Obsession with numbers will ruin your peace and joy whether they are dollars, weight on a scale, body fat percentage, or social media likes. ~ Jacob Glass
Thought for Today 7.28.14 July 28, 2014
Thought for Today 7.29.14 June 29, 2014
Both Sides of the Coin: In relationships, as in consciousness, both sides of the coin must be accepted as equal. One cannot move out of conflict with another until the experience of both people has been honored. ~ Everyday Wisdom by Paul Ferrini
Contemplation for Today 4.6.14 April 6, 2014
Stay in Your Own Life: Don’t make decisions for other people. That will just take the focus away from your life. Let others find their own way. Support them. Encourage them. Cheer them on. But don’t think you know what’s good for them. You don’t know. When you take inappropriate responsibility for others, you overextend and weaken yourself. Don’t do that. Let others live their lives. Stay in your own life and make your own decisions. Put your attention where it belongs. Listen to your guidance, honor it, act on it, and be committed to it. That is a full time job. ~ Everyday Wisdom by Paul Ferrini
Thoughts and Quotes for Today 1.10.13 January 10, 2014
1. We talk to ourselves constantly and most of the time we say things like, “Oh, I look fat, I look ugly. I’m getting old, I’m losing my hair. I’m stupid, I never understand anything. I will never be good enough, and I’m never going to be perfect.” Do you see how we use the word against ourselves?” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz
The following is a BEAUTIFUL “Truth” written a few weeks back by Regina Dawn Acres. If you have not heard of Regina, she is a wonderful “example and Teacher/Student” of ACIM and has a wonderful book she calls NTI but it is actually titled “Holy Spirit’s Interpretation of the New Testament” when I first heard of this book, I was a bit put off as many of you know I am not a strong “Bible” person… but someone I now respect as a teacher was teaching this in our ACIM study group I was attending while living in Sedona, in my head I was judging this person and book being “studied” in our ACIM group and it is a funny story of the silliness of contempt prior to investigation. Once I opened the book and Bill started to speak, my feathers smoothed out and I became instantly relaxed with the words he was reading in the chapter “Luke”. Regina also wrote the “The Teachings of Inner Ramana” which is another precious but much thinner book which comes with 3 CD’s so you can listen to it too… Regina has many youtube videos and a website as well as Facebook page. If it feels right for you and you would like to hear more feel free. Please know, this is not a promotion as I have no link with or to her, other than supporting and believing in her message… I simply wanted to share her writing with you all this morning and thought I would add my “experience” with her, with YOU all… Much Love Given and Received, Faith
2. “I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.” ~ Tenzin Gyatso, (14th Dalai Lama)
One week ago today I took a vow to be happy for the rest of my life no matter what. I knew as I took that vow that happiness would not always feel like the emotion of “Oh goody!” Sometimes life just doesn’t call for that. Sometimes life calls for something else like solemn respect, compassionate caring, peaceful mourning, rooted resolution or quiet change.
As I took my vow, I realized that true deep-in-the-heart happiness is always tuned inwardly. From there, it honors all experiences and resists none. It is always open and welcoming. But it can cry. It can let a feeling of disappointment pass through. It can be very, very still because anything but stillness would judge the appearance that is currently present. It can wait without reaction for inner wisdom to speak.
I think this is what the 14th Dalai Lama was pointing to in the quote above. If he found himself picking up the bodies of children after a war-action in a village, he would not say “Oh Goody!”, nor would I. But maybe he wouldn’t be afraid to look because he could look without judgment or hate; he could look with some realization that every unfolding in the universe is moving humankind toward the realization of its truth, which is forever present, forever open, forever loving. Solemn heart-centered realization, when it is called for, may be one face of happiness.
As I write this, I am reminded of Awakening Together’s fifth core value: “We accept all forms as temporary appearances permitted through enduring awareness of Self. We live this value by honoring all appearances and all experiences while continually reflecting on changeless truth.”
I have a lot of “Oh goody!” experiences, and that feeling of “Oh goody!” is increasing. Today I feel “Oh goody!” about the prospect of cleaning up the house after Christmas, doing some laundry, running errands and baking turkey pot pie. “Oh goody!” is becoming a primary experience. But it isn’t the only face of happiness. If I make the mistake of thinking “Oh goody!” is the only face of happiness, I may find myself closing to life experiences that are calling for a different welcoming response in me.
Great love and happiness, everyone.
3. Giving without Resentment: We may think that we are being generous to others, but when we resent them for not responding to us in kind, we need to question our own motives. Did we give unconditionally or did we give to get something back? Did we feel good in giving or did we feel that we were making a sacrifice? Only our honesty here can tell us whether or not our gift was genuine. If it was, we won’t resent it. If we resent it, chances are the gift was not given freely. ~ Paul Ferrini (worth the repost)
4. Meeting Our Fear with Compassion:
When you are feeling fearful, your only constructive course of action is to recognize your fear, realize that you are incapable of making good decisions, and begin to work on accepting your fear and moving through it.
Here are four simple steps:
1. Recognize your fear. Notice the signs that fear is coming up: shallow breathing, pounding heart, nervousness, anxiety, attack thoughts, anger.
2. Recognize that the solution your ego offers is motivated by fear and it can’t bring you peace.
3. Accept your fear. Get your arms around all of it. Say to yourself “It’s okay that I’m afraid.” Don’t try to make the fear go away.
4. Tell yourself “I don’t have to decide anything now. I can wait until my fear subsides to make any decisions that need to be made.” ~ Paul Ferrini
Thoughts and Quotes for Today 9.14.13 September 14, 2013
1. Authenticity: Don’t be concerned that your path is not like that of others. It takes courage to be yourself and not to live in reaction to the likes and dislikes of others. Be courageous and follow your heart. You need to walk your own unique path
in order to honor yourself and fulfill your spiritual purpose. If your life direction makes other people uncomfortable, then they do not have to share the journey with you. Don’t be disappointed, if this is the case. When others choose to leave, it is usually because they must move in a different direction to honor themselves. ~ Paul Ferrini
2. Your task is not to seek for love [or hear the Holy Spirit’s Voice], but merely to seek and find all of the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. It is not necessary to seek for what is true, but it is necessary to seek for what is false A Course In Miracles (T-I6.IV.6:1-2).
3. Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it!
when you learn the ability to love in the purest form then your life will be filled with love, because you will be love.
Rumi (Interesting Only Truth is True, Rumi was 800 yrs ago and ACIM in this century both with the same message)
4. You are not a body – neither a sick one nor a healthy one. You are spirit. Don’t let the body tell you what you are or how you should feel. Whatever seems to be happening to that body is not happening to you.
If it is not eternal then it is not real and it is of absolutely no value. If this is true, then what is the motivation for all that we do? Are we not striving to obtain and defend that which is of no value? Seeing this, one recognizes the meaninglessness and futility of the human condition. And yet the doing continues. But now the investment is withdrawn – I am not the doer, nor am I concerned about the results – more and more aware of the witness that rests in the eternal.
Thoughts and Quotes for Today 5.31.13 May 31, 2013
1. “The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.”― Mark Twain
2. “Then Universe is not outside you…. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already ARE.” ~ Rumi
3. Relationship as a Spiritual Path: One of the paradoxes of relationship is that we give our power away to others in order to learn to honor ourselves more completely. We become co-dependent with others in order to learn how to have better boundaries. We blame others so that we can learn to be gentle with ourselves and forgive our own mistakes. It is all a set-up.
We look for love and happiness through others to learn that we can find love and happiness only in our own hearts and minds.
Being in a relationship helps us learn to stand alone. The “We” is an incubator for the “I,” or true Self. When the true Self is actualized by both people, the spiritual purpose of the partnership is fulfilled. ~ Everyday Wisdom by Paul Ferrini
4. Can you love someone who does not need you, or do you need to be needed? All that need business is just body/ego stuff. There is nothing enlightened about it. On the other hand, the joy of heaven is increased when two or more are aware of the love that each already has and is, and they come together to share that love. It is not about need. It is about sharing and joining in the love that is already in the awareness of each. Thanks Benny