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This post is part of my spiritual decluttering.

“Much of what we call the spiritual journey involves a shift of attention from the head to the heart. Although they are only a short distance from each other, they are worlds apart in terms of experiencing life… We live in our heads when we are lost in our thoughts. It is easy to do. To live in our head means that attention is largely centered on the forehead…. Thinking in itself is not the problem. We often need to think – the clearer the better. The problem arises when we believe our thoughts and identify with our thinking. We let our thoughts define and confine us, by extension, everyone and everything else. When we believe our judgmental thoughts we are in a prison.”

~ John J. Prendergast, PhD
from “In Touch, How to Tune In to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself”

My spiritual journey started to take hold and unfold when I realized that my thoughts were not the truth. They were simply thoughts that I had. I still have the yellow sticky note on my filing cabinet to remind me today.

Words to live by – “My thoughts are not the truth” and “Everything is neutral. Our thoughts create good or bad”

Early in life, we get attached to our thoughts and opinions, and think that they are who we are. We identify with them, teach them, preach them and defend them. Our thoughts are right. Others’ are therefore wrong. These are creations of our ego-mind and conditioning from the world around us as we grow up.

Becoming aware of our thoughts is the first step. The second, is to detach from them. Developing the state of the observer or witness of our inner being. We find ease in this state of neutrality and non attachment.

It becomes a place to rest in… and to live by.


23 comments on “Inspiration – Author John J. Prendergast

  1. Thought provoking good sense

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  2. good idea to use the post-it notes…

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  3. I remember believing my thoughts were “true”. Some moments they still convince me, even though my thoughts think they should “know better”. lol.

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  4. I love the notes… my bathroom is full of them. 😀
    My current favorite is poem by Hafiz… “I sometimes forget that I was created for joy…”
    such good soul food. 🙂

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  5. I suppose we are like a nice dessert recipe Val…many and varied ingredients but the end product is divine…literally 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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  6. What more do we need to understand!? Such important reflections. . . thought is like a never-ending river, a dish best enjoyed from the shore . . . Haha. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving week, Val!

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  7. This is so true Val. As we journey in a world that can be so crazy and confusing at times we really do need to learn how to detach from our thoughts. And you are a wonderful teacher to guide us.

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  8. One of my favourite quotes came to mind when I read this post, Val. Not quite the same meaning and yet it immediately came to me.

    “A finger points to the moon, but the moon is not at the tip of the finger. Words point to the truth, but the truth is not in words”

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  9. Resting in this moment is such a beautiful space to nurture each day. Beautiful wisdom Val 💚🌈🌿

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  10. Yup . . . don’t believe everything you think!

    Freed of the insidious control of unwanted, unbidden, unwelcome, and untruthful thoughts, joy bubbles up and bliss fills our being.

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  11. Dear Val,
    well our feelings are not the truth neither.
    We suppose, we have to think more and clearer. It helps to be more analytic what means we have to detach from our thoughts but being aware of them and look at them analytically. We must dare to think for ourselves and not mindlessly delegate our thinking to the media, religions and whoever else.
    Keep well
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


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