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One of my challenges is getting to bed as early as I’d like. It was no problem when I lived in Los Angeles or Hawaii, but it has been something I’ve not been able to consistently do since living on the east coast again.
Saturday night I was on track to be asleep by 11 when I got an alert on my phone that my passwords had been hacked and simultaneously Bodhi started barking. It seemed like there some kind of animal, perhaps a group of deer, outside and Bodhi could smell them or sense them and barking to scare them away. She didn’t stop completely until it was 12:30am.
Trying to figure out what was going on with the hack of my passwords, when I was SO tired and Bodhi was barking was hard for me. It wasn’t any easier because I definitely felt bothered that my timing to get to bed by 11 was being derailed and now I’d get to sleep much later than I normally do, and far later than I’d intended.
I saw the attachment to my plan, and I let that go, but still I had the sense of disappointment. I don’t deny my feelings, I let them be.
Bodhi’s barking was definitely unnerving me. I’d calm her down and she’d stop for a bit and then she’d start up again. I am super sensitive to sounds, and the sound was hard for me to take because it was so loud and because I love that puppy and she was upset.
Now, as problems go, this was nothing. It was absolutely 100% NO thing. I realize that. Just another opportunity for me to work with my mind. Just another nothing trying to be something. Which I didn’t allow.
It was all happening as the moon was becoming full. I felt that full moon releasing/healing opportunity. It was time to harvest the wisdom from my experience.
I reminded myself that no matter what time I went to sleep I could still awaken refreshed and happy. One of my favorite quotes form A Course in Miracles is “rest comes from waking, not from sleeping.” I’m on a path of awakening and I know that.
I fixed a bunch of passwords. I gave Bodhi something to chew on to calm herself, I turned out the lights and went to bed and she soon settled down.
I cannot control life, but I can control my thoughts, because I can control what thoughts I choose to think.
I’m not a victim of circumstance. Everything is to teach me. I’m interested in seeing the value in what’s happening now and being present to this moment.
I realized I’d rather have no attachments and stay up all night then have lots of attachments and get to bed early.
Even a barking dog can be my teacher. Even the password hack can be helpful to me. If my mind can get caught on a thought, then I’d like the opportunity to heal that place in my awareness that is disturbed.
The more I practice this way, the more free I am. I am choosing spiritual liberation and it requires me to be attentive to my thoughts. I am the dreamer of the dream. I am that I AM. There is no better time for me to choose to remember the truth. Now will always be the perfect time.
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