- ~ A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
“You have a unique gift to offer this world. Be true to yourself, be kind to yourself, read and learn about everything that interests you and keep away from people who bring you down. When you treat yourself kindly and respect the uniqueness of those around you, you will be giving this world an amazing gift… YOU!”
― Steve Maraboli
“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.
We are more than the sum of our knowledge, we are the products of our imagination. “
Thoughts and thinking are not the same thing. We have thoughts all the time. Thinking takes rolling up your sleeves and working with those thoughts. “What does this mean? What do I DO next?” and so on. Then we can take the actions to move us forward in a logical, practical, systematic way. It’s a method. We could all probably do with a little more real thinking and reviewing. Doing is where we can do experiments with all this theoretical stuff. Experiential knowledge is where we get confirmation. It’s where we find out what works.
- ˚True security comes with the presence of a feeling of faith and trust that up wells from deep within you, in really knowing that you are in the perfect place (in each and every moment) from which to create the next moment of your experience of life. Eckhart Tolle from his book The Power Of Now
O our mother the earth, O our father the sky,
Your children are we, and with tired backs
We bring you the gifts that you love.
Then weave for us a garment of brightness;
May the warp be the white lightning of morning,
May the weft be the red light of evening,
May the fringes be the falling rain,
May the border be the standing rainbow.
Thus weave for us a garment of brightness
That we may walk fittingly where grass is green,
O our mother the earth, O our father the sky.
Tewa Pueblo prayer
My point to ponder for today is “perspective”. A person with more money than you can shake a stick at can be on the verge of suicide and a homeless man can decide to tackle his situation and overcome his difficulties. Perspective, man – it’s pretty important.
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
Aurelius and then Cicero! You guys are on a roll!
“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
“Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
“The authentic self is the soul made visible” Sarah Ban Breathnach
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
I like this mans thinking
I’m not a food TV fanboy but my opinion of Nigella Lawson rose when I saw this picture.
That is what I call a BEAUTIFUL Room!
oh I could live in that room
- a favorite The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. Henry David Thoreau
- How Your Heart❤ Produces Energy Your heart is the organ of your body that produces most energy. This video describes four interesting but little known facts about your heart that will change the way you use your heart to improve your energy and your relationships.
To become willing and accepting means noticing that you are the sky, not the clouds;the ocean, not the waves. It means noticing that you are large enough to contain all of your experiences, just as the sky can contain any cloud any ocean wave. Stephen C Hayes, PH.D with Spencer Smith
“This is the most profound spiritual truth I know: that even when we’re most sure that love can’t conquer all, it seems to anyway.” ☼ Anne Lamott“As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others” ☼ ★ღ✰˚ ✰。 Marianne Williamson… “Whether you are aware of them or not, whether you recognize them as spiritual or not, you probably have had the experiences of silence, or transcendence, or the Divine—a few seconds, a few minutes that seem out of time; a moment when the ordinary looks beautiful, glowing; a deep sense of being at peace, feeling happy for no reason. When these experiences come…believe in them. They reflect your true nature” ☼ Ravi Shankar
My point to ponder for today is this: Recognize and be aware of the differences between “gathering” and “focusing”. Remember that you are not your mind – you are the awareness of your mind. Your mind is a tool you use. It is a powerful tool and it has different modes of operating. It has a “gathering” mode. You could call it a “scanning mode”. And it also has a “focus” mode. If we become more aware of these modes we can consciously switch between these modes kind of like flipping a switch. I’m finding that this is helping me a lot and wanted to share that.
Also, here is an idea that is floating around in my head that I haven’t applied any real thinking to yet, but it is this: There are a finite number of people on the planet, but for practical purposes, for us as individuals, we might as well view that finite number as infinite. Now, why would I be thinking about something like this. Well, certain things seem more manageable if we realize that for practical purposes it sort of releases us from some sorts of unattainable things. I haven’t sorted out my thoughts on this yet (I’m doing it out loud on bmindful a bit as I’m typing right now), but there feels like there is something there to me. Consider “gathering and scanning”. If we were to scan our world for the “right”, “best”, “maximum” of anything, be it information, relationships, or something else – well, then we are in some ways setting ourselves up for long term failure in that we are looking for the end of something that for practical purposes has no end. There is a saying that goes something like “The good is the enemy of the best” – well, I understand that and it makes good sense, but if we view it from another perspective it is also true that “The best is the enemy of the good”. There is another saying that goes something like “Build castles in the air, but put foundations under them”. That came to mind too for some reason. I, for one, seldom think about my own mortality, but the clock is ticking. Steven Covey, who incidentally died recently, used the phrase “the clock and the compass” as I recall. Well, we can also think of the microscope and the telescope, or a map, we can search for the infinite, or even the finite and never see it with respect to some things. So, it’s important to remember that there is a clock ticking and if we aren’t careful we can wind up getting lost in the search.
Does that make sense to anyone? I know I tend to ramble sometimes.
I THINK I KNOW WHAT YOUR SAYING SRWE,FIRST OF ALL A HUMANS LIFE IS LIMITED TO 80 90 OR 100 YEARS.SEARCHING FOR KNOWLEDGE,WISDOM,ECT.IS FINE IF THAT,S WHAT YOU FEEL YOU NEED MORE OF.THERE IS A TIME WHEN YOU SAY,I NEED TO SLOW UP ON GATHERING ALL THIS KNOWLEDGE,AND JUST TRY BE THE SUM TOTAL OF WHAT YOU KNOW.OF COURSE WE NEVER COMPLETELY STOP LEARNING THAT,S AN ONGOING PROCESS.
A point to ponder.
When we take inventory of all that has our attention we free up mental energy by writing those things down. If we make a list of those things it lets us see what’s rolling around upstairs.
Next we need to clarify. We do that by applying deliberate thinking about the things that have our attention.
There is a subtle, but significant difference between: “Family Time” and “Look into and list activities that I can do with my family”. One if vague, while the other gives us a handle for concrete action.
Just a point to ponder.
So, how do we “deliberately think” about stuff? Well some things are easy, but some things require a little quiet time, a sheet of paper and a pencil. And I think we can cover an awful lot of stuff in a short period of time if we just get somewhere quiet and actually start writing things down. It’s fairly easy to catch all the obvious things crossing your mind. It’s pretty easy to write them down. Then we start applying outcome thinking to those things. “What do I want to accomplish with this?” “What would I do first?” “Next?”
It is easy to “think” we know what we need to do, but when it comes down to brass tacs what we REALLY know is that we COULD know what to do to fix stuff if we thought about it, and cause we COULD fix stuff if we wanted to it’s okay to ignore it for now. If it were a game of chess I’d call it the ROUNDTUIT defense. It’s where you defeat your opponent (or at least pretend to defeat your opponent) by making him give up and walk away ‘cause you never get around to making your next move. There is a significant difference between buying a book and reading a book and there is a big difference between knowing how to make a list and actually making a list. Even if the list you make looks kind of overwhelming and the actions you need to take are things that are going to take an investment of time an resources, you are in a much better position after making a list and thinking about it than you are before you make the list – the list you always knew you could make at any time just by getting around to it. Get a roundtuit. Sooner is better than later.
I want to mention David Allen. Some of this stuff I’m posting is more or less from his books and I’m finding the ideas very useful and practical. Here is another great idea.
Create a “Maybe Someday” list. Think of it as a parking lot for ideas you might want to pursue. When we do some of that list making stuff and start writing down everything that has our attention it can be easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of unclarified commitments we have taking up mental space. When we look at it and start realizing how much commitment we have on our plates we can become numb from the realization. “Learn this, learn this, set this up, spend time on this, read this, improve this, do this”. It can make us numb and that numbness can put a damper on our creativity. If we will look at our list and park some of the things in the “someday maybe” list we can deal with our commitments more realistically. We can actually start engaging and dealing with our stuff. Most of us are numb to just how unrealistically overcommited we are. As soon as we have an idea we don’t automatically have to commit to doing something about it. It doesn’t mean we have to dump the idea – we can just be aware of it, list it on our someday maybe list and get back to what we are already commited to. When and if the time is right – THEN we can commit to it.
THAT, my friends is a great point to ponder. This stuff can really clear out mental clutter and help us actually see what we have on our tables and help us to prioritize. Put the most important stuff on your table and put some of it over on the shelf. And throw some of it in the bin.
I’m big on always pointing out that we are not our thoughts, but the awareness of our thoughts. Well, I’m gonna start adding something like this – and it is the clarifying, organizing and dealing with the thoughts we are aware of that will make very positive changes in our lives.
“Suffering cracks open the shell of ego, and then comes a point when it has served its purpose. Suffering is necessary until you realize it is unnecessary.”
eckhart tolle says “suffering or mental anguish,can serve a positive purpose,towards growth“I would add most forms of discontentment are temporary and there is almost always a mild sense of rebirth and optimism after the issue is resolved.Eventually we reach a point where we don,t have much use for suffering,so either through grace or our intellects we keep sufferring to a minimum,the budda intuittively realized that he could not evolve spiritually,unless he changed his life circumstances from being a rich prince,to a poor drifter,somewhat incomprehenceable,he was likely sensitive to whispers and persuaded by a voice he concluded was that of the creater.
“As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out of the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love—even the most simple action.”
In response to SelfcareEnthusiast’s post:
Love this Selfcare ,I replace the words housework with home caring or on a dippy day playing house
“Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Look at the sunny side of everything & and make your optimisom come true. Think only of the best, work only for the best. Forget the mistakes of the past & press on the greater achievements of the future. Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to critize others. Live in the faith that the whole world is on your side as long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
― Christian D. Larson
“You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are”
“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it”
by the wonderful John Lennon
In response to flowergirl’s post:
Thank you flowergirl…precious selected quoted….posted by a wise lady. On to my daily watering(:
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
How do you say “thank you” for sunshine or health…for clear days or gentle rains…for happiness, joy or love? You say it by sharing what you have. You say it by making the world a better place in which to live.
- Thomas D. Willhite
This has turned into a very nice thread.
Here is something to turn your thinking cap for. Think about lists and about how you can use them more effectively. Making a list is a nice and useful thing to do – but what if you had say, four or five lists that were specialized lists. Now, it’s easy to get carried away and create a bunch of lists that never get used, but I’ve recently started using Evernote and set up some “notebooks” that are actually categorized lists. I have a projects notebook, and in that notebook I can create sub-notebooks for my various projects. I have a music notebook with some sub-notebooks for articles about guitar, one for gear reviews and so on. I have a Journal. A Tech notebook and a few others. Now, what I’ve found so useful about Evernote is that it has a feature you can add to your browser called a “web clipper”. Now, whenever I’m surfing and I find an article I want to keep, I just clip that article with the clipper and send it directly to the appropriate notebook. By setting up my lists in a conscious and usable way I’ve made my life a lot easier.
Another thing I’ve done recently is to start using feeddemon to collect information about my favorite topics. Now, I don’t have TIME to actually read all that info coming into me, BUT, I know that if I’m trying to find some relevant info pertaining to some topic I can just go to feeddemon and scan the articled there and ALWAYS find something worth reading.
Another thing that has helped me – and as I type these words I KNOW that my inbox is organized and almost empty – is organizing my gmail account. There are these things called “labels” in gmail that work like folders. You can use filters to automatically send your emails to specific folders. You can set up a family/friends “label” and so on. I started working on this yesterday and had my emails sorted out in an evening. Now THAT is something that will free up a lot of mental energy. Here is a list of some of the folders I set up to give you an idea of how you might use this idea. Incidentally, I named my folders with a number so I could list them down the left side of my gmail page the way I wanted them to be listed rather than being listed alphabetically, but anyway…
Folders or Labels I’m using for Gmail
(2) My Journal (Which I set up to archive journal entries which I mail to my evernote account Journal Notebook.
(3) My Sites (Which I can use for emails that are coming into my gmail account from my own website that I’m currently working on and any others I set up in the future.
(4) Newsletters (with sub folders for newsletters by topic, such as Music, Travel, Personal Growth, Economics and so on…
(5) Social Sites (for notifications that come in from Twitter or Facebook and stuff like that)
(6) My Net Accounts (which catches emails from OTHER types of web accounts – like when you sign up for some sort of web-based site. You know, a place to keep stuff like passwords and password changes and stuff like that.)
(7) Ads (Where I keep actual emails that I don’t automatically send to spam folder. Stuff like sales adds from TigerDirect or NewEgg and so on.
(8) FromeMe2Me (Where I sometimes send myself an email with an attachment or a reminder or something. I use that when I’m using my laptop or tablet and want to be sure I want a copy of something available to me from whichever computer I’m using.)
Those are a few points for you guys to ponder today.
“You don’t attract what you want ,you attract what you are “
“This is a wonderful day. And I have never seen this one ever before.” — Maya Angelou
what a lovely thought to greet each morning with
“Don’t let people pull you into their storms, pull them into your peace♥”
by Kimberly Jones
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
“the man who treats his girlfriend like a princess was raised in the arms of a queen “
“Learn to get in touch with the innermost essence of your being. This true essence is beyond the ego. It is fearless; it is free; it is immune to criticism; it does not fear any challenge. It is beneath no one, superior to no one, and full of magic, mystery, and enchantment.”
~ Deepak Chopra
April 5, 2013
Playing Your Part
Life Is an Illusion
by Madisyn Taylor
“As we become more enlightened on our journey of life, we become more compassionate and wise and have less attachment.
As children, most of us sang that mesmerizing, wistful lullaby that ends with the words, “Life is but a dream.” This is a classic example of a deep, sophisticated truth hiding, like an underground stream, in an unlikely place. It winds its way through our minds like a riddle or a Zen koan, coming up when we least expect it and asking that we consider its meaning. Many gurus and philosophers agree with this mysterious observation, saying that this world we perceive as real is actually an illusion, not unlike a film being projected on a screen. Most of us are so involved in the projection that we don’t understand it for what it is. We are completely caught up in the illusion, imagining that we are in a life and death struggle and taking it very seriously.
The enlightened few, on the other hand, live their lives in the light of the awareness that what most of us perceive as reality is a passing fancy. As a result, they behave with detachment, compassion, and wisdom, while the rest of us struggle and writhe upon the stage in the play of our life. Having the wisdom to know that life is but a dream does not mean that we ignore it or don’t do our best with the twists and turns of our fate. Rather, like an actress who plays her role fully even as she knows it’s only a role, we engage in the unfolding drama, but with a little more freedom because we know that this is not the totality of who we are.
