What would it be like to see the world afresh, in a whole new light, not as the world sees but as God sees it? It is easy to get depressed, discouraged, anxious, and even delusional, and yet these disturbing thoughts are created by our mutual minds which, thinking egotistical thoughts, act in destructive and dysfunctional ways based on warped beliefs. Suppose we gave all that up?
The first reaction to giving up our egotisical thinking is one of great fear as we experience it as a tremendous threat to our sense of self and the world, but these thoughts, beliefs, values and practices bring much pain, and little or no joy, so why cling to them? Changing one's mind is one of the most radical and revolutionary things a person can do.
If we were to change our minds from our egotistical preoccupations what would we change our minds to? What would bring us joy? Probably to change our minds to things of love, compassion, understanding, peace, support, and creativity. "Easier said than done," say many people. "Fanciful thinking. Let's get realistic," say others. "What planet are you living on," say the scoffers.
Jesus is quite clear when he says that the way to the Kingdom is to "love as I have loved." In the spiritual life we pursue this program, but this often requires us to give up the ego's program for us. We have to set our ego's aside and pursue another agenda. Millions of people do it everyday and interestingly it is rarely reported in the newspaper, the six o'clock news, the cable TV and radio talk shows. As the bumper sticker says, change is inevitable, progess is optional. I choose joy and love and reject hate and fear.