Wisdom from the Heart ~ Page 3
Beautiful because having suffered themselves, they have learned humility and courage, and can now feel for others in like predicaments. Life’s inevitable disappointments, broken hearts and lost dreams will, if you allow them, make you bitter, resentful and angry. Or you may learn from your experiences in such a way that you grow more forgiving, grateful, wise, compassionate and happy.
To become a positive force, just remember relationship building is a lot like gardening. As Lynwood L. Giacomini says, “Like a gardener, I believe that what goes down must come up.” And I say, what goes out must come back.
A great life is no accident, and it doesn’t happen overnight. A great, balanced and satisfying life is built day- by-day, over time, with persistent action. It’s built with some consistent trial-and-error and even more trial-and-success!
I love the classic line from Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Truly, these are the best (and the worst) of times. The good news is that you get to choose!
Self-discipline is the key to personal greatness. It is the magic quality that opens all doors for you, and makes everything else possible. With self-discipline, the average person can rise as far and as fast as his talents and intelligence can take him. But without self-discipline, a person with every blessing of background, education and opportunity will seldom rise above mediocrity.
How many ways might you make a positive difference in your personal, professional, or vocational life if the care outweighed the scare? What kind of difference might you experience at the inner level because of this? How might how you feel about you be different? How might your life be different?
“Buts” ask us to revisit our intention and commitment. If we say we want something “but…,” do we really want it, or want it enough? Why do we want it? Who do we want it for? If it’s not for us, if it’s not our sincere personal want, we’ll feel stuck at some point, because we’re thinking and feeling and attempting to plan in opposing directions.
The people I know who are perpetually unhappy and upset have in common a voice in the head that seldom seems to get quiet. Their mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual lives are subjects, that is, in servitude to the voice of the ego’s negative identity.
I was thinking the other day about the man I hope my son will one day be. I was imagining him with the qualities I hope he acquires. A sense of urgency swept over me, to be sure the lessons are taught while I’m still here to teach them. This is the result...
You can make yourself do it, but all you do is carve out a mediocre life by making yourself do stuff you don’t want to do. What you want to do is find the reason that you want to do it, or don’t do it.
We are innately connected to our own pool of infinite possibilities. We can decide what we want to download from this infinite realm of realities, thereby deciding our own “fate” and life course. A large part of realizing this amazing new connection consists of first clearing your false beliefs about hardship, unnecessary sacrifice and poverty.
Now I want you to start listening. Really listening. I guarantee you’ll start making smarter choices. Why? You’ll be operating from a spot inside that’s juicy, core-felt, authentic -- not from an impulse to conform or disown your strength. You won’t be seduced by what may look good, but betrays your gut. Intuition is a truth detector.
I have found in my work with clients that the fear of being duped or taken advantage of is often in the way of being loving to themselves and others. They are so afraid of being taken advantage of that they close their heart, keeping their walls up to protect themselves from the possibility of being duped.
There is great wisdom in the idea that “we become what we think about most of the time.” The human brain is a goal- seeking, problem-solving machine, and the things we think about, focus on, and worry about inevitably shape our destiny. We all know this, and yet most of us completely fail to see (or seize) the opportunity.
Meditation empowers you to face truth and reality without hiding. Practiced properly, meditation will leave you able to relinquish unhealthy attachment and grasping, yet not lose the engagement that makes you productive, creative and generative.
Some people humiliate, thinking they are being kind. But they couldn’t be more misguided. If you’ve been exposed to the debilitating effects of humiliation, it’s time to rectify the damage that has been done. Here’s what you must do...
Meditation not only invites us to witness anger, but also to get to know and make friends with ourselves. It gives us a midpoint between expressing anger and repressing it, a place where we can be aware of our feelings and not be swept away by them. Meditation is not going to make all our challenges go away but it does enable us to rest in an inclusive acceptance of who we are.
Filling your mind with gibberish is a better route to go than anger, and as you’ll see, it’s even an effective kind of meditation!
