Monday, September 14, 2009

I'm sorry it's been a little while since I last wrote or have posted these inspirational quotes but things got to be a little bit hectic there due to a death in my husband's family. It was especially hard because his cousin was at the same funeral polar, had the same services in the same chapel as my husband's brother who died last November at the age of 52.

But we do what we have to do even though it's hard. We go and listen to those that are hurting and in pain. The key here is "listening" to people...seems no one wants to anymore...

Support others with your presence

"The purpose of therapy is not to remove suffering but TO MOVE THROUGH IT to an enlarged consciousness that can sustain the polarity of painful opposites."

-- James Hollis

How do we support others who are suffering?

When we understand how soul works through us, we begin to see how pain generates the impulse to change. We see that our aim in supporting someone is NOT to get rid of their pain and suffering. Instead, we want to assist them to understand what the pain is trying to teach them -- to find meaning in their distress.

Often, all we need do is be fully present to them. It also helps to be present to our own experience and genuine in our feelings. Living our own truth helps create the space for the other person to live theirs.

"The first duty of love is to listen."

-- Paul Tillich

"With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing."

-- Catherine de Hueck Doherty

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

5 steps to self-actualization

"Every human action, whether it has become positive or negative, must depend on motivation."

-- Dalai Lama

Monitoring what motivates me has helped me see how I am growing. I do things for different reasons now than I did 10 years ago. As we pay ongoing attention to our motives, we can see how both our conscious and unconscious attitudes are changing.

Here are some ways that our motives can shift with rising consciousness:

- I desire
- I want to collect things
- I want to know
- I want to serve
- I want to be

What are your motives as you participate in life?

"There are three kinds of people and three kinds of richness:
- people who want to have, to collect
- people who want action, work and labor
- people who want to be
The real richness is in be-ness. People can take all that you have, all that you collected. People can stop your labor, or an accident can stop you. When you are, you never lose what you are."

-- Torkom Saraydarian

"You are what you think. You are what you go for. You are what you do!"

-- Bob Richards

"A good intention clothes itself with power."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Why Meditate

Good Lord I would be a basket case if I couldn't meditate. The stress alone would wipe you out. If you have not done this before then you ought to consider learning about this. There are some meditation rooms on this blog. Be sure to check them out.


Why meditate?

"Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom."

-- Buddha

Meditation is considered an essential practice for those who seek self-knowledge and self-mastery. Why? Basically, meditation brings awareness of how our minds work. Over time, we become watchers, able to detach from the thoughts and emotions that play out in our minds.

With this detachment, we gain the freedom to choose whether or not to act on our thoughts and emotions. We learn to distinguish between objective reality and our mental and emotional dramas.

"Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world."

-- Hans Margolius

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Bill

Hmmm, as I write that.....Happy Birthday's bittersweet since this is the first birthday brother in law dear, that you are spending on the other side with your parents who you have not seen for awhile, your brother you have not seen in over 25 years, and your grandparents, uncles, etc. The picture of that sustains me this day as I can see you sitting on your rocking chair rocking away at the beat of the music. It's ok, we had you for many years celebrating your special day and those on the other side have not.

Just letting you know that we have not forgotten the day and that your forever in our hearts and never will be forgotten. Getting to spend your birthday with Christ must be an experience that you would never forget. Say hello to your parents for me, my dad and grandparents.

We love you,
Your sister in law Terry

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Hello you great beings of light. Today I found some quotes about feeling your emotions. Sometimes it's hard to feel your own emotions. I know for myself it's very difficult because I feel the emotions of everyone else. Anyway, I thought you might enjoy these today...

Feel your emotions

"The key is to not resist or rebel against emotions or to try to get around them by devising all sorts of tricks; but to accept them directly, as they are."

-- Takahisa Kora

Emotions are energy in motion. They bring us information if we are willing to experience them. Unfortunately, many of us are afraid of the energy of emotions and so we automatically resist them. And when we refuse to experience our emotions, we block them up. They become trapped and that entrapment drains our energy and brings continuing discomfort.

Don't let emotions push you into action or reaction. Just STOP and PAY ATTENTION. Allow them to be and to speak to you. Once they are acknowledged, their energy is released.

"Instead of resisting any emotion, the best way to dispel it is to enter it fully, embrace it and see through your resistance."

-- Deepak Chopra

"We have to become more conscious of our feeling-world. By learning to identify the �emotional baggage� and manage our feeling-world reactions, we can view life based on current information instead of being held captive by our past."

-- Doc Childre

"Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge."

-- Audre Lorde