BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, December 9th, 2016 by Dan Millman in EVERYDAY ENLIGHTENMENT

“The idea of doing what you need to do even when you don’t feel motivated to do it may seem unrealistic or out of reach. Yet you have applied the power of your will many times – doing what was necessary in school, at work, or at home whether or not you felt energized, interested, or motivated. Notice the sacrifices you have made and the persistence you have shown learning a sport or musical instrument, going to work each day, raising children, building a long-term relationship.

Recall any accomplishments that required patience and diligence over time –doing what you needed to do whether or not you felt like it – and apply that same willpower to the challenge at hand. Whenever you are tempted to give up, remember that you never have to take more than the next step – and be guided by the English proverb reminding you, “Often the last key on the ring opens the door.”

Dan Millman, in “Everyday Enlightenment”

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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, December 8th, 2016 by Sara Chetkin in THE HEALING CURVE

“Consider the idea that everyone around you is a mirror. They reveal to you your own inner dialogue. As you interact with them, observe your reactions. Look for qualities that push a button or make you uncomfortable. These are the keys to unlocking your own secrets. For example, when you have a strong reaction to an individual’s behavior, it is certain that this behavior reminds you of your own judgments about yourself. It is impossible to explain this. You must experience it, and to experience it you must have the courage and honesty to look at yourself without blinders.

You cannot soar in this life if you do not uncover your own misgivings, your own faulty perceptions about yourself. These perceptions control your perceptions of your world. It can be no other way. Who you are is what you see. Think about it: you can only truly know something through experience. So, the characteristics you recognize in others, you have already experienced in yourself.”

Sara Chetkin, in “The Healing Curve”

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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, December 7th, 2016 by Alan Cohen in THE DRAGON DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

“Contentment is an experience we can cultivate through practice. Abraham Lincoln said that “most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.” Like gratefulness and positivity, contentment is not usually handed to us as a gift, although it is always ours for the asking. We need only to align our thoughts with appreciation, for contentment is not so much a state of affairs as it is a state of mind.

If money could make us happy, millionaires would rest complete after their first million. If sex could fulfill us, those who enter relationships or marriages based upon sex would roam no further. If power were the source of peace, heads of state would be the happiest people in the world. But we all know that persons with such money, sex, or power are not the happiest; in fact they are often among the most unhappy. Why? Because anyone in a state of seeking can never be happy. Only those who are constantly finding are fulfilled. And finding is not something that happens to us – it is something we do.”

Alan Cohen, in “The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”

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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, December 6th, 2016 by Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D. in IF LIFE IS A GAME THESE ARE THE RULES

“A sense of adventure is inherent in young children. We are all born with an innate sense of wonder that propels us to explore. Most children are naturally curious and experimental, ready to try anything. They are not held back by fears of societal disapproval or failure. As they grow up, however, the word imposes its fears and limitations upon them, and very often this sense of adventure is buried beneath years of admonishments like, “Don’t touch!” and “Behave!”

This childlike sense of wonder must be reignited so that you can remember the thrill of discovering new worlds. The spark usually shows up as bold impulses that you may dismiss as silly or imprudent, like a sudden urge to try windsurfing or a desire to travel to Alaska. As you reconnect to this spark and honor it, however, you open the door to wonderful experience and magical connections. You begin to take bigger and bolder steps toward living your dreams.”

Cherie Carter-Scott, in “If Life Is A Game, These Are The Rules”

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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, December 5th, 2016 by Deepak Chopra in AGELESS BODY, TIMELESS MIND

“Life’s uncertainty makes constant demands on everyone’s coping mechanisms. There are basically two ways to cope with uncertainty – acceptance and resistance. Acceptance means that you allow events to unfold around you and react to them spontaneously, without suppression. Resistance means that you try to change events from what they really are and react to them with familiar, safe responses. Acceptance is healthy because it permits you to clear any stress as soon as it occurs; resistance is unhealthy because it builds up residues of frustration, false expectations, and unfulfilled desires.”

Deepak Chopra, in “Ageless Body, Timeless Mind”

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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, December 2nd, 2016 by Marshall Vian Summers in WISDOM FROM THE GREATER COMMUNITIES

“When you do have something to say, say it simply. If you feel the need to express something but the opportunity is not there or the right people are not there, then hold this within yourself. Let the fires burn hotter within you. It is all right to have this pressure. Hold this energy. Let it grow. This is how you develop depth, potency, insight and self-awareness within yourself. If there is pressure, let the pressure be there. Then, when there is an opportunity to express whatever that is, it will be expressed with tremendous power.

Like pulling back the bow, that pressure is what projects the arrow forward into the world. That is what gives your self-expression power. People who talk, talk, talk all the time have no potency in their self-expression. Nothing has built up within them. The arrow just drops on the ground in front of them. It does not go anywhere.”

Marshall Vian Summers, in “Wisdom From the Greater Communities”

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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, December 1st, 2016 by Dan Millman in EVERYDAY ENLIGHTENMENT

“Some wealthy people feel guilty when they think of others who live below the poverty line. Since money is energy, do you also feel guilty if you have more energy than your neighbor? Does having more energy make you a bad person? It’s commendable to feel compassion for less fortunate people in the world. But are you not to eat until the world is fed? Will you help others by remaining poor? Suffering is a fact of life. Even if we are able to end chronic hunger in the world, there will always be people who, for any number of reasons, have less than others.

By first creating sufficiency for yourself, you can better assist others and be a force of light in the world. When you pay a bill you are supporting hardworking employees of that business; when you pay a gardener or a babysitter, or generously tip a server at a restaurant, you are offering support, trust, and appreciation.”

Dan Millman, in “Everyday Enlightenment”

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, November 30th, 2016 by Paul Ferrini in THE SILENCE OF THE HEART

“Many of you believe that relationships will make you happy. Nothing could be further from the truth. The promise of fulfillment through relationship is a cruel hoax. That you will discover soon enough.

There is only one way that you will find genuine fulfillment in your life and that is to learn to love and accept yourself. With that as a foundation, relationships cease to be traumatic. Perhaps that is because one does not bring such intense expectations to them. When you know how to “be with” yourself, it is not so difficult to “be with” another.”

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, November 29th, 2016 by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in YOU’LL SEE IT WHEN YOU BELIEVE IT

“The willingness to forgive yourself is the necessary step to being in harmony with all of the universal principles. It gives you permission to be whatever you choose. And it gives you the right to self-determination. Everything that you have done is over, regardless of your opinion about it. It simply is. Try to simply be. The past is over and everything you did got you to the point that you are at right at this moment. Everything had to happen exactly as it did, without any exceptions in order for you to be here, reading these words in the exact location in which you find yourself right now.

You needed to do it all, and all you have to do, to really learn this lesson of forgiveness, is to allow that thought in and lovingly forgive yourself. Receive the lesson from it and be in harmony with yourself and everyone that you encounter. The more peaceful you are with that idea, and the more willing you are to be gentle with yourself, even if you slip, the more you will find forgiveness your way of life.”

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, in “You’ll See It When You Believe It”

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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, November 28th, 2016 by Alan Cohen in WHY YOUR LIFE SUCKS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

“You can transform any relationship by shifting your thoughts about it. This is where your true power lives. It is much easier to defuse limiting thoughts than to change someone or push them out of your life. Begin by simply considering something you like about the person or something kind they have done for you. Then try to not take what they are doing personally. Imagine that their words or actions are more of a statement about them than about you. If you can hold them a bit more lightly in your thoughts each day, you will be amazed at how your relationship will transform.”

Alan Cohen, in “Why Your Life Sucks…And What You Can Do About It

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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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Update: The future of Pondercentral.com

ponderonthis-logo_4_27_16Earlier this year I included a note in a post about potentially ending the “Ponder on This” messages after this year (the 18th) with the decision dependent upon whether enough subscribers actually cared or not whether the service continued. A large number of folks responded and asked me to continue posting the messages, so as is evident I’ve done that throughout this year.

Note that because I’ve had some downtime in my tech writing business the past two months, I took on a major project of building “Ponder on This” messages for all of 2017. I just completed that very lengthy effort the other day with all 2017 posts now loaded to the blog. So, anyone who is currently a subscriber (and new subscribers as well of course) will continue to receive the messages throughout all of next year.

Near the end of 2017 I will decide whether to continue the service in 2018.

Best regards,
Jeff
Pondercentral.com

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, November 25th, 2016 by Sanaya Roman in PERSONAL POWER THROUGH AWARENESS

“Watch when you use the words should, have to, and must. Do you frequently talk to yourself with these words? They often set up rebellion and create the opposite of their intent. Do you speak to yourself in a way that sounds like an angry parent, or do you have a loving voice within that permits you to flow with your own energy?

When you catch yourself telling yourself you have to do something, see if you can change to something more permitting and gentle – a suggestion, rather than a command.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Personal Power through Awareness”

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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, November 24th, 2016 by Stuart Wilde in SIXTH SENSE

“The problem with our world is that we all infringe upon each other way too much. We haven’t learned that control is old-fashioned, that consciousness has changed. If only we’d all back off a bit. If we all understood non-infringement, we’d have low taxes, safe neighborhoods, and the spirit of love and cooperation in our society and in our families. It will take time, but you can start the process right now. Focus on non-infringement. It becomes your teacher for a while, and it will show you things inside other things. It will show you aspects of compassion and infinity you may not have seen before.

The need to control others is a manifestation of insecurity. From that often flows infringement, then reaction. Then in the fear, one stiffens, and in the end you cannot flow down the river of life. Sometimes you have to let go and become vulnerable. You have to flow and trust. To find yourself, you have to agree to lose yourself first. Odd, really, isn’t it?”

Stuart Wilde, in “Sixth Sense”

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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, November 23rd, 2016 by Paul Ferrini in THE SILENCE OF THE HEART

“The majority of people you accept as authority figures in your life will abuse you. Your act of accepting their authority constitutes permission to them to abuse you. You may say “but I didn’t know they would take advantage of me.” And I say to you, brother or sister, “Wise up. Take responsibility for your life. Realize that you bought the farm. Stop trying to blame another for the choices you make.”

You gave permission. Perhaps you did not know how bad it would be. The abuse came, as it frequently does, wrapped in sugar coated promises. Friendship may have been offered. Or financial security. Or companionship. Or sex. You name it. It doesn’t matter what the bait was. You swallowed it and you got hooked. Be wiser next time.”

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, November 22nd, 2016 by Matthew Félix in A VOICE BEYOND REASON

“Rarely is it possible to make a major change without some pain and sacrifice. No doubt, it’s one of the main reasons people are so averse to change in the first place…You can’t create a new life while clinging to the one you want to leave behind. You can’t be in two places at once, neither literally or metaphorically. So when you start moving away from one and toward another, things get left behind – and you don’t always have control over what those things are. As Einstein said, “I must be willing to give up what I am, in order to become what I will be.”

Matthew Félix, in “A Voice Beyond Reason”

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Compiler’s Note: I read this book earlier this month and thought it was excellent. It’s a novel that has a bit of a spiritual angle to it.

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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