Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thought of the day 31/3/2015

Breaking Down Patterns Of Negative Thoughts And Feelings 

Having understood that the source of our feelings are our thoughts, we realize that right through our journey in the physical world, in many births, we have repeatedly built up enormous webs of negative and harmful thoughts and feelings, creating many unnecessary difficulties for us, internally as well as externally. The habit continues in my present life too. Meditation helps me to untangle this mess, and break the habit. It helps me come to terms with what is going on in my own inner world and understand how I create thoughts and feelings, how to take responsibility for them, and how to tap into my original, positive inner resources, which helps me displace negative patterns of thoughts and feelings. So, meditation is not merely a relaxation technique but a powerful tool for a seemingly difficult task of self-transformation. 

To get the positive cycle of thoughts and feelings working in my life, the easiest place to start with is our thoughts. It's not very difficult to change our thoughts. It just requires attention. And by changing my thoughts, it becomes easy to change my feelings. In meditation, I decide that for a few minutes, each day (it could be as less as 1-2 minutes or as much as 25-30 minutes, depending on the external setting I am in) I am going to set aside negative thoughts which are weak or wasteful, and create pure, positive, powerful thoughts, based on the awareness of my spiritual identity. As I do this, I begin to experience the original resources or treasures of the self. As a result, positive and powerful feelings for the self and others emerge.

Soul Sustenance



The Law of Belief 

Beliefs are concepts that you consider real and true, and you do not question them, even though they have no logical explanation. If we believe in something strongly, if we think that we can achieve something, then we will. What we believe will come true. 

We can classify beliefs into five groups: 

Beliefs about defects and weaknesses: These beliefs produce thoughts in our consciousness like: I am no good, I cannot do this, I am useless, I won't manage to complete it. 

Beliefs of survival: These beliefs produce thoughts such as: Life is short. Get whatever you can at any cost whenever you can. Life’s decisions are taken based on these beliefs without taking into the account the repercussions (effects) they may have on our health, our relationships and our future. 

Beliefs that create blocks: When we label someone, we are no longer open to try and understand them. For example: My boss is really egoistic. This type of belief blocks the flow of our positive energy and stops us from connecting openly with these people. 

Beliefs that strengthen the self: For example: I am capable, I can do it, There is nothing I cannot be or do if I really want to, I will overcome the difficulties and meet the challenge. 

True beliefs about ourselves: They are connected to eternal certain truths, such as: I am a spiritual being, I am eternal. God is my spiritual father. 

To assure us that a belief is true, we must first believe in it. Then we check it in our consciousness and if a belief is true it will become an experience. If this does not happen, we are doing something wrong or this belief is not correct. 

Message for the day

To accept advice is to ensure self-progress. 

Expression: The natural state of the self is to ensure progress. Everything that is done by the self is for its progress. But the one who rejects advice rejects the progress of the self. To accept advice means to take the chance for whatever benefit that comes my way. 

Experience: When someone corrects me or gives me an advice or suggestion, if I accept it in the right spirit, I'll constantly learn from it. This will enable me to experience constant progress. I am also naturally able to give regard to everyone I come into contact with and remain in constant happiness. 


In Spiritual Service,
Brahma Kumaris

Monday, March 30, 2015

Thought of the day 30/3/2015

Vision, Goals, Strategies And Action Plans 

vision is what you can see but not yet reach. The most powerful dimension of vision is not the long term dimension but actually the way you choose to see yourself in your work, circumstances, relationships, etc. Important changes start occurring by simply choosing to see things and people differently. That will have a huge influence on the decisions you make and the results. This is the power of vision. 

Goals are aimed at achieving the vision. They should be achievable in a short span of time and represent what you can see and reach. Goals should be specific, measurable, actionable, relevant and time bound (SMART). 

Clarification of goals then sets the agenda for the strategies (how) that are necessary to achieve those goals, to drive those goals forward. The strategies then need to be broken down into very specific action plans.

Soul Sustenance

Meditation For Experiencing Soul Consciousness 

Read over the following words slowly and silently. Using the power of visualization, aim to experience them in your mind: 

I withdraw my attention away from the physical limbs and sense organs........ 
I focus on myself........ 
I am listening through these ears........ 
I am looking through these eyes........ 
This instrument of mine, the physical body, is a precious vehicle........ 
a valuable instrument, a medium........ 
But, that which is more valuable and more precious is the being (soul) making this instrument function........ 
Within this assembly of bones and muscles and amazing organs is a being of light........ 
In the centre of the forehead is a point of light …… 
I am this being of light........ 
I the being of light express myself through this body........ 
But the body is not I........ 
I am light........ 
I spread rays of peace in all directions........ 
I become aware of the power within this point of light........ 
Within I the being of light is everything that I am and everything that I have........ 
Within my own being are my qualities, my powers, my talents........ 
In the awareness of who I am I radiate this light within........ 
and in the awareness of this inner light........ 
I hold my head held high in self-respect........ 

Message for the day

Humility enables one to serve others. 

Expression: The one who is humble is the one who is complete and full. So just like a tree which is laden with fruit, bowing down and offering all it has humbly, the one who is full is ready for service. He is available for others to take benefit from whatever resources are there with him. This humility earns respect from others and gives happiness to all. 

Experience: When I am able to bow down with the awareness of what I have, I am fully in the stage of my self-respect. the more I am able to bow, the more others also bow down with regard to me and respect my fortune. This enables me to be a giver to those around me and experience contentment - constantly. 


In Spiritual Service,
Brahma Kumaris

Thought of the day 29/3/2015

We have high hopes for others.  Sounds good, but high hopes usually mean high expectations.  
People rarely meet our high expectations, and when they don't, we're disappointed.

So if you want less disappointment, think about lowering your high expectations and making them more realistic.  
But do continue to have high hopes for others.