24 November 2013

Walking through Your Fear

The following is a wonderful posting from Madisyn Taylor of Daily Om that I thought I would share.
Emerging Courageous
Walking through Your Fear

Frequently, in walking through our fear,
we discover that the strength of our fright was out of sync with reality.

The situations, activities, and individuals that frighten us remain static. Their relative intensity does not change. Fear, on the other hand, self-magnifies. It is when you are afraid and envisioning all that might go wrong that the energy underlying your fear grows. A tiny flicker of anxiety can easily develop into a terror that manifests itself physically and eventually paralyses you into inaction.

16 November 2013

The Downside of the Modern Monkey Mind

Having a "monkey mind" is a Buddhist term to describe a mind that is constantly darting from one thing to another; where there is a  persistent churn of thoughts in the undisciplined mind.  In other words as opposed to one's attention being focused and calm, it is unsettled, restless and even indecisive, thus often leading to confusion.  Within the spiritual (and/or magical) scene, it can be rather easy to develop "monkey mind" as there is "so much to learn".