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What Do You Think About When You Wake Up?

When you wake up in the morning what is the first thing that you think about? For most, it is perhaps analyzing the dream they just had, anticipation or trepidation about the day that they are about to live, whom they love or whom they hate, maybe that they must quickly get up and feed the kids, or maybe they lay there and fantasize about the person they want to be with or the life they wish to live. What virtually no one wakes up and contemplates is how to focus their mind and live a more focused, spiritual, and consciously refined existence.

On the Spiritual Path, one of the key components is to rise from the sleeping state and formally enter into interacting with the cosmic mind. It is for this reason that it is taught that you must train your body and your mind to rise at a specific time each day, formally prepare, and then sit for meditation. With this, the faulty and flawed definitions of the ego and the human mind are replaced with an understanding of cosmic awareness. But, who does this? Virtually nobody.

Think about your life. Think about the things you are doing with your life. Why are you doing them? There is no right or wrong answer for this, just think about it… Why are you doing what you are doing?

For most, their life is filled with a never-ending list of uncontrolled emotions and unfulfilled desires. They feel what they feel, they want what they want. But, they do this with absolutely no mental control. This is the birthplace of karma for from this mindset a person wants to achieve what they want to achieve, they want to feel what they want to feel, and to actualize these goals they do not think about who or what they are hurting in the process. As they possess no sense of refined consciousness, as they do not contemplate the greater mind-space of cosmic awareness and enlightenment, all they are focused on is Self and what that Self wants. Even if they think about their Self giving something to someone else, that is still them, personally, giving something to someone else. Thus, that thought is not based in the Pure Mind. It is simply another thought dominated by ego.

There are many people who go to their church or their temple on their holy day. They may listen to the words their congregational leader speaks for an hour or so. But then, all that sense of spiritual refinement is gone. That’s it for the week. Back to the world of thinking about Self.

So again, what is the first thing that you think about when you wake up in the morning? Do you ever contemplate this? Do you ever contemplate why you think those thoughts?

No matter what religion you practice or what you do or do not believe in, there is one fact that is absolute, if you do not live your life from a place of refined consciousness all you will continue to encounter is happiness and sadness, exhilaration and anger, fulfillment and loss. All you will continue to feel is whatever your uncontrolled thinking mind causes you to feel. And, for most, they never even try to understand why they are feeling what they are feeling. Thus, enter all the complications of interpersonal relationships and the greater troubles of the world as a whole.

So, who do you want to be? Do you want to be the person who is out of control of yourself, dominated by undefined, uncontrolled emotions and by others? Or, do you want to be the best person you can be: whole, complete, with a sense of refined internal knowledge?

If you want to the ladder, it takes time. It takes control. It takes refinement.

When you wake up in the morning what do your think about? Instead of letting your unfettered mind decide where your thoughts will run, why don’t you take control, consciously turn off for a few moments, and meditate.