A new question

Smiling sky

One thing that I keep needing to re-learn, is never to ask myself a question when the answer will not be helpful. Have you ever noticed that the only time you ask yourself the question, “What is wrong with me?” is when you are not feeling good? And what then do we think the answer will be? Something new, uplifting, and helpful? Never.

Questions like, “What is wrong, what is missing, why do I feel so ……?”, are ripe opportunities for the egoic mind to jump in and say, “I”ll tell you what is wrong with you! And then it goes crazy with all sorts of worn-out, old, frightening reasons why you are in the wretched state that you are, and why this is your (or someone else’s) fault. And we believe it. It feels like the truth.

When I catch myself doing this, I try to ask a better question, like, “What is right about this (or me?). What is right in my life right now?” and then I don’t try to figure it out, I let an answer come. Sometimes just asking the question is enough to lift my spirits and help me start feeling better. It is such a simple and heart-felt prayer: “Show me what is right, show me what is good about my life, right now.” Questions like these have the power to break old patterns of reactive thought since they are invoking the deeper self: the Spirit of Love itself.

Ask yourself a new question today….one that doesn’t cause you to cringe and brace yourself for the answer, but that makes you smile in happy anticipation; one you would enjoy hearing the answer to.

The voice in the head has a life of its own. Most people are at the mercy of that voice: they are possessed by thought and by the mind. And since the mind is conditioned by the past, you are then forced to reenact the past again and again. The Eastern term for this is karma.” Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth (pg 129)

*As a friend and I were walking to our morning watercolor class this past Saturday, I looked up in the sky and saw a plane flying in what appeared to be an arc, and then it began to close and make a circle. We stood there speechless, as it completed the circle and then came back around to make a smile (you can see the outline on the right).

4 thoughts on “A new question”

  1. What a cool photo, Mary…………”the biggest lies are the ones we tell ourselves” XXO

  2. Hi Mary, I love that sky smiley! This definition of karma sounds like it’s a negative thing. I thought karma could go either way. I just don’t get this definition I guess. Have a great day, Cindy

  3. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.~ Albert Einstein.

    Your post this morning made me remember this quote. And of course the voice in our head ( I call it monkey mind) will make us crazy if we allow it. Much like you related, when I catch myself ‘swirling in the ego swill’, I usually laugh out loud and hit the reset button. Then it’s just fun to watch other people wonder what I’m laughing at!
    Smile on…..in the sky or wherever you find yourself. Thanks, Mary.

  4. Mary, your post today made me think about waking up at 4 a.m. this morning, feeling anxious, having that choked up feeling around my neck, prickles going up the back of it…and then I calmed down, remembered I’m taking natural supplements for systemic candidiasis which is an ongoing problem for me and remembered that this is the way I feel when detoxing…creepy. And then I thought of God and how, when things get tough I have a chat with him about it…(it’s all one-sided, mind you) and I thought too, why is it that only when I’m not feeling well, feeing anxious, my thoughts turn to Him. Well, I padded downstairs, got an ounce of cognac, went back to bed, read for awhile about P.K. Page, checked my alarm as I have B&B guests here that needed to be fed seferal hours hence and slept through the alarm. When your thoughts came in this morning, I was reminded of my early morning issues….it’s never when things are going well that we question ourselves or I have a word with my Higher Power…darn it all…I’ve been slipping in the connection with my inner self dept. SandyP in Canada

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