Love is my natural state; In Love I remember who I truly am; I remember my holiness, my innocence, and my infinity. Love enlightens my mind and lifts my heart. I feel buoyant and expansive! I am now aware of my Self as Infinite Love, unbounded and free.
I felt pretty good about how focused I was while contemplating the Guiding Thought. I set a timer, so that I would know when I had completed at least 5 minutes, and I stayed pretty-well focused for that time (except when my mind wandered—just a bit!). I can focus on anything for 5 minutes! When that time was done, I found myself still thinking about the Guiding Thought for almost another 5 minutes, which seems to be an added benefit.
My mind did wander just a little (really just once), and I was able to pull it back into concentrated focus pretty easily.
Overall, the Guiding Thought made good sense to me. I thought the very first sentence really digs right in, doesn’t it? If Love is “my natural state”, then the definition I have of “me/my/mine” gets shifted right away into Love. In other words, I have to think about the definition of myself in terms of Love, rather than in terms of how I maybe otherwise define myself. I have to replace any definition I have of “me” that is not Love with something that is Love.
Luckily, the Guiding Thought does a good job of not leaving me hanging. I may not know what “me as Love” looks like, and the Guiding Thought fills in that blank: holiness, my innocence, and my infinity.
That’s a pretty nice self-image, I think.
I did not feel the Guiding Thought’s meaning very deeply, though I did feel it. I especially connected with the part about Love enlightens my mind and lifts my heart. I could literally almost feel my mind becoming brighter, and my heart rising a bit in my chest. I did feel a bit of a wave of energy! Just a bit, but a wave nonetheless!
I felt like I wanted to apply the Guiding Thought in every area of my life, though there were no specific instances that I felt were immediately applicable. My association was more general, it was like, “Wouldn’t it be amazing if I felt this Love stuff all the time, if my mind was enlightened, and my heart lifted all the time?”
Finally, I had a fun connection: just two days ago, when writing the Why a Journey of Freedom, I said, “August is gearing up to be a bit of an energy-swirling kind of month…I want to be in a mind-frame of non-judgment as I experience that. If the energy is such that many people will be caught up in a riptide of energy, or a whirlpool, or waves crashing around them, I want to experience it from my buoy floating in the water: I may feel surges, but I am safe on my buoy.” … and now, today, the word buoyant is right there in the Guiding Thought! There’s got to be a connection there, right?