It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. – Sally Kempton
We have an internal saboteur, a gremlin, who keeps rearing its ugly head, several times a day, sometimes all day.
Once we can recognize that naysayer inside us, the very act of becoming aware of it, diminishes its power over us.
With practice we can let our real self, our strong, powerful, positive self, emerge. The fear subsides and the path becomes clearer by the day.
The first step must be to recognize this negative voice inside us…
Recommendation: Awakened Heart: Two Guided Meditations
There are many who are living far below their possibilities because they are continually handing over their individualities to others. Do you want to be a power in the world? Then be yourself. Be true to the highest within your soul and then allow yourself to be governed by no customs or conventionalities or arbitrary man-made rules that are not founded on principle. – Ralph Waldo Trine
Why does outside opinion matter so much to us? Can you believe that the claim oft made by the great religious luminaries God is in your heart, is true? And that if you listen, listen real closely and with deep awareness, guidance is made available to you?
Recommendation: In Tune With the Infinite
Your happiness grows in direct proportion to your acceptance and in inverse proportion to your expectations. – Michael J. Fox
Wow isn’t that true?
As we accept life as it is, flow with the river that is time, we experience an equanimity, we experience peace. You can still have ambitions and goals but you don’t tie yourself to the outcome that’s all. You understand that all life and its experiences have a purpose and you try to fathom that purpose.
Top that off with having no expectations of anyone else and your life problems are solved! Doesn’t mean that you don’t tell others what bothers you, but you’re not hurt by what they say or do. How? By understanding their humanness and by knowing that you decide how you react, not they.
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Being sensitive and responsive to human need creates genuine and lasting happiness, while such kindly attitudes safeguard the soul from the destructive influences of anger, hate, and suspicion. – The Urantia Papers (140:5.16)
Ok, so ‘genuine and lasting’ happiness can only be found when we are aware of and service other people’s needs! Would you agree?
Taking care of ourselves, our needs, finding our own life meaning etc., is all fine and dandy, but according to this quote long term and real happiness is found only in serving others…
Reminds me of an oft quoted phrase: ‘Living for a cause greater than yourself’
What is that cause you were meant to serve?
Recommendation: Way of the Peaceful Warrior
You have everything but one thing: madness. A man needs a little madness or else – he never dares cut the rope and be free. – Zorba The Greek
Why are we so timid when it comes to doing what’s best for us? We go about life, daily, in a humdrum fashion thinking that we have an eternity on Earth.
Why are we so fearful of taking the next step? We make all kinds of excuses to get to the most important things in life, the one’s that need our attention next.
When we care less about others and what they think of us, we can be more of ourselves and that magical madness can start to do its wonders…
Recommendation: Notes from the Universe
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison
What is success for you? It’s very important to know what you truly value in life. That in turn will help you define what success will be for you.
Where have you found success already? Asking this question will help you realize all that you have and all that you are. Maybe you’re successful already?
What more do you seek? This question can lead you to vistas and experiences unknown right now. It can also encourage you to stay on the determined path so that you don’t give up too early.
Recommendation: Little Gold Book of YES!
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for things we did not do that is inconsolable. – Sydney J. Harris
Our other regrets come from ways we couldn’t be. Like when we couldn’t be loving and patient, especially with our kids or our parents.
Regret is a lot of wasted energy. Instead of wallowing in what you couldn’t do or be, Do what you need to do and Be what you need to be, starting right now.
Then, we won’t have any ‘inconsolable’ regrets!
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