Monday Miracle: Wisdom

Have you got good wisdom?

Sometimes the answer is yes, and other times the answer is no. Wisdom can be categorized in a multitude of ways according to a myriad of  situations. Is it wise to cross the street when cars are zooming through the intersection? Most likely not, unless you are being chased by a hungry tiger.  Is it wise to remain silent and forever hold your opinion? Maybe or maybe not depending on the “teachable moment.”

The age old questions probes, what is wisdom?

Wisdom is as wisdom does, possibly so. Some assert that wisdom begets truth. But, is truth always wise in all ways? Some posit that wisdom is gained through age and experience. However, can a baby be wise enough to know to stay away from a hot stove.  David Jordon, a scientist, asserts that “Wisdom is knowing what to do; virtue is doing it.” But, can mankind be wise in spite of virtue?

Aristotle says that wisdom is knowing yourself. Socrates says that true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.  Knowing nothing about yourself is unwise for it is in the knowing and the strength of experience that you gain wisdom. Success flows from the wisdom of experience, experimenting, and execution.  Therein, actual success in all dimensions is dependent upon wisdom.

Experience

Experience (Photo credit: MTSOfan)

Alexandre Dumas, another though leader, believed that wisdom requires you to wait and hope. Yes, the success minded should wait and drink deep from the fountain of hope but the canonizing of wisdom also predicates decisive action. Maybe wisdom mimics a walk in someone else’s shoes.

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
Confucius

Wisdom may be bittersweet; it may too be the sweetest reward. Either way, with wisdom you get to choose the healthiest and most heart-centered way to internalize the wise learning you get from the experience.

Be wise, get wisdom.

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Get in Your Zen Zone

The Zen Peace in Your Mind

            The Zen Peace in Your Mind                (Photo credit: Stuck in Customs)

 

You deserve zen, slow your life down a bit and get into the zone.

Zen is the practice of experiencing a calm peacefulness.

A Zen Zone is your mental space where you are flowing with an inner consciousness that is not interrupted with physical noise or corrosive thoughts.

You are in the moment, feeling your inner breath. You are euphoric, rhythmic, and light connected.

A Zen Zone allows you to release stress, calm worry, disperse despair so that your mind is at ease.

Being in a Zen zone benefits your body, mind and soul. You sense a divine healing elixir which mends and strengthens you from the core.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass,
it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
―Vivian Greene

Tap your toes, lift your feet, dance in the sunshine or rain.

You are alive, feeling the beat of your heart, hearing the sound of your breath, and seeing the rays of discovery all around you. You can dance, you can feel, you can see. You can Zen! It does not matter a bit what the external sensations are, you can capture your Zen Zone anytime, anywhere.  The four pivotal steps to a Zen Zone experience are:

Zen in 4 easy steps.

  1. Create quiet. The intention here is to quiet your life for a few, maybe 10, minutes. Unplug-silence the telephones, move away from the computers or tablets, turn off the television and begin by taking 9 deep breaths. Inhale and exhale for nine complete cycles.
  2. Next, start tapping using a cupped hand. Begin with a soft touch at the wrist and move all the way up your arm to the shoulder and end at your heart. Reverse and tap back to your wrist and then do the same soft tapping sequence on the opposite side. Tapping stimulates meridian nerves and situates calmness. Do this three full times using both sides of the upper body.
  3. Again center your mind and begin to look to your right. Turn your shoulders and extend to look over your right shoulder inviting the appearance of possibility. Now, do the same mental and physical exercise by looking over your left shoulder. See newness, see resolution, intensely see the infinite. Do this two times for each side.
  4. Extend your left arm and punch away negativity and then open your palm and draw in opportunity. Extend your right arm, punch away negativity and open your right palm and draw in opportunity.  Do this five times each side. Feel the energy as you punch out and then draw in opportunity with your open-hand. Feel limitless, sense your power.

Balance yourself.

Quietly remind yourself that there are no limits and that there are no unsolvable problems. Mouth a mantra and gradually balance yourself again as you gradually re-enter the physical earth space you retreated from in your Zen Zone. Continue to breathe love, joy and inner peace, with each breath.  Tell yourself: “I love you.”

Love you, zone into your Zen. Affirm your power and live your Zen.

3 Happiness Helpers

Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. ~ Marianne Williamson

Happiness is synonymous with joy.  Having an inner exuberance is a definite happiness helper.  Life happens, so sometimes there may be moments that it is more difficult to recognize “good” in your life. That’s okay, there is still a reservoir of internal happiness for you to dip into that will quickly restore your joy. Then there may be times it takes more effort and longer lapses before you can return to your inner pool of happiness, this is okay too. But, if you find that you are feeling that your happiness is waning to a distant point and you are staying away from feeling the “good” for more and more days, it is time for intervention. Your intervention may mean that you talk with your doctor about the longer days of feeling blue or it may mean getting help in other forms.