Fill your life with meaning and purpose, with service and adventure, with introspection and creativity, with spontaneity and adaptability, appreciation, curiosity and action, and life will hardly slow down long enough to feel bored ever again.
Apathy fosters secondary emotions like shame, guilt, self-loathing, and low self-esteem. And that creates the slippery slide toward depression. So while you still have your wits about you, focus your remaining energy like a laser on snapping out of apathy. Here are some suggestions...
The Bhagavad Gita is a classic Hindu scripture, considered to be the distillation of the Veda’s ancient wisdom. Noted Indian historian, Khushwant Singh, recently referred to Kipling’s poem as “the essence of the message of The Gita in English.” Let this poem inspire you to eschew identifying with the temporal emotions that come and go, and instead, EMBRACE your true self.
Awaken within to one’s eternal cosmic nature – to your own inner Christ, your higher self; to “present moment awareness” leading to your inner “sermon on the mount” divine revelation status; thereby fulfilling man’s destiny of made in the image and likeness of God; that is, to know – in consciousness – the innately present transcendent within you; thereby expressing His pure love and understanding daily in your life.
Health-wise the mind-body state is a reflection of the nature of your habitual thought stream. The body is the physical expression of your silent thinking – the sum ingredients of your mental diet. Toxic thought patterns are similar to mental fat. Thus, toxic, negative thought patterns become like meals of regurgitated lard: leftovers of unattended thought cooking, the thought sludge which you could be digesting over and over in your life. How tasty is your meal?
We are one humanity on this planet. All life is interconnected and interdependent. All share in the Universal bond of love. Be a part of it. Spread the word. Share the love.
Merely plodding along on the daily conveyor belt of societal or peer expectation in a blind, haphazard, robotic-like manner is an abdication of personal responsibility and consciousness development through undisciplined behaviour. Abdication is when peace, harmony, and love, through natural means, are not being sought and established in your daily life.
The book sets out to show how to achieve without struggle, the spiritual full mind capacity for a more noble and fulfilling life. It aims at helping you first identify your own particular life situation and how your state of mind – the causes of suffering – came about in the first place and how to permanently eliminate this subconscious conditioning from your mind. It sets out all you need to understand and put into practice so you can achieve abundance in whichever field you choose to express abundance.
Have you ever thought about how much easier things seemed when you were a child? Logically, that doesn’t make sense! After all, children have fewer skills, freedom and choices than adults have. Yet in an intuitive sense, it totally makes sense. Children have a wonder about their world and willingness to be aware of all that is around them.
If you aren’t clear about and dedicated to your “Why,” that is, why YOU (no one else) want to become something, you can’t get there from here. You’ll start and stop, stall out, and may give up altogether. Maybe it really isn’t your Why, after all, which might explain your lack of enthusiasm and dedication.
Manifesting is the science of attracting what you want into your life with effortless ease and joy. Based on the law of attraction which states “like attracts like,” and through the power of placing your attention on your intention, you can learn how to effortlessly receive anything you can imagine.
Any form of not-enough thinking usually puts us into a scarcity mindset. And this bumps right into Law of Attraction’s “like attracts like.” This mindset invites all manner of “like” into our lives: more fearful scarcity thoughts that feel as though they’re actually happening in that very moment (because our body doesn’t know they aren’t), more scarcity experiences, more of the very things we don’t want more of, and especially, don’t want to feel.
God didn’t promise us days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.
If you’re someone who feels you lack confidence or could use more, or know someone who feels this way, notice that when doing something interesting, engaging, or relaxing, confidence isn’t a concern. So when is it an issue? Any time there’s concern about what others will think about you.
If you’re someone who feels you lack confidence or could use more, or know someone who feels this way, notice that when doing something interesting, engaging, or relaxing, confidence isn’t a concern. So when is it an issue? Any time there’s concern about what others will think about you.
Within you is all the insight you ever need to reach wise decisions about every challenge that you ever face. No one on the planet knows more than you about your needs, your situation and your potential to find joy in all of the aspects of your life.
Have you ever stopped long enough to question your reality or that of the world around you? Think for a moment: is what you are experiencing real or just a limited view of a much larger picture? How do you act and react to daily situations? What limiting thoughts or negative emotions do you carry that create the difficulties you experience each day? How many times do you listen within to your own thoughts and feelings about life rather than reacting or responding to outer suggestions and conditions?
For eons, people have asked themselves the question “what is the meaning of life?” For me, the simplest answer is “unconditional love.” But what does that really mean and how does that help in day-to-day existence? How can we apply that understanding to our present state of living on this planet?
Success is not about luck or lucky genes; it’s about learning appropriate skills, then using them to create the life you truly want. I’ve often written that a great life is actually easier than living a complicated, confusing or mediocre life, and I’m convinced it’s true. Keep it simple. Keep it focused. Play by the rules and learn to win the game of life.
Most people believe that there are only a few gifted creative individuals born in this world, while the rest of us unlucky folks tend not to be so creatively endowed. The truth I’ve found is much more empowering and radical. I’ve discovered a technique that that enables a person to access a limitless resource of creative juice that will fuel them forever, helping them to access the power they need to manifest anything their heart desires.
It’s no secret that the ego is a major obstacle for any of us who are attempting to live a conscious, awakened life, because the human interior hasn’t caught up with the complexities and opportunities of modern life. Although humankind has evolved in many remarkable ways, we remain driven by ancient, outmoded software driving impulses that long ago ceased to be appropriate or necessary.
Being nice can be relaxing, as long as it’s genuine, that is. False niceness isn’t nice at all, nor does it feel good the way genuine niceness does. It’s better to go for politeness based on empathy than false niceness. Genuine empathy and false niceness are both energies that will be picked up on by the recipient. The first one creates connection; the second one does not and cannot, and may, in fact, create more conflict.
The truth is, you have to come first, at least some of the time. I know this probably makes you uncomfortable since it goes against everything you’ve been taught. Yet, the reality is that it’s only to the extent that you love and care for yourself that you’re truly able to love and care for others.
When I remember that we’re all doing the best we can given whatever tools and resources we have, and the circumstances and situations we’re experiencing, it usually calms me down and creates a sense of empathy and compassion for the people I’m dealing with and for myself.
Destiny is an influence that comes from your inner plan. There is nothing absolute about your destiny. It’s a pressure which constantly seeks the best route to unfold into manifestation.
Out of body experience is something that everyone should experience at least once. The experience is unlike anything else. But, even individuals who have been meditating for years find it difficult to achieve this state. Here is how it’s done...
A wonderful thing happens when you make the decision to step into a more spiritual way of experiencing your life. It’s as if a brilliant light starts shining into your future and guides you forward through each day.
The crucial times to let go are when you feel the strongest urge not to. We all hold on tightest when our fear, anger, pride, and distrust take over. Yet these forces have no spiritual validity.
Why is it that so few of us get the results our spiritual practices are designed to deliver? I would like to suggest that the supreme and lofty goal of profound, life-transforming spiritual liberation is not only possible in this lifetime, but is in fact well within reach for anyone of reasonably sound mind and stable character. But the reason it is not happening for the vast majority of those who are seeking it is that...
Sometimes people worry that being loving will make them vulnerable or drained. But actually, you can see in your own experience that love itself doesn’t do this: it protects and nurtures you when you give it. While you’re loving, don’t you feel uplifted and stronger?
The more present you can be in whatever action you’re doing, the more you’ll be absorbed by the NOW moment. When this happens you instantly access your true divine nature, your real authentic self, where you stop worrying about the past or future completely.
Of course you’re smart enough to know that there are two sides to every story. But is that what you’re focused on when you’re in the midst of a heated argument? I doubt it!
How much resistance are you in now? Our psychological defenses are extremely good at hiding this from us; by definition, stored-up emotions are the ones we can’t feel. However, resistance gives rise to a telltale behavior pattern - control.
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. To all those people and organizations who want to cut back on their education and motivation, you would be well advised to listen to the words of the great philosopher Aristotle. Even though he penned these words more than 2000 years ago, they still ring true today. He said, “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” In other words, it may cost you some time and money to keep on learning, but the results are always worth it.
Whatever you pursue in your outer life will never fill the inner void created by feeling inauthentic; you have to fill it yourself, and first.
Self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-love and acceptance are about the level of belief you have in yourself, which comes from knowing yourself. If these are low, there’s a good reason: your true identify was messed with.
The theme is... “A loving heart can help cure the ills of this world.” It is a parable about mankind’s relationship with the natural world and the need to work with nature in order to protect, nurture and maintain the world’s fragile eco-system. The novel is aimed at those aged 12 to 18 - plus all those adults who are still young at heart - and looks at the challenges of youth and the fight to preserve nature in an ever more complex and inhumane world.
Your choice of thoughts and words are influenced by your attitude, and your attitude is influenced by your thoughts and words, a sort of yin/yang situation. Stay the same, and you travel in a circle or loop. Tweak this, and you leave the loop for the evolving spiral that can carry you forward.
People blame and criticize all the time - and that’s on their good days! On their bad days, they throw in insults, curses, ridicule and humiliation. When you’re on the receiving end of such put-downs, how should you respond?
There are many things in this world you can’t control, but you always have control over your own thoughts. Use them wisely to begin creating a more confident, happy, and satisfied “you” today.
Only a person who takes risks is FREE.
What we do each moment has a powerful impact on life. Each choice we make, and each we ignore, adds to the collective experience. Where we place our attention and what we contemplate becomes our reality. The power of our mind is amazing, yet nothing compares to what we can do when we come from our heart.
There is a law in the unconscious that whatever you avoid will come back, and the more you avoid it, the stronger its return. Painful emotions don’t come back for external reasons. They return because they are part of you; you created them before pushing them away. Every emotion you experience is yours.
What gives a man or woman the right to lead? It certainly isn’t gained by election or appointment. Having position, title, rank or degrees doesn’t qualify anyone to lead other people. And the ability doesn’t come automatically from age or experience, either. No, it would be accurate to say that no one can be given the right to lead. The right to lead can only be earned.
The problems that confront us - the large ones that assault our core beliefs and the minor ones that engulf us like swarming mosquitoes - these are our spiritual medicines. How so? The situations we face that we don’t want are truly just situations - neither good or bad. It is WE who label them good or bad and then react to the label we just bestowed.
We have dreams and goals, we want “more” and we hope the future will be better than the present. We want great things for ourselves, and better things for our children. And yet, we forget that every day--right now as you read this--we are creating our future.
Intuition is your most powerful inborn natural power tool for living at the highest level in today’s modern world, and the greatest inventors, creatives, artists, leaders and happy people throughout history will agree with this.
Are you able to be aware of when you need to change or adjust something about yourself? Or is it easier or more comfortable to think others and life are the ones that need to change?
In these amazing times of great change, we are faced with an overwhelming amount of choices on all levels of significance. In order to make clear decisions in line with our personal goals and highest good, it is important to maintain our inner balance and harmonious center point. That source of genuine strength, wisdom and ultimate potential is held within us every moment as unconditional love.
It’s time to remember what’s most important in your life. It’s time to remember your hopes, and dreams. It’s time to discover your deepest yearnings. Yet in order to do this you must embark on a psychological search-and rescue mission to comb back through your life and recover your joy, wisdom, passion, enthusiasm, self-confidence, vitality-the threads of your true self you lost along the way.
We often put stock in things that undermine our own lives. Believing the insignificant to be significant undermines opportunity, confidence and happiness. It will be that proverbial poison that shuts down the immune system, corrupting heart, mind and soul as it spreads through your psychology as you drink of the following poisons of identity.
When we remain present in the moment and embrace the good with the less than good, we are coming from our heart that knows all is in order. In these moments, we notice the truly important things and allow our journey to be one of experiences without the judgment of right or wrong, good or bad. This automatically places us in a higher understanding of life that incorporates the big picture.
Make that love unconditional (no judgment, includes one and all) and you’ve found your spiritual home.
This poem by Dean is to help people see and actualize the many possibilities of life.
Looking through the lens of the heart, everything has a different perspective. Instead of providing an understanding of the emerging New Reality from a simply intellectual viewpoint, this lens engages your higher feelings and the New Reality becomes a personal experience, not just a mental concept.
There simply is no substitute for a positive attitude. It keeps you going when others quit. It releases an abundance of energy ... an energy you don’t even know you have ... and gets you through the toughest times. As novelist Karen Traviss puts it, “Faith keeps you going when there’s no logical reason to. In its way, it keeps life going.”
Do you ever say or get the response to the question about how things are going, “Same old, same old,” or something similar? What does this really mean?
When you constantly seek outside approval and are willing to do nearly anything to obtain it, you’ll find yourself feeling empty and invalidated. In other words, you’re questing after a prize that will never bring you a complete sense of satisfaction. Knowing who you are and valuing what you have to offer as a friend, family member, employee, neighbor or colleague is much healthier.
Have you noticed that you tend to have an habitual way of responding to the world that stops you from responding in a more solution oriented manner? How would changing your beliefs change some of your habits?
It takes energy to give, and it takes energy to refuse the kindness and giving nature of others. When we allow our beings and souls to be fed by the world around us, then and only then can we give.
Incorporating these very simple steps into your daily interactions with others can bring profound changes in your relationships and happiness and peace for all involved...
Relationships serve you like the most perfect armor piercing mirror and here’s how: Eventually after you feel comfortable with someone, the guard inside you comes down. You start to really relax, be your real self and stop trying to interact in a way that is socially acceptable. Sometimes it takes hundreds of hours with another human being before this happens, yet eventually it does and the deep dark issues start to bubble up to be seen.
Each thought you have is your contribution to the world’s condition. You can end violence by stopping it in you first.
When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.
Each of us makes mistakes in life. At one time or another (probably more than one time), we will hurt another person. Maybe it will be an accident, or perhaps it will be a purposeful reaction to someone hurting you. When this does happen, do you want to be forgiven? Do you want another chance to make amends?
We can decide to continue as we have been or to heal, starting with ourselves. Our own Self healing practice will create healing ripples in our familial, local, and global communities. We have to start sometime, somewhere. Why not here and now? It’s a good practice, one you’ll appreciate.
The start of a new year is traditionally a time for taking inventory and committing to new and better things in the year ahead. Rather than “resolutions,” I prefer to make plans, design strategies, make clear commitments, and then execute them on a daily basis. It works better for me.
Gangaji guides readers in recognizing that while their life stories follow universal patterns of human suffering, by uncovering and speaking the truth of these stories, they can open the doorway to the possibility of living freely and in truth.
Chantal Heaven is married to a cousin of mine, and I recently met both of them at a delightful family gathering over Christmas; plus I learned that Chantal subscribes to our daily quotes service! Chantal teaches Drama and English part-time but tells me she has always written vast tomes of unpublished ‘fiction’ plus published non-fiction in the days when she worked as a sub-editor in the furnace of Fleet Street back in the 1980s. Chantal has kindly made a short story called The Ituri Forest available for us to download... It’s a moving picture of one of those “couldn’t be worse” times that we do, indeed, recover from and hopefully learn a lot and become stronger.
I’ve always figured that if I have several thousand great DAYS in a row, one after another, that may be pretty darn close to living a great life. Something like that seems to go on with happiness, too. Being happy for 10,000 days in a row seems pretty darn close to being a happy person and living a happy life!
Choose love. Choose it for you, your loved ones, your neighbourhood, your community, your nation and your world. We are all in this together and we can all contribute to making this change. All it takes is all of us choosing love over fear. Remember that we are all one and that what affects one of us, affects us all.
Whether you’re living by yourself or living with others, you’re always living with yourself. So, don’t leave yourself out of the equation. Converse, chatter, communicate respectfully with yourself. It’s not a sign of insanity. It’s a sign of good health.
The reality is that the 2012 gateway is the time of a brilliant new dawn. The only things that will end with the emerging new light are some very outmoded ways of thinking.
So continue to open your heart at every opportunity as Caroline Adams suggests; recognize the gains you have made on your journey; anticipate the increased effect you will be able to create in manifesting your purpose; and get together with supportive friends to celebrate this new potential. All power to you!
Much has been written about December 21, 2012 and the end of the Mayan calendar. Most people recognize that it does not mark the end of the world, but rather the disintegration of outmoded ways of thinking and the beginning of a new heart-centered consciousness. It is a gradual process.
You have so many gifts to give your child. No one expects you to be perfect. But you can start the road towards the goal of growth, self awareness, and loving yourself by beginning today with the first step. That first step is simply remembering to be conscious, and when you forget, forgiving yourself for forgetting, but praising yourself for at least having remembered that you forgot to remember to be conscious. And then doing it all over again...
Treasure new ideas, for once we gain new insight, we never see the world the same way. To expand your horizon and elevate your consciousness, all you have to do is be receptive. Reach out and embrace the ideas that surround you and are ignored by others.
Live the life you truly want and leave the small thinking, the fear and hesitancy to others. Resolve to do one thing that makes you happy, and do it today! Laugh more. Love more. Have more fun and live with more daring!
The Christmas and New Year’s Holidays are often a time of gathering together for friends and relatives. The holidays can also be a time when spiritually-aware people feel a certain aloneness, even in the midst of a crowd.
Old Reality consciousness was based in the solar plexus chakra, focusing on competition and the development of basic intellect. In the Old Reality, the pursuit of wealth had a purely financial focus which resulted in a predictable set of experiences about life.
Be more aware of your own intuitive information. Be open to it. Then, it will flow right into your conscious mind along with the visual information that your conscious mind is receiving. The power of intuition works to give you all the insights and inside information that you need to make a great success out of everything you seek to achieve.
Faith in the spirituality of life is what makes your spiritual path possible. With spiritual faith - an open heart and an open mind - we can discover more about today’s New Reality and what it means to humanity. Discovering more about life expands our view of reality and evolves our belief systems.
Your inner self is your complete self. Often referred to as your soul or higher self, your inner self includes all aspects of your consciousness as an individual.
Many of us are using really dumb strategies. We have goals or desires or dreams, but we are pursuing them with strategies that have almost no chance of success. And yet, too often, we keep on doing the same things in the same ways, year after year. That’s probably not very smart.
Take a moment to identify some of your self-limiting beliefs. What beliefs do you have that are holding you back? Think about them. Remember, most of your self-limiting beliefs have no basis whatsoever in fact. They are based on information and ideas that you accepted as true, sometimes in early childhood, and to the degree you believe them, they are holding you back.
Breathe and be patient. Sit still and quiet your mind. It is when you create silence that you will see the beliefs and programming that have been holding you hostage. Ask yourself, “Are they serving me?”
When your deepest sadness is welcomed and fully felt, it can empty out your entire basement of horrors. All the incomplete feelings you’ve had in your life of being abandoned, betrayed, lonely, lost, or isolated can come flooding through. By opening up to your emotional basement you bring the light of awareness into the darkness.
I have a saying that goes like this: “There are over 6 billion people on this planet and I can learn something new from EVERY ONE OF THE THEM including strangers.” It is a true statement, you can learn something new from everyone on the planet... but only if you put forth the effort.
These insights can inspire us to awaken and see the world differently,
with new motivation and possibilities for success...
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