Saturday, August 25th, 2012 Focus: I appreciate what I already have rather than keep running towards what I don’t have.


Saturday, August 25th, 2012

 
Focus: I appreciate what I already have rather than keep running towards what I don’t have.
The inherent myth of a purely materialistic life is the belief that if we have more, know more and do more we will be happy. This materialistic myth creates the addictive mind-set we call the “more syndrome.”

The “more syndrome” keeps alive the hope and dream that just a bit “more” will bring happiness. The “more syndrome” keeps us running toward an imagined happiness and away from some imagined suffering, but the constant running itself creates suffering. The running keeps us out of touch with our spirit.

The mindful act of surrendering to what is already here slows the momentum of the more syndrome. Through this act of surrender we can begin to appreciate what we already have instead of always running toward what we do not have. The spiritual quality of gratitude awakens naturally as the more syndrome winds down.

Excerpted from: Mindfulness-Based Stillness Meditation: Developing the Quality of Gratitude
by Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson.

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Thursday, August 16th, 2012 Focus: I alone am in control of my actions.


Thursday, August 16th, 2012

 
Focus: I alone am in control of my actions.

When we quiet the mind, our transgressions emerge from the shadows and we become sensitive to our interaction with others. A turning point presents itself. Though we feel regret at having caused harm, there may still be a niggling voice whispering that our actions were necessary. Tit for tat; he deserved that; we were not acting, only reacting.

It’s important to remember that we alone are in control of our actions. When the words and actions of other people dictate our choices, we are not free.

We acknowledge our responsibility for our own thoughts and actions and feel regret for causing suffering. The remorse is deep and genuine, because we realize that when we harm others, we harm ourselves. We are all connected–interbeing.

Excerpted from: Making Amends to People You Have Harmed by Madeline Ko-i Bastis.

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Heart of Forgiveness: A Practical Path to Healing
by Madeline Ko-i Bastis.

Heart of Forgiveness helps readers reflect on what forgiveness really means and how it can heal their lives and relationships. Madeline Ko-i Bastis explores the difficult emotions that keep us from forgiving and offers tools to help us overcome them. Each section includes stories of forgiveness, a meditation, guided imagery, and other exercises to help understand forgiveness and letting go.

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Saturday, August 11th, 2012 Focus: I believe unconditionally in being well, whole, and happy


Saturday, August 11th, 2012

 
Focus: I believe unconditionally in being well, whole, and happy.

Some of us believe unconditionally in being well, whole, and happy while others seem to be stuck in their misery. Some people use illness and pain as a way to get attention, while others see their illness as their iden­tity. When these types of things are happening, it becomes difficult to change the situation because the pain or illness has literally become part of the person’s belief system.

Think of it like this: When we become injured or ill, the first thing that hap­pens is that we literally clamp down on the injury or illness. We hold our breath. We become tense. The reality of the moments sinks in, and then we become emo­tional. We embrace the symptoms as something we can’t help, and then we see the thing as controlling our lives — so it does. One minute we thought everything was fine, and the next minute we see ourselves as imperfect, sick, or injured.

How we approach and experience our illnesses and injuries has everything to do with the outcome. Early on I learned a very little thing that proved to be huge in my comprehension of healing. I realized that if I could treat an injury immediately after its occurrence, that injury would heal in record time; often, it would be as if it had never happened in the first place. As the emotions became involved, the injury became more ingrained and therefore a much more difficult experience to heal.

Excerpted from: Why Some People Heal and Others Don’t… by Meg Blackburn Losey, Ph.D.

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Thursday, August 9th, 2012 Focus: I choose to be part of the solution to the grave problems that confront humanity.

There are days when it is difficult to have hope. The newspapers are filled with stories of wars, terrorism and human suffering. There are times when our hope for humanity is seriously challenged by the actions or inactions of individuals and societies across the globe.

We all have a choice. We can submit to apathy and indifference or we can choose hope. This dialogue is about choosing hope and recognizing that we each have a responsibility to make a difference in the world.

In this book. Choose Hope, Daisaku Ikeda and I are not saying that choosing hope is a simple, easy solution to life and humanity’s serious problems. We are only saying that it is necessary if we are to create a better future. We are asking you to consider being part of the solution to the grave problems that confront humanity.

Excerpted from: Choosing Hope: Stepping Away from Apathy & Indifference by David Krieger and Daisaku Ikeda.

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Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 Focus: Performing a simple act of kindness can work wonders for the way I feel.

Research shows that a simple act of kindness can work wonders for the way you feel. Allan Luks, author of The Healing Power of Doing Good: The Health and Spiritual Benefits of Helping Others, surveyed more than 3,000 volunteers of all ages across the country, asking them how they felt after doing a good deed.

The results established that, after performing a kind act, most people feel a rush of euphoria, followed by a longer period of calm. Luks called this feeling “helper’s high,” and concluded that the initial rush of joy slowly gives way to long-lasting feelings of emotional well-being.

Even if you’re overstretched and don’t have time to do someone a favor, you can make people around you happy through simple gestures and words. Smile at the next person you see. Give someone a pat or a hug. Be generous with compliments. Say a kind word.

Excerpted from: How to Be Simply Happy by Shubhra Krishan.

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