"Take the life that you have, and give it your best."
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Information doesn’t make us spiritual. We have to act on it.
When someone asks us for help, are we quick to say yes...or no? When a difficult person shows up in our life, do we embrace him/her as someone sent to teach us something, or just another hassle to deal with?
Today, think about a teaching that resonates with you. Ask yourself if you are truly living it. If you are not (or not as much as you can), that’s OK... Recognition is the first step. But what you choose to do from here on out is up to you (and only you). Will you choose to live up to your potential and really make a change for the better or will you ignore what your heart tells you to do? The choice is yours...
“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,”
Monday, March 5, 2012
|Photo by Nikola Tamindzic|
"I forgive myself for negative choices of the past by living in honesty today. I now choose to live in truth." ~Denise Marek
What does it mean to live in truth?
Forgive yourself for everything that was and start living for tomorrow. Create the destiny that you truly know you’re capable of.
The power to create the best you and the best life possible for tomorrow is in this moment. You can find the strength within to use the key of forgiveness to let go of the past and move into the future with a new perspective and an abundant appreciation for this fresh start. You have the opportunity to create an outcome for your life that’s of your choosing.
Use the power of your mind to say: I’m strong. I do deserve a new start. It’s okay to be me. It’s okay to have had my experiences. I accept that this is how I’ve lived, and I’m aware of how it has affected me. I forgive myself now for living that life, and I choose to never go back to it. I will break the patterns and cycles of the past.
You can be happy with yourself. You can enjoy peace because you choose to no longer be controlled by your ego. It’s okay to be you. It’s good to love and forgive yourself for everything that was and start living for tomorrow. Create the destiny that you truly know you’re capable of.
You can become the person you want to be. You can change—if you do the work. Even if you’ve been very negative and hurtful, you can choose to transform and not be like that any longer. You can become a committed, honest, loving, compassionate individual; you never have to go back and re-create negativity in your life or the lives of others. Tell yourself:
I no longer live in that mind-set. I no longer think those thoughts. I’m no longer controlled by my ego’s presence. I forgive myself for negative choices of the past by living in honesty today. I now choose to live in truth.
What does it mean to live in truth? It means to live honestly at all levels. It’s not just about what you say; it’s about thoughts, actions, and the way you live. This involves authenticity—to live in alignment with who you know your true self to be. What you’ll receive is very empowering. You become free to live and explore the truth of who you really are as you move toward the future. You’re at liberty to change, develop, and go further in you own life within your own true spirit and mind.
By Denise Marek
Monday, February 27, 2012
"Just as our acts of kindness can create good effects in the world around us and abroad, so too can our acts of negativity and unthoughtful ways"
Everything you do matters. Everything you don't do matters. Each choice, each form of action and non-action has it's effects. Whether these effects are good or bad depends on you. A simple smile can truly change someone's life. You never know what someone is going through at any given moment, or how they will react to your actions or lack thereof, and although we cannot save the world every single second of our lives, we sure can do our best not to make it any harder for others and ourselves.
It takes a conscious effort on our part to act in kindness towards others and even courage and strength to show kindness towards people who can be difficult to deal with. However, it is in our best interest to practice this kindness each and every day, hour, and moment. The more beauty we send out into the world, the more beautiful our own world becomes. The kinder we are to others, the kinder others will be to the people in their own world, and so on.
Just as our acts of kindness can create good effects in the world around us and abroad, so too can our acts of negativity and unthoughtful ways, which can be hurtful, whether intentional or non-intentional. This is why it is so important to remain conscious of our thoughts, feelings, actions and the way we handle all of them. We need to study our emotions and behavior patters and try as best we can to cultivate our best selves. We have to remember that our feelings aren't the only feelings that matter in the world. And that we are effective in this world whether good or bad, whether we like it or not. There is no avoiding this. There are only two options, and that is to be either a positive effect or a negative one.. the choice is always ours.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Ready or not, some day it will come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It wont matter where you came from.
It wont matter whether you were born beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant. So what will matter?
What will matter is not what you bought but what you built. Not what you got, but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.
What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live on in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
"Every desire reveals your true nature." ~ David Deida
Every day you want to do many things, from hugging your lover to earning money. Why? What feeling underlies all your hopes and dreams? This feeling is the tension between who you really are and who you assume yourself to be.
Consider your desire for intimate relationship. There are many reasons for engaging in a relationship. But you only feel utterly fulfilled in intimacy when you and your lover trust each other so much that you are willing to let down your guards, open your hearts, and love. This is your deepest desire in intimacy because, in truth, you are open as love—but you assume yourself to be a separate, isolated individual. So you scheme and dream to experience in your relationship what, in truth, you already are.
You want to enjoy financial security because, in truth, you are abundance, although you assume only effort will provide a feeling of ease. You enjoy dangerous sports because in every moment you are at the edge of death—the ultimate edge of winning or losing—and yet your assumed security makes you seek risks. You want to eat chocolate because, deep in your heart, you are blissful fullness, though you often close to its pleasure and so seek its taste.
Through your daily round, you seek to approximate the truth of who you are that you have lost touch with. This drama of approximation is the story of your life. You never quite succeed like you hope to. You never quite get the love you really want. And so you either try harder or give up trying. In either case, you are missing the point of existence.