Practiced Results

The results of anything done in life are in direct proportion to what’s practiced. Tomorrow’s success is a result of what’s done today. If there isn’t a practice that allows for peace, peace will not be had.

There are many times throughout the day when the mind is idle. For me, these are the times when being the observer of where the mind goes is the difference between being at peace or not. In these idle times if there isn’t an awareness of ones own mind, it will find something to do so it can remain in a state of busyness. There are many opportunities presented throughout the day to be still, but if the discipline isn’t there that allows for this, the opportunity won’t be taken advantage of. And hence one’s mind will remain busy and unconsciously in a subtle state of agitation. This is not some made up theory, this is a fact. And it being a fact isn’t dependent on one being being aware of it.

If there isn’t some designated time set aside to practice developing discipline one won’t be ready for whatever the task at hand is. Everything done in life has a practice associated with to produce certain results. Schooling, job training, musical band, being an actor, driving a car, all sports, etc, etc, etc. There is usually some basic methods to follow on what is the most productive preparation for a given task, but because we are all individually unique in our talents and what not, some methods are incorporated beyond the basics that enhance the results produced. This just maximizes ones given potential to do whatever it is one is preparing for.

One’s life is a result of preparation like everything else. What is practiced is “what one brings to the table” so to speak. When there is the opportunity for peace in one’s life, if there isn’t a practice that allows for peace, it wont happen, it can’t happen because one isn’t prepared for it. Have all the ahh moments you like, but it means little without the preparation for the insight to take hold. Most people live from the head because the necessary practice to live from the heart hasn’t been done. This has nothing to do with knowledge, it has everything to do with what’s practiced and regardless of the task at hand, ones preparedness for what occurs in each moment can only result in what’s practiced.

Michael Cupo
I grew up in Newark, New Jersey, one of six children. I have been married for 25 years. I own a home, and I have two children. I have been at the same job for 28 years. I am the happiest I have ever been and it is all because of the Love that has always been in my life. I attribute all that has happened to me to that Love. None of what has transpired in the last five years of my life has anything to do with any accomplishments on my part. There was always a lot of love in our home as I grew up, but for reasons unknown to me at the time I was always in trouble. I was at the top of my brother-in-law’s “Who My Sister Shouldn’t Marry” list. I drank alcoholically, gambled, abused drugs and painkillers. I bounced from relationship to relationship. Even after I stopped abusing alcohol and drugs in 1987, my so-called outer troubles stopped, but my self-centered behavior never changed. All I did was substitute one compulsion for another. Although my addiction became more respectable—taking the form of material possessions—I was still trapped, migrating restlessly from one obsession to another. I went to Twelve Step meetings, derived some benefit from them, and then fell away. My loved ones got me into de-tox and rehab programs. But once I was released, the cycle of insatiable craving started all over again. This cycle seemed to work for me . . . until it didn’t. And then my life changed — not instantly or magically, but profoundly. I share this change in It’s Monday Only in Your Mind: You Are Not Your Thoughts. I discovered that I wasn’t dependent upon a substance or activity, but ruled by my ego. My need to reach outside myself for fulfillment was created by a false perception of deficiency. If this sense of lack didn’t exist in me, there wouldn’t have been a need to reach and grasp. My credentials for writing this book are simply that I live this change each day. My view of life is so different from the way it used to be. Through the practice outlined in my book, I have learned to quiet my mind enough to allow my heart to open. The quieter my mind becomes, the more Love becomes the default setting of my life. This is truly a modern-day miracle, a miracle that can happen to anyone who has the urge to change.
Michael Cupo

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