Life does not consist mainly--or even largely--of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever blowing through one's head.--Mark Twain
Have you seen the commercials where someone gets smacked in the head and says "I could have had a V-8!"?
I have wondered sometimes where I left my brain. Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
So, how do we control our thoughts? How we perceive situations determines how we react. Imagine yourself in a room sitting at a desk and someone brings in a snake. What would your reaction be? Picture someone in the light fixture - that would be me. I would probably also need a change of clothes. All that happened was I saw a snake - it hadn't done anything to me and if someone brought it in that person probably had a good hold on it. In fact, snakes have never done anything to me. I have learned to be afraid of them. Did you know that we are born with only two fears? Those two fears are the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. All other fears are learned. Our experiences have taught us to be afraid of the dark; I had a student who was afraid of clowns; I had a student who was afraid to get on an escalator.
This is about prayer and meditating. Can you sit still, relax, and shut out the world? I can tell you it is very difficult. Our minds race. We have thoughts coming and going. Emotions get in the way. There are many sites on meditating. Have you tried it? Were you able to do it? It is hard to even find a quiet place for me to be alone for any amount of time. I even have a difficult time staying focused when I pray. I must work on that. How about you? Let's begin right away. It's important that we do this each day. If we do, we will get better at it and gain more control over our thoughts and our emotions. I think in the morning is best before everything starts happening. It will get us off on the right foot.
"Turn up the silence".