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Podcast – Seeking peace of mind

It won’t happen if I’m not paying attention.

Seeking peace of mind

Related: http://the-way-of-peace.com

Music:  George Michael, “Father Figure”

Script:

It’s The William Tell Show.  I call myself William Tell; you can call me Bill.  Thank you for including me in your world.  Today we can look forward eagerly to Donald Trump’s being reinstated in August.

We are heading for some changes in this podcast.  First, I’m thinking of changing the frequency, either to once a month or once every four weeks.  Second, historically I’ve put a lot of work into the descriptions for these podcasts, linking to my music and to related material online.  I’ve just discovered that those links do not APPEAR as links on most platforms.  So, I’m a-take a different approach to that.  I will also be experimenting with length, since I want each segment to be just about three minutes, and that hasn’t been happening.

I’m working on two forthcoming blog posts.  The first, entitled “Shock,” is slated for June 12.  The second, entitled “Shock 2,” is slated for June 19.  A few weeks ago, a sponsored post, a right-wing political post, appeared in my FaceBook news feed.  No political posts have appeared in my news feed for months.  This one offended me, and I flew right off the handle.  That’s what the blog post, “Shock,” will be about.

About a week later, a left-wing political post, or religious post, since some Lefties baptize their politics — This left-wing post appeared in my news feed, and I flew off the handle again.  That’s what the blog post, “Shock 2,” will be about.

For the sake of The William Tell Show, it’s not a good thing that I flew off the handle at all.  The William Tell Show is supposed to be “A Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood for adults” — a place where all people and all points of view are welcome.  That won’t be the case if I blow up at anything any caller says, whether left-wing or right.

I would not have blown up at all if I were adequately centered, or in a state of peace of mind.  In order to do The William Tell Show, it’s necessary that I establish peace of mind as a chronic state.

More about this after the break.

[Commercial break]

I literally wrote the book about peace of mind.  It’s called The Way of Peace, and you can find it online at the dash way dash of dash peace, dot com.  It’s pretty good.  In fact, I probably need to read it.  Again, that’s the dash way dash of dash peace, dot com.

Someone else wrote a book with the same title, back near the start of the 20th century.  This was James Allen.  I’ve looked at that book some, and he says almost all the exact same things I say.  But his language is rather archaic.

As I recall, my book says that establishing peace of mind comes in three stages.  The first is presence, or mindfulness.  One needs to keep one’s attention, as far as possible, here and now — letting go of the past, the future, and everything elsewhere.

Second, one needs to practice the Serenity Prayer, accepting the things — all things — one cannot change, and paying attention instead to the things one can change, or do.  Oneself.

Third, one needs to choose to be happy.  It’s a choice.

Actually, this might be the project I’ve been looking for.  I need to do it.  It takes work; it takes intentionality; and it won’t happen if I’m not paying attention.

For today’s music: there are songs that go straight to the top of the charts, and stay there, because they profoundly encourage peace of mind.  I chose one for today, “Father Figure,” by George Michael.

 

“Upward”

This may seem unrealistic, even delusional; and much of the time, it has felt that way to me. But I’ve been here before, and know it’s not unrealistic at all. One drawback: it will pull me even farther away from the societal mainstream.  But if I feel a “call” toward anything at all, it’s this path that I feel called to.

Continue reading “Upward”

Who or what can we believe?

Know yourself.

A Friend on FaceBook has asked this question several times in recent weeks.  I am writing this specifically for that person.  Mainly, I will merely reiterate things I’ve said before on this blog; whereas that person doesn’t normally read this blog.

This could get quite long, and I’ve given myself a deadline, so I’m striving to put the most important information first.

If I try to take seriously all the conflicting claims made by different sides in different debates, I wind up being so confused I question my own sanity.  What to do?

Continue reading Who or what can we believe?

Victory in Jesus

This concept has puzzled me.  It’s prominent in a number of the hymns they make us sing in chapel at the shelter,[1] but no one explains it or preaches on it.  There is no Wikipedia page about it.

The chapel presenters seem to think that victory over sin and death pertains to what happens at the end of life, in that the real or born-again Christian goes to heaven instead of hell.  That’s not it.  It pertains instead to how one faces this life from day to day; as will be seen.

It appears that a doctrine of Christian victory as I shall explain it below was popular in some circles in the early 20th century, but has somehow been eclipsed by a now-more-prevalent view; as follows.  God has a plan (It says.), and the born-again or real Christian has access to that plan through prayer.  If prayer fails to bring clear direction, one should wait till such direction comes.  “Wait on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14), “and He will direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:6).  Under no circumstances should one “lean unto one’s own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

Thus the real or born-again Christian need never take risks in life and need never face disappointment.  Consistent with this view, some say disappointment comes only from sin; one has deviated from God’s plan.  And risk-taking or taking initiatives is, itself, sin.

Hogwash.

Christian victory accepts instead that one faces inevitable difficulties in life, but says that by God’s grace one can take them all in stride.   “Weeping may spend the night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).  “A righteous man falls seven times, but gets up again” (Proverbs 24:16).  In this way, it’s not that much different from what I call the Way of Peace, or from Stoicism.

Victory over sin and death, in this view, is like this:  every time one finds oneself in the midst of shattered dreams, it is a kind of death; every time one accepts the love of God and so gets back on one’s feet, it is a resurrection.

That’s victory in Jesus.

[1]Notably:
– “Victory in Jesus”
– “In the Name of Jesus”
– “Victory is Mine”
– “When We All Get to Heaven”

 

Resolution

One can want the best for another person, but
only that person can define what “the best” means.

Thursday 2017-04-20

On the walk from the shelter to church Wednesday morning, I was in great turmoil.  I may or may not manage to recall all the questions now.  Pastor is focused on the need to change systems (people’s circumstances) in order to alleviate poverty, and seems unwilling or unable to consider how people act; my orientation is the exact opposite, wanting people to change their ways in order to alleviate poverty.  Pastor says he doesn’t like it when I talk about squalor; but doesn’t squalor need to be talked about, given that it’s why “haves” won’t invest where the “have-nots” live?

I am torn between the way I want to live, and the way I have to live in the situation I’m in.

Continue reading Resolution

Naughty girls ISO the Kingdom

I have been spending lots of time at church during the week. I took to looking askance at two particular neighborhood teens who participate in a number of our programs — garden club, after-school, youth group — because they seem to manage always to be in the wrong place (an unauthorized place) at the wrong time, and Shontay in particular wears this mischievous grin, as if she’s looking for trouble.

One Sunday in mid-November, my attitude toward them changed completely.

Continue reading Naughty girls ISO the Kingdom

Coming changes

10:56.  I have a noon appointment with my therapist.  I’d originally thought to stop downtown for coffee afterwards and then go to the mission.  However, last night I got turned away, so I now think to go straight from my doctor’s office to the mission:  I don’t know how long that walk takes.  If I arrive at the mission at 13:45 and have to stand there idle for 45 minutes — after last night, that’s a price I’m willing to pay.

This morning I’d meant to go up to the doctor’s office early, arriving at 11:00, and then try to find someone in Case Management to help me get into transitional housing.  I came to the library first, but it got to be 10:40, meaning I’d have less than an hour to work with the case manager; so I cancelled that plan for today.  Later this week I’ll have opportunities.

The move into transitional housing, and the transition into that move itself, are likely to bring many changes.

Continue reading Coming changes