Thoughts and Quotes for Today 11.16.13 November 16, 2013
1. “What do you want for our planet, for your community? If what you want is peace and cooperation, and you are willing to really not know how that will come about, then your mind will open to discover.” ~ from Gangaji’s Letting the World into Your Heart
2. Trust, faith and hope are only my imagination that the future is real. They take me out of THIS Perfection that is always here, Now…
3. The Past & The Big Picture: The past only has an impact on the present when you continue to waste your powerful thought and feeling energies on something that no longer exists at all, other than in your own mind. Whatever it was that happened is finished now, and no matter how uncomfortable it was for you, you need to come to the understanding that at some level you chose it, and that it helped to build your character and make you a stronger individual.
Whenever you do find yourself wondering why something turned out the way it did, I suggest calling to mind the old adage that often times ‘God does work in mysterious ways’. The truth is, you really don’t know the ‘big picture’. So, even though you might be inclined to feel sad about a certain event in your past, make the decision to accept the realization that there is a higher order to things, and that something good will eventually come of it. – Jeff Maziarek, from “Spirituality Simplified”
4. How to tell if you are dead or alive: if we are fearful, unhappy or concerned for any reason, then we are dead. If Peace, Love, Joy and Light are in our awareness, then we are alive. Our function here is to be about the business of raising the dead.
Thoughts and Quotes for Today 10.17.13 October 17, 2013
1. Any story that you tell about yourself is food for the ego. There is no authentic story. ~ Byron Katie
2. The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves. ~ Alan Watts
3. Our challenge is to ride the waves of chaos with Trust, Faith and Love, allowing everything in its time to unfold and harmonise. ~ Julie Parker
4. Advaita Philosophy: ‘Clouds are brought in by the wind and again driven away by the same agency. Similarly, man’s bondage is caused by the mind and Liberation too is caused by that alone. It first creates an attachment in man for the body and all other sense-objects, and binds him through that attachment like a beast by means of ropes. Afterwards, the self-same mind creates in the individual an utter distaste for these sense-objects and frees him from the bondage.’
5. Awakening doesn’t look any particular way. We may have imagery and thoughts and ideas of what it is going to be like. It’s usually very different than what we think. ~Vivekachudamani 172-173
Thoughts and Quotes for Today 9.8.13 September 8, 2013
Good Morning Precious One… There has been many requests to start another year long workshop that I have been blessed to facilitate several times… it is called “Practice A Year to Live” and it comes from the book called “A Year to Live” by Stephen Levine. We will be doing an exercise each month as well as a Monthly Conference Call on the 4th Sunday of each month, for now, we have set the time for 7am PST or California Time …. IF you would like to join in, please email me for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org … You can purchase the book at Amazon.com on kindle for 8.99 but I suggest the paperback and it ranges for 6-10 dollars new on Amazon OR you may find it at your local half price book store….
1. Imagine living your life without being afraid to take a risk and to explore life. You are not afraid to lose anything. You are not afraid to be alive in the world, and you are not afraid to die.
2. We can waste the moment “thinking” about the life we are going to live or we can simply live it now.
3. “I want to ignite a fire in your Soul that will burn the layers and fillers away, thus revealing your Authentic Self. Then I want to inspire you to live in your Authenticity and express it to the world”
4. The Real Practice is joining, in Love and Joy, without trying to be “special” or “fix” anything – and without trying to get anything – without judging, correcting or condemning…. now THAT takes PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE… and I am up for it today
Thoughts and Quotes for Today 7.13.13 July 13, 2013
1. A wise physician said “The best medicine for humans is LOVE.” Someone then asked – “What if it doesn’t work?” The physician smiled and answered – “Increase the dose”
2. “When I accept my role and allow it to play it self out, I do not confuse who I AM with the character I play!!!”
3. Truth can only be experienced. It cannot be described and it cannot be explained. ~ A Course In Miracles
4. “When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. The believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.” ~ Billie Mobayed
“It turned out this man worked for the Dalai Lama. And he said gently-that they believe when a lot of things start going wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is trying to get itself born-and that this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly as possible.” ~Anne Lamott
5. Top 5 regrets of the dying…
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
“This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.”
2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
“This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
“Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.”
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
”This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.”