Get over the what if happiness destroyers: what if I had done X, what if I had said Y, what if I had gone Z—what if you are happy and at rest with joy for being who you are? What if that!

You can be happy. You should be happy.  Be happy. Use these 3 happiness helps to fill up your joy pool and dip in it often:

  1. Know truth, rather than worry about vain imaginings.  I agree with Epictetus.  He said,”Men are disturbed not by the things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.” Your opinion can instantly shift from worry to happiness when you acknowledge the truth. Rather than speculate or ruminate over distresses, work on validating the truth that measures your joy.  It is not the event that is causing your pain, it is your projected, often wrong, opinion that creates the scaring. Be truthful with yourself first and then take appropriate active steps to remedy a misstep if that moves you back to your joy reservoir.  Look for evidence of joy, it’s there. Joy surrounds you.
  2. Restore positive beliefs. Many times our beliefs get distorted by adopting the perspectives of other people. But, the pivotal question for inner joy is to ask: What do I believe? This happiness helper requires you to state what you know to be true.  When you find yourself doubting or pooling in negativity, pause right then and examine what you are thinking.  Challenge the accuracy of your less than positive mental conversation and restructure those mental moments with honest positive belief.  This world is not crumbling, you are a part of the axis of its positive spin.
  3. Float, let  negativity pass you by.  Wave off scorn, snub gossip, draw away from criticism, move beyond damaging thoughts.  You have too much joy to allow negativity to attach to your mind and heart.  This happiness helper gives you the social and mental spirit of discernment; you know with an inner instinct that this does not agree with who you are and the happiness you feel and spread to others.  Shun negativity, keep your happiness glasses on. Be happy.

You control your happiness. Bathe in the secret of inner happiness that covers all things. Be mindful of your birthright, you were born to live as a joyful and happy being.

 

The Depression Cure: The Six Step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs, Stephen S. Ilardi

Climb Every Obstacle: Eliminate Your Limits!, Anita Jefferson

Be Happy! – How to Stop Negative Thinking, Start Focusing on the Positive, and Create Your Happiness Mindset, Nichole  Fisher

Let there be HOPE on Earth

Let there be hope, peace, harmony, unity and joy on earth and let it begin with me and you.  This is the season to celebrate and anticipate the coming year. Share with me the spirit of hope, starting today. With hope and faith ALL things are possible. Without hope, base natures emerge such as fear, despair,  competition or selfishness. Make it your today resolution to begin each day expectant and full of hope.

Let hope abound!  Fill you mind with joy. Promote harmony and live in a space of unity with all. Accept peace. Protect the earth.

It is our responsibility to care, to care with a spiritual heart each and every day. Not just now, as a seasonal expectation, but day-by-day and heart-to-heart.  Touch that place within you that is filled with compassion and expression.  Dip deep into your well of inner riches and share those gifts with others who have yet to discover their gold mine treasures. Patiently accept each test and difficulty for each contains a lesson for growth. And banish all thoughts of misery, for there is always hope.

“The important thing is not that we can live

on hope alone, but that life is not worth living without it.” ~ Harvey Milk

Embrace every second with hope.

Cling to the truth that we -you and I – can be a beacon of hope.

Let there be hope on earth, let it begin now.

Recommended reading: Finding Hope in the Age of Melancholy – David S. Awbrey


Miracle Monday

America the resilient. This is what I felt after watching many of the tributes to those who lost their lives and those who responded with heroic courage on 9/11/2001. We are resilient people and this nation is resilient –  God bless us all.

We are blessed – salute that within your heart. I am so grateful for my girlfriend Monica who stopped by to share her love with me. She came bearing gifts – a lovely candle (which I needed) and a packet of sachet pillows for my drawers (stop laughing I mean the furniture kind) this past weekend. It felt so good to just sit and talk for a while which as a residual from our friendship time together set up beautiful flowing happiness for me all weekend long. Love you Monica!

That act of spontaneous love sparked other miracles. Being this is miracle Monday think about what acts you have done that may have made somebody else happy and probably precipitated residual joy for them. What kind act from your heart have you done for someone else lately? Share it with us, please. The reason is that giving to others without expectation of reciprocation is a miracle magnet.

So let me ask again: What kind act from your heart have you done lately?

Do one or more random act of kindness for someone else today. Just do it and make this your Monday Miracle.


