If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal. – Norman Vincent Peale
You control your thoughts and therefore control your actions. But for these thoughts to turn into things you must be at a high vibrational level. You’re at a high vibrational level when you think positive thoughts, feel joy in your being, are happy, feel love and optimism! Then you simply leave the ‘how’ to God or the Universe.
That does the trick!
So the steps are:
- Picture what you’d like
- Stay joyous, happy and positive.
- Leave the rest to providence.
Recommendation: Choose Them Wisely: Thoughts Become Things! – Mike Dooley
To understand is to forgive, even oneself. – Alexander Chase
- Do we understand why the person who irritates you acted in that fashion?
- Do we understand why we got irritated, what was it exactly?
With deeper, below the surface understanding we can truly know another, their real motives. With careful observation we can also uncover our own tendencies and motives. We can then be forgiving towards one and all, including ourselves.
Not being able to forgive is the biggest hurdle to living a spiritual and peaceful life!
Recommendation: The Awakening of Intelligence
If you think your life is about doingness, you do not understand what you are about. Your soul doesn’t care what you do for a living – and when your life is over, neither will you. Your soul cares only about what you’re being while you’re doing whatever you’re doing. – Neale Donald Walsch (Meditations from Conversations with God)
We pursue tasks, these tasks fulfill us and give meaning to our lives and we die while still doing stuff.
Which is all well and good because we certainly need work to be done, but did you ever wonder why we’re called human beings and not human doings 🙂 ?
There’s a beauty and sublime peace in life which can be experienced when we’re just being, because when we’re just being our mind chatter dies down, we can be in the flow and experience an equanimity which is otherwise hard to find!
Recommendation: The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
You will learn that you increase your burdens and decrease the likelihood of success by taking yourself too seriously. – The Urantia Papers
No matter what, you lose out if you’re not enjoying the present moment and the gifts it brings. Laugh, smile, inhale, jump, wink, kiss and make merry, this unique moment that you’re living is but a moment.
Recommendation: Savor this moment
The question is not, why start off on such a path? You have already started off. You did so with the first beat of your heart. The question is: Do I wish to walk this path consciously, or unconsciously? – Neal Donald Walsch (Meditations from Conversations with God)
You’re on the spiritual path whether you know it or not.
- So how can you make the most of it?
- How can a more conscious spiritual life contribute to your happiness or life effectiveness?
- What’s missing in your life?
- What would you love to have more of?
- Where-to is your life leading, ultimately?
- When will you spend time thinking about these things?
Recommendation: Meditations from Conversations with God – Neal Donald Walsch
Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. – H. Jackson Browne
If we don’t stretch ourselves, who will? How will we grow?
We can go out on a limb when we challenge our personal concepts.
How do we view us? Confident, liked, loved, capable and nice or the quite the opposite? Where and when do we short-sell us?
If we’re willing to look deeper into our self, gaining self-knowledge, understanding why we act or react the way we do, then that awareness, not a self-judgment, leads to direct contact with our inner, confident and capable self.
Then we become naturally capable of going out on a limb and taking a risk, growing and grabbing a handful of that desirable fruit!
Recommendation: Life’s Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Browne
What we see depends mainly on what we look for. – Sir John Lubbock
Do we ever pause to think, where our thoughts come from; I mean how did a particular thought arise or what caused it?
Once a thought arises what events (past or present), tendencies, biases and inclinations color this thought?
Our entire life experience is run by the thoughts we manufacture about what’s going on, these thoughts in turn are colored by our personality and life events.
Be aware of what you think and hence what you see.
Recommendation: Awareness by Anthony De Mello