Little Known Ways to Build Faith

1621836966_f4e258d6cc_m One wonders how to build faith, even-more so, how to maintain it. Our lives appear so complicated. Consequently, we often run from one fire to the next. Whether it is professional, personal or social, constant situations drive us batty at times. Unfortunately, we become easily unglued and scream, asking where is our relief.

A vital characteristic one could possess to me is faith. However, easier said than done. How does one build and maintain this invisible spiritual phenomenon? First, let us remind ourselves of its meaning; ‘faith’ is the ability to possess devotion in self or other entities (i.e., God, husbands, wives, traits, abilities). For instance, one may possess faith in the ability to complete an assignment. We however are discussing faith in God.

Acquiring and mastering faith is a difficult proposition. To accept God to guides one’s life is difficult, if we choose to be honest. Many issues often rattle us, if our boss wants to talk us, we nearly pass out, the school calls us about our children, fear overtakes us like a tsunami.  Subsequently, fear intimidates,  leaving us as empty peanut shells at a baseball game. Our faith at times is as a child, that’s if we choose to be honest.

3 Essentials to Faith Construction

1. Get out the Race

Give your worldly pursuits a rest. The more you desire, the less faithful you becomes and more fearful. When you run after things, you dismiss your trust in God. The faithful allows God to flow through them while maintaining balance.  They never chase.

2. Redefine Courage

You do not have to confront everyone about every issue. Being able to walk away is not cowardly or weak; on the contrary, it is the actualization of God. You do not always have to be right. Humility and forgiveness represents faith.

3. Voluntary Workouts (faith)

How many workout hairstyles, blackberries, or ‘The View’? We religiously follow superficial dimensions effortlessly. Fearful we may not be perceived as pretended, the front is on.  Give some things up. You may not know this, but, faith is giving, ‘when it is of inconvenience to us’.  Release fear and exercise faith by giving to you love it.  Thinking about others more than ourselves is faithful.

In other words, put our faith to the test. Let us demonstrate our devotion to God, instead of our pretentious orchestrated rehearsals. Let us prove what we  profess to love. If not, we continue with the game of ‘hide and seek’.  That’s if we choose to be honest.

The Invisible Dragon

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Who Else Want to Slow Down

businesswoman - bad phone call Do you find yourself exhausted after your day? Do you believe the ‘not pain, no gain’ adage? Consume with destinations and plagued with goals; does life exist without notice. In a constant state of motion, you are never-resting, looking backward and forward for what is next. Unbeknownst for some, sadly, chasing ambitions can increase fatigue and threaten spirit and body.

Mindfulness is the art of staying present and innovative. To master stillness is not only spiritual but also healthy. “Be still, and know that I am God,” (Ps. 46:10) illustrates the divine mechanism, which regulate awareness. In other words, when mindful, one exists in the moment, unaffected by egotistical thinking and desires.

Subsequently, the self-centered mind however is always in pursuit. It never rest, even while sleep, it rumbles one awake, making one believe they forgot to do something. Others catch themselves talking aloud, and until they realize someone’s watching do we snap out of it. The hurried life is not worth living. You may get the shiny new adult toy but at what price. Stop chasing life, persist in faith, and allow God to flow through you.

Nevertheless, do not realize too late, the chase was an illusion…while you battle for your health.

The Invisible Dragon

milesdavis1

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The Tao of Nothing

424114016_a10c8f1ccc_m The Tao has nothing to offer. Subsequently, it is not a magical formula one masters to receive its consent. As to make clear, the Tao is at the bottom of all imaginations. It is unclear of its origins, but it is the nameless in the world of 10,000 things.

Before the universe, it exists. It requires no personal submission, customs or ceremonial practices. Like water, it flows high above the cloud and beneath the valley. It remains nameless, so not to mislead those who seek assistance.

The Tao instruct and yet not teach, it feeds, but does conquer hunger. The mystery comes and goes without much fanfare. In the consciousness, it is silent, professing nothing but providing all awareness.