“I have found in life that if you want a miracle you first need to do whatever it is you can do – if that’s to plant, then plant; if it is to read, then read; if it is to change, then change; if it is to study, then study; if it is to work, then work; whatever you have to do. And then you will be well on your way of doing the labor that works miracles. ” ~Jim Rohn

Miracle Monday

My the days flow faster and faster as we approach the calendar close of Year 2011.  Here is a thought that uplifted me when I read it:

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”

~Frank A. Clark

The message from that quote for this Miracle Monday is to check your path. If there are no obstacles, which is an absolute probability, then are you going anywhere purposeful.  Manifesting Monday Miracles is a pathway. Beware and be ready for the challenge of obstacles.  Let us extend this discussion to solutions when challenges arise. There are specific questions and actions to take when confronted with the potential detour of an obstacle:

  1. What Do I Love to Practice? Martha Beck suggests this question as one pivot for manifesting miraculous, sustainable change. Miracles manifest when you practice what you love. According to Beck, “Studies have shown that masters are simply people who’ve practiced a skill intensely for 10,000 hours or more. That requires loving—not liking, loving—what you do. If you really want to excel, go where you’re passionate enough to practice.” Even after the love is gone, re-kindle the passion or move on to another love.
  2. What did I Learn? There is something to learn from each challenge we face.  Ask yourself, what learning lessons are embedded here? Then, apply those lessons and create a manifesting future.  Take different actions, acquire different habits, create distinct opportunities along your learning path.

These are only two questions that will start a review of what you love and what you have learned.  It is my belief that loving and learning are the masterpieces of which miracles are made.  spend some quiet time reflecting on these questions, answer them with quiet resolve and then make a conviction to Manifest what you love and learned this Monday.

You are the creator of the masterpiece.

Emotional Exercise 5

Exhale, you have been through four rigorous exercises. Job well done; finish line ahead.

  1. How do you feel?
  2. What has changed?
  3. Who are you?

Don’t skip over these three questions – answer them out loud with your hand over your heart. Feel the vibration as you orally recognize that you feel different, are different and are fully aware of your mental and physical being.

In fact, send me your answers so that you too have a written record for posterity. When you write your feelings and your expectations along with vocalizing them, according to Jack Canfield in The Power of Focus, you are imprinting inviolable strength and tapping  your inner support for powerful change.

What really makes me happy is knowing I can tap into the well of strength that rests within me…

No one can ever take from you … the assurance that you are enough, that you are the joy the world needs.”—  Samantha Page

Now that you have done this, you are ready for the final Emotional Exercise Five. Congratulations.

Emotional Exercise 5:

     Draw a mandala and place your goal (the WHY and VALUE statements with an end point) from Emotional Exercise Four at the bottom of your mandala.

A mandala in simple terms means “circle” or “center.” Shapes and patterns are added to a clearly identified calming central point.

  • Mandalas are the merging for healing of body, spirit and soul
  • Mandalas uncover your own creativity
  • Mandalas help you discover what is real for you
  • Mandalas allow you to master your inner and outer being
  • Mandalas aide calm and assist you to gain trust and composure

Do an internet search on mandalas and you will find origin information, free mandala drawing pages, and all sorts of interesting information about creating your own unique artistic representation of yourself and your goal.  It does not matter if your mandala is crude or intricate, the main point here is to use your creative, fun, and free-spirit side of your brain and your life.

You have become a master creator.  Post your mandala with your goal written at the bottom, the one you created, in a prominent place that you will see daily and often.  Free your mind, the outcome will follow.

Life is the performance of function; and the individual really lives only when he performs every function – physical, mental, and spiritual – of which he is capable.”       ~Dennis Wattles

You have a right to what you desire, so pursue your intentional goal(s) with unbiased fervor. Want completely.  Love intensely.  Live with passion that is with full faith and function.

Emotions are indicators of inner feelings that should be exercised or exorcised, depending on where they come from.  The emotions that we have exercised, I along with you, has oxygenated a new you, defined a passion, and inculcated an imprint of exciting rich, colorful change.   There is no more to be done.  Remain active, exercise your emotions often – pause and take the time for more inner discovery.

Don’t stop at one mandala, unless you want to. You can do this for each goal, outcome that you have. Create a symbolic picture of your core value and goal.

Emotional Exercise Five is complete – when your mandala masterpiece with the goal written at the bottom is done.

Feel free, I absolutely invite you to do this, to upload your creative images to this blog. This would be wonderful!

Give thanks.

Be, just be.

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Recommended Reading:

The Power of Focus, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Les Hewitt

Climb Every Obstacle: Eliminate Your Limits!, Anita Jefferson

The Mandala Book: Patterns of the Universe, Lori Bailey Cunningham

When Perfect isn’t Good Enough, Martin Anthony and Richard Swinson

Websites:

http://www.mandalaproject.org

http://www.free-mandala.com