without believing every word

Martiniscica, Croatia

We tend to bestow our judging mind with unquestioned power and authority, but this risks an inaccurate self-perception. Instead, listen and question, without believing every word. Take back your right to evaluate the credibility of judgments and your own self-worth. By clarifying your relationship to the judging mind, you can reclaim your power to establish a more accurate self-perception and stable sense of well-being. ~Mark Coleman

A monk asked Shito “How does one become free?”. Shito replied, “Who has bound you?” That’s the question, who binds you? Don’t look outside, look into the mind, investigate the opinionated mind. Become familiar with its opinions and judgments; then you won’t be so vulnerable to them. Our effort is to release the mind from its ordinary opinions and see revealed a new universe. Nothing binds us but the habituated mind. ~Katherine  Thanas

I saw these posts on Mindful Balance last month HERE and HERE, and they resonated with me. {Karl Duffy, I hope you know how much I enjoy your blog and all of the wisdom you capture and share there. Thank you!}

With regular practice, I learn to notice the voice that talks to me, that interprets the world for me, that makes judgments about just about everything, and that shares her stories with me. And with regular practice, I learn to discern when her ideas are truly helpful and to choose what I believe and act upon. It is a continual process of exploration and discovery. I catch myself listening to her, wanting to be in control, wanting to reach closure, wanting to be perfect, wanting more when there’s plenty…wanting, wanting, wanting. The small victory comes when I let her needs go and open to a world of possibility that she couldn’t even imagine.

today’s opportunity


today’s opportunity

be still
stop striving
just for this moment
allow yourself to soften
open your heart
your mind
your body
invite the gifts of a new day
believe in the possibility that is

meaning awaits
connection with life beckons
your purpose is alive
and breathing
ready to unfold
today’s opportunity
begins with trust
in your grace
your joy
your light

There’s something precious to me about the beginning of a new day…the mystery of just how it will unfold. This poem came to me like a hopeful little prayer. May it inspire joy and light to fill your day. In your shining, may you find magic.


*  I took this photo during a morning walk with Jim along Playa La Concha in San Sebastian, Spain – a new day’s opportunity beckoning.