ONE THING AT A TIME
Staying Focused this Holiday Season and Beyond
Yesterday I baked cookies for the family.
Make that organic, vegan, whole wheat holiday cookies - which means that they are usually as tasty and appealing as cardboard.
This year I found a new recipe, and the cookies turned out moist and delicious; soft on the inside, crispy on the outside.
So I thought, "I should make more."
Plans were made to run to the store and pick up ingredients and make dough before teaching, and to clear off the Thursday schedule. I felt alive - and anxious.
And then Vijnanamaya Kosha (the higher mind) stepped in and said, "Oh no you don't. You need to stop all this running and do your practice. And then you can take your time wrapping presents and finishing your 2010 projects.
Manamaya Kosha (the lower mind) resisted the idea. It wanted to make cookies!
An argument ensued.
In the end, the higher mind prevailed.
So I put away the snow boots and sat down.
I still felt alive. And calm.
A short time later I came across this Thought for the Day from Swami Sivananda:
ALL POTENTIALITIES ARE WITHIN
In all man’s struggles and attempts at achieving any desired object, there is in reality no necessity at all for him to go in quest of external forces to aid him. Man contains within himself vast resources and inherent powers lying untapped or else only partially made use of.
It is because he has allowed his faculties to get scattered on a hundred different things, he fails to achieve anything great despite his inherent potentialities. If he intelligently regulates and applies them, quick and concrete results will accrue.