Thought for the Day: When You Face Obstacles
“When life throws up an obstacle–say a problem that is getting unpleasant–don’t swell it with your attention. Put your attention fully on your work, work hard without thinking about yourself and repeat your mantram in your mind whenever you can to keep hold of the center of stillness you tapped in the morning’s meditation. This simple strategy can keep your mind from speeding up under the pressure of any problem.
At the end of the day, you will find that your problems have been reduced to a manageable size. Remember, problems have a way of swelling when we feed them with our attention; when they are starved for attention, they shrink or even go away,” says Eknath Easwaran in Take Your Time (p. 182).