Keeping our eyes on our OWN paper!!
Thought for Today 5.6.15 May 6, 2015
This might be old news or simplistic AND I Love it…
“Be your Authentic Self. Your Authentic Self is who you are when you have no fear of judgment, or before the world starts pushing you around and telling you who you’re supposed to be. Your fictional self is who you are when you have a social mask on to please everyone else. Give yourself permission to be your Authentic Self. Dr. Phil McGraw
Thought for Today 4.19.14 April 19, 2014
Today I Will Judge Nothing That Occurs
Not recognizing how limited was my vision, I thought it possible to pass judgment on the people and events in my life. Yet many of the experiences that I have perceived as difficult or disastrous have provided me with major opportunities to shift my perception. Without these challenges, I could never see that each one gives me another chance to learn the very lessons that I most need.
Today, I will view without judgment every- thing that occurs, and I will remind myself frequently: Everyone exists with me, to be loved, not judged.
Thoughts and Quotes for Today 1.28.14 January 28, 2014
1. We simply do what is in front of us to do at any given time. We watch it all unfold without regrets or expectations – without trying to understand it, give it meaning, or judge it in any way. And regardless of what may seem to be happening, we abide in the peace of an awareness of our eternally changeless reality.
2. It’s not that bad things don’t seem to happen anymore. After enlightenment bad things still “seem” to happen. It’s just that we no longer judge whether it is good or bad, and so to us it is neither. We simply accept whatever seems to be happening knowing that nothing is happening, and we are not even the one it may seem to be happening to.
3. Do not judge another as being unworthy of love, for you are judging yourself. Do not compare or compete. Who are you comparing? Who are you competing against? There is only you. Be gentle, patient, kind and tolerant. Let your words reflect only mercy. Teach only love. See the perfection in another (the Christ) and you will find it in yourself.
4. Judgment is when I see in a way that would have me believe in what is not true – in a way that would have me withhold love.
5. We are awake in the dream when we know that it is just dreaming and we are no longer deceived – we no longer give it meaning or judge it in any way. Awake enough to see glimmerings of light beyond the appearances and to feel the joy associated with our awareness of an inner radiance. Awake enough to be aware of Love.
6. We are manifesting things and experiences all of the time. That’s what dreamers do. But most of it is according to old default settings. Our fears, judgments, guilt and grievances have been a part of us for so long that we are not aware of what our minds are doing and manifesting. It takes some willingness and vigilance to become aware and to change – to choose Peace, Love and Gratitude each moment. Thanks Benny
Thoughts and Quotes for Today 11.1.13 November 1, 2013
1. “What is IS the highest order.” ~ Byron Katie
2. “Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
3. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” ~ J.K. Rowling
4. You are the judge and the savior No one else can condemn you for your mistake or release you from your guilt. You must come to terms with what you have done. You must acknowledge your error and atone for it. The forgiveness of others is nice to have, but it means nothing if you cannot forgive yourself. ~ Paul Ferrini
Thoughts and Quotes for Today 9.19.13 September 19, 2013
1. Usually when we are sad it is because we are focusing on the exclusive story of little you, rather than on the magnitude of the inclusive wholeness of you. We know we are making progress when our little story does not concern us the way it used to. There is something much larger, expansive, certain and joyful in our awareness.
2. We are making choices every moment – choosing to forgive or hold grievances – to serve separate interests or the greater good – choosing love or fear – strength or weakness – to be aware and present or to let our mind wander, etc. The purpose of learning is to be aware and to make better choices – choices that lead to peace, freedom and an awareness of Love – choices that render a state of mind that is ripe for a shift in awareness – a broad expansive re-association of the mind that is all-inclusive.
3. The middle way is pretty much like being in the world but not of it. We still seem to be here but we are no longer deceived by any of it. We no longer feel threatened or fearful. We may appear to participate but we are not concerned about results. We smile a lot more as our light blesses the world. And absolutely nothing disturbs our peace.
