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Weekly Words of Wisdom – Thought Discipline.

Discipline

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Thought Discipline.

The home of my thoughts, my mind, is what fashions my life. If I give my mind control, it will shape my life. This means I must be the one who controls my mind. I accomplish this by disciplining my thoughts. This process effectively gives me control in my mind and thereafter in my life. It would be fair to ask, how do I discipline my thoughts? For me, awareness of what was happening in my mind came first. I was able to accept that my emotions came about because of the thoughts I was having. These were concerning certain incidents occurring in my life. I relax my mind by taking say, ten deep breaths.

I Continue The Process:

After this, I establish awareness of the thoughts and their relationship to the specific incident. I create awareness by confirming the emotion I was experiencing was due to my (thought) reaction to the particular incident. Let’s take a practical example: A cashier at a till point is rude to me. I think, this person should not be talking to me in this manner, I will report them. As a result of this thought, I become angry. Using the process above I think; this person is tired, probably overworked, and more than likely, poorly paid. I’m pleased I do not have to do their job. The emotion I feel is compassion. I am now in control of my mind – and my life. I was not able to practice this discipline until I had embraced the following sequence to still my mind.

  • Firstly, I use the breathing technique above.
  • Now I create awareness of mind control via thought. (Telling myself that whatever I allow my mind to think will result in an emotion.)
  • Next, I practice the discipline of changing thoughts when confronted by an upsetting incident. (I do this before I react to the upsetting incident).
  • Finally, I walk away from the incident and do not entertain any thoughts regarding the event.

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Peter’s Quote for the Day – Wrong Way

Going Wrong

There’s No Wrong Way.

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Do you have days when successions of things seem to go ‘wrong’? I set about publishing my daily quote this morning and found my wi-fi was not connecting. After much ado, I managed to get it up and running.  As I got into my site I ran into difficulties on the back end of the site. I repaired that and during my shoot, WhatsApp’s refused to let me post, because it had an altercation with and disconnected itself from my mobile! I pacified those two and finally published my post on the respective social sites. In times gone by I would have screamed some obscenities, slapped the wi-fi modem, my laptop, and karate-chopped my mobile. Skulking off to the kitchen, I would then pour a coffee to settle my rage. In line with my new discipline of assessing my thoughts before throwing a tantrum, I came up with this conclusion. First of all, the new dictionary I use does not have the phrase, “Things going wrong.” It has been replaced by, “Wow, what an opportunity!” I calmly set about the necessary maintenance with the word, “opportunity” flashing from the desktop in my mind. Hey-ho, what ya-know, Everything sorted, the shoot was complete. My coffee tasted so much better. 

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Meditation Magic

Flying Birds Eye View

I love meditating and indulge myself daily in this liberating experience. This discipline has made a remarkable improvement in the area of my spiritual, mental, and physical strength.

I journey through my body, from the top of my head and on to the soles of my feet, using a homespun mantra of thanksgiving for the perfect health of every component in this precious body of mine.

From here, taking sound advice from my unofficial distance mentor, Eckart Tolle (‘The Power of Now.’) Who says that we should never chase the thoughts coming into our minds, but rather observe them, without becoming involved, I enter my meditative state.

“Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.” – Alan Watts

My aim, with no pre-planned strategy in mind, is to silently drift, as clouds do ahead of the winds, in a yoga pose seated on the floor. I have no idea if the pose is essential to a deeper meditation or not, but at the very least, it does wonders for my posture.

More recently, in my meditation, I have taken to ‘flying’ in my body, sometimes only thirty or forty meters above the ground. Because I am invisible to the naked eye, I can observe, unnoticed by humans, animals, and birdlife, as they go about their daily activities. At other times I soar above the clouds and see the curvature of the earth below. I am grateful that I have sufficient ‘pictures’ in my mind to achieve all this. It’s so peaceful, relaxing, and above all – calming. I am slowly learning the art of ‘being.’

For me there are no rules, except to gain maximum from Eckart’s teaching, I steer myself into the now moment and discipline myself to remaining there.

Aaah, sweet bliss, I love this time, first thing in my day.

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Why Write? – Part Eight

Please Note This Course is Completely Free of Charge

If you have just joined us, then you need to read previous editions in the series, you will find these here:

With each publication in this series, I was giving you assignments to do and asked you to return these to me for editing. This way you sent in your effort, which I called a ‘submission’ and I send back a ‘correction’ to you. In doing this, you ended up with a comparison.

If you have just joined us, you are free to submit the earlier assignments to us for correction, to help get you started.

Otherwise I have discontinued this routine for practical reasons.

As discussed in part Seven, discipline is a vital characteristic for a writer. As discipline is a learned state, we can all, with no exception, develop the habit. If you are a competitive sports person, fitness of body and mind as well as honing the skills required for your particular brand of sport are all essential factors.

Competitive sports people set markers along the pathway to achieving their goals; by virtue of the fact that this system is used world-over, it is probably achieving its purpose.

Writing is no different.

As writers, each of us can use the system above to reach our dreams and I am sure many authors will attest its success.

