Because of you, I am beginning again to believe in miracles. Because in the depth of despair over losing your beloved son you took me into your arms and guided me back onto a track where love is real, positive thinking is a choice that saves us, and miracles do happen.
Listen to yourself all day today -- are you an uplifting, inspiring, positive person to be around? Or you point out what is wrong with everything? Are blaming, judging and criticizing your default patterns? Do you focus on people's weaknesses? If this is you -- STOP IT!
Looking back, I can better appreciate the incredible amount of grace my parents have shown. While it may not have mattered to me as a child, the complete lack of privacy and the inability to dictate their own comings and goings must have posed real challenges for my parents.
We don't need to solve our problems as much as we need to transcend them and see the truth about them. Solving problems in the world gives us a momentary high and then an empty place for the next problem to fill; transcendence gives us freedom.
Deep, compassionate, committed listening is what breaks the dark spell. Out of the emotional connection, understanding, a newfound cooperation, more trust, peace of mind, and ease is present in the relationship and in your life in general.
I see the dynamic phase of my spiritual growth as one that will bring me more and more into a state of balance as I contribute, in my own way, to help bring about a greater sense of balance in the world through the work I do. A positive feedback loop.
Worrying about yesterday is about as productive as sawing the sawdust. You can't go back and change anything that you did yesterday. For that matter, you can't even change what you did two minutes ago!
Winter trudges through darkness and cold, summer with heat, humidity, and daylight that never ends, followed by autumn with dry days and chilly nights, yet it is spring that nourishes our soul and allows us a to gather a years worth of energy, strength and faith.
A child you know is grieving. It breaks your heart. You wonder what you can do to support them. Here are some guidelines.
Since I know I've triggered your brain to think about that one thing you really don't want to do (you're welcome), I want to share with you how I successfully crossed my most recent dilemma off of my to-do list without pulling my hair out.
Even though I subscribe to the practice of being present-in-the-moment through mediation and Yoga, it's often more of an ideal than a practice. Every day I have a "to-do list," what I need to get done to keep everything moving, and in my mind, to keep everything from falling apart.
We'll trust an unknown airline pilot to keep us safe at 30,000 feet, but heaven forbid we give our partner or neighbor the benefit of the doubt when they're having a bad day.
Consciously constructing positive habits -- or a life, for that matter -- is a dance between noticing what's working now, imagining a brighter future, and taking tiny steps everyday, moment by moment, to move in the desired direction.
The more you communicate in this way with your partner, honestly and directly, yet with compassion, the closer and stronger your relationship will become.
If we aren't fully satisfied with the life we are leading, maybe it's because our mind is not in sync with this deeper part of ourselves, and we are not on the path to achieve the needed integrity to make us whole.
As soon as someone says, "So, tell me more about you," I find myself giving a long dissertation about my job. But, it's time to honor who we really are in this world. Be brave and bold and honest about the person you are deep down inside.