And life is more of an improvisation than it is like a play whose lines have already been written, whose end is already known. Like an improviser, we have choices to make and the more we embrace the illusionary quality of the performance, the lighter we can be on the planet, on others, and on ourselves. We can truly play with the shadows cast by the light of the projector, fully engaging without getting bogged down”
I’m sure we’ve all heard different stats on how many thoughts we have a day…The other day, ...heard some stats…and whether the accuracy is perfect right now…was not what got my attention…just the sheer relevance as to how much info we are presented with daily got me….
These are the stats I received:
You get exposed to more information in one day than a well-educated individual living in the 18th century encountered in a lifetime.
You have up to 80,000 thoughts a day.
You are bombarded with 4,000 messages daily in your environment. It’s no wonder that you forget things! Carmen Coker
These stats served as major reinforcement/motivation for the tools I use/and find… toward simplifying everyday life…in areas that are necessary… for me.
“Peace is all around us in the world and in nature and within us in our bodies and our spirits. Once we learn to touch this peace, we will be healed and transformed.
It is not a matter of faith; it is a matter of practice.”
Thich Nhat Hahn
In response to flowergirl’s post:
Very nice, Flowergirl(:
Try not to resist the changes that come your way.
Instead let life live through you.
And do not worry that your life is turning upside down.
How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?
I love Rumi’s wisdom
“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“I think it’s intoxicating when somebody is so unapologetically who they are” -Don Cheadle
Alan Watts was a philosopher, inspirational teacher of the previous generation known as the 1960,s
If people continue to perpetuate fear,and anger which sometimes seems like the most logical way to live life…...“an eye for an eye,tooth for a tooth,the entire world would end up blind and toothless“Gandi
“May the sun bring you new energy by day. May the moon softly restore you by night. May the rain wash away your worries. May the breeze blow new strength into your being. May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life” -Apache Prayer
Here is a crazy thought I had the other night lying in bed. Nothing too deep, but I’d like to share it. The idea is more or less this…
There is a physical world. There is a non-physical world. Our bodies are physical and our souls are non-physical. I don’t have a hard time with this, but a lot of people seem to have a tough time with the “non-physical” part. There are lots of examples of “non-physical” realities – love, for one, the number three, for another. Why is it so difficult for us to say without a doubt that there is a soul, and moreover an eternal one? Is a thought a thing? Anyway, the whole “God thing” is really hard, it seems, for a lot of people to deal with. It makes a lot of people angry and even draws mockery. Well, these kinds of thoughts were rolling around and I was thinking to myself that we can’t really prove that a soul exists, but isn’t it reasonable to think that there is such a thing as a soul, and a God and stuff? It is reasonable. It is rational. Everyone knows that thoughts exist, but no one can tell you where they come from. They come from somewhere. Maybe it’s hard for us to see because we ARE physical in this world. This body is physical. We walk around in the physical. It’s easy to see. What we have a hard time seeing is the non-physical part of us. The eternal or soul part. I wonder if they have ever done a study of the spiritual beliefs of blind people? Just a thought. It occurs to me that maybe it would be easier to get in touch, or maybe more natural for a blind person to hear his inner voice more. I think that inner voice we sometimes hear is probably coming from the “other side” if you know what I mean. I’m going to meander back to my original point though and it is more or less this: An eye cannot see itself. It can only look outward. Now, what it sees is seen in a physical way by the body/brain/mind, but it is also seen from the soul. The part of you that isn’t physical. It can’t see itself though. Now, could it be that WE, you and me, are conduits like an eye. We exist in the middle somehow, but we can’t see it. We can conceive of it, but we can’t really see it. We can only hear it, or feel it, or think it, but we can’t see it cause we are it. Maybe we are a conduit between worlds. Maybe all life is – it’s just that we humans have big brains that get in the way. Worms don’t waste their time with such nonsense.
“If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author.”
Greenpeace activist, Harald Zindler,
“The optimism of the action is better than the pessimism of the thought”
“When you do things from your soul, a river moves through you. Freshness and a deep joy are the signs.”
It’s coming to grips with the fact that
the only person who can cause us to suffer,
who can cause us to misperceive illusion and separation,
who has this much power, is ourselves.
Nothing in the exterior environment causes us
to lose a sense of the awakened state.
Nobody we meet, no situation we deal with
has the power to cause us to fall out of awakening.
It is one of the most important realizations we can make.
It’s all an inside job.
It’s all something we do to ourselves—
and often times unconsciously.
“What you seek is so near you, that there is no place for ‘a way.’”
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
“Just as when a gardener sows a pea seed it is definite that peas and not barley will grow, and when he sows nothing it is definite that nothing will grow, so when we perform positive actions it is definite that we shall experience happy results, when we perform negative actions it is definite that we shall experience unhappy results, and when we perform neutral actions it is definite that we shall experience neutral results.”
— Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
- ˚Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Here is one for you guys.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
“now that we have cell phones and other various ways to communicate
without wires or other physical connections,the idea of god, cosmic consciousness,metaphysics ect.is easier to understand” lol
“only the practice of love,has the capacity to keep the wise sane”
“The fact that I’m silent doesn’t mean I have nothing to say.”
— Jonathan Carroll
there are times when I retreat into my thoughts and quietness washes through and over me and there are other times when I feel I have so much to share – both are special gifts
The fact that I’m not doesn’t mean I have anything to say either, FG, lol! You have lots of great stuff to share! FLOWERPOWER!!!
you always make me laugh SMWE
thanks I’m sure there will be lots more to share
“As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.”
— Siddhartha Gautama
“another world is not only possible ,she’s on her way …on a quiet day, if I listen very carefully ,I can hear her breathing”Arundhati Roy
“Children are made readers in the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald
“You carry Mother Earth within you, She is not just outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment.”
— Thích Nhat Hanh
“Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not.”
— Eckhart Tolle
“Don’t plant your bad days. They grow into weeks. The weeks grow into months. Before you know it, you got yourself a bad year. Take it from me – choke those little bad days. Choke ‘em down to nothing.”
— Tom Waits
“Owning your own feelings, rather than blaming them on someone else, is the mark of a person who has moved from contracted to expanded awareness.”
— Deepak Chopra
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
— Steve Jobs
“You are like a candle. Imagine you are sending light out all around you. All your words, thoughts and actions are going in many directions. If you say something kind, your kind words go in many directions, and you yourself go with them. We are…transforming and continuing in a different form at every moment.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh
In response to I use to be a caterpillar’s post:
thanks ,I love the Moodys
You can never love another person unless you are equally involved in the beautiful but difficult spiritual work of learning to love yourself. There is within each of us, at the soul level, an enriching fountain of love. In other words, you do not have to go outside yourself to know what love is. This is not selfishness, and it is not narcissism; they are negative obsessions with the need to be loved. Rather this is the wellspring of love within the heart. Through their need for love, people who lead solitary lives often stumble upon this great fountain. They learn to whisper awake the deep well of love within. This is not a question of forcing yourself to love yourself. It is more a question of exercising reserve, of inviting the wellspring of love that is after all, your deepest nature to flow through your life. When this happens, the ground that has hardened within you grows soft again.
…This makes you independent. You are now able to come close to the other, not out of need or with the wearying apparatus of projection, but out of genuine intimacy, affinity, and belonging. It is a freedom. Love should make you free. You become free of the hungry, blistering need with which you continually reach out to scrape affirmation, respect, and significance for yourself from things and people outside yourself. To be holy is to be home, to be able to rest in the house of belonging that we call the soul.”
~John O’Donohue, from ‘Anam Cara’
“I know what it’s like. I’ve seen it played out a zillion times. You’re waiting for that magical day when someone makes the connection and recognizes who you really are. Maybe they’ll first catch the sparkle in your eye. Or perhaps they’ll marvel at your insights and the depth of your spirit. Someone who will help you connect the dots, believe in yourself, and make sense of it all. Someone who will understand you, approve of you, and unhesitatingly give you a leg up so that life can pluck your ready, ripened self from the branch of magnificence. Well, I’m here to tell you, your wait is over. That someone, is you.”
— Mike Dooley
Being in Faith Mode-Context ________________
He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.  Montaigne, Essays, 1588
Being happy is the cornerstone of all that you are! Nothing is more important than that you feel good! And you have absolute and utter control about that because you can choose the thought that makes you worry or the thought that makes you happy; the things that thrill you, or the things that worry you. You have the choice in every moment.
“Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny—he or she has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally—you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you.”
“Pay attention to the gap – the gap between two thoughts, the brief, silent space between words in a conversation, between the notes of a piano or flute, or the gap between the in-breath and the out-breath. When you pay attention to those gaps, awareness of ‘something’ becomes – just awareness. The formless dimension of pure conciousness arises from within you and replaces identification with form.”
