What does that mean, the word mere?
The dictionary describes the meaning as “the smallest or slightest.” It is undoubtedly one of the hardest things I had to learn and I am still learning. The amount of energy our system uses when confronted with such things as anger, jealousy, revenge and all those bad emotional feelings can be overcome little by little with the simplest mere turn of the mind. It is difficult in the very beginning training the mind to think different on purpose and to be aware of those moments when they present themselves. It is doable. It took me a while to know that I could adjust my thinking and my thoughts and break out of that old habit of wanting to respond to an unsettling confrontation with the same emotion that was presenting itself to me.
There were plenty of challenges to meet during the process of renewing my mind but soon it became a new habit and without much effort. I had to imagine myself rising, lifting above the problem and taking myself out of the equation until the dust settled. Then I could drift back down and walk away. This exercise has proven itself to be most beneficial in many instances and to walk away with a good feeling of knowing that I had not spoken any ill or hurtful words at my opponent was priceless.
Thank you teacher, from my past for helping me learn this method of making the two lives involved breathe easier.