Sunday, October 28th, 2012 Focus: Once I become aware of any anger in my mind, I drop it and let it go.

Sunday, October 28th, 2012
 
Focus: Once I become aware of any anger in my mind, I drop it and let it go.

The ability to see your own anger is critically important. The rub is that we don’t want to see ourselves in this unflattering light, so we deny and resist it with all our might. Otherwise, anger is relatively easy to recognize. The absence of anger is love, and the presence of anger — no matter how sweetly it’s disguised or how justified it may feel — is not love. All anger is an attack directed externally against another.

Anger takes many forms: irritation, lack of patience, refusal to communicate, holding a grudge, talking behind someone’s back, insolence, making fun of someone, manipulation of another, criticism, blame, complaints, harsh words, yelling, hitting, rage, and whatever else you can think of. Even so-called mild irritation is a little temper tantrum — a tiny rage in disguise. How dare you bother me! How dare you ask me to wait! How dare you tell me no!

Sometimes anger is subtle. It appears rational. It’s packaged in kind words. It’s even presented in a helping context. “This hurts me as much as it hurts you, but I’m doing it in your own best interest.” Anger, however, is anger. And it doesn’t really matter how we experience or express our anger. What matters is whether or not we choose to leave the anger in our mind once we become aware that it’s there.

Excerpted from the article: Assertion, Anger or Aggression? by Karen Bentley.

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Saturday, October 27th, 2012 Focus: I create with others a world in which conscious love is the sole abiding reality.

 The Power of Emotion: Using Your Emotional Energy to Transform Your Life — by Michael Sky.

Emotions are the link between body, mind, spirit, and all our relationships, yet as Westerners we often suppress our deepest emotions, eventually causing a blockage of energy that leaves us numb and unable to access our authentic feelings. Michael Sky explains that emotions are the vital energy source inside each of us that we can harness and direct in a positive way to promote better physical health, mental clarity, creativity, and more satisfying relationships.  Readers will learn to positively experience and develop their emotions while enhancing their creativity and productivity to accomplish their goals. 

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Friday, October 26th, 2012 Focus: I pay attention to my negative feelings as they are an opportunity for learning and consciousness.

Friday, October 26th, 2012
 
Focus: I pay attention to my negative feelings as they are an opportunity for learning and consciousness.

When we feel judgmental, rather than denying those feelings, we need to look deeply into them to discover what is triggering them. Usually, we feel judgmental when we are frustrated because we have not followed our own truth in some way, or because we are having to confront another person who is reflecting one of our disowned selves back to us.

So, instead of simply blocking ourselves from experiencing our judgmental feelings, we need to be attentive to the fact that our judgments can provide us with clues for what we need to look at in ourselves; ultimately, they are healing gifts. If we try to suppress or ignore the feelings, we miss the opportunity for learning and consciousness. Condemning ourselves for being judgmental is simply judging ourselves for being judgmental!

When we can tap into spirit, we can unconditionally love ourselves — including the parts of us that are angry, judgmental, needy, and selfish. Then we naturally feel compassion and acceptance toward others as well. We recognize in them the same human attributes that we have learned to love in ourselves.

Excerpted from the article: Judgment Is As Judgment Does by Shakti Gawain.

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012 Focus: I approach others with respect and trust, with a great deal of patience and internal toughness.

Thursday, October 25th, 2012
 
Focus: I approach others with respect and trust, with a great deal of patience and internal toughness.

If we approach others with respect and trust, with a great deal of patience and internal toughness, we will slowly begin to find ourselves in a compassionate universe where change for the better is always possible, because of the core of goodness we see in the hearts of others.

Those who know the laws of the mind live in peace and security even in the midst of storms. They choose not to hate because they know that hatred only breeds hatred, and they work for peace because they know that preparation for war can only lead to war. “One day,” said Martin Luther King, Jr., “we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant good but a means by which we arrive at that good. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.”

Gandhi went to the extent of telling us to use right means and not worry about the outcome at all; the very laws of our existence will ensure that the outcome of our efforts will be beneficial in the long run. The only question we have to ask ourselves is, Am I giving everything I can to bring about peace — at home, on the streets, in this country, around the world? If enough of us start acting on this question, peace is very near.

Excerpted from the article:
Peacemaking: Actively Cultivating Peace as a Virtue

by Sri Eknath Easwaran.

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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 Focus: I am willing to let go of pretense and reclaim my natural joy and vibrancy.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
 
Focus: I am willing to let go of pretense and reclaim my natural joy and vibrancy.

The mask you are wearing is your personality. The biggest load you’re carrying in your life is your personality — the strain of pretense. Keeping it up weighs you down and sucks the life out of you. You blame so many things for the feeling of heaviness and lack of life. You blame your work, your relationships, your diet, your problems. And yet it’s your personality that has cut you off from your natural joy and vibrancy.

The personality makes you worried and emotional. It’s the cause of your moods and self-doubt, your depressions and times of misery. It’s fearful of the future and guilty or regretful of the past. It gets listless, bored and restless with the present. It lives off every kind of stimulus, good and bad, depression and excitement. And it’s utterly terrified of being found out — discovered as the phony and spoiler it is.

Do you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself? Then you’re ready to begin dismantling the personality.

Excerpted from the article: Removing Your Mask: Letting Go of Pretense by Barry Long.

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 Focus: Life can be happy, joyful, even magical, if we but allow it.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
 
Focus: Life can be happy, joyful, even magical, if we but allow it.

We’re looking for the elusive something that makes sense of life, that promises a better way, that by nature leads to a lighter heart, a spring in our step, a smile more often than tears. We’re looking for the calm underlying our thoughts, a generous peace of mind, a knowing that all is well, all is manageable, all is meaningful, and all is possible. And, yes, we’re looking for material well-being, as well.

We’re not looking for fluff — sweetness and light won’t work for very long. What we seek is sustainable through time, something our children and our children’s children can count on to help them create intensely fulfilling lives. We’re looking for concrete information that we can work with, that ignites our thoughts and fires our imaginations, and can lead to whatever we desire.

So we must pan for magic in some out-of-the-ordinary places. After all, if it were where we’ve looked before, we would have found it by now. I eventually came to realize that life isn’t meant to be constantly challenging and heartbreaking, that it can be happy, joyful, even magical, if we but allow it.

Excerpted from: From Questions to Insights by Lynda Dahl and Cathleen Kaelyn.

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