I’VE said it before – I love quotes – and I love reading material that strengthens and feeds my mind and soul. At this stage of my life I actually consider that type of reading a necessity. In dealing with emotional pain, depression, sadness or anxiety I have come to the strong belief that to stay “up”, strong or centered absolutely requires food for the mind/soul. But the truth is, even those who feel good would feel even better through the same nourishment. Feeding the mind. We all need it.
Reading is one of the easiest ways to get that nourishment. There is a plethora of material out there to keep you feeding and to help lead you to a stronger YOU. I have so many books (& essays, etc.) under my belt now, and yet I still crave new material. I make a point now to start my day with even just a chapter or two from a book that promotes empowerment. If I don’t, I can honestly say I see and feel the difference.
This part of my life did influence my novel INDUCED AMNESIA. I have been asked about the material in it – metaphysical, self-help and physics – and to which author/speaker could I attribute the material to; and the fact is, it’s an accumulation of many resources that have influenced me over the years. And I know I’ve said this before too – INDUCED AMNESIA is fiction, but there is truth in the help offered there. It has real tools in it. I use them. And they do work.
I will cover more over the next few posts on what helped me beyond clinical depression and keeps me there – but reading is a big starting key. Thoughts are our roadblocks, our real obstacles, our only challenge in any given day – but what we often don’t realize is that they can be controlled. They must be if we want joy and peace within, and reading is like taking your mind and standing it on the right path it should follow for the day, rather than allowing your old habitual patterns to take over and repeat the cycle of thinking that hasn’t served you. We all know the saying on insanity by now…
Here’s the thing – there is that YOU – behind the mind and its chatter that has ability to control you, which includes your thoughts. It’s easy to test – tell yourself to repeat the word ‘ME’ over and over five times. And so your mind does it! But who is that telling you to do that? There is a watcher inside – a soul – energy – that very deep and real YOU – and while it doesn’t seem like it often, this part does have a lot of power and control. We often just remain far too surfaced to stay connected to it. And this is when things can and do overwhelm us, and we drift – but as long as we are breathing and our body is alive, the tether is there holding it and our soul together. The power can always be taken back instead of being allowed to run on auto, which often doesn’t work. (A good book on this is The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer)
I still remember the day – I was at one of my hardest times in life – I had never read anything other than fiction – when my mom called me and said she saw a show talking to a new author and she thought I should get that book. I did, and it changed my life. It was just the start of a road upward, but it absolutely helped point me in a direction I needed and gave me tools to start. That book was A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson. I’ve read it many times since (over the years) and given it to many people as a gift.
So – reading, and quotes, are a very good starting place daily for feeding the mind at the start of your day – for peace, power and joy.
(I’ve only mentioned a couple of books since they are pertinent to this post material, however there’s a world of great books out there, and far too many that I love to list them all. I’ve found when I start to look, the book that’s right for me at that time presents itself.)
This is to-be-continued….
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In the meantime, below are some quotes I like by an esteemed late century philosopher:
Quotes by psychologist and philosopher, William James –
“In the dim background of our mind we know meanwhile what we ought to be doing….but somehow we cannot start….Every moment we expect the spell to break….but it does continue, pulse after pulse, and we float with it….”
“The lunatic’s visions of horror are all drawn from the material of daily fact. Our civilization is founded on the shambles, and every individual existence goes out in a lonely spasm of helpless agony.”
“The stream of thought flows on; but most of its segments fall into the bottomless abyss of oblivion. Of some, no memory survives the instant of their passage. Of others, it is confined to a few moments, hours or days. Others, again, leave vestiges which are indestructible, and by means of which they may be recalled as long as life endures.”
“Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never push through the obstruction.”
“If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.”
“When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice.”
“Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings.”
“To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.”
“Selection is the very keel on which our mental ship is built. And in this case of memory its utility is obvious. If we remembered everything, we should on most occasions be as ill off as if we remembered nothing.”
“Never suffer an exception to occur till the new habit is securely rooted in your life. Each lapse is like the letting fall of a ball of string which one is carefully winding up; a single slip undoes more than a great many turns will wind again.”
“Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another.”
“We may be in the Universe as dogs and cats are in our libraries, seeing the books and hearing the conversation, but having no inkling of the meaning of it all.”