Worrying about how everything will get done or whether we are capable of doing it, limits our ability to respond to challenges considerably. The less we think about doing something and the faster we just get on with it, the fewer problems we cause ourselves. Good planning is always helpful, but time spent fretting and procrastinating is a major drain on our energy. The more willing we are to respond positively to opportunities, the more our capacity will grow.
Saturday, March 26, 2005
Friday, March 25, 2005
If we allow bitterness and resentment to fester inside, it will make my relationships guarded and unsatisfying. The more we close down to others, the more we become a stranger to ourselves. By letting go of sorrow and negativity, we can keep our nature open and loving. Remaining open to life, with its constant adventures and opportunities to grow, is the only way to reach our full potential.
Thursday, March 24, 2005
When we are confronted with a difficult problem, we sometimes get dejected, lose faith in those things that sustained us, lose faith in the self. Our speech patterns may change, emotions are jagged and our actions are questionable. We become unstable – quite different from what we would like to be. Do we always have to shake and quake in the face of obstacle? Do we have to be threatened by events? If we remain stable in the remembrance of our true identity, if we always keep in front of us the image of our more elevated form and we understand that we are masters of our own fortune or misfortune (as you sow so shall you reap) obstacles will never shake us. If we are fortified from the inside, in face of the outside happenings we remain ever stable, ever secure, ever sure.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
As we mature spiritually there is less need to have our self-respect bolstered by praise and special attention. As our thought processes become more compassionate and less self-obsessed, we feel increasingly satisfied with ourselves and or lives. We relate to people more easily and feel no need to draw attention to our successes or complain about our problems.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
When we learn to respect ourselves, other people will respect us. How can we develop respect for ourselves? By keeping our mind positive and encouraging ourselves to grow and change for the better. Demanding respect because of our position or background is simply arrogance. On the other hand, listening with humility and valuing other people’s advice naturally ears us respect. We get back exactly what we give out.
Monday, March 21, 2005
Determination is an essential quality to nurture if we are to continue on our spiritual journey. No matter how much enthusiasm we have or how clear our aim is, without determination we will give up sooner or later. In times of challenge, we take care that determination does not lead to stubbornness; then we can let go of resistance and not oppose anyone or anything with our mind. Instead, we take time for meditation, reflect on the most compassionate way to deal with situation, and quietly wait for an approach to present itself.
Sunday, March 20, 2005
The indication of balance in life is a sense of well-being, optimism and a clear conscience. The foundation for achieving this is to look after ourselves spiritually – making our mind peaceful, loving and thoughtful at all times. Then we will instinctively know how much time to spend on our own well-being and how much on fulfilling other responsibilities. We can only give our best to others when we are ourselves at our best.