BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 by Michael J. Tamura in YOU ARE THE ANSWER

“In the sports arena and as a fun game, competition serves its purpose. There is, however, no place for competition in your spiritual development. Competition in life is invalidates spirit. It divides you against yourself.

Whether you decide that you are better than others or that they are better than you, it comes from the same place: You cannot be who you are, where you are, and what you are, or how you are. When you’re in competition, someone else’s expectations and judgments define who you are and how you can be. If you compare yourself to anyone else and get into competition, where that person is no longer matters, for the truth is, you are only in competition with yourself. If you have to be as good as, better than, or even worse than the other person, you’ve forfeited your right to be precisely where you are as yourself. Competition ultimately involves no one else but you.”

Michael J. Tamura, in “You Are The Answer”

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 by Stuart Wilde in INFINITE SELF

“If, let’s say, your problem is money, start working on yourself. Most people think the way to get out of money problems is to earn more money. How to handle money is to get back in control of the money you do have. So if you only have $500 a month to live on, you have to think of a way to live in circumstances that don’t cost $800 a month. There’s no point in making five grand a month if your ego is in control and you’re spending seven, because you’re still going to be in financial trouble.”

Stuart Wilde, in “Infinite Self”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, March 20th, 2017 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“If you find yourself wanting to branch out and develop your own spiritual philosophy, but are concerned about any repercussions that may result, remember that ultimately being true to yourself (i.e., seeking self-approval) is far more important than living for the approval of others. While this may sound like clichéd advice, consider this: throughout your life, has receiving the approval of others ever really provided you with any real peace-of-mind or long-lasting contentment?

I’ll take the liberty of answering for you: no, it hasn’t. Do you know why not? Approval is fleeting, as it can quickly change to condemnation the moment you do something that someone judges to be inappropriate or wrong. So instead of being focused on pleasing others, have the courage to change your focus toward pleasing yourself, and you will ultimately discover a great truth–seeking approval from outside yourself is a total waste of time.”

Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, March 17th, 2017 by Karol K. Truman in HEALING FEELINGS FROM YOUR HEART

Compiler’s Note: Tomorrow marks the 18th anniversary of the start of the “Ponder on This” message service. Amazingly, some of the first subscribers are still on the list, and while many others have come and gone there continues to be a core group of followers. As I’ve noted before, the service will run through this year, and beyond that we’ll see what happens.

“It may help to remember that forgiveness does not mean you condone what someone did. They remain accountable for their deeds, as do we all. Therefore, forgiving does not mean that we are saying what they did was okay. This misconception is often the stumbling block to forgiving for most of us, and particularly those who have suffered abuse.”

Karol K. Truman, in “Healing Feelings from Your Heart”

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“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”

Dorothy Nevill

“Being an optimist after you’ve got everything you want doesn’t count.”

Kim Hubbard

Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, March 16th, 2017 by Marianne Williamson in EVERYDAY GRACE

“Surrounded by terrible news, we are tempted to feel powerless before the strength of darkness. And yet we are not powerless, for we are children of an infinitely wealthy father who has shared with us the prosperity of His kingdom. Our primary task is to remember that it’s ours. Through God, we have the power to use our spiritual resources to banish all darkness – to transform our world from a state of limitation and fear to a state of abundance and love. For the world is a reflection of humanity’s collective consciousness, and each of has access to the collective through the auspices of our own mind.”

Marianne Williamson in “Everyday Grace”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by Shakti Gawain in THE PATH OF TRANSFORMATION

“Many of us have spent our entire lives seeing other people or external circumstances as the cause of our difficulties. Unfortunately, when we finally grasp the concept that we are responsible for our own lives, too many of us begin to blame ourselves for the problems that exist in our reality…When we are blaming ourselves or others, this is fundamentally a disempowering act. It comes from a sense of helplessness and makes us feel worse, actually magnifying that helplessness. Taking responsibility meanwhile, involves claiming our power to create and change…We need to cultivate the ability to appreciate the reality we’ve already created, and see the problems in it as gifts that can help us grow and evolve.”

Shakti Gawain, in “The Path of Transformation”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 by Alan Cohen in DARE TO BE YOURSELF

“While happiness is criticized by skeptics as unreasonable, it is actually the most logical investment you can make in your life. It costs nothing to be happy, except the release of the pain and sorrow that you have been hypnotized into believing are your friends. Rather than allies, fear and attack are like deceptive houseguests who smile and convince you that they are helping you during the day, and then rob you blind at night. You would lose nothing to dismiss attack thoughts summarily and welcome back joy into your household. Even one day of happiness would reveal the utter uselessness of the doubt and fear that may have held power over you for years.”

Alan Cohen, in “Dare to Be Yourself”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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PONDER on THIS for Monday, March 13th, 2017 by Michelle Paisley Reed in MANIFESTING MIRACLES AND MONEY

“As you open your eyes first thing in the morning, remind yourself that it is your soul looking out of your body vehicle. Focus your awareness on your soul as the one who is seeing throughout the day. Gaze a little longer at each thing you see, as if it is the first or last time you are witnessing such beauty. Others may look askew at you, perhaps thinking you quite odd in the moment. So perhaps begin with sharing your experience with other people who might understand this experience and grow from the encounter as well. Document your observations, and return to them when you forget who you are.”

Michelle Paisley Reed, in “Manifesting Miracles and Money: How to Achieve Peace, Purpose and Plenty Without Getting in Your Own Way”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, March 10th, 2017 by Rhonda Byrne in THE SECRET

“It really does take many negative thoughts and persistent negative thinking to bring something negative into your life. However, if you persist in thinking negative thoughts over a period of time, they will appear in your life. If you worry about having negative thoughts, you will attract more worrying about your negative thoughts, and multiply them at the same time. Decide right now that you are going to think only good thoughts. At the same time, proclaim to the Universe that all your good thoughts are powerful and that any negative thoughts are weak.

All of your power to create your life is available right now, because right now is when you are thinking. If you have had some thoughts that will not be beneficial when they manifest, then right now you can change your thinking. You can erase your previous thoughts by replacing them with good thoughts. Time serves you because you can think new thoughts and emit a new frequency, now!”

Rhonda Byrne, in “The Secret”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, March 9th, 2017 by Jonathan Parker in THE SOUL SOLUTION

“All people contain a quality of true goodness – the higher self, the indwelling divine essence, the soul. When you’re in touch with and remain connected with your inner presence of love, peace, and goodness, natural laws will bring more love, peace, and goodness into your life. To get another taste of how this works, place one of your hands over the center of your chest and rest it there. Get in touch with the soothing feelings of that emerge naturally. Say to yourself, “I feel deep inner love and peace.”

If you repeat this to yourself several times for a few minutes while keeping your hand on your chest, you’ll begin to experience the inner peace I’m talking about. Once you have a good connection with this peaceful inner presence, ask this soothing, healing presence to merge into and wash away any negative feelings. With practice, you’ll be amazed how well this simple process works.”

Jonathan Parker, in “The Soul Solution” 

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 by Paul Ferrini in THE SILENCE OF THE HEART

“Whatever your experience has been, your challenge is to learn to accept it, to be with it without judgment, to embrace it unconditionally. When you can do that, you can integrate the experience and the lessons it brings into the fabric of your life. Authenticity is the fruit of a life fully lived.

The denial or fabrication of experience is inauthentic and therefore unspiritual. It results in the fragmentation of consciousness, and the subjugation of one part of experience (unconscious) to another part (conscious). This creates an imbalance within the psyche that eventually needs to be healed. And healing invariably requires admitting the lie.

Telling the truth to oneself and others is the first requirement of the spiritual life. Without honesty, authenticity is impossible.”

Paul Ferrini, in “The Silence of the Heart”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 by Don Miguel Ruiz in THE FOUR AGREEMENTS COMPANION BOOK

“The problem is that you think too much. You are way too smart. Think, think, think. Your mind is like a wild horse that takes you wherever it wants to take you. You have no control over all that thinking, all those assumptions – not just one assumption, a whole universe of assumptions. You think too much. Why do you need to think at all? Something I teach my apprentices is to become a master of thinking. For me thinking is a tool of communication. I hardly think. For hours I just don’t think, and not because I’m stupid. I don’t think because I have no need to think. What I know, I know. I’m full of knowledge, but why do I need to think about what I know? Thinking, thinking, thinking: What is she doing? What is he doing? What about this? What about that? What if this happens? What if that happens?

Just thinking “What if?” creates a huge drama in our life. Every human can think a lot, and thinking brings fear. It’s two o’clock in the morning, and you are still thinking, thinking, thinking. You need to tame the horse, and learn to ride the horse. The horse has to obey you and take you where you want to go.”

Don Miguel Ruiz, in “The Four Agreements Companion Book”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, March 6th, 2017 by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in PULLING YOUR OWN STRINGS

“Challenge the idea that you need more and more things to improve the quality of your life. Most wealthy people really do often talk longingly of the leaner, hungrier days, when they appreciated the simple things, when love could freely be trusted not to come with a dollar sign attached.

It does not take much material wealth to be happy. Look at little unspoiled children. They don’t really need money, or toys, or anything. Let them alone and they can take joy in just being alive. So can you, provided you are willing to rearrange your priority list and place the emphasis on what really matters—life itself.”

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, in “Pulling Your Own Strings”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, March 3rd, 2017 by Alan Cohen in RELAX INTO WEALTH

“Rather than fighting what seems to be blocking your path, pivot on it and make it your ally. As in the martial art of aikido, you can take the energy directed against you and rechannel it to help you. Everything is energy; what you do with it is up to you.

Difficulties keep us on the cutting edge of growth and move us to levels of authority far more rewarding that if the challenge had not occurred. All evolutionary advances have resulted from novel adaptations to changes in environmental conditions. Life is not trying to hurt you; it is trying to get you to grow. As Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “That which does not kill me makes me stronger.”

Alan Cohen, in “Relax into Wealth”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by Dr Wayne W. Dyer in REAL MAGIC

“To conduct yourself on a spiritual plane, begin living one day at at time emphasizing ethics rather than rules. Inventory all the rules that you follow so emphatically. Rather than conducting your life according to someone else’s rules, try having an “ethics day” for yourself. Base all of your behavior – including your eating, dressing, working, home life, everything that you do on that day – on ethics rather than rules. Ask yourself what is the moral, purposeful, loving thing to do, not what the rules are. In this way you will shift your consciousness away from outcome and toward purpose. Keep in mind that some of the most despicable human behavior has been conducted in the name of “I’m only following the laws.”…People who live by ethics have moved away from arcane victimizing rules. Be that kind of person. For a day. Get yourself away from the rules and live ethically regardless of what the rules have to say.”

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, in “Real Magic”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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