We enjoyed a terrific breakfast today at Floyd’s Diner, one of our favourite restaurants in Victoria. The funky decor, excellent food and friendly, efficient staff make this a great dining destination.
The restrooms are small and outdated, but are covered with words of wisdom from fellow diners. This one in particular caught my attention.
We attended some meditation classes a few years ago based on the teachings of Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi. Ramana, one of Bhagavan’s followers, has created AHAM (Association of Happiness for all Mankind). A basic principle of his teachings is that “thoughts are things” and you best “keep your thoughts on what you want instead of on what you don’t want” unless you want to experience a lot of what you don’t want.
Have you ever had one of those days when you “got up on the wrong side of bed” and one bad thing after another happened all day long? If you stepped outside of the drama of your life for a moment and observed, you would notice that you had been ruminating on all the bad things that happened and ended up creating a self-fulfilling prophecy for a ‘bad day’.
We know that in the grand scheme of things, that we should count our blessings that we are not dealing with bigger problems. These are petty annoyances in light of real challenges such as serious illness or financial worry and upon reflection, you feel pretty foolish that you got bent out of shape by sour milk in your morning coffee.
Ramana has developed the Seven Basic Truths – simple words to remind us of these powerful truths:
- Imagination creates your reality.
- Thoughts are things.
- What you think about grows.
- You become what you think about.
- Your assumptions form your world, so keep your mind on what you want and off of what you don’t want.
- You can change your world by reforming your assumptions.
- If you can’t change the situation, you can change its effects on you, by changing your assumption or your attitude about it; and eventually you may even be able to change the situation.
May you keep your thoughts focused on fair sailing and not on the storms.