I was going to buy a copy of ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’, and then I thought: What the hell good would that do? – Ronnie Shakes
Well why is all this positive thinking stuff, good health, happiness, joy, God, life purpose, love etc., necessary or even valid?
Well sometimes you need to turn a commonly accepted concept on its head. Why accept what others tell us? Why accept what any book or article tells us? How can we know for sure? How can we be sure about anything?
Recommendation: Here Be Dragons: An Introduction to Critical Thinking
Nothing is worth more than this day. – Goethe
How often do we forget, that we don’t have all eternity (at least here and now!). We start thinking each day is just like another, mundane and boring. Don’t we all do that? Why do we forget that each day is truly unique, every moment that we breathe is like none other before? This is actually a testament to God’s creativity that everyone and everything is brand new, moment by moment and daily!
So let’s breathe in this perspective and enjoy each moment as best we can. Enjoy this day as one that’ll be gone forever soon enough. Realize that maybe this is the last year of our life, how should we live it?
Go kick some tires, smell some roses, peck some cheeks and yell ‘hooray’ once in a while, Life is Good (Part 2)!
Recommendation: Love: What Is Life All About
Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Do you ever get the feeling that everything’s got to have a purpose, that you have got to have a purpose, otherwise all that we do is for naught?
Well that’s exactly how it is. There’s a purpose and a season for everything and everyone.
- What is your purpose in life?
- What have events in your life prepared you to do, today?
- Or what are they preparing you to do eventually?
Answers to these questions and real direction can be had if you but “learn to get in touch with silence within yourself”.
Are you going to try it?
Recommendation: On Life After Death by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
The quieter you become, the more you can hear. – Ram Dass
True silence can do wonders. True silence is that of the mind not that of the audible kind. As we become more still, we can observer better, we listen more intently, we perceive a lot more and our sense of intuition flowers! Inspiration and creativity is heightened when we let our mind settle down naturally.
How do you do that?
Watch yourself. Watch as thoughts arise, notice their origin, and where they lead you. Observe how you act or react to any incident. Get to know yourself intimately, in this fashion. Your effortless watching of self leads to a quiet alertness that connects you to the essence of all that is.
A peace beyond understanding, a joy inexpressible, emerges!
Recommendation: The Power of Now
Turn your attention to the many ways in which you are blessed in your life; think of these things with sincerity, and you will discover an endless stream of blessings that come to you. – Teacher Olfana
Every time we think, it’s a thought we’re choosing. And each of those times it’s up to us if we want to choose a positive thought or one that doesn’t serve us. If you believe that thoughts that you think today manifest themselves in our lives tomorrow, then all the more reason you want to pick just the right thoughts. You are your own master, don’t relinquish that right.
One great way to have the right kind of thoughts is to keep your focus on what’s working really well in your life. Be thankful.
Some of the most powerful ideas that work are that simple.
Recommendation: Living the Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes
If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic. – Hazel Henderson
Isn’t that the trick? We simply don’t know enough about the future!
It’s in our best interests to be stay positive and jump in without too many preconceived notions.
Thus we can truly handle whatever God throws at us! Let’s play until the very end.
Recommendation: Thoughts Become Things
Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. – Marianne Williamson
First acknowledge all that’s good and great about what you have and all that you are. Know it and feel it. Express gratitude. Stay in this state as long as you can!
Next, flow with life. Because joy is also something that happens when we accept things to be just as they are. And don’t try to fight circumstances. Just flow.
Life is good!
Recommendation: Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering