Friday, March 22, 2019

Love Is What We Are Born With

We are not born with fear. That is something that has to be learned. We are taught to be afraid by circumstances, by people, by false belief. We are born with love, with trust, and with the desire to reach out, the desire to embrace and be embraced. We want to love and be loved because that is our natural state. Why have we chosen to create a state that is not an improvement upon our nature? Wouldn't it be better to embrace what makes us whole?

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

My Meditation Is Simple

When I read a book, that is my meditation. What I fold the laundry, that is my meditation. When I love my family, that is my meditation. Whatever I do, if I do it truly and with my entire presence, that is my meditation. It is no more complicated than we make it. Be where you are when you are there, and see the improvement that makes in the life that you are living.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

What They Look For

It is an unfortunately reality of the human race that we tend to find exactly what we look for. I say "unfortunate" because, for too many people, "what we look for" is the negative, the harmful, and the pain. We want to believe the worst about someone, so we find the worst. We could instead be looking for the positive, the hopeful, and the healing. We could be finding what would make things better. I'm willing to try. Will you?

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

We Do Not Fear The Unknown

We have a bad habit of making assumptions and then treating those assumptions as if they were valid facts. We are afraid because we have told ourselves that we have reason to be afraid, and then we shut down and never learn anything more. It is not the future that scares us. It is not change or what might be. What scares us is what we have chosen to believe. Perhaps, instead, we might choose to believe that we are not afraid. Perhaps we might choose to believe that we can make the future something beautiful. Just imagine what we might accomplish.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

I Shall Not Live In Vain

I may not be able to change the world, but I can change some part of it. I may not be able to convince all people, but I can help someone to see. I may not be able to do it all, but I can do something. Every little thing counts, and we can all do some little thing. Do your part to make the world a better place, and the world will be a better place. It really is that simple.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Changing Myself

When I was a child, everything was out there, somewhere. As I grew, I learned to assign boon or bane to more specific sources and thought that I had gained a great skill. If I could find the source of this misfortune then I could fix it and thus fix the misfortune. The more I learn, however, the more I come to realize that everything I have the power to fix is only that which is purely within, not without. I cannot tame the storm, but I can dance in the rain. I cannot change the world, but I can change my interactions with the world and, in doing so, the world changes. I can change me, and that is enough.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

There Is No Other

We create the idea of Other out of fear. There may be other symptoms - confusion, anger, pain, to name but a few - but, at heart, they all lead to fear. We do not know, and we fear what we do not know. It is, at times, easier to hide from that fear, and so we assign an Other. If we face our fears, however, if we take the time to learn, we usually find that there is no other. We find that we all share the same hopes and joys, the same heartaches and sorrows, and we find that we can work together to maximize the one and reduce the other. We are all together, and we will all feel the same sting or the same balm. What we most want for ourselves, we would do best to achieve for all.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

It Has A Song

We do not have the answer to every problem that comes along, but we do not need to have the answer at all times. Sometimes a song is just a song, and sometimes that is all it needs to be. Sing your own song, and sing for your own reasons, and you may find that you have less questions, or at least less questions that are of concern, anyway. Sing because you can and discover that you have all the reason you need to sing.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Laughter Is The Sun

Just as the harshest bite of winter wind can be made less bitter by the warmth of the sun, so too can your own personal winter find comfort and balm with the right remedy. A touch of laughter, a kind smile, the warmth of friendship. All of these and more can drive away the foulest of spirits and help you to overcome your coldest days. Look for the sun in your own life and you may find that things are not as bad as they once seemed.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Never Regret A Day

There are many days that we would like to put behind us and never consider again. For some, there may be more than others, but it is safe to say that we all experience this. Consider, however, that even your worst day can teach you something. Perhaps, then, the idea is not to forget the day entirely, but rather to forget those parts of it that no longer serve any useful purpose. Take hold of the lesson, and let even your worst experience transform into something beneficial.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

A Simple Life

The bells and whistles are not what make a good life. The smell of rain. The laughter of a child. The warmth of your loved ones together. These, and many like them, are the things that are central to a good life. You can add additional layers, additional decor, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that, but layers and decor are not the good life. Keep things in their proper perspective, remember what is central and what is extra, and you will be far more likely to enjoy the life you have. Celebrate what makes a good life, and you will celebrate life.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Sing Your Own Song

Everyone has an idea of what you should do and who you should be, but what is your idea? You may be surrounded by a great deal of noise, but no one knows the deeper recesses of who you are better than you do. That isn't to say that your ideas are automatically the best ideas. We can all have terrible ideas, no matter the situation, but we ultimately have to be the ones to make the decisions. Take your ideas and take their ideas, and mix them together in a way that works for you. In that way the world grows as well.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

See Your Own Flaws

There will never be a shortage of people willing to point out your flaws, but that is rarely the best way to learn. In order to get the most out of life, you have to be able to see the flaws for yourself. What someone else sees tends to make us defensive. What you see, you can do something about. You can't grow if you believe you're doing everything right, and everyone needs to grow. No one is doing everything right. See your flaws, learn from your flaws, and use that as a means to grow.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

This Is Just A Chapter

Every day is a new chapter in your life, but it is just one. Turn the page and keep going. You're never going to learn what comes next if you continue to obsess over a single chapter. Learn the lessons that you need to learn from this chapter, take some time to absorb them if you need it, but then keep going. What comes next might be exactly what you've been looking for.

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Monday, February 25, 2019

A Way Out

We often make the mistake of closing a door behind ourselves and then believing that we are trapped. We walked into the room, we took the action, but we forget about our own volition and power the moment things go wrong. We get scared, and that is perfectly normal, but we need to learn how to respond better. A deer in the headlights gets everyone hurt. We need to learn how to respond with at least a modicum of thought and consideration. If you walked into a situation, you can usually turn around and walk out.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Make A Life

Remember what counts
Don't lose time in making plans
Life is meant to be lived

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Forward Is Forward

I know it can be frustrating, sometimes, when things do not seem to be advancing at the speed you would prefer. It is hard to believe that you are behind, or that you are not accomplishing enough. Do not let that deter you. Life is not a race. Forward is forward and, so long as you are continuing to move forward, you are doing the right thing. You will have times where your movement is faster or slower. You will have times when you movement appears to have stopped altogether. Take breaks when you need them, then keep going. That's how we make progress, one interruption at a time.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Lead The Way

It is not enough to tell people what you believe, to tell people what you think is a better way. Words only go so far, and that so far is really not such a great distance. If you want to make a difference in the world, you must show people what you believe. If you believe in kindness, be kind. If you believe in charity, be giving. Show the world your belief and lead the way toward making things better. Consider this: if you lost the ability to communicate through words, would your actions still convey what you believe?

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Children Learn More

We spend a great deal of time telling children what they need to learn, but we often forget that we are showing them things to learn in everything we do. More importantly, what we show them has a far more lasting impact than what we tell them. Think of your own learning. How often did you dismiss what you were told in favor of what you could see in front of you? "Do as I say, not as I do" is an unrealistic expression. They might pretend, but what you say is not what is going to leave the more lasting impression.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Be A Beginner

The Beginner's Mind is the mind that says, "I am empty. Fill me." It is the mind that says, "I am here to learn. Let me see what there is to learn." It is the student, wiling to take risks, willing to get things wrong in order to gain a greater understanding. The Beginner's Mind is more open to possibility, less likely to close the door with a denying, "I already know this." The Beginner's Mind is how we learn, and approaching each day with the Beginner's Mind helps to insure that we are always ready to learn.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

What You Already Know

There is hardly anything worse for impeding the ability to learn than the insistence in believing what we already know. In order to learn, you have to be willing to set aside what you think you know, to examine things in the light of not knowing, and be open to the possibility of being wrong. If you believe you already have the answers, you are likely to close your eyes to anything that contradicts those answers, maybe even subconsciously. It's human nature. We don't like to be wrong, but accepting that possibility is the best way to learn.

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