BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, May 27th, 2016 by Shakti Gawain in CREATIVE VISUALIZATION

“Take a look at your belief system and see if you are holding yourself back by not believing sufficiently in the universal good. Can you actually, realistically imagine yourself as a successful, satisfied, prosperous, fulfilled person? Can you really open your eyes to the goodness and beauty and abundance that are all around you? Can you imagine this world transformed into a happy, prosperous and enlightened environment in which everyone can flourish?

Unless you can create a context that the world is a good place to be that can potentially work for everyone, you will experience difficulty in creating what you want in your personal life.”

Shakti Gawain, in “Creative Visualization”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, May 26th, 2016 by Donald Altman in THE MINDFULNESS CODE

“Social situations often evoke anxiety as well as excitement. This is especially so when we are meeting new people. How can we bridge that gap of awkwardness? How can we begin to know someone better? Some people find it uncomfortable to allow silence into a conversation, while others feel safe only when asking the questions or interacting superficially. And while a casual understanding may be perfectly okay for certain relationships and acquaintances, what is lost when we view the world and others superficially? There are ways to move beyond shallow-speak and to break out of our individual perspective. The doorway into another’s world can be found when we allow space for silence and deep listening. To venture into and experience this space is to discover that each of us is really the essence of pure meaning and attention.”

Donald Altman, in “The Mindfulness Code”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 by Alan Cohen in THE DRAGON DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

“Spiritual awakening is spread by overflow. We cannot force another into higher consciousness. We are all like flower buds – we must open and bloom at our own rate, catalyzed by the warmth of the sun. The best way to support another person in their growth is to love them. They will feel so free and easy in our presence that their blocks to growth will just melt away.

No amount of preaching, teaching, or pressuring will speed up their evolution, and it may even retard it. We may share, offer ideas, and invite if we feel to do so, yet this reaching out must be offered lightly, with an open hand, so that our friend feels completely free to accept our invitation or decline it. That’s the way sharing God has got to be. God must be chosen.”

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

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 by Paul Ferrini in THE SILENCE OF THE HEART

“If you see a beggar, don’t be taken in. Ask him instead, “Why are you standing here begging on this street corner, Oh great one?” Let him know that you see who he really is. Look into his eyes and see his divinity with your own, and then ask him how you can be of help.

You see, powerlessness is a great disguise. Look behind the veil and say “I remember you brother.” Don’t just give the beggar money and walk on without acknowledging him. If you wish to give him money, do so. But do not pass by without acknowledging him. For it is not money he needs, but your love, your blessing, your acknowledgment.”

Paul Ferrini, in “The Silence of the Heart”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, May 23rd, 2016 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in THE WAY TO LOVE

“If you wish to be fully alive you must develop a sense of perspective. Life is infinitely greater than this trifle your heart is attached to and which you have given the power to so upset you. Trifle, yes, because if you live long enough a day will easily come when it will cease to matter. It will not even be remembered – your own experience will confirm this. Just as today you barely remember, are no longer the least bit affected by those tremendous trifles that so disturbed you in the past.”

Fr. Anthony DeMello, in “The Way to Love”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, May 20th, 2016 by Eckhart Tolle in THE POWER OF NOW

“Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life. The only place where you can experience the flow of life is in the Now, so to surrender is to accept the present moment unconditionally and without reservation. It is to relinquish inner resistance to what is.

Inner resistance is to say “no” to what is, through mental judgment and emotional negativity. It becomes particularly pronounced when things “go wrong”, which means that there is a gap between the demands or rigid expectations of your mind and what is. That is the pain gap. If you have lived long enough you will know that things “go wrong” quite often. It is precisely at those times that surrender needs to be practiced if you want to eliminate pain and sorrow from your life. Acceptance of what is immediately frees you from mind identification and thus reconnects you with Being. Resistance is the mind.”

Eckhart Tolle, in “The Power of Now”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, May 19th, 2016 by Sanaya Roman in PERSONAL POWER THROUGH AWARENESS

“Each of you has a personal map of reality, your own assumptions, a unique philosophy about life, and a personal belief system. One of the challenges I will offer you is to look at your map. What is a personal map? For one person a map may say, “There is not enough love in the universe.”For another, their map may say, “Every time I open up to another person I get hurt.” Your maps are based on your childhood and lifetime experiences. They are based on your experience of how your energy has flowed out and how you have been received by others, especially those you loved or wanted love from.

