BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, December 15th, 2017 by Alan Cohen, in WHY YOUR LIFE SUCKS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

“Your upset over someone else’s behavior is a signal for you rather than them. You have a charge on the issue because you have not come to terms with it yourself. The behavior either reminds you of something about yourself you dislike, or something someone has done in your past you have not come to terms with. (I dated someone who told me she did not like the way I breathed because it reminded her of a former boyfriend she didn’t like—what’s a guy to do).

When you are wigged out by someone else’s behavior, you are in the least optimal position to change them. Instead—and I know it’s really hard—do your best to step back and get your head on straight. Break the momentum of your impulse to get in their face. Then, a few minutes, hours, or days later, when you feel more centered, if you still feel moved to approach them, do so from that position. The results will be infinitely more rewarding for both of you.”

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

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, December 14th, 2017 by Gary Spinell in BEYOND INTENT

“Everything you have done in your life until now has led you to where you are today. Every experience, every belief, every action, every thought, every relationship, every career move, and every spoken word has brought you to this point. What appeared as distinct, separate, and individual events in your life actually all interconnected. When you are in the middle of each experience it can appear as if it is uniquely different and powerful. But when you have the opportunity to step back and examine your life as if it were one long movie, you see how it all fits together.

It is important you recognize that you are not moving randomly from one experience to another. You are not randomly meeting people that appear in your personal relationships, career, and friendships. Viewing with perspective the steps in our journey helps us see that there is significant importance to our life. Each of us is unique and offers special talents to the world. When we see how all of our experiences are intertwined, we then understand that there is much more to come.”

Gary Spinell, in “Beyond Intent”

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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 13th, 2017 by Lynn Grabhorn in EXCUSE ME, YOUR LIFE IS WAITING

“Most of us think of blame as the melodramatic pointing of a long, crooked finger towards one who has done scandalous wrong. Yet we’re actually into blame just about every waking moment of our lives. From weather, to rude drivers, to toothpaste caps, we blame from sunup ’til sundown and never think a thing about it.

Oh sure, more times than not we’re probably justified in our accusations, but so what! There’s not an ounce of well-being that can squeak through the low, thick vibration of blame, whether it’s justified or not. In fact, the electromagnetic energy of blame is so potently charged as it flows from us to others, it can cause those who are usually fairly dependable to mess up all over the place. And for sure, sending blame—energy to someone who’s been nasty, stupid, abusive or drunk only amplifies the condition you’d like to see changed.”

Lynn Grabhorn, in “Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting”

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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 12th, 2017 by Wayne W. Dyer in THERE’S A SPIRITUAL SOLUTION TO EVERY PROBLEM

“It is important here to remember that energy has a frequency. In the frequency of despair the energy is low and you feel depressed or upset. “I’m feeling down today,” describes the despair you feel when your energy is in these low frequencies. As long as you remain in that lowered frequency you will continue to attract more of that kind of energy. People who live in a constant state of mental despair never allow themselves to speed up and experience the faster higher frequencies which lead all the way to spiritual energy. Instead they fuel their low and slow energy by processing almost every event from a pessimistic viewpoint.

As soon as you identify with “Life is difficult,” that is precisely what your experience has to be. As always, the central law of the universe prevails, “As you think, so shall you be.”

Wayne W. Dyer, in “There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem”

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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 11th, 2017 by Michael J. Tamura in YOU ARE THE ANSWER

“Purpose gives meaning, and therefore value, to our existence. So, when we isolate ourselves from our purpose, we fall into profound loneliness, bereft of meaning and worth. In reality, however, our worth isn’t predicated on what we do, how much we do, or how well we do. Although our society seems to measure one’s worth according to one’s accomplishments, no one lacks worth or meaning. No human being has any more or less value than another. Each one of us has one hundred percent worth, for our worth is intrinsic to our being. Your inherent worth as a human being never changes, regardless of the amount or quality of your accomplishments.”

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

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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 8th, 2017 by Richard Rohr in QUOTATIONS FOR THE SOUL compiled by Rosalie Maggio

“Faith is so rare—and religion so common—because no one wants to live between first base and second base. Faith is the in-between space where you’re not sure you’ll make it to second base. You’ve let go of one thing and haven’t yet latched onto another. Most of us choose the security of first base.”

Richard Rohr, in the book “Quotations for the Soul” compiled by Rosalie Maggio

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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 7th, 2017 by Thich Nhat Hanh in NO DEATH, NO FEAR

“For many years I have told this story. Suppose two astronauts go to the moon. When they arrive, they have an accident and find out they have only enough oxygen for two days. There is no hope of someone coming from Earth in time to rescue them. They only have two days to live. If you asked them at that moment, “What is you deepest wish?” they would answer, “To be back home walking on the beautiful planet Earth.” That would be enough for them; they would not want anything else. They would not want to be the head of a large corporation, a big celebrity or president of the United States. They would not want anything except to be back on Earth – to be walking on Earth, enjoying every step, listening to the sounds of nature and holding the hand of their beloved while contemplating the moon.

We should live every day like people who have just been rescued from the moon. We are on Earth now, and we need to enjoy walking on this precious beautiful planet.”

Thich Nhat Hanh, in “No Death, No Fear”

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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 6th, 2017 by Richard Carlson, PH.D. in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“Nothing helps us build our perspective more than developing compassion for others. Compassion is a sympathetic feeling. It involves the willingness to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, to take the focus off yourself and to imagine what it’s like to be in someone else’s predicament, and simultaneously, to feel love for that person. It’s the recognition that other people’s problems, their pain and frustrations, are every bit as real as our own—often far worse. in recognizing this fact and trying to offer some assistance, we open our hearts and greatly enhance our sense of gratitude.”

