The measure of your success is a matter of perception. Are you perceiving things as they are or as you wish them to be? To know, notice your thoughts upon awaking each day. Are they happy thoughts or sad? Listen to their message.
From Tau Chuan Ling
There is a golden hour of awareness we can most easily access in the few moments between sleep and awaking. Allow yourself to dwell there to notice the state of your thoughts and thinking. This is your filtered reality. Through meditation and exercises to condition your thinking you can shift these thought to be of your choosing.
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