7 Steps to Clear Your Mind and Be Present

1. Readying Yourself to Be Present

There are two issues that could stop you from being fully present. Those issues are remembering the past or projecting into the future. Rehashing the past can cause you to replay conversations or concerns from then, this causes you to lose total attention from the present situation.

2. Cleaning the Mind Clutter
If you delay the inevitable, you also clutter your mind. Whether it’s doing the dishes, picking up your dry cleaning, or scheduling a doctor appointment, when you put these things off, they begin to take up space in your consciousness as tasks you need to complete. Try making a written list of your tasks prior to having that important conversation, meeting, or session so you can be 100% present for those around you.

3. Confronting Uncomfortable Situations

Another way to prevent yourself from being fully present is to avoid confronting difficult or uncomfortable situations. Often when difficult situations arise, we consider conversations we might have, resolutions we might take, rather than be impulsive and address it immediately. However, when we take too much time considering all the options, the time we stress about this situation takes up valuable space in our vessel, and prevents us from being fully present with those requesting our attention.

4. Tackling Unfinished Tasks

Brain clutter also occurs when you say that you are going to accomplish something, like cleaning the garage, completing the landscaping, or meeting your quota at work. If you never get the task done, it not only clutters your consciousness, it becomes an issues as to whether you can ultimately trust your word. These incomplete tasks or broken promises act like a magnet, attracting more lack of trust and self doubt.

5. Dealing with Unwanted “Stuff”

Unwanted “stuff” in your home and office take up space in your consciousness. Each piece of “unchosen stuff” fills your space with the energy labeled “it doesn’t matter.” If you are going to support others in their lives, you don’t need to be perfect, but you do need to live up to the standards and expectations that you have established for yourself.

6. Resolving Triggers

Another element in cleaning the vessel is eliminating your triggers. A trigger is a restimulation of suppressed feelings from a past incident that caused embarrassment, humiliation, diminishment, or pain. The trigger is similar enough to the initial experience to exhume the suppressed feelings. Releasing, clearing out, and healing your triggers is another step to cleaning the vessel.

7. Forgiving Unfulfilled Expectations

When you eliminate anything for which you haven’t forgiven yourself and to resolve all “incompletes” from the past that are having over your head, you are accomplishing another step in cleaning the vessel. Perhaps you haven’t lived up to your own expectations, you’ve been dishonest with yourself, or misaligned with your values, morals, or standards. If you have ever digressed from your standards or expectations, then self-forgiveness is required to heal the rift. Anything that appears to be clinging to your consciousness needs to be cleaned out, forgiven, and healed.

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You need not drown in the river of life when you encounter the strong storms of trials. Learn to be an expert boatman and you can row across this tumultuous river to the safe shores of God. "He that endureth to the end shall be saved" (Matthew 10:22). As you work and plan, rememeber that it is God who is working through you. Your mind should be charged with joy and detached from all unpleasant experiences. Be active, but not constantly active; relax completely when not active. Strengthen your will power to that you will not be controlled by circumstances, but will control the. Develop your will power by striving to do things that you thought you could not do. Work for others. Thus will you developo endurance and strength.

 A "Para-Gram" by Paramahansa Yoganada 

5 Steps to Being Spiritual

If you are truly serious about your spirituality, a regular routine can enrich your spiritual awareness and strengthen your faith. This practice doesn’t just replace religion, it becomes your religion and an integral part of your life.

1. Meditate. Learn a formal way of meditating, or be contemplative in nature, alone, at work, or at home.

2. Live ethically. Do no harm and make your life a positive contribution to humanity. Work ethically for ethical companies or organizations. Change work if necessary. At least, stay on track toward a highly moral life work.

3. Live responsively. Read the signs for who you are to be and what you are to do.

4. Have a dream practice. Dreams give you strong hints about what’s going on and how you can adjust. Without them you have no guidance but your own consciousness, which is too limited.

5. Be a mystic. Expand your sense of self through art and wonder. Achieve special states of awareness. Have a greater sense of self through losing yourself.

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Honored to Share Lucky Number 9: Journey of a Rubber Tapper’s with AWIU Orange County

On June 11th I was honored to be invited to share Lucky Number 9: Journey of a Rubber Tapper’s Daughter with American Women for International Understanding (AWIU), Orange County.

100% of the books sale proceeds went to AWIU.  I'm grateful for their support and for the opportunity to interact with members during a Q & A.  It was a memorable day with a wonderful group of women that  I will cherish days to come.

AWIU Orange County - Host Pat McDonald

Founded in 1967 to promote worldwide woman-to-woman interaction and understanding AWIU has partnered with the U.S. State Department to recognize women around the globe who have made a substantial difference in the lives of women in their home countries since 2008.

AWIU Orange County - Marlene Felix

AWIU Orange County - Pat Burns
Stelle Feuers and Joelda

Past AWIU President Diane McGlinchey, Rina, Sharon Kolby & Stelle Feuers


God cannot hide from the person who gives Him devotion and a real soul-call. Open your eyes to the joy of meditation and all darkness will vanish. The light of faith will user you into the immortal kingdom of our one Father, Worship God in everything and you will find the answers to problems. To make your prayer-demands effective, you must not let your attention go beyond the precincts of the temple of your devotion. Banish indifference, absentmindedness, cold formality, and lackluster feeling. Bring the living Lord of pure joy onto the altar of your heart and worship Him there with flowers of deathless devotion.

 A "Para-Gram" by Paramahansa Yoganada