— Eckhart Tolle
-  Determination 2 min 32 sec video
None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The spiritual test inherent in all our lives is the challenge to discover what motivates us to make the choices we do, and whether we have faith in our fears or the Divine… Caroline Myss
The spiritual quest is a journey without distance. You travel from where you are right now, to where you have always been. From ignorance to recognition Anthony DeMello
There is something in all of us that seeks the spiritual… The spiritual is inclusive. It is the deepest sense of belonging and participation. We all participate in the spiritual at all times, whether we know it or not. There’s no place to go to be separated from the spiritual, so perhaps one might say that the spiritual is that realm of human experience which religion attempts to connect is to through dogma and practice. Sometimes it succeeds and sometimes it fails. Religion is a bridge to the spiritual ~ but the spiritual lies beyond religion. Unfortunately, in seeking the spiritual we may become attached to the bridge rather than crossing over it. Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
If you want to love, take the time to listen to your heart. In most ancient and wise cultures it is a regular practice for people to talk to their heart. There are rituals, stories, and meditative skills in every spiritual tradition that awaken the voice of the heart. To live wisely, this practice is essential, because our heart is the source of our connection to and intimacy with all of life. And life is love. This mysterious quality of love is all around us, as real as gravity… Yet how often we forget about love…. Jack Kornfield
“gods one and only voice is silence” Dr.Wayne Dyer
“success is born,out of discipline” Steven Covey
Ever look at a piano keyboard and wonder how and why it looks like it does? It’s that way for a reason. A couple of reasons are how the human hand was designed and also because it creates a pattern that can be seen and felt (by your fingers like braille). And why are the notes named the way they are? Why does it go ABCDEFGA instead of ABCDEFGH? Here is a short and interesting explanation about the history of the keyboard. When reading it consider that math and physics are involved in how tones are related. How the Piano Note Chart Was Developed
“It doesn’t matter whom you love or where you move from or to, you always take yourself with you. If you don’t know who you are, or if you’ve forgotten or misplaced her, then you’ll always feel as if you don’t belong. Anywhere.” ― Sarah Breathnach
I’ve been on a music kick lately. Well, I’m always on a music kick, but anyway, here’s a neat point to ponder. Virtually every piece of music you have ever heard or ever will hear is based on the relationships of seven notes. Pretty neat, huh?
There’s a dirty word on this, but I think you’ll find it pretty eye opening.
Axis of Awesome
You don’t have to justify the good that flows to you; it is a given. You are of more value in the joy of your cross-stitching than in the struggle of your ironing.
I just love this quote that came in todays daily message
- The more I give myself permission to live in the moment and enjoy it without feeling guilty or judgmental about any other time, the better I feel about the quality of my work. Wayne Dyer
- Nothing life delivers to our door has the power to diminish who we really are. Guy Finley
- We are never without everything we need to change any unwanted experience Guy Finley
- All fearful reactions are simply a case of “mistaken identity.” Guy Finley
- The only authority painful regrets hold over us is that we won’t let them go. Guy Finley
“We do not become healers.
We came as healers. We are.
Some of us are still catching up to what we are.
We do not become storytellers.
We came as carriers of the stories
we and our ancestors actually lived. We are.
Some of us are still catching up to what we are.
We do not become artists. We came as artists. We are.
Some of us are still catching up to what we are.
We do not become writers.. dancers.. musicians.. helpers.. peacemakers. We came as such. We are.
Some of us are still catching up to what we are.
We do not learn to love in this sense. We came as Love. We are Love. Some of us are still catching up to who we truly are”
~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
“Live simply, expect little, give much. Fill your life with love. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done by
Norman Vincent Peale
“When you think about other people and what they think of you, do you understand that what they think of you has very little to do with what you are? It has mostly to do with the habits of thought that they have developed. It has more to do with them as thinkers than it does with you as the subject of their thought.”
— Abraham Hicks
Physical pain is just an extension of emotion. It’s all the same thing. There are two emotions. One feels good and one feels bad. Which means, you’re connected to your Energy Stream or you’re not allowing your Energy Stream.
All thoughts produce energy that is either positive or negative in nature. They are in fact forms of energy themselves. They are energy in motion and therefore have a final destination and purpose. Thoughts produce the energy that determines our next course of action. They form the next things we will do or say. They supersede all that man ever does. They set intention.
— Stephanie J. King – Life Is Calling
I love these words – “Empty your mind bin as often as you can to remove the clutter that keeps you clinging too tightly to the past”
Do not pollute your beautiful, radiant inner being nor the Earth with negativity. Do not give unhappiness in any form whatsoever a dwelling place inside you.
— Eckhart Tolle
“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls
“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”
― Bob Moawad
“Stop looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love – you have a treasure within that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.”
Eckhart Tolle Quote
“I TRY NOT TO JUDGE PEOPLE,MOSTLY BECAUSE MY EGO DOESN’T LIKE TO BE WRONG”(:
AND OF COURSE A WASTE OF TIME AND MIND.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
You don’t have to go somewhere special to be somewhere special. Wherever you happen to be has a unique and valuable beauty all its own.
You don’t have to do anything special to experience how truly great and special life is. Even in the ordinary things there is always extraordinary richness to be found.
Just the sensation of the warm sun on your skin is amazing. And that’s something you can feel anywhere on the face of the Earth.
There’s no need to wait until some special moment to experience life in all its glory. The fact is, you can make any moment special just by giving your love and authenticity to it.
Look around you, wherever you are, and you’ll see plenty of opportunities for fulfillment. What makes life special is your choice to live it fully.
Allow yourself to feel the wonder, to drink in the beauty and to experience the special time and place where you are. Life is always special, so live it accordingly.
— Ralph Marston
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Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.Eckhart Tolle
A quote I read recently: “self actualized people must aspire to there ultimate potential” similar to playing football or baseball or any sporting event:When the curtain falls or the game is over you know
you gave 100% of yourself.