The egotistical mind refutes it guidance and all-knowing wisdom. Preferring to rely on illusions, the self-centered mind lives in fear and unceasing thinking. Sadly, this consciousness runs back and forth from its habits.  Seek nothing and gain everything.  Give all away, so to create your Tao.

Tao remains all things and yet nothing.

The Invisible Dragon

milesdavis1

Does it hurt? Being Lost in Identities.

4289153378_0b4bb5b0f6_m Beside the synthetic identifications (i.e., mother, employee, husband, soccer mom, daughter) how do I decode your authenticity? For example, if an alien lacking our vocabulary sought a workable definition of you, what would you say? For instance, would you replay, ‘I am a mother and work over at the plant’ or a social community organizers. Hmm, not good enough, you play those roles like an actor in a movie. I am seeking your true self, beneath the facade. Minus the social or pious affiliations, who are you really?

I am a man/woman of____. What? What were you going to say? Please, I do not want to waste time on company tag lines. Don’t attempt to dazzle me with phraseology? Speak with some relevance, not with the b.s. used to keep baseless conversations afloat. So, on the contrary, I am requesting the person who screams when the lights flicker. Tell me about that circus ringmaster.

Tell me about the one who shakes violently, if those private thoughts are made public. Please, describe the underground you operate alone side the public front. Yea, talk to me about her. However, have your identifications caused disorientation? When I asked you to tell me who you are, you stated, “Give me a minute.” five minutes ago. (Thinking of an identity to sell me.)

Just tell me who you are. Without all worldly dressings (i.e., religious, racial, gender, cultural, spiritual, employment or sexual orientation) articulate your existence so a mindful conversation may occur.

“The Dragon blows his smoke and stings the mind’s eye.”

milesdavis1

cheers,

3 Fixes For Your Spiritual Discomfort.

19d2SadBlackWoman58564-1 I am spiritually imbalance when external factors appear as causes to my pain (i.e., wife, family, friends, and circumstances). Not existing as a religious cohort, I accept spiritual harmony as a self-responsible mandate.

In other words, spiritualness occurs from my values, attitudes, and beliefs. How things manifest are homegrown one could say. I remain an infidel in believing  mythical creatures or people are causes for my occasional spiritual disparities.

Lately, I found myself feeling somewhat, well, sorry for myself. I routinely envisioned external factors being a detriment to my goals and objectives. These sentiments were quickly challenged as being self-induced and I launched an inner spiritual investigation. Not surprisingly, my spiritual core principles, all were but extricated from my daily routine (i.e., writing on the dragon, morning readings, inner critical reflection).

Unsuspectingly, I slowly became worldly intoxicated as a result by my self-imposed exile.   Consequently, for spiritual equilibrium: I am back on the Dragon!  For our first assignment, here are three (3) essentials of maintaining spiritual sobriety when your inside rumbles with turbulence.

(1) Stay Present

A noisy consciousness enlarges when we are not in the moment. Past and future thinking overtake our existence and unfortunately, we become consume with “what ifs.” Mental ‘what ifs’, begin to detonate and cause massive spiritual damage and disruption. In the moment is the only relief to this form of suicidal thinking and living.

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(2) Stillness (Slow Down!)

Techno apparatus in hand, walking fast, multi-tasking chasing dreams as a puppy enthused by the anticipation of catching its own tail. Our worldly sprint will never deliver us a spiritual existence. It is inconceivable to believe happiness reverberates from what in all intends and purposes are illusions. For some stillness resembles a lazy form of existent. Where one constantly prays, work, and hustle to finish a race not contested. Spiritually and mentally racing leads to exhaustion and eventually sickness and possible early expiration dates.

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(3) Let Go

When you see an enemy, you see yourself. Inner anger remains the most accurate form of self-destruction known to humankind. Why does anger cause so much damage? Simple, you become what you hate. Anger is an emotion, which will occur if you are alive, however, sustained anger is autodestruction. The person who hurt you does not pain from the sight of your puffed out lips.  I have found it difficult to explain this phenomenon to people. When you have an enemy, you have yourself.

“The Dragon blows his smoke without inhaling.”

milesdavis1

Cheers,

***If you have spiritual structures for inner peace, please post them. You never know whom you will affect.***