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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/03/08)
TITLE: DO TODAY WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TODAY
By LEKHA JOTHI
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For the past odd years there is so much talk of living in the ‘now’. We grow up learning to do the day’s homework and train ourselves to fulfil obligations at the workplace. We master the art of attending to what needs to be done, when it needs to be done. However in the more important area of emotional ‘cleaning’ and ‘clearing’, we add to the backlog. While memory serves an important part of living and is an aid to everyday living, it is not so useful when; outside our awareness ‘bad’ or painful memories build up a backlog. Tensions collect in that part of the body that is the ‘weakest link’. If one doesn’t watch out, very soon you will be visiting the doc for various ills and pains when it should have been eradicated without build up in the first place.
How does one do this? Most of us have trained ourselves through our families to pray or send a prayer upward before we fall asleep. It may be a good practice to begin a daily nightly ritual of ‘cleaning’ and ‘clearing’ emotional hurts everyday. Taking a few minutes to run through the day and stop at those moments when one was hurt or angry at something and someone, and to look at the incident with the aim of cleaning out all hurt. A simple prayer of surrendering the incident or person to God and letting go of what one cannot change does a whole world of good as far as the physical body goes. If there is something one can do about it, then to make an action plan for the morrow and consciously work towards letting go of all tensions stored or locked in the body, not only improves health but gives one the luxury of a night’s sound sleep.
The idea is a simple one. The execution of it is a skill that can be mastered. The rewards are sound physical health and space for light and life. In the language of the Orient, what we are doing is blocking the energy flow every time we store hurts. These hurts can be anger or pain, sadness or fear. Strangely the body doesn’t store joy! We have to work towards creating joy everyday in our lives. Like Heidegger said, we have ‘ to will the moment in joy’ And a strange thing happens when we ‘will’ joy or make a decision to be joyful, the channels are open for light and love and in its best experience we call it the presence of God. But, before this we have to clear the channels of the hurts of the day. A simple act of surrendering the day with all its foibles, a conscious mindfulness to forgive the other for their acts of omission or commission, a decision that to be joyful is our birthright and a knowing that our Creator intended for us to be happy, no matter what, paves the way for the meaningful ritual of cleansing of the emotions so that the Lord may be born in us.
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