If any area of your life is not working, one of your beliefs in that area needs to be changed. It is time to either get a new map or revise the one you have. You cannot change by forcing yourself, however. You can change it calmly and firmly telling yourself that you intend to go higher, and that you do not plan to get caught up in the argument or in the issues. It may sound simple, but this is all you need to do to start movement out of the conflict. Once you affirm that you intend to go higher, the universe will begin to show you the answers.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Personal Power through Awareness”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 by Emmet E. Miller in GRATITUDE, A WAY OF LIFE BY LOUISE HAY AND FRIENDS

“The way in which we see the world shapes our responses to the challenges life presents us. A sense of gratitude empowers us to choose wisely – how we feel, what we say, what we believe, what we do. How preposterous for us, who are richer and consume 10 times the resources than 95% of the world’s people, who routinely live 25 years longer than our great-grandparents, who bask in personal freedom and potential, to focus on the “half-empty.” Gratitude leads us to see what is available, what can develop. After all, there is nothing to work with in the empty part of the glass.”

Emmet E. Miller, M.D., in an essay entitled “Gratitude: A Healing Attitude” in “Gratitude, A Way of Life” by Louise Hay and Friends

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 by Rhonda Byrne in THE SECRET

“Praise and bless everything in your life! When you are praising or blessing you are on the highest frequency of love. In the Bible, the Hebrews used the act of blessing to bring forth health, wealth, and happiness. They knew the power of blessing. For many people the only time they have blessed someone was when they sneezed, and so they have not used one of the greatest powers to their full advantage. The dictionary defines blessing as “invoking divine favor and conferring well-being or prosperity,” so begin right now to invoke the power of blessing in your life, and bless everything and everyone. Likewise with praising, for when you are praising someone or something you are giving love, and as you emit that magnificent frequency, it will return to you a hundred-fold.”

Rhonda Byrne, in “The Secret”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, May 16th, 2016 by Mother Teresa

“People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.”

Mother Teresa

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, May 13th, 2016 by Neale Donald Walsch in COMMUNION WITH GOD

“Now I tell you this: The essence of love is freedom. Anyone who says they love you, and that they are looking out for you, will grant you freedom. It is as simple as that. You do not have to look further or deeper for more sophisticated understanding.

I have told you before and I will tell you again. There are only two energies at the core of the human experience: love and fear. Love grants freedom, fear takes it away. Love opens up, fear closes down. Love invites full expression, fear punishes it.

By this measure you can know whether someone is loving you, or fearing you. Do not look to what they say. Look to what they do.”

God, as spoken to Neale Donald Walsch, in “Communion with God”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, May 12th, 2016 by Alan Cohen in DARE TO BE YOURSELF

“Our culture is obsessed with planning, and much of it is inspired by fear. Heavy scheduling is a formidable way to avoid intimacy. If we are constantly busy, we do not have to face our feelings and deal with our issues I relationships. “Oh, I’m just too busy to be with a woman,” is a clear indication that the speaker is terrified of love and is willing to erect an array of barriers to protect himself from feeling the loneliness that is actually running him. A saturated day planner is often a symptom of weighty denial, and it should be recognized immediately as a warning flag of great psychic distress that is not being acknowledged or dealt with. (The insidious twist in the planaholic’s plight is that nearly our entire culture is heavily hypnotized to avoid intimacy through busy-ness. It is much more difficult to become free when most of the people around you share your form of insanity and call it reality.)

Someone who is heavily overscheduled is usually seriously threatened by absence of structure or quiet time alone. Such a one realizes that given even a little bit of space, she will have to face her feelings, and that kind of intimate confrontation is to be avoided at all costs. Sorrowfully, those costs include aliveness, health, and fulfilling relationships. You cannot be intimate if you erect a calendar as a wall between you and a potential beloved. And neither will you ever get to know yourself.”

Alan Cohen, in “Dare to Be Yourself”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 by Michael Tamura in YOU ARE THE ANSWER

“Enjoying your life is easy when you’re having fun. The challenge is enjoying being part of it when the going gets tough. Of course, it doesn’t mean that you have to enjoy tragedies. It’s knowing that you can choose to be happy with yourself no matter how miserable you feel or how terrible the circumstances that help you connect with your soul energy. It means learning to love yourself when you’re feeling angry, grief-stricken, or a failure.

It means finding humor in the cosmic joke, which is believing that truth, love and your fulfillment are not within you and that something could take them away.”

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

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 by Don Miguel and Don Jose Ruiz in THE FIFTH AGREEMENT

“The story you’re dreaming today is not the same story that you were dreaming yesterