The body, mind and emotions are instruments which can be used by either the self-centered nature or the God-centered nature. – The Peace Pilgrim
a role model
In my very early years of enquiry into the spiritual life Mildred Lisette Norman Ryder was a major influence. She’s more popularly known as The Peace Pilgrim. Her story is an amazing one. Her life was the message, a message of finding inner peace and spreading it via contact. She walked, literally hiked, all over the United States for 28 years of her life, walking the talk instead of just talking about it! You may download or order a printed copy of her inspiring book here.
Her central message is that we must be genuinely peaceful first and then that peace can be a beacon for others.
This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love. – The Peace Pilgrim
She speaks about 4 Preparations, 4 Purifications and 4 Relinquishments in order to achieve a peace beyond understanding one that is invincible!
More here or in her book!
Recommendation: Peace Pilgrim
Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. For every one who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door of salvation will be opened. – The Urantia Papers
what to ask for?
It’s a law of the Universe. We must ask before it can be given. We must look around and knock at doors before the way opens for us.
What should we be asking for?
ask for the highest
And everything of lesser importance and as it relates to your eternal life will be given automatically. Everything in the Universe is spiritually focused. All that we do on this planet has value only if it’s of a spiritual nature especially in our relationships with others. So seeking the highest gives us the rest.
Recommendation: The Urantia Papers
Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality. – Ralph Marston
The Best From Yourself
Life is built out of expectation. Expect the best of your self however don’t punish yourself if you fail. If you don’t live up to your own expectations then internally you’ll berate yourself which will yield a lower self-esteem. When your self-esteem is lower your actions and reactions towards others will be affected.
The Best From Others
Expect the best of others but don’t punish them for failing to reach up to your expectations. So here’s the formula for success:
- Expect the best from your self and others.
- Take necessary action.
- Recognize and honor what you and others do well.
- Forgive what you and others don’t do well.
Recommendation: Life Without Stress
It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking . . . in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet. – Franz Kafka
Kafka is calling us to listen and to be, with full intention and attention. This deep level of being allows us to be one with all that is. In this foundational repose you’re fulfilled and want for nothing.
This deep stillness is a level of being that can be reached daily and with life changing impact. You awaken the love that might be dormant inside you. You awaken to the full possibility of life, joy, success and happiness. Life which is always abundant can now be claimed by you to do with it what the Universe pleases.
Recommendation: The Art of Being
Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. – Rumi
As your internal (thought created) chatter dies down you can more easily connect with the under-current of Life itself. This can be best achieved via some form of meditation; and staying in the moment as much as is practical and possible.
Notice the thoughts that pop into your head through-out the day, especially when you practice stillness. All the higher thoughts, ones that are filled with love and creative ideas are the ones to focus on! Journal these thoughts, they then become a deeper part of you, which is the idea!
Recommendation: The Art of Meditation
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust
The Lovely People Around Us
Notice them, there’s many of them, in your family and outside it. Look for that essence that defines them, inside them and interact with that alone. That’s the real beauty that surrounds us.
Being grateful is the key to all happiness and abundance. Be thankful for whoever and whatever you possibly can. Give the heartfelt thanks in the form of prayer and actual words. Wish others well. Give of yourself. Life is nothing but good then.
Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it this year on Thursday, November 25th!
Recommendation: Savor This Moment
When I first open my eyes upon the morning meadows and look out upon the beautiful world, I thank God I am alive. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Beauty Around Us
The beauty and opportunity around us and ahead of us is boundless. We’re blessed in ways we don’t (can’t?) imagine! Life is good and progressively moves in the direction of working out for the very best for one and all.
And be thankful. When we express gratitude we connect directly with the very source of all that is! When we’re thankful we complete the circle of God’s beneficence towards her creation. God gives and exults in that providence, we accept the bounty and express our personal satisfaction in this the grandest of all adventures! Thank you God!
Recommendation: Thank You, God, For Everything