“your love is located within you.
It is yours to nuture and savor.
It is yours to give in any way you choose.
This is true for others as well.
If someone you love fails to return the love the way you would like it returned,that is the other person choice.
It doesn’t at all detract from your love” Wayne Dyer
- For every pleasing thing, there is an unpleasing counterpart, for within every particle of the Universe is that which is wanted as well as the lack of that which is wanted. When you focus upon an unwanted aspect of something in an effort to push it away from you, it only comes closer, because you get what you give your attention to whether it is something that you want or not. It is up to you to focus upon and attract what is wanted. -Abraham
“I’m not gonna sit around and waste my precious divine energy trying to explain and be ashamed of things you think are wrong with me.”
― Esperanza Spalding
I love this ,it feels so empowering
“I change my life when I change my thinking.
I am Light. I am Spirit.
I am a wonderful, capable being.
And it is time for me to acknowledge
that I create my own reality with my thoughts.
If I want to change my reality,
then it is time for me to change my mind.”
Crabby Old ManWhat do you see nurses? . . . .. . What do you see? What are you thinking . . . . . When you’re looking at me? A crabby old man . . . . . Not very wise, Uncertain of habit . . . . . With faraway eyes? Who dribbles his food . . . . . And makes no reply. When you say in a loud voice . . . . . ‘I do wish you’d try!’ Who seems not to notice . . . . . The things that you do. And forever is losing . . . . . A sock or shoe? Who, resisting or not . . . . .. Lets you do as you will, With bathing and feeding . . . . . The long day to fill? Is that what you’re thinking? . . . . . Is that what you see? Then open your eyes, nurse . . . . . You’re not looking at me. I’ll tell you who I am. . . . . . As I sit here so still, As I do at your bidding, . . . . . As I eat at your will. I’m a small child of Ten . .. . . . With a father and mother, Brothers and sisters . . . . . Who love one another. A young boy of Sixteen . . . . With wings on his feet.. Dreaming that soon now . . . . . A lover he’ll meet. A groom soon at Twenty . . . . . My heart gives a leap. Remembering, the vows . . . . .. That I promised to keep. At Twenty-Five, now . . . . . I have young of my own. Who need me to guide . . . . . And a secure happy home. A man of Thirty . . . . . My young now grown fast, Bound to each other . . . . . With ties that should last. At Forty, my young sons . . . . . Have grown and are gone, But my woman’s beside me . . . . . To see I don’t mourn. At Fifty, once more, babies play ‘round my knee, Again, we know children . . . .. . My loved one and me. Dark days are upon me . . . . . My wife is now dead. I look at the future . . . . . Shudder with dread. For my young are all rearing . . . . . Young of their own. And I think of the years . . . . . And the love that I’ve known. I’m now an old man . . . . . And nature is cruel. Tis jest to make old age . . . .. . Look like a fool. The body, it crumbles . . . . . Grace and vigor, depart. There is now a stone . .. . . Where I once had a heart. But inside this old carcass . . . . . A young guy still dwells, And now and again . . . . . My battered heart swells. I remember the joys . . . . . I remember the pain. And I’m loving and living . . . .. . Life over again. I think of the years, all too few . . . . . Gone too fast. And accept the stark fact . . . . That nothing can last. So open your eyes, people . . . . . Open and see. Not a crabby old man . . . Look closer . . . See ME!! Remember this poem when you next meet An older person who you might brush aside Without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too! The best and most beautiful things of This world can’t be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart
When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a Tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let Divinity speak Within you, and your thoughts will grow silent.You are anxious because your path leads away from Mother and Home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the Mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is Within you, or home is nowhere at all… Hermann Hesse
- pic Dream Deeper
- pic top priorities
RICH or POOR ?One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, ‘How was the trip?’ ‘It was great, Dad.’ ‘Did you see how poor people live?’ the father asked. ‘Oh yeah,’ said the son. ‘So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?’ asked the father. The son answered: ‘I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.’ The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, ‘Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.’ Isn’t perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don’t have. Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends! Pass this on to friends and acquaintances and help them refresh their perspective and appreciation. ‘Life is too short and friends are too few
This quote varies somewhat. from Eckhart Tolle
“you are the universe playing the part of a human for eighty years or so”
“Never underestimate the heart of a champion”
Rudi T Houston Rockets
Years ago I had this kitten that I was quite fond of,and I raised it
for a few years.So obviously I was it’s best friend.
It use to play with other cats during the day.
When I got home from work at the end of the day,I would just whistle
and it would come running from wherever it was,because it recognized
me calling it and knew for sure it was dinnertime.
Eventually I moved up the coast,but I found it a good home first.
Moral of the story:
One day while pondering the existence of god I thought
“if god loves me as much as I love my cat there’s plenty of
hope for me”
It was one of my more profound thoughts at the time,but it gave me
an answer that there is a higher power.
“If I am looking for my higher power or source energy.
I can usually find it within the present moment.”
