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« Reply #15 on: Dec 16, 2014 01:54 am »

I believe most of us feel alone at times in our life... even if we have others around us.  Undecided  i suppose it is to remind us
that we still have not found the deepest communion  we are seeking. That communication and relationship with spirit.
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« Reply #16 on: Dec 17, 2014 12:12 am »

Funny thing is that sometimes you feel alone...Some other times you would give anything to be alone in peace, like myself now... Life comes rarely in balanced and ideal situations, apparently
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« Reply #17 on: Dec 17, 2014 04:22 am »

Funny thing is that sometimes you feel alone...Some other times you would give anything to be alone in peace, like myself now... Life comes rarely in balanced and ideal situations, apparently

Well its so nice to have u with us mccoy. You know I will always visit a friend wherever they go if I am able. Very few people from Yogananda's 'sites' visit here. U see i drive a truck most of the week so I am isolated from people quite a bit. Seeing people like u and others reminds me of practicing the presence. We are never really alone when we have God but we can be tremendously alone without spiritual companionship no matter how many people are around.
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« Reply #18 on: Jan 31, 2016 07:22 pm »

I just wish I would be able to keep my thoughts focused on God all day long with whatever happens.

Me, too.  Smiley

I have a dear friend who is far older and wiser than I.  He taught me about Practicing the Presence in such a sweet way.  He said it's easy - just start by thanking God for EVERY little pleasure, no matter how small the moment you experience it.  One example he gave was having a bowel movement.  lol!  He said it is a bit of a release - a small pleasure to be able to have a bowel movement, right?  So when you do, thank God - in the moment!  To this day, I cannot use the bathroom without thinking about God.  Maybe you will think of Him each time you use the toilet now, too!  Ha ha.  I go through dry spells that can last months or even years, but once I start noticing the little things again, they are everywhere.  Soon you find yourself thinking, "Oh, wow! Look at those beautiful trees!  Thank you for the trees, Lord!  Thank you for the sky!"  Then you see Him in people on the street.  I used to mentally tap stranger's heads in cars as they sped past.  "That person!  Thank you God for that person!  Bless you, strange person!"  Thank You for the colors, thank You for the words.  Thank You for the happy sound rice makes when it hits the bottom of the pot, and the way it smells while steaming. Thank You for the steam!  How precious is that?  Water turned to gas.  Amazing!  It can become addictive.  Then once you start to feel that amazing gratitude, it really is an ongoing, active love story.  The same way you think of a human being you might be enamored with - how everything around you reminds you of them in some way - God is like that, only better.  You can fall in love with God.  <3

This paragraph that you wrote has a lot of practical advice on practicing the presence. Thank-You Shannon Leigh. i will be rereading it from time to time and try to practice it! "Thank-You for the words."
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« Reply #19 on: Jan 31, 2016 09:40 pm »

You're welcome.  Thank you for the thank you!  Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: Jan 31, 2016 11:03 pm »

You're welcome.  Thank you for the thank you!  Smiley

Part of practicing the presence is being generous. i do not know what u r doing over here all the time on spiritualportal.net when u have your own forum but maybe no one knows why i've been participating so much at yoganandaji.org Perhaps its best not to ask. Isn't giving just wonderful? It is rather contagious!! We can actually move from the practice into the presence. It is just a step away.
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« Reply #21 on: Jan 31, 2016 11:47 pm »

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....Soon you find yourself thinking, "Oh, wow! Look at those beautiful trees!  Thank you for the trees, Lord!  Thank you for the sky!"  Then you see Him in people on the street.  I used to mentally tap stranger's heads in cars as they sped past.  "That person!  Thank you God for that person!  Bless you, strange person!"  Thank You for the colors, thank You for the words.  Thank You for the happy sound rice makes when it hits the bottom of the pot, and the way it smells while steaming. Thank You for the steam!  How precious is that?  Water turned to gas.  Amazing!  It can become addictive.  Then once you start to feel that amazing gratitude, it really is an ongoing, active love story.  The same way you think of a human being you might be enamored with - how everything around you reminds you of them in some way - God is like that, only better.  You can fall in love with God.  <3

Another consideration: there are people who are blind so they cannot see persons, colors, steam and so on.
Others are deaf so they cannot hear rice or other things. And so on and so forth.
Our worries are often pretty egoistical, since they are zero in comparison to the worries suffered by other people.

I'm not above that, I often worry about very futile things. The mind is like that. The mind absorbs the prevailing vibrations in this dimension which are delusional or satanic. Practicing the presence of God is not easy because we live in a dimension where Satan is king and God is concealing.
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