we are able to think we must first pay attention to the thoughts coursing through our awareness. The NOISE of TV, radio, work place, the hustle and bustle of the street is an attempt to block out the thoughts. Notice them like puffs of tissue issued past your eyeballs with each breathe. Give them their due but not your allegiance.
Thinking form our thoughts...controlled thinking, lead to thoughts that are under control. Having said that, can we change the frequency we are tuned to? I think yes. By thinking. Right?
My Harley doesn't have a radio and it's meditative when I ride...
Thanks guys, for the suggestion to have the radio off when driving. I will try just that.
I have been thinking a lot about slowing down recently. My work has been picking up, and some times that leads to a great deal of busyness. I need to remind myself that discipline is not working long and hard, but working on the RIGHT things, and looking after my body and mind is right up there on the top of the list.
I shall schedule in some time to just relax today.