“I wish I was the person my dog thinks I am”
“money isn’t everything,but it sure keeps your kids in touch with you”
“they say money can’t buy happiness,but somehow it’s easier to cry
in a porshe than on a bike”
These are quotes I stumbled over today
I really like the author, Guy Finley… thanks for this post!
No human would ever do anything to harm another if Connected to Source because when you’re Connected, you’re empowered; you don’t feel insecure. And when you don’t feel insecure, you don’t need to do something to somebody else that you’re afraid of, because you’re not afraid. You understand that Well-Being is yours.Abraham
I’m an Abester, too… and it was really good to read this quote tonight, Flowergirl. Thank you…and Happy New Year.
Improving virtue or character is usually possible by having a talk
with whoever appears when I look in the mirror.
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
By using your heart as your compass, you can see more clearly which direction to go to stop self-defeating behavior. If you take just one mental or emotional habit that really bothers or drains you and apply heart intelligence to it, you’ll see a noticeable difference in your life.
Doc Childre and Howard Martin
They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds. Wilt Chamberlain
Today I realize that all the Good there is, all the Presence there is, all the Power there is, is immediately available and immediately responsive to me. Today I enter into the faith of believing, the joy of knowing, and the act of living which proclaim the One Power and Presence in all things. And today, as a child, I accept this Presence that responds to me as warm, personal, and colorful. It is within and around and through me even as It embraces all things. Today I accept my partnership with the Infinite. Ernest Holmes
“A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the directory of his life. ~James Allen
“We don’t meet people by accident. They are meant to cross our path for a reason.” -Unknown
Inspiration and genius—one and the same.
I came across quote written by SRWE, a wonderful appreciation quote(:You don’t need a doctorate in horticulture to appreciate a rose.
“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” Buddha
“Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies – our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving – for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.”
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
“The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.”Norman Vincent Peale
“Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe.”Wayne Dyer
✰DO NOT SPOIL WHAT YOU HAVE BY DESIRING WHAT YOU HAVE NOT; BUT REMEMBER THAT WHAT YOU NOW HAVE WAS ONCE AMONG THE THINGS YOU ONLY HOPED FOR. ― Epicurus
“You are a sweet ocean of love.
Invite everyone to come to your shore to feel the joy of life.”
“There is a peaceful relief when judgement and criticism are abandon,since they
cause constant unconscious guilt as well as fear of retribution”
“People with adequate self esteem have no need to hate others” David R Hawkins
“What makes you human is not this form,but the invisible intelligence that
suffuses it-mind,spirit,god,whatever you want to call it”
The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. Henry Ward Beecher
“Sunlight fell upon the wall; the wall received a borrowed splendor. Why set your heart on a piece of earth, O simple one? Seek out the source which shines forever.” Rumi
To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
― Christian D. Larson
“The master of the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which; he simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.” Buddha
In response to Nancee1953’s post:
you’ve done it again Nancee1953! This is one of my favorite quotes!!!
“If you run you stand a chance of losing, but if you don’t run you’ve already lost.” –Barack Obama
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” Jim Rohn
“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.” ― Roman Payne
“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.” Madonna
“When there is great love, there are always miracles.”
“The secret of life…is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” Paulo Coelho, from The Alchemist
“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence.”
“Grace is what picks me up and lifts my wings high above and I fly! Grace always conquers! Be graceful in everything; in anger, in sadness, in joy, in kindness, in unkindness, retain grace with you!”
― C. JoyBell C
“The morning of life is like the dawn of a day,
full of purity, visions, and harmony.” Chateubriand –
“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” Buddha
“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!” ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie
“Give love and unconditional acceptance to those you
encounter, and notice what happens.” – Wayne Dyer
“Grace and beauty originates from within. It is the spirit’s light that glows out and make every-thing beautiful”
“Let us CHOOSE to bless ALL those around us,
not with an EXPECTATION that they should be more evolved,
but with UNDERSTANDING, and with our INTENTION
for a magnificent future for all humans.”
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”
~ Peg Bracken.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson.
“Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
“A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror.” – Ken Keyes
“Everything has beauty, but not every one sees it.”
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The morning of life is like the dawn of a day,
full of purity, visions, and harmony.” – Chateubriand
“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.” Dalai Lama
“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
In response to Nancee1953’s post:
I love this Nancee!
“We need Joy as we need air.
We need Love as we need water.
We need each other as we need the earth we share.”
Conflict exists in the mind of the observer and not
in that which is observed.
David R Hawkins
keep it simple~live and let live~to thy own self be true
“I see”, said the blind man when he picked up the hammer and saw!
keep it simple~live and let live~to thy own self be true
Kudos Stillness, well said :)
and awesome pic Stillness!
It is simply amazing how this overstated statement is filled with such profound truth…
yeah yeah yeah… not everything in life feels great, though the joy that is present when you are simply being true to yourself … creates wonderful stepping stones in everyday living and in hope for the future.