Richard Carlson, PH.D., in “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”

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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 5th, 2017 by Debbie Ford in THE DARK SIDE OF THE LIGHT CHASERS

“Each aspect within us needs understanding and compassion. If we are unwilling to give it to ourselves how can we expect the world to give it to us? As we are, so is the universe. Self-love must sink in and nourish each level of our being. There are those who love their inner selves but are unable to look into a mirror for more than a minute at their outer appearance. Other people spend all their time on their outer selves and end up hating what’s inside. The time has come to bring the whole of yourself into the light so that you can choose to consciously shift every area of your life, internal and external. Now is the time to be the idol of yourself. Every part of you has something to give you. By loving and embracing all of yourself, you will truly be able to love and embrace all of us.”

Debbie Ford, in “The Dark Side of the Light Chasers”

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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 4th, 2017 by Stuart Wilde, in LIFE WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE A STRUGGLE

“The very nature of our existence on the earth plane involves us in a certain amount of restriction. That is one of the lessons you come here to learn. Once that lesson is learned, you can move from restriction into absolute freedom, because ultimately your spiritual heritage is to be independent and free. Effort is part of our condition as physical beings, for we have to translate thoughts and feelings into physical action. Struggle, however, is not natural. It is an unholy battle we fight with ourselves. But, because it is a by-product of our personal imbalances, it’s a condition we can easily go beyond.

By having the courage to identify and face the causes of struggle in your life, you grant yourself the power to transcend. Once you accept that you are the cause of struggle, you can then affirm, with certainty, that all struggle in your life can be eliminated, given time.”

Stuart Wilde, in “Life Was Never Meant To Be A Struggle”

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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 1st, 2017 by Rhonda Byrne in THE SECRET

“One of the things that people often do when they have an illness is talk about it all the time. That’s because they’re thinking about it all the time, so they’re just verbalizing their thoughts. If you are feeling a little unwell, don’t talk about it—unless you want more of it. Know that your thought was responsible and repeat as often as you can, “I feel wonderful. I feel so good,” and really feel it. If you are not feeling great and somebody asks you how you are feeling, just be grateful that that person has reminded you to think thoughts of feeling well. Speak only the words of what you want.”

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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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 by Paul Ferrini in THE ECSTATIC MOMENT

“When you are honest you see that the aspects of your life that prosper are the ones that you enjoy the most and the ones to which you give your greatest energy and commitment. What you don’t enjoy or give your full attention and commitment to does not prosper.

Whispering a few magical words will not change the emotional allegiance we are referring to. It takes an inner revolution, in which the feet and the hands learn to listen to and align with the heart. What we “do” must be consistent with who we “are.” That is the formula for the flow of love and abundance into our lives.

The truth is there is always enough. But we are asking the wrong question. We are asking “what needs to be done and how can I do it?” when the real question is “who am I and how can I give my gift?”

Paul Ferrini, in “The Ecstatic Moment”

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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 28th, 2017 by Eckhart Tolle in THE POWER OF NOW

Do you resent doing what you are doing? It may be your job, or you may have agreed to do something and are doing it, but part of you resents and resists it. Are you carrying unspoken resentment toward a person close to you? Do you realize that the energy you thus emanate is so harmful in its effects that you are in fact contaminating yourself as well as those around you? Have a good look inside. Is there the slightest trace of resentment and unwillingness? If there is, observe it on both the mental and emotional levels. What thoughts is your mind creating around this situation? Then look at the emotion, which is the body’s reaction to those thoughts. Feel the emotion. Does it feel pleasant or unpleasant? Is it an energy that you would actually choose to have inside you? Do you have a choice?

Maybe you are being taken advantage of, maybe the activity you are engaged in is tedious, maybe some close to you is dishonest, irritating, or unconscious, but all this is irrelevant. Whether your thoughts and emotions about this situation are justified or not makes no difference. The is that you are resisting what is.”

Eckhart Tolle, in “The Power of Now”

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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 27th, 2017 by Sanaya Roman, in PERSONAL POWER THROUGH AWARENESS

“When people are angry with you, it is often an expression of their hurt. Most people feel that they only get angry with just cause, and only get hurt when someone lets them down, aggravates them, rejects them or makes unreasonable demands. But anger can also be used be used to control others. Is your fear of other peoples’ anger controlling your behavior around them? Do you use a threat of anger to control others?

When people get angry with you, or appear to want to hurt you, they may be doing it because they are in pain themselves. Because of their programs and upbringing, because of the way they look at the world, some people may think you have hurt them when you had no intention to do so. Sometimes people get angry when all you are doing is expressing an opinion that differs from theirs, or stating a preference of your own. Be sure you are not coming from a desire to control or manipulate, and if you are not, do not let their anger trigger pain within you.”

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” in 2018

Last year at this time I was considering ending the “Ponder on This” messages at the close of 2016, but after numerous subscribers wrote to request that the service continue, I decided to continue posting them for all of 2017. Now that this year is drawing to a close, I’ve made the decision to continue posting the messages through all of 2018 and up until at least March 18 of 2019, a date that would mark 20 full years of sharing this content.

With that announcement made, please note I’ve also decided to go to a “Best of” format for all posts that will begin in January 2018, although there may be times when I’ll use a “fresh” Ponder message; we’ll see. Note also that the “Best of” messages that I will post in 2018 will be ones that were originally posted in 2007, so while some long-term subscribers may recognize some of them, for later subscribers the content will be completely new.

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