Dear Readers and fellow bloggers, today we touch upon a very sensitive topic.
The words “faith” and “belief” are similar.
Nelson’s Bible Dictionary defines faith as a belief in or confident attitude toward God, involving commitment to his will for one’s life. Nelson also says belief is to place one’s trust in God’s truth. A person who believes is one who takes God at his word and trusts in him for salvation.
I like to look at faith and belief as a train on a track. There are two sides to a track, and they both are needed for the train to safely make it to its destination.
“Faith is unseen but felt, faith is strength when we feel we have none, faith is hope when all seems lost.” – Catherine Pulsifer
Faith and belief are not something you can see. It’s like electricity – if you stick your finger in an electrical outlet you may not see it, but you will know it’s there.
Have FAITH and carry on. And the most profound way of keeping up with faith and holding on to your believes is through the cultivation of RAIN by Tara Brach as written in her book “Radical Compassion”
“The acronym RAIN is an easy-to-remember tool for practicing mindfulness and compassion using the following four steps:
Recognize what is happening;
Allow the experience to be there, just as it is;
Investigate with interest and care;
Nurture with self-compassion.
You can take your time and explore RAIN as a stand-alone meditation or move through the steps whenever challenging feelings arise.”
— Tara Brach
When you say, I am feeling stressed, you then understand stress. You say YES to that emotion and not try to push it away to some other day. “What you resist, persists.” Now once you say yes to a particular emotion, its hold on you slowly reduces. you suddenly don’t feel under pressure to overcome that emotion instead you soften and allow and accept that yes I am stressed. Once you do this your focus shifts from the problem to the solution. Your mind no longer fights, instead it helps you find alternatives to help you come out of it.
Now that you have accepted and allowed the emotion to be, Its time to do a little investigation. “Every effect has a cause and every cause has an effect.” This is the vicious cycle and to understand this you must look back. Sit quietly and analyze the cause to the effect. If your leg is hurting, look back and think if you hurt yourself recently, or start a new workout, or due for your monthly cycles( for ladies). Did you walk longer the previous day or lift something which might have hurt your knees. Check your stress levels. Check your weight, maybe you have added a few kilos lately.
When you say I am stressed, or My hand is hurting, who is under stress? who’s hand is hurting? Your emotions your not you. You are a pure consciousness, you are the soul. Instead say, this body is stressed or the hand in this body is hurting and you will see your soul empowering you to get rid of these negative emotions and thoughts. All you need to do is realize your true self. Simply derive the lesson the experience have taught you and move on.
I am sure RAIN has help you unload a lot of garbage from your mind, body and emotion. Every time you are stuck, just use the duster technique. Visualize the negative feeling or person or thought and on a white board and use your hands to erase or dust off those words.
Raining happiness & sunshine on you and yours,