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Month: November 2011 (Page 2 of 2)

Love or Fear?

This week’s question for reflection was inspired by Unity’s Path Reading for November 2011.

Are you remembering to choose love, trust, and gratefulness in these times of upheaval, chaos, and change?

If you feel lost or overwhelmed, you are not alone.  Just see if you can gently release it and bring yourself back to love, trust, and gratefulness.  Opportunity awaits!  This is a special reminder for me and for you.

How are you feeling in these changing times?

[This is one of my Compelling Questions]

The Power of Knowing Your Feelings and Needs

Peace Lily - Nonviolent Communication

“Violence in any form is a tragic expression of our unmet needs.”

– Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD

Everyone who feels pain – that means all of us – needs empathy.

I’m learning Nonviolent Communication (NVC), where you aim to look beyond the storyline into the underlying emotions and needs.  This is the basis for giving and receiving empathy in the NVC frame.

I just finished my third class.  I’m stunned by how off-track so much of my communication has been!

I’ve discovered that some of the words I use to describe feelings are not feelings at all.  For example, “pressured” is not a feeling.  It implies that someone is doing something to you.  Same with “abandoned”.

Here’s a NVC list of feelings and needs.  The lists aren’t definitive, but they are an excellent starting point to help you tune into your true feelings and needs.

I’m waking up to the fact that it takes some practice to know what I myself am genuinely feeling.  And there’s a reason for tuning into your feelings.

Distressing Feelings:  A Cover Up for Unmet Needs

I like the way my trainer describes challenging emotions as guideposts to underlying needs.  Danger!  There’s a need that’s not being met.  That’s when suffering can begin.

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October 2011 Review: Letting Go

[Editor’s Note:  I write a monthly review.  This is/was October 2011.  If you’ve arrived here from The Paradise Post, welcome!  Just click here to read the full article The Magic of Hypnotherapy.]

Strong rains have pummeled the earth several nights in a row now.  The rainy season has arrived.

Just as the seasons change, so do we.

When it comes to change, I’ve been reminded how it often involves these five stages of grief defined by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross:

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

It’s now understood that these five stages may be relevant not only in the process of dying, but in many different types of life transitions.  Especially ones that occur with a jerk.  The stages do not neatly occur in a linear fashion.  Some stages may be skipped.  And not everyone undergoes them.

But I have.  And I’ve found the denial stage especially tricky.  By its very definition, you don’t realize you are even in denial.  And it can get all mixed up with bargaining.  Until a sharp needle pricks the bubble, allowing clarity to emerge.

But it could be anger instead of clarity that pops out, which has its own challenges.  There’s the danger of turning it on yourself or projecting it outwardly.   Neither of which leads to happiness for one’s self or others.

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36 Inspiring Quotations from Albert Einstein

36 inspiring quotes from Albert Einstein to spark your sense of wonder, open your heart, and expand your perspective. Here's a taste: “Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”

Due to his brilliance, Albert Einstein was often called upon to offer opinions on many topics beyond the realm of physics. This accounts for the wide range of inspired quotations attributed to him.

Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955), the famous theoretical physicist, developed the theory of relativity and is considered the father of modern physics.   The nuclear physicist Robert Oppenheimer shared his impressions of Einstein by saying, “He was almost wholly without sophistication and wholly without worldliness . . . There was always with him a wonderful purity at once childlike and profoundly stubborn.”

I think this sense of wonder mixed with native intelligence comes through so clearly in Einstein’s best quotations.  Enjoy!

Best Quotes from Albert Einstein

“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”

“Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler.”

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

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