Cleaning Consciousness

Cleaning homes during festivals is common and we indulge in disposing unwanted things and give a good look by arranging the new order. Sweeping, cleaning and washing is part of clean up activity, so also we must clean our consciousness and internalise the outward process. We have heard it said that “Cleanliness is Godliness”. In cleanliness we feel happy and energetic. Cleanliness is an eternal process. When we go to bed, we clean our bed.

We are constantly gathering information. We need to stop and do some spring cleaning here. There are three types of dust that we gather within ourselves. One is our own negativity. We think negatively, act and perceive negatively. This accumulates inside of us, changing our responses. Secondly, we gather negative influences from our surrounding, from the people we meet and pick up negative vibrations from them. Sometime, we let ourselves slip into unethical activities because we have cluttered our lives. Hence, we need to clear the clutter and confusion to be able to think and act with a clear conscience. The third type of dust is perhaps the hardest to get rid of which is the misuse of power vested in us.

We use our senses to fulfil our instant pleasures. We know it is wrong but we seek immediate gratification for selfish ends. In this manner, we cause greater injury not just to ourselves but to all of society. We have tremendous potential within us. We have allowed soot and dust to accumulate inside and that is obstructing us from experiencing the divinity within. The first step is to be aware that we need to initiate the cleaning process. A selfless attitude is helpful in cleaning out the consciousness. Human progress takes place when the consciousness is clean and disciplined.

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Complaining Syndrome

All of us complain one time or another. But, there are some people who complain regardless. Complaining is a way of life with them. They cannot stop cribbing wherever they are, whatever they are doing or whatever is happening to them. They keep complaining. The traffic is bad, telephone lines are congested, people are rude and indifferent, servants are lazy, nobody appreciates me and nobody cares or helps me. Those who complain constantly do not wish to take responsibility for themselves and their actions. Ask them why their goals are not accomplished and they will come up with excuses. Their energy and intellect are so focussed on finding faults that they cannot focus on achieving their goals.

How tedious and futile their constant complaints are. They have effectively undermined their power and efficiency. They retain control only by constant complaining. Let us stop focussing on all that is wrong and focus instead on all that is right. Lets us stop cribbing about what we don’t have and look instead at what there is for us. Let us take time to appreciate people for what they are and what they can do instead of  focussing on their defects. When we complain and criticise constantly, we are inviting negativity into our lives. Each time we utter something negative about life, we actually begin to believe it more and more and make it come true. Over imagined ills become our reality. But, the reverse is also true. When we believe things are good, they become better. When we visualise success and talk about all that is positive, success actually begins to take shape for us.

When we thank God or another, your heart expands. This strengthens the immune system. Positive systems like life and gratitude enhances the immune system. Our mental attitude has a direct bearing on the immune system. Positive feeling of joy and gratitude releases endorphins into the bloodstream, the body’s natural painkiller. They are said to stimulate dilation of blood vessels and relax the cardiac muscles. Gratitude release happy hormones and inhibit unhappy hormones in our system. Become less of a complainer and more of a thanks giver. Then your problems will get managed. So, why not invite good things into your life.