A Moments Beauty

The beauty of life is in the newness of each moment. This beauty isn’t observed because of the view developed by the merry-go-round mind, but this doesn’t mean the beauty isn’t there.

Our greatest disillusionment is in making the things that we do who we are. We didn’t begin our existence with anything and we won’t take anything with us when it ends. So how is it the things that we do become who we are? Most of what goes on between our ears is all part of this disillusionment, it’s no ones fault, it’s the results of the way our mind has been conditioned. You cannot be anyone but the person who has been conditioned, but if the conditioning is not a benefit to life, it can be changed, if you want to change it. It isn’t something that’s permanent. It isn’t who a person truly is, it’s just part of the disillusionment.

We only become who we are because we make it so. This disillusionment has so many influences, they go back to the very beginning of existence. That is how powerful our conditioning is, it’s passed on from generation to generation. Look how we hold on to our nationality, but what does it really mean as to what is going on today. What does it matter what race you are, (we are all part of the human one anyway) unless you make it so. I’m not saying anything that you do or your race is not a part of your make up, but what does it have to do with what is occurring right this second? Would things be different right now if any of it was different?

Our disillusionment comes in many forms and they’re all used to reinforce the disillusionment of I. It’s kind of like one big circle. The way the mind has been conditioned makes us perceive life las if we’re on a merry-go-round, and you can’t get off it until you realize you are on it. Think about it, look and see how time is used, and how fast it goes by. The days of the week are used like this, along with the work week. There are so many things used that keep us on the merry-go-round, look and see what it is that keeps you on the merry-go-round of the Conditioned Mind.

Our life becomes one task after another, and we basically do the same things over and over. Our disillusionment is that this is the way it has to be, but this isn’t so, it doesn’t have to be this way. Every moment of everyday is different unto itself. You may make it the same because of the Conditioned Mind, but it’s impossible for any moment to be duplicated. Once it’s in the past it can never be repeated.

The newness of each moment can only be understood by a mind that is quiet enough to become aware of it. The burdened disillusionment is a result of our conditioned thinking. To get off this merry-go-round you must be free of this type of thinking. And to be free of this conditioned thinking, the newness of each moment must be understood. Nothing done yesterday or even one second ago has anything to do with right now unless it’s made so. Enjoy the newness of life by living each moment unto itself, or carry around the burden of each moment and stay on the merry-go-round. You can get off anytime you want to, but that will be up to you.

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. www.mondayinyourmind.com
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