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Month: March 2013

The Heart of March: Empathy

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Welcome to my monthly collection of interesting articles, books, and resources plus a mini-monthly review.

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108 Quotes to Inspire Love, Happiness, and Freedom

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Inspirational quotations are a powerful way to transform your heart and mind if you actually use them for more than a moment’s inspiration.  Don’t let the inspiration float by, but bring it fully into your consciousness, allowing it to alter your way of being.  Here are three ways to use inspiration quotations as seeds for positive change.

  1. Reflect on a new quotation each morning to infuse each day with a larger perspective.
  2. Choose a single quotation that addresses a habit you would like to change or a quality you would like to embody.  Then work with it for an extended period.  Post it in prominent places as a regular reminder.
  3. Use a quotation as a starting point for a reflection, free-writing, or a blog post.

Spring symbolizes rebirth and regeneration.  As flowers break through the ground and a display of color appears all around us, may you use this offering of inspiration to become who you truly are in every possible way.

A Feast of Inspiring Quotations

  • “A little kingdom I possess, where thoughts and feelings dwell; And very hard the task I find of governing it well.” – Louisa May Alcott
  • “There are two things over which you have complete dominion, authority and control – your mind and your mouth.” – African Proverb
  • “Silence is medication for sorrow.” – Arab Proverb
  • “This is what I am learning, at 82 years old: the main thing is to be in love with the search for truth.” – Maya Angelou

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Step Into Uncertainty

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What is life?  It is the flash of a firefly in the night.  It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter time.  It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.  – Crowfoot, April 1980, on his deathbed.

I have been waylaid for more than a month.  First, my back took a u-turn.  Then, a virus invaded my respiratory system. To protect me, my brilliant body created copious amounts of phlegm and its counterpart, the unending hacking cough. In her thoughtful hypervigilance, she seems to have forgotten to turn these off.

Life narrowed to bursts of work alternated with rest and multicolored moments of presence, embracing whatever happened to appear.

All this distress, and the temptation to wish it wasn’t so, made me wonder why we strive so eagerly for the illusion of a permanent happiness as if we actually have control.  Life unfolds our past karma – the result of our very own thoughts, words, and deeds – and so we never know what will come next until it surprisingly appears.  It might be joy or sorrow. It could be wellness or pain. Even death could unexpectedly follow this particular instant.

Don’t Wait for Happiness

Please don’t wait for happiness or imagine it’s right around the corner. Instead, find nourishment and truth in whatever circumstances arise. What awaits this body is the discomfort of disease, old age, and death.  The law of attraction people may decidedly protest, but have you ever seen anyone become immortal after reciting affirmations day in and day out?

When the time of death arrives, how exactly will this mind of mine respond?  Will I open to death’s naked reality or pull away in attachment or fear?  Will I rest in my heart or be embroiled in transitory thoughts and emotions that have little importance or reality?  This illness told me there’s far more mind training to be done if I wish to live with awareness and recognize whatever appears as its magical display.

I know the state of my mind will be all that matters at that watershed moment as I step from this life into the uncertainty of the next stage.  All the possessions I’ve accumulated and ordinary accomplishments will be left behind, irrelevant and meaningless like a handful of dust or a forgotten dream.

The  change and uncertainty that occurs at death is mimicked constantly in each moment that passes by.  Now’s the time to learn to be present and step into uncertainty with confidence and ease.  Then death will be nothing to fear.

Life lives in tiny moments, which exist right now.  When you die, will you have regrets because you didn’t live in this precious now?

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Nothing Is Impossible!

Nothing is impossible when we set our hearts and minds to it!

This amazing 3-minute video of the Paraguay Landfill Harmonic illustrates how you can even turn trash into miracles, and at the same time, make a child’s dream come true.  Watching this video might just be the most special part of your day.  By the way, if you’re not reading on the blog, click here to see the video.

I’ve taken a short intermission from writing due to illness, but I think you will find this video very meaningful.  Let me know in the comments.

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Be Careful!

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How many times have I said, “Be careful?”

Anxiety rooted itself deeply within my cells.  From there it grew tendrils that encased my organs, muscles, and bones.

Despite the intensity of my repeated caution, “Be careful” never stopped life from unfolding.  My cat died, the job ended, and accidents happened, with precious moments of sweetness hardly noticed between.

How do you wake up from the illusion of control?  And then unwind the damage to your body, mind, and soul?

Ride this ever-changing river of life moment to moment with a smile, and the deeper knowing there’s nothing you can control.

Prompt:  100 Words on Saturday

What does the phrase “be careful” evoke for you?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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The Heart of February: Listen

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Welcome to my monthly collection of interesting articles, books, and resources plus a mini-monthly review.

Outstanding Articles and Books

I read voraciously in February, motivated in particular by a wish to heal my back.

The Heart of February:  Listen

Writing a brief monthly review helps me to celebrate my accomplishments and stay focused on what really counts.  Sharing my review may inspire you to be more intentional too.

I couldn’t help but listen when my back “went out” and disabled me for several days.  Indeed, I began to appreciate what listening truly means.

You can use your will to keep going despite being ill.  It might work for awhile, even for years.  But, in the end, you will just be depleted and suffer more.  I know; pushing myself was my forté.  Taking time to listen to your body will help you stay in balance and keep you from falling into unnecessary health traps like I did.

At the same time, the body is listening to you.  What are you communicating to your body?  Impatience?  Disrespect?  Love?  Care?

We express our love and affection for others through listening and making them the center of our attention as they orbit through our day and our life.  Are you present and tuned in to others or distracted by your own litany of thoughts and emotions?  If you feel lacking in love, experiment with being present to yourself and others.

The Earth Element in Chinese Medicine represents the nurturing and receptive qualities of life, which, in my mind, connect to listening as well.  This took me to reflecting upon listening to the Earth.  In Oceans of Sorrow, Islands of Grief, we see the impact of not listening on a global scale.

Listening requires centering within oneself – open, receptive, and seeing clearly.  These qualities are often neglected in the forceful, active, busy doing that dominates modern life.

Listening!  It has so many profound ramifications, don’t you think?

From a work perspective, February wins as a perfect month.  Two new writing and editing clients magically appeared on my landscape.  All the more reason to listen at all levels and learn how to better pace myself.

The heart of February arrived in March because I slowed down!

Flavor of the Month:  Under the weather, over the top.

How was February for you?  What did you learn this past month?  How does listening or not listening impact your life? Let us know in the comments.

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