Resilience

resilience
We all have faced challenges and suffered at some point. What did you do with the experience?

Nobody would ever seek out experiences which are painful and cause suffering, but life often presents us with many of things which are difficult and out of our comfort zones. The great thing is these situations bring with them an opportunity for growth. It is through our resilience that people gain confidence, learn life lessons, and grow into a better version of themselves.  look for the opportunity that comes with each and every challenge that you face.

Begin Again

begin againToday forget your past, forgive yourself and begin again.

Each day brings with it a choice for you to decide how to live your life. Do you stay tied to the past that is gone?  Is it holding you in place and not allowing you to move forward? Do you blame yourself for mistakes that are done and over with, and can’t be changed no matter what you do? Do you stay stuck in a place of pain and misery?

The Dark Gift

box of darkness “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”― Mary Oliver

All experiences in life are an opportunity for growth and learning. The person you are today has been built brick by brick from the things that you have gone through both good and bad.  Those things that were not so enjoyable or were extremely painful are often considered darkness and the darkness that comes into our lives can be difficult to get rid of even many years later. Unfortunately, as we are going through these dark times there is no real way to gauge the benefits that are coming to us down the road, but that doesn’t make the value any less tangible.  What makes a situation dark? Is it something that another has done to us? or is it our own weakness and inability to say goodbye and move on?

Core Beliefs

BeliefMinds work overtime, sometimes and I wrote this list originally several years ago but continually update my core beliefs as new evidence and experience prove old ideas in need of tweaking or total replacement. So here are the current version of MY CORE BELIEFS. Presented in no particular order, here are a few of the things that I hold as truths for my life.

We Are All Connected

Call it God, the Universe, or whatever your religion dictates, but to me, we are all connected through divine order.  All people contain the same abilities for great love, and equal power to commit evil.  That is just a part of this crazy game called life.

What If?

What If?

what-ifThere are questions we ask ourselves all of our lives that can haunt us if we let them. What if that decision was wrong? What if I shouldn’t have done that? What if I had tried out for the chess team in high school? What if I said yes?

There are a million of these questions that you can consume your time with, but they don’t add up to anything in the end because the fact is whatever you are “what if-ing” about didn’t happen, will never happen and so should concern you about as much as what the weather was in Borneo in the year 1656.

My Shift in Progress

Understand that there are great gifts that come with getting older , we shift into a new understanding.
Understand that there are great gifts that come with getting older, we shift into a new understanding.

The recent passing of Dr. Wayne Dyer has led me to contemplate some of the thoughts that he provoked in me that led to my own personal growth. One of Dr. Dyer’s projects was called the Shift. The shift was a movie and a book about finding your true purpose in life and doing the things that truly make you happy. It teaches many wonderful lessons, and the project has a lot of layers. You can watch it more than once and something new will jump out at you each time.  The shift is the natural movement in life that we experience as we age and become more experienced.  We shift in personal empowerment. Here are some of the lessons I learned from this wonderful project.

My Ripples of Energy

Each rock makes a unique ripple in the water, as you do in the world.
Each rock makes a unique ripple in the water, as you do in the world.

Moving around through a day, most people never stop and consider the influence their mere presence has on those around you. Your mood and the way interact with those encountered on your daily journey, will have an effect on all in your path.  

Throwing Rocks

When I was young, I would often throw stones into the lake we lived on for no reason at all. My brother and I would see who could throw the farthest or make the biggest splash or the most skips.  As you watched

Mirror, Mirror

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I was thinking about honesty today and wondering why we do the things we do and speak certain words. Am I sincere? Is that really what I think? Most people go through an entire day and never consider the honesty or value that their words contain. Do you?

Who Are You?

who are youThere can be no more daunting question to answer than to ask yourself who am I ? Then to answer it honestly.  Many people automatically list their job and their family situation, but those are outside influences on who you really are, not who you are.  Just in case you need to know who you are, I think you can start by recognizing who you are not. What are the factors that make you a totally unique individual living on this Earth?

Life is What You Make It

today is what you make itEach day you wake up and have a simple choice as to what type of day you are going to experience.  Is it a great day? A good day? A boring day? A bad day? A disappointing day? The decision that you make will determine how your day goes. Our attitude is the biggest factor in how much we experience in life.  Life is what you choose to make it.

My Greatest Enemy

know-your-enemy3Today I fought my greatest enemy.  They seemed to be following me throughout my day and gleefully took each opportunity to point out my apparent shortcomings. They railed against me for the decisions made in the past and created an almost maniacal worry about the future. It was a non-stop assault that had its desired effect on me, I felt let down, angry, upset and I wanted to fight back.  So I engaged my greatest enemy with the truth which always seems to be the best weapon.

Mind Games

Do you know your mind? How much time do you spend consciously

subconscious mind
subconscious mind

exploring the origins of your thought?  The power and existence or the subconscious mind control much of our reality. In fact, it is a bit shocking that so many people seem to live life with a blissful lack of awareness about the source of the majority of their behavior and reality. So let’s get to know your mind.

Some Beliefs

Soul Searching Begins

Soul Searching Questions
Soul Searching Questions

What is important you in life? What is life all about? Why are you here? There are so many questions that we ask about life and our place in it that I thought it was time for some answers. These great questions will help you understand your own thoughts in this area. I have tried to answer each according to my own conscience. Only you can answer these 25 questions for yourself.  

What Choice or Free Will?

 

Making-Choices-At-Cross-Roads-represents-Free-Will-Arriving-at-a-Cross-Road-represents-destinyI have often wondered if there is really such a thing as free will or are we just following predetermined cosmic paths created for us to experience.

Constantly people are faced with challenges and situations which always give them a key experience or understanding that they need to accomplish a goal or create something that never could have been accomplished without it.  Did you make choices about your actions or was it your destiny?

Change Your Life

Your Words are Magic
Your Words are Magic

In the stories I was read as a child, there were many mentions of magic words and spells that would immediately change someone’s life or grant them a wish they desired. I never really understood that there are magic phrases that we can use each and every day that will have a profound positive effect on our lives and the lives of those around us. Just like those stories. The best news is that you can start using them today, right now, this very second and see almost immediate results. These are 4 phrases that can change your life. They are part of something called Ho’oponopono.

Three Lies

 

Ego-False Self
Which would you rather be?

All of us have an ego. It tells us things about ourselves and about life that aren’t true. In fact, the majority of thoughts your ego creates are based on fear and designed to keep you from making any changes in your life.  Here are some of the lies that your ego feeds you each day. If you do nothing else at least look at your thoughts objectively and see if they are in your best interest or not.

Getting Grateful

What are you most grateful for?

by Jonathan Hilton  

gratitude 111It is a difficult task indeed to start to think about what you are most grateful for. Many people will say money. Some will say love. Some will say family. Some will say something else entirely.

I am thankful for all these things, but to me there is no doubt that showing your gratitude is the most important thing to do. The feeling of gratitude is important.  So for me I guess the act of feeling grateful is the thing I am most grateful for today.  Here is why.

Turning Over Rocks

Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?

I think that I have to answer this question by saying that I am doing what

doing what you believe in
Do You Believe?

I believe in because I Am sincerely searching to find what it is I do believe in and what I am doing is giving me the ability to keep looking for the right path for me.

I believe for much of my life I was settling for what I was doing, and that led ultimately to a life that was unfulfilled, unexciting and fake.

Question It All

questioneverythingThe ability to question things is one of the greatest gifts that people are given.  It is not a skill that I developed until recently in life but I think it should be one that our society encourages in all people, everywhere, all the time.

Why We Don’t Question Anything

For much of my life, I was conditioned to accept what authority symbols in my life told me.  Our parents started us off by giving us the rules of how we were supposed to behave and the baton of behavioral instruction was passed to teachers and religious Philo albertorganizations who managed to move me toward a fear based existence.   “Do what we say or you are wrong.”  That was the mantra of society.