Best selling author Paulo Coelho wrote that, early in his career, he set down to write at 8 am. Took time off for lunch then worked on to five pm. From what I recall, his wife was influential in helping him to apply this discipline. In more recent times he attests to first thing, spending time finding reasons to avoid starting his writing. Once he starts he will write onwards through the day into the night.

Setting a goal and then staging markers to the point of completion, did not work for me. This maybe something to do with the fact that I am a pantser and or the fact that I was officially diagnosed ADD.

What has produced results for me, so far, is at prescribed times I sit down and write for as many hours as I have available. This is my discipline. I think that I am extremely fortunate, inasmuch as I love writing so much, it is not difficult for me to start writing and continue for hours on end, punching out about 800 to 1500 words an hour. Thank God, so far, I have never had ‘writer’s block.’

Bottom line though, is disciplining myself to write at prescribed times. Disciplining myself to set about my home-based business, in order that my bank balance stays out the red. Assisting my wife wherever and whenever she allows me to do so. Fortunately, my wife’s passion is to see me achieve – for this I shall be eternally grateful.

I have discovered this discipline has allowed me to accomplish without goals and markers. Discipline has kept me in that place where my passion is allowed to drive my creativity and send me across the finish-line of accomplishment.

In short, get down and do it – consistently.

That behind us, let us touch on two important writing points:

  1. Over Used Words.

These words I tend to overuse: ‘that, and, so, was, then, also, great…..’the list is endless. Visit this link: https://www.grammarly.com/blog/common-adjectives/

In my opinion overused words water down our creativity. Diluted creativity bores our readers and is a sure sign of immaturity. You would be quite surprised if you went over your recent writing efforts and see how many of these words you use sub conscientiously.

Try this exercise: Without giving it any thought write a quick seventy-five words; you should be well equipped to do this by now. Take the completed article and see how many over-used words you can find.

Rewrite the article removing these words and replacing them with more imaginative one’s. In many cases this will require a change of layout in your sentences. You may even have to completely rewrite certain sentences.

Once you have completed this, you will be surprised at what a far more interesting article you have written.

  1. Use of dull unimaginative words, especially adjectives and verbs.

Take your rewritten piece above and now set about changing as many words with others. Try this link:  https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/. You will find interesting synonyms here.

On finishing this exercise, compare your present article with the first and you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Jeff Goins – Webinar.

Hello All

 I received the below mail from best selling author, Jeff Goins yesterday.

For those of us doing the ‘Why Write?’ course, (this does not exclude others, you will always learn something – and it’s free!) I thought you might be interested:

 From: Jeff Goins <jeff@goinswriter.com>
Sent: Friday, 27 March 2020 16:15
To: peter@telechat.co.za
Subject: You need a daily writing practice. Now more than ever.

 Hello friend,

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been asking myself, “What am I going to do with this crisis?”

And I have to be honest with you: my answers vary from day to day.

When I take a moment to reflect on the opportunities and challenges ahead, I find myself falling somewhere in between despair and excitement.

It’s all a bit disorienting, isn’t it?

In this season, there has been one practice that has helped me stay grounded when everything else seems to be in state of constant change:

Writing.

When I don’t know what I think about something, I write. When I don’t understand what I’m feeling, I write. When I need to get clear on my next step, I write.

Times like this force us to see what’s really important. And writing is the best way I know to facilitate that clarity.

But most people struggle to find the time to write or don’t know what to say. Developing a daily writing discipline has been the greatest gift I could give myself. And I’d love to share that gift with you.

Next Wednesday, April 1st, I am teaching a free webinar on how to create a daily writing practice with the ultimate goal of writing a book.

For nine years, I dreamed about writing a book and never accomplished that goal. And then when I discovered that simple discipline, I wrote two books in one year, quit my job, became a full-time writer, and have been doing it ever since.

What I learned from this experience is that you don’t write a whole book. You write a sentence. You write a paragraph. Maybe a page. And those pages turn into chapters. Eventually, if you’re lucky, you get a whole book.

It happens in small bites is what I’m saying—step by step, chunk by chunk—all built on the foundation of a daily writing practice.

After five bestsellers, millions of dollars in book sales, and over four million readers reached each year, I’ve created a process for writing. Every. Single. Day.

And I want to share with you exactly how you can develop that same daily writing habit.

To register for this free webinar, click this link (you will be automatically registered when you click).

Here are some more details about the webinar:

Date: April 1, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. Central Time (7 PM South African Time – my addition)
Duration: 90 minutes

I hope you’ll join me for this free presentation. I can promise you that when you and I look back on this time, we will either be grateful for the habits we formed or sad about the opportunities we missed. And I can promise you that creating a daily writing habit won’t be one you will regret.

Just imagine, ninety days from now, looking back on this moment when you decided to start writing every day. It may mean the difference between having a book in your hands that you wrote or continuing to say, “I’ll write a book someday…”

Click here to register for the free webinar now (you will be automatically registered when you click).

Talk soon,

Jeff

 P.S. Spaces are limited for the webinar, so it’s first come, first served. Make sure you register to save your seat and show up on time!

If you feel this will in some way help you – and there’s a excellent possibility it will, then register. If not, pass the link to others – who knows, you might just help to launch a best selling author.