From the Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, by Vernon Howard, here are
two simple yet profoundly great ways to change your day for the better — and the only requirement… putting your attention on them and noticing everything:
Twenty Special Secrets
Here are two:
1. When two people meet, the prize always goes to the one with the most self-insight. He will be calmer, more confident, more at ease with the other.
2. Never permit the behavior of other people tell you how to feel.
Inner Life Exercise
Come Awake in the grocery line
When going through the cashier line to pay for your groceries, Come Wide Awake. Instead of seeking out the shortest line so you can get on with the next thing to hurry through, you will deliberately get in the longest line.
Put your attention on what is going on inside of you as voices scream in protest. Hold steady to your aim. Become aware that there is a cashier and other customers in front of and in back of you. Notice there are others still shopping — take in all that is happening around you. This exercise can be very profitable for an inner-life student.
You might notice the cashier is irritated, or is blabbing away or whatever. Your aim is to stay awake as you place your items on the conveyor belt and to have your payment means ready and in hand so you’re not fumbling around while everyone is waiting for you.
You can find your own variations of this self-enriching exercise, but you will see clearly that up till now, you have been wasting a great opportunity to grow. You will understand more deeply Vernon Howard’s words, “Life is not a race for you to win, but a school for your higher education.”