Helpful Learning

May 9, 2017

Contemplation helps us come to helpful learning.

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What’s helpful learning?  It’s when we’re learning something that actually makes a real difference in our lives in terms of improving the quality of our experience.

As a spiritual student, I’ve realized that every day, I can learn things that improve the quality of every day of my life, but in order to do so I have to really be truly willing to relinquish my attachment to how things have been in the past.  I have to be willing to be present in the moment now, because that’s where the Love is and Love is the healer.

If I’m grumbling about the past, and ruminating about my errors in the past, then I’m not open to learn something about the power of Love in this moment.

If I’m thinking things should be different, then I’m not really available for a miracle.  Being open to miracles is ALL about being open to the helpful learning.

Being open to a miracle means being open to see the truth rather than the story I made up about the past.  It’s so helpful to recognize that when I’m upset, I’m clinging to some decision I made in the past and the pain and upset I’m feeling in the current moment isn’t because of what’s happening now, it’s because I’m actually recreating my pain from the past once again.

We often think we have no choice but to experience pain in a situation that we wish were different, but I’ve learned that I can let go of wishing things were different and be grateful for what is even though just a moment ago I was wishing it was different.

Wishing things were different isn’t helpful.  Learning I can let go of wishing it were different and put my attention, instead, on being focused for how I can be open and available for Love now is very helpful.

To dramatically, and I do mean DRAMATICALLY, improve the quality of your life, commit to being grateful for things as they are, even when it’s not what you’d wish for.

On Sunday, this past weekend, I spent 4 hours on the phone with tech support for my computer.  It was two 2 hour sessions.  In between, I went to the movies.  When I got back home from the movie, I found out my phone was missing.  I’d lost it somewhere along the way to or from the movie.

Ultimately, I figured out most of the stuff for my computer, (I’m avoiding spending the money to upgrade to a new computer and sometimes it creates some tricky challenges), and I found my phone when I went back to the movie theatre and felt around in the trash under the seats where I had been sitting earlier that day.

All in all, I probably spent a minimum of 5 hours on Sunday doing things I could have wished I wasn’t doing, but where would that have gotten me?  Instead, I got to be mostly peaceful and harmonious for the whole day and I am grateful for that.  It wasn’t how I intended to invest that time, but Spirit had a different plan.

I don’t know what anything is for except that I know it’s for my good – of this, I am certain and in that certainty lies the Peace of God.  Learning to be certain that everything is for my good is very helpful indeed!

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