Sunday, February 17th, 2013 Focus: I choose to no longer be bothered by the behavior of others.





The day you are no longer bothered by the behavior of others is the day when you will be able to truly love, understand, listen and be close to them. They can be right up close to you, telling you in detail what they are going through and you’ll be able to listen to them without tiring.

Whenever you feel your energy has been sapped, analyze the person with whom you were talking and say to yourself, “The difficulty he’s had in his life, all that he talked to me about, I have all this within me. It has resonated with some of my memories and makes me feel heavy and lacking in energy.”

One day, we will have acquired such a capacity for loving another person that we will be able to give him a great sense of well-being simply by listening. We all do this at whatever level our resonance allows us to. Whether or not we like it or are aware of it, we are constantly linked to others and we exchange energy with them exactly like in dreams.

Excerpted from the article: 
Working with the Symbols & Symbolic Language of Life and Dreams — by Kaya.

Saturday, February 16th, 2013 Focus: I view endings as a sign that I have received the gifts and lessons I was supposed to receive from the experience.

When you think of your career, you probably feel it’s pretty normal to go through various phases and periods — with changing workplaces and colleagues. When you start a new career path, you don’t necessarily feel the old career path was a failure, you probably just feel you’ve grown and changed course and now want to try something new.

So, how would you feel if you viewed a relationship that ended in the same way? If you viewed it as a sign that you had received the gifts and lessons you were supposed to receive from this experience and were now ready to pass on to something new, something different, and maybe something even better?

In other words, if you saw a relationship as complete when it was over, as a success for being exactly what it was for you — instead of as a failure just because it ended?

Excerpted from the article:    
Does The End of a Relationship Mean You Failed?
by Tim Ray.

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 Focus: When people are bugging me, I ask myself, ‘What can I do that will help them?’

Our natural expression is Love. Any other expression we find ourselves in is just a warp of our true identity.

One of the great things I learned from Tibetan Buddhism is that we pursue enlightenment not for ourselves, but so we can help others wake up, help others move beyond their suffering and difficulty. This value is quite different than what we have here in our culture where we think mostly in terms of ‘I’m better than you are’ or ‘I’m going to be enlightened before you are.’

There’s a great, great Buddhist practice of praying that others will wake up before you do. Boy! Does this ever change your relationship with the people who are bugging you! You begin to ask, ‘What can I do that will help them?’ It’s a very powerful meditation.

Excerpted from the article:   
No One Is An Island: We Are Companions, Not Competitors  —  by Margaret Wolff.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 Focus: I choose to make exercise a “play break” that can be a highlight of my day.

We are physical animals, and daily exercise is essential to our health. In previous generations people’s days were filled with physical activity, but today we must find ways to fit movement into our lives. Our parents and grandparents needed to walk regularly and perform many other physical tasks to get through their days. But now we sit on our bottoms most of the time, and our main exercise is pushing buttons.

You can pick from a wide array of options: dancing, walking, swimming, skating, martial arts, cycling, tennis, yoga, to name a few. As the yogis say, “Follow your bliss.” Because exercise does more than just boost your physical health — it can enhance your mental and spiritual health as well.

The best way to achieve the full spectrum of “body and soul healing” accessible through movement is to approach this powerful therapy with the excitement and pleasure we knew in childhood, running outside on a beautiful day to play with friends. Instead of a dreaded “workout,” exercise then becomes a much anticipated “play break” that can be a highlight of your day.

Excerpted from the article:
Healing Moves: An Ideal Self-Care Strategy
by Carol Krucoff and Mitchell Krucoff, M.D.

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Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 Focus: Nothing in my mind or in my dreams is real.

Observe how the thoughts, beliefs, and stories, just like the feelings and emotions they trigger, are ever-changing, appearing and disappearing, but you are the awareness that is always present, always here. So, breathe and be the clear, unchanging awareness you are . . .

When you do this practice enough, you eventually realize that what you are is simply clear, radiant, present-time awareness itself. When you are no longer identifying so much with the contents of your mind — with thoughts, beliefs, and stories — you are freer of emotional stress and reactivity, and you experience more ease and harmony.

However, in order to pass through the final door to awakening or inner freedom, you have to use this practice to face everything in yourself, including all your demons. You have to face fear itself. If you truly face it and stay with it long enough, you’ll discover it isn’t real. Nothing in your mind or in your dreams is real. Only what is timeless, changeless, and always here is real.

Excerpted from the article:
A Dog Named Love & A Dog Named Fear: Which Are You Feeding?  —  by Jim Dreaver.

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