Monthly Archives: November 2014

Reflections…..

SOME REFLECTIONS ON LIFE

 Committed hard work will always win in the end even over any innate talent that we, or others may seem to have. Talent can easily die under the pressure of arduous work whereas committed and dedicated action – by rolling up its sleeve and getting on with it – will undoubtedly achieve eventual success. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. ” Aristotle

Anger shouts at us, it irritates and agitates us. Humility on the other hand has nothing to say unless it’s just through its sheer presence of just being – accepting and celebrating this divine gift of inspiring life. Discard your anger, let go of your angst and find the well-spring of peace and contentment bubbling up through your life and from this humility will flow.     

As we get older we should strive to be bolder, more adventurous more willing to take chances because time is running out and in that sense we have nothing to lose. So be brave – this is a must.

 Don’t take life too seriously, it could kill you.

 Never, ever allow someone to undermine your confidence and your self-worth. Always value who you are and what you can achieve in life. Be a ‘ personal spokesperson ‘ for yourself, but not in a showing off, loud way but a quiet confident way that gives people the right impression of your quiet strength.    

 As a mindfulness practice start a Positivity Book – a record of all that you value. Write in it your deepest thoughts and reflections, your inspiring quotes. Paste in post cards, photographs, clippings from magazines and newspapers, anything that has positive meaning for you and will inspire you to build on it.  

 Compassion is not only to be applied to others but also ourselves, especially when we are hurt and in pain. We all make mistakes but that is no reason to be harsh and severe with ourselves. Providing we acknowledge our wrongdoing and make reparation plans then that’s all we can do and, in time, it will be enough.

 Surrendering to the mystery of life allowing uncertainty and bewilderment to infuse your being will probably take you nearer to enlightenment than anything.

 Undue harsh criticism from others can damage our health. When people ‘ attack us ‘ in this way stand your ground and politely try to point out the unfairness of the situation – with absolute clarity  – then leave their company gracefully.

 Reduce your consumption of everything and offer up the savings to an appropriate local, caring charity.

 Effective time management is an art that we all need to engage with and refine according to our own personal needs. Precision here will always pay dividends; it will ensure the maximization of our efforts and the corresponding results.

 We are not built for work alone – there is also rest, play, social time and alone time – all of which we have to attend to if we are to become fully rounded individuals. Never let go of his thought, never allow work to totally dominate your life.

 Patience allows us to stay on course and not prematurely rush off to actions and conclusions that get us into trouble.

I was once told that every time I spent money I was voting for what should be in the world. This statement made a powerful impact on me and stayed with me, so please – chose carefully!

 There are decent people around if only you look. And if you cannot find one then make a decision to become one.

 The profound nourishment and richness derived from love is immeasurable – find love in your relationships, in all aspects of your life. Love, love, love…“ Not to love is not to live, or it is to live a living death. The life that goes out in love to all is the life that is full, and rich, and continually expanding in beauty and in power.” R W Trine

 

Michael Lewin

 

 

 

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Ram Das

“We’re here to awaken from the illusion of separateness”

“We’re fascinated by the words but where we meet is in the silence behind them.”

“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”

“I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion–and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.”

“In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.”

“Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.”

“Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.”

“The next message you need is always right where you are.”

“ What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution.”

“ Learn to watch your drama unfold while at the same time knowing you are more than your drama.”

“The game is not about becoming somebody, it’s about becoming nobody.”

“Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it!”

“I see my life as an unfolding set of opportunities to awaken.”

“Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally.”

John Keats

“ Several things dovetailed in my mind and at once it struck me, what quality went to form…..Achievement especially in literature and which Shakespeare possessed so enormously – I mean Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.”

 

Sheldon Kopp

An Eschatological Laundry List

From ‘If you Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him’ by Sheldon Kopp, with profound thanks for the gift of his life.

  1. This is it.  2. There are no hidden meanings.  3. You can’t get there from here, and besides there is no place to go.  4. We are already dying, and we’ll be dead a long time.  5. Nothing lasts!  6. There is no way of getting all you want.  7. You can’t have anything unless you let go of it.  8. You only get to keep what you give away.  9. There is no particular reason why you lost out on some things.  10. The world is not necessarily just. Being good often does not pay off and there’s no compensation for misfortune.  11. You have the responsibility to do your best nonetheless.  12. It’s a random universe to which we bring meaning.  13. You really don’t control anything.  14. You can’t make anyone love you.  15. No one is any stronger or any weaker than anyone else.  16. Everyone is, in his own way, vulnerable.  17. There are no great men.  18. If you have a hero, look again; you have diminished yourself in some way.  19. Everyone lies, cheats, pretends. (yes, you too, and most certainly myself.)  20. All evil is potentially vitality in need of transformation. 21. All of you is worth something if you will only own it.  22. Progress is an illusion.  23. Evil can be displaced but never eradicated, as all solutions breed new problems.  24. Yet it is necessary to keep struggling toward solution.  25. Childhood is a nightmare.  26. But it is so very hard to be an on-your-own, take-care-of-yourself-cause-there-is-no-one-else-to-do-it-for-you grown-up.  27. Each of us is ultimately alone.  28. The most important things each man must do for himself.  29. Love is not enough, but it sure helps.  30. We have only ourselves, and one another. That may not be much, but that’s all there is.  31. How strange, that so often, it all seems worth it.  32. We must live within the ambiguity of partial freedom, partial power, and partial knowledge.  33. All important decisions must be made on the basis of insufficient data.  34. Yet we are responsible for everything we do.  35. No excuses will be accepted.  36. You can run, but you can’t hide.  37. It is most important to run out of scapegoats.  38. We must learn the power of living with our helplessness.  39. The only victory lies is in surrender to oneself. 40. All of the significant battles are waged within the self. 41. You are free to do whatever you like. You need only face the consequences.  42. What do you know for sure…anyway? 43. Learn to forgive yourself, again and again and again and again.

James Hollis

The journey is home……

“This search for God, this longing for meaning and understanding, while often frustrating, has given me greater acquaintance with many gods along the way – all, especially the dark ones, worthy of and demanding respect – and many good and many bad people, but always an interesting life. In the end, having a more interesting life, a life that disturbs complacency, a life that pulls us out of the comfortable and thereby demands a larger spiritual engagement than we planned or that feels comfortable, is what matters most. To have been here, to have wrestled with such things, to have lived such questions, to have kept the mystery before us, to have joyfully accepted being ‘ defeated by ever larger things. ‘ to have kept one’s appointment with destiny, to have taken one’s journey through this dark, bitter, luminous, wondrous universe, to have risked being who we really are, is, finally, what matters most.”

Laurie Seagel

” Every day I gained more and more pleasure from this listening and looking, always seeing and hearing more clearly. As time went on, I appreciated how glorious and beautiful existence is, living. I saw how busy, preoccupied were most people with doing, making. Existence was already so much to enjoy, so grand and lovely, so exquisite.”

 

 

Polly Berrien Berends

“ Everything that happens to you is your teacher. The secret is to learn to sit at the feet of your own life and be taught by it. Everything that happens to you is either a blessing which is also a lesson, or a lesson which is also a blessing. “