A Study in Consciousness: The Gnat

What a refreshing way to handle family tragedy!

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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 the Spiral

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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3 comments

  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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