I was sitting having my lunch earlier, and I was looking around at the garden and thinking how lucky I am to live where I live.
Nothing remarkable about that, perhaps….
apart from the fact that that thought brought to mind another thought I'd had yesterday:
that I wished I lived somewhere else.
The transience of the flavor of my thinking (and therefore my feeling about where I live) over a 24 hour period struck me. It had me wryly smiling about how little point there is in believing my thinking, in any given moment, about anything, to be True.
Our thoughts about our spouse, our partner, our house, our children, our job, go up and down according to our level of consciousness in any given moment.
We’re feeling low: we see impossibility, problems, issues that need dealing with, NOW.
We feel a bit more buoyant the next day (for whatever reason): and we see possibility, potential and most importantly for me, peace with what is.
And that’s exactly what happened:
feeling low yesterday: saw problems
felt more lighthearted today: saw expansiveness, okayness.
This natural up and down, ebb and flow, is SO natural for human beings. Yet the magical power of the universal principles of thought and consciousness are such that our thinking appears REAL to us in any given moment. So much so that we believe our thoughts to be true.
And until we see the ebb and flow or our thinking/ feeling states, our consciousness, as natural, we can think that the not so pleasant ones, and the pleasant ones, MEAN something more than they do.
Said another way: our feeling in any moment, is a reflection of our thinking in that moment. End of. NOT a reflection of any truth about life, circumstance, events, people, ‘out there’.
What was revealed to me, again, (this stuff takes a while to sink in…), this lunchtime, is that those universal powers or principles never stop functioning – they bring the good feelings and the not so good feelings. They bring the: 'I’m so lucky to live here', and the 'I wish we lived somewhere else' thoughts and feelings in a 24 hour period. Both appearing so true to me that they had me sold.
But if both thoughts are possible, then neither are any truer than the other, they are just thoughts, and thoughts come and go, ebb and flow, nothing for us to do but observe the magic in action.
And eat our lunch.