“It’s extremely easy to focus on the negative. Which is why as we progress on the path, it is essential to recognize and move beyond the ‘but, but, but’ arguments that the ego tries to thwart us with. We try hard to find things to be grateful for; we make an effort to rediscover our desires, and we try to look at others without judgment. ‘But,’ the egos says…’But I lost my job, I can’t afford a cup of tea’; ‘but I don’t have time to meditate, I’m too exhausted by the time I get the kids into bed’; ‘but I’m too overwhelmed, I don’t have time to play in the garden, I have real concerns’; ‘but she said I was bossy.’
But is one of the ego’s favorite words, keeping us locked in a vicious cycle of excuses not to feel good. Realize this! Recognize when we are making excuses! We must not let the ego’s devious diversions lure us away from the path. We need to stay the course and focus on the positive. And what better way to focus on feeling good than to recognize what we already have in our lives that is making us happy and allowing us to feel good right now.”
Annemarie Greenwood and Marissa Campbell, in “LIFE: Living in Fulfillment Every Day”
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