July 26, 2014

Pave the way for new beginnings

It’s a new moon tonight, a perfect time to reflect on old goals, set new ones, and open yourself to new beginnings and all the possibilities that go along with them.

The new moon also brings a calmness to your psyche, allowing you to breathe deeply, truly relax, and observe your emotions and motivations from a detached perspective.

Take advantage of the energy that the new moon brings to look within yourself and set a new course for the coming month — or reaffirm a positive course that you are already on!

A word on new beginnings, from English novelist Arnold Bennett:

The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose. 

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July 21, 2014

Keep rubbing the coin that is your heart . . .

Thought of the moment, courtesy of author and poet Maya Angelou in her book Letter to My Daughter:

The human heart is so delicate and sensitive that it always needs some tangible encouragement to prevent it from faltering in its labour. The human heart is so robust, so tough, that once encouraged it beats its rhythm with a loud unswerving insistency.

Two sides of the human heart — fragility and fortitude. The sides oppose one another, yet both require the same crucial ingredient — encouragement — in order to persist, to flourish.

Surround yourself with people, places and environments that encourage and support your heart. Do this always. And above all else, make sure that you yourself are the biggest, loudest, most loyal and enduring source of encouragement in your own life.

July 20, 2014

Observed on the street: “Can I drive this time?”

Observed on the street: A young girl of about 5 and her father walk towards their car outside a local drug store. The little girl skips along beside her father, and, as they approach the vehicle, chirps out hopefully, “Can I drive this time, Daddy?”

:-)

July 17, 2014

Give fear and doubt the busy signal

Quote of the moment, courtesy of Edith Armstrong (and my mother!):

I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love and abundance. Then, whenever doubts, anxiety or fear try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal — and soon they’ll forget my number.

Our attitude to life and what it brings our way really does depend on which thoughts we choose to broadcast over our internal sound systems. We can turn some thoughts way up and others down to zero. Choose your sound track wisely, for the music of your mind has wide-reaching impact on many areas of your life.

July 2, 2014

Unfurl, unrushed

Thought for the month, source unknown:

We grow one petal at a time.

Through thick and thin, good and bad, joy and sorrow, we grow slowly, delicately, one petal at a time.

With each new petal we unfurl, we become more beautiful.

June 11, 2014

The mystery of your moment

Alix Kates Shulman writes in her memoir Drinking the Rain:

Within walking distance of any spot on Earth there’s probably more than enough mystery to investigate in a lifetime.

In other words, be present to the sights, sounds and sensations that shine in your immediate surroundings. What may seem like your normal “mundane” is home to untold wonders, if only you open yourself to look.

June 3, 2014

The most important things in life . . .

Thought for the day, courtesy of American author and anthropologist Nora Zeal Hurston:

The most important things in life are to work and to love.

Are you satisfied with both of these elements in your life? If not, what can you do to change that?

May 31, 2014

A stillness that unmasks

Thought for the last day of May, courtesy of Franz Kafka:

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

Be open to the rolling. Welcome it with joy.

 

May 26, 2014

The (im)possibility of love

Thought for the weekend, courtesy of Thomas Merton:

Love is not a matter of getting what you want. Quite the contrary. The insistence on always having what you want, on always being satisfied, on always being fulfilled, makes love impossible.

May 17, 2014

Unshackle the chains that bind you

Something to consider:

So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
And we never even know we have the key.
(Lyrics from the song “Already Gone” by the Eagles) 

We do tend to create constraints, barriers, walls and cages for ourselves in life. Most of these fortifications are unnecessary; they serve no purpose except to prevent us from venturing in directions where we might get hurt.

Perhaps we create these chains because we are afraid of the unknown places — of open territory where we are completely uncovered and vulnerable — so we close the door and lock it tight before we even take a glimpse over the threshold. Maybe we reel ourselves in because we doubt our ability to succeed or thrive — or we erroneously believe that we don’t have the right to succeed or thrive. Or maybe we simply refuse to see the world beyond the narrow borders of our own experience, to recognize that we always have choices, that we are never “stuck” anywhere, that we always have the ability to change our situations, to break free, to grow.

All we have to do to escape our chains is pick up the key that lies inside each one of us — a beautiful, shining key forged from our own courage, strength, confidence and self-worth — and unbolt the door.

This week, why not try unshackling a chain or two in your own life. The tools you need are already there inside you. Set yourself free.

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