4. Byron Katie is masterful at unraveling the mind: “As long as we’re at war with our own minds, we’re at war with the world and with the whole human race. Because as long as we want to get rid of our thoughts, anyone that we meet is likely to become an enemy. There is only one mind, and people are going to tell us what we haven’t dealt with yet in our own thinking. “You’re fat. You’re stupid. You’re not good enough.” If you are an enemy to your own mind, other people have to become enemies too, sooner or later. Until you understand, until you can love the thoughts that appear in your mind, then you can’t love the rest of us. You work with the projector — the mind — not the projected world. I can’t really love you until I question the mind that thinks it sees you outside itself.” -Arjuna Ardagh “The Translucent view”
5. Thank you, Thank You , Thank YOU…
Thoughts and Quotes for Today 9.18.13 September 18, 2013
1. Looking with an Open Heart and Mind: The world will never be good unless you are willing to see its goodness. What you experience depends on how you look at things. When you look with judgment, life is twisted and empty. When you look with an open heart and mind,
life is poignant and meaningful. What you see with fear or judgment is transformed when you learn to look with acceptance and love. ~ Paul Ferrini
2. “We have tried everything to get rid of suffering. We have gone everywhere to get rid of suffering. We have bought everything to get rid of it. We have ingested everything to get rid of it. Finally, when one has tried enough, there arises the possibility of spiritual maturity with the willingness to stop the futile attempt to get rid of it and, instead, to actually experience suffering. In that momentous instant, there is the realization of that which is beyond suffering, of that which is untouched by suffering. There is the realization of who one truly is.” ~ Gangaji
3. Living in the Present means not carrying emotional baggage from one moment to the next. Every instant is unique and can’t be replicated. ~ Anita Moorjani
4. “I call The Work “mental yoga.” And it is meditation. I invite people to meditate on each of these four questions. For example, if you are believing “He doesn’t care about me,” and are meditating on the third question (How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?), in that silence you begin to notice the feelings and emotions that occurred in that situation. You feel them rise from within, and mental images show you how you treat others and yourself when you believe that thought. With the fourth question (Who would you be without that thought?), people come to see what it would be like to experience a stressful situation without the thought that is creating the stress in the first place. It’s truly amazing to see what is revealed in that quietness. It can be life-changing! Imagine how it would feel, what kind of person you would be, how you’d be treating other people and yourself, if you didn’t believe your negative judgment of that person.” – Byron Katie
A note from Katie:
Almost every day I receive emails related to the state of the economy, to stress about income, jobs, and work.
For many people these are stressful times. Things seem to them more uncertain than ever, and they are often consumed by fear: fear of losing their jobs, fear of the conditions in the market, and most of all, fear about their co-workers’ and their own families’ welfare.
I invite you all to use The Work at Work in the same way as you use it in your day-to-day lives: to question your stressful thoughts, whatever they are in the moment. We can’t let go of our thoughts, but when we question them, they let go of us. And I don’t call it The Work for nothing! It is a lot of work in the beginning, and if it is freedom from fear that you are seeking, this economy is an opportunity for many of you to free yourselves in time from what seems like some very stuck areas.
For example, at work, or out of work, or maybe watching as your business shrinks in front of your very eyes, what are the stressful thoughts that take your mind over, replacing your confidence with fear?
What do you imagine that you need to do to boost your business or income?
Now what are you doing that you don’t need to do when it is at the expense of other people’s welfare and your own bankrupted spirit? Are you living mean-mindedly, unconsciously, as you sell yourself out by stepping on others competitively?
Make your list of amends, then make the amends, right out of your heart, asking yourself and others, if need be, how you can make it right, and then make it right.
Question any fearful thoughts that would stop you from making these amends or stop you from doing your real Work, and in the name of love, begin again.
A fearful life is what you can live well without. A fearless life is what you deserve, and enlightenment lived is security lived with or without the income that you think is worth selling your soul (your peace of mind) for. When you have The Work—your own truth surfaced—you have the way, because The Work works out of the answers inside you, the ones more important to you than anything else, the ones beyond physical welfare, that always bring physical welfare with them.
What thoughts are actually keeping you awake at night? What addictions take you over in the midst of your prior and present thinking? Transfer that thinking onto a Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet and do The Work on them or they will continue to work you. What thoughts keep you from giving your best at work, as well as out of work?
Let’s do The Work at Work where ever we are, in the name of the truth that sets us free: yours!
I love you, family, in every way, rich or poor, as my mind cannot believe any sane reason not to.