“I am preoccupied with the meaninglessness in the thoughts of others.”
Today’s idea introduces the concept that your thoughts determine the world you see, you are not seeing the thoughts of others, you are only seeing what you choose to see, your thoughts of others. As you realize the world does not determine your thinking you will generate the freedom to release each thought that does not serve you. Enjoy practicing this, releasing the self control that holds us in responsibility for our preoccupation with what we think others are thinking.
The practice periods for today’s idea are to be undertaken somewhat differently from the previous ones. Begin with eyes closed, and repeat the idea slowly to yourself.
“I am preoccupied with the meaninglessness I see in the thoughts of others. The meaning I see in the thoughts of others is not as I see it now.”
Then open your eyes and look about, near or far, up or down, — anywhere. During the minute or so to be spent in using the idea, merely repeat it to yourself, being sure to do so without haste and with no sense of urgency or effort.
To do these exercises for maximum benefit, the eyes should move from one thing to another fairly rapidly, since they should not linger on anything in particular. The words, however, should be used in an unhurried, even leisurely fashion. The introduction to this idea should be practiced as casually as possible. It contains the foundation for the peace, relaxation and freedom from worry that we are trying to achieve. On concluding the exercises, close your eyes and repeat the idea once more, slowly to yourself.
3 practice periods. If there is little or no uneasiness and an inclination to do more, as many as 5. More is not recommended.