BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, February 12th, 2016 by Catherine Ponder in OPEN YOUR MIND TO PROSPERITY

“Instead of fighting problems, picture your way out of them. The picturing power of the mind turns your thinking from “I cannot have this” or “It will never happen to me” to hope, belief, and finally to the mental acceptance that “It can happen to me” and “It will happen to me.”

Generalities do not produce results, because they lack substance and power. Vague hopes and indefinite goals are not convincing to the mind, whereas a clear cut picture of the good we want activates people, places, and events to cooperate with our pictured desires.”

Catherine Ponder, in “Open Your Mind to Prosperity”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, February 11th, 2016 by Polly Campbell in IMPERFECT SPIRITUALITY

“To give up our attachments and disconnect from our desires(I’m not saying desires are bad, in fact, I’m all for them; it’s our attachment to them that keeps us stuck and frustrated) to let go of our stories, and our pain, and our projections of what we think life out to be, is a relief.

Surrender is a choice. It’s a decision you make to release the interior garbage without expecting anything in return. You just let it go so you’re not bogged down by it anymore.

These troubles you’ve been carrying around, longer have to be your troubles. You can release them. In the beginning, after you decide to do this, you mind will kick in with its Emergency Alert System. This is your Ego fighting for its life, urging you to hold tight, keep working, try harder, and stay in control. It’s worried that if you surrender, you will lose sight of who you are, your ideas and drive, and desire. If you release your anxiety and worry, your Ego will say, it means you don’t care enough. This is hogwash. Surrender actually makes room for more positive action. It leaves you free from the weights of worry so you can do something proactive.”

Polly Campbell, in “Imperfect Spirituality”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, February 10th, 2011 by Dr. Stephen Russell in BAREFOOT DOCTOR’S GUIDE TO THE TAO

“Assuming you have something relatively solid and stable to settle yourself on (a planet will do), the basic requirements you need are: air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat, a shelter to shield you from the elements, clothing to hide your naughty bits, company (invisible, i.e., spiritual or otherwise) as a reference to stop you from going nuts, and physical animal warmth, i.e., love, especially in your formative years (optional, but deprivation not highly recommended).

Whenever you find yourself in a tizz about not having enough material comfort in your life, run this checklist. If all points get a check, you’re doing fine, and may your perspective return swiftly. If any of the points get an x, you’d better get busy or you’ll die. It’s that simple.”

Stephen Russell, in “Barefoot Doctor’s Guide to the TAO”

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 by Marianne Williamson in THE GIFT OF CHANGE

“So often we try to hide who we are rather than to heal who we are. We’re afraid that if we show our true selves, something ugly will appear. Only when we realize Who lives within us do we see that only beauty will appear. In the meantime, our wounds fester, untended, until surrendered for divine healing. Our denial, or unwillingness to look deeply at our own issues, reflects a naïve hope that if we don’t look at our wounds they’ll go away by themselves. It takes emotional courage to look deeply into ourselves and face what’s there. Until we do, however, God’s medicine can’t heal us.”

Marianne Williamson, in “The Gift of Change”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in PULLING YOUR OWN STRINGS

“If others know they can manipulate you by having their feelings hurt, that is precisely what they will do whenever you get out of line or declare your own independence. Ninety-five percent of hurt feelings are strategy on the ‘hurtee’s’ part. People will use their hurt feelings over and over on you if you are gullible enough to buy it. Only victims run their lives on the premise that they must always watch out for others’ getting hurt feelings. This is not a license to be obstinately inconsiderate, but simply a basic understanding that people generally stop having hurt feelings when they realize that those feelings can no longer be used to manipulate you.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, February 5th, 2016 by Abraham Maslow

“The highest achieving, happiest and most effective individuals, those that are truly “self-actualized,” have a number of traits in common.  Of these, the three most important are:

  1. They learn to live their lives independent of the good opinions of others.
  2. They are not attached to results.
  3. They have no investment in having power over others.

Dr. Abraham Maslow

Compiler’s Note:  The above is a paraphrasing of Maslow, as this information was originally brought to my attention while I was attending a live presentation by Dr. Wayne Dyer perhaps 20 years ago.

Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in May 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, February 4th, 2016 by Shakti Gawain in THE PATH OF TRANSFORMATION

“Acceptance does not mean that we have to allow things into our lives that aren’t good for us. Obviously, we wouldn’t go out and commit a crime because we believed there was something to be gained by learning to confront fears we have about such behavior. We don’t become whole unless we recognize the need to set boundaries and be able to discriminate between what’s right and not right for us.

Being willing to learn from our relationships does not mean that we should stay in situations that are not good for us. If a relationship is physically or emotionally abusive, what we have to learn from it is how to set boundaries and protect ourselves. This could mean going into couples counseling to seek real and lasting resolutions. Or it could mean leaving the relationship if that is the only way we could effectively take care of ourselves.”

Shakti Gawain, in “The Path of Transformation”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 by Florence Scovel Shinn in THE POWER OF THE SPOKEN WORD

“Life is a crossword puzzle, the right word gives you the answer. Many people are rattling off destructive words in their conversation. We hear them say, ‘I’m broke! I’m sick!  Remember by your words you are justified and by your words you are condemned. You are condemned by them because they do not return void.  Change your words and you change your world, for your word IS your world.”

Florence Scovel Shinn, in “Power of the Spoken Word”

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in PULLING YOUR OWN STRINGS

“When someone starts out with, “You should have,” try telling the person, “If you can get me a round-trip ticket back to the same time you’re talking about, I’ll gladly do what you say I should have done. But if you can’t…” Your “opponent” will get the message that you are wise to the trap, which is more than half your battle. Alternately, you can try, “You are right, I should have.” Once you’ve agreed, the responsibility is on your “adversary” to deal with you in the present.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for February 1st, 2016 by Thich Nhat Hanh in PEACE IS EVERY STEP

“Hope is important, because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. But that is the most that hope can do for us – to make some hardship lighter. When I think deeply about the nature of hope, I see something tragic. Since we cling to our hope in the future, we do not focus our energies and capabilities on the present moment.

We use hope to believe something better will happen in the future, that we will arrive at peace, or the Kingdom of God. Hope becomes a kind of obstacle. If you can refrain from hoping, you can bring yourself entirely into the present moment and discover the joy that is already there.”

Thich Nhat Hanh, in “Peace Is Every Step”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, January 29th, 2016 by Lynn Grabhorn in EXCUSE ME, YOUR LIFE IS WAITING

“Got a desk piled high with work? On overload with details? Prepave the day to go with ease before you get there. See yourself breezing through the work. Speak your Intent and tell the universe why you want it. Then don’t dare pick up one piece of paper until you flow buckets of positive energy.

Prepaving is simply sending your energy ahead of you, programmed with the frequency of your desire. Sometimes you send it to a specific place, sometimes you spray it around, other times you send it to a person. Granted, you can’t change somebody’s mind, force them to act against their will, or do anything that’s against their nature. But in tense situations, you can prepave to create an atmosphere of trust and openness which will spawn congeniality. The groundwork is done; the rest is up to you – and your Guidance – when you get there.”

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

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, January 28th, 2016 by John St. Augustine in LIVING AN UNCOMMON LIFE

“Just because some area of your life is out of balance now does not mean that it cannot lead to success. Taking a fall doesn’t mean you can’t get up and try again. People told Roger Bannister that it was impossible to break the four-minute mile, but he did it anyway. Gandhi was told that there was no way he could bring the British Empire down without violence, but he did it anyway. Rosa Parks decided that enough was enough and sat down to make a stand that changed America. The list goes on and on. Balance is no different now that you know what it is, where it is, and how you can reach it. Nothing is “impossible” anymore unless you deem it so.

An important factor in creating a life in balance is engaging yourself in something you love to do. Far too many of us settle for less than we can be because we are not willing to put the time, energy, and effort into our dreams. It’s a far better existence doing what you love to do rather than spending a lifetime working for a living because that’s all you know. Find people who are doing what you would like to do. Ask them how they got started, what route they took, how they arrived. People who have built their dreams from the ground up are usually more than willing to share what they have learned on the path. They were once where you are and have great respect for the journey.”

John St. Augustine, in “Living an Uncommon Life

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 by Don Miguel Ruiz in THE FOUR AGREEMENTS COMPANION BOOK

“Everybody around you is a mirror that is going to reflect your wounds. Whoever comes and lets you know where your wounds are is doing you a big favor. That person is putting your attention on the place where you have a wound, but perhaps you didn’t know you had one. And if you have free will and your attention controls your beliefs, just by putting your awareness on the wound, you can shift it. You can say, “Oh, thank you for being a mirror and letting me see my wounds.”

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

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 by Richard A. Singer in YOUR DAILY WALK WITH THE GREAT MINDS

“Freedom from the past is only accomplished by your own doing. You and you alone have the choice and ability to either torture yourself for being human or forgive yourself for your humanity. This is when you will be able to live in the present moment where life exists. Forgiveness of yourself is necessary if you plan to have peace, serenity, and any form of genuine happiness. Allow yourself to escape the pain of the past and move along your course to tranquility and joyous living. It is quite senseless to continue to permit the past, which cannot be changed, to dictate your present state of living. If you feel the need to experience guilt, remorse, and regret, that’s fine; however, experience it once or twice, learn the lesson intended, and move on. There is no productivity in feeling this pain 147,000 times over a 30-year period.”

Richard A. Singer, in “Your Daily Walk With the Great Minds”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Dan Millman in LIVING ON PURPOSE

“Our deeds, both positive and negative, resonate within us and within the world. Those who commit crimes that remain undiscovered or unsolved—and who seem to escape consequences for their actions, cannot escape the Watcher who sees all. For some, this Watcher is God. But whether or not one believes in divine justice, we are always watching ourselves. And our level of self-worth—how much we believe we deserve—has a powerful impact on our fortunes.

When we behave with kindness and compassion, in a spirit of service, our self-worth rises and we open our hearts to life’s blessings. When we behave poorly or hurtfully, it cannot escape our notice. I have seen, again and again, that such actions ultimately generate some form of self-sabotage, limitation, or suffering.”

Dan Millman, in “Living on Purpose”

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