A Study in Consciousness: The Gnat

What a refreshing way to handle family tragedy!


Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the ground,’ and throughout the land of Egypt the dust will become gnats.” – Exodus 8:16 NIV

You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. – Matthew 23:34 NIV

strain at a gnat – to exaggerate or put too much focus on a minor issue and make it seem like a major one – The Free Dictionary

Wholly Integrating Spirals

While watching (well, more listening) and contemplating the very recent sad, senseless, and tragic murder of my cousin, I tuned into this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUscmv4YqMU

In the video it is suggested to see if we can observe where a thought begins and ends, and the space before and after the thought–where it begins and ends.

Thus, I have been observing the thoughts and messages coming INTO me:

  • Contemplating a recent tragic event (jumble of thoughts)
  • Sitting here, as I breathe and focus on my breath, I notice
  • I can forgive
  • So, it’s a Choice if I don’t (forgive)
  • I can cry
  • That too, is a Choice
  • Ugh, there’s a gnat
  • This gnat is bothersome
  • I can swat the gnat away
  • I can let it go on its way (it may not stay in my face for long anyway)
  • I can Choose to do nothing
  • I can accept the thoughts that come and…

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  1. This sounds like how a phoenix rises from the ashes to life! How our thoughts can lead to resurrection – I am so sorry for your loss – God wastes nothing – from the hardest things, He can bring a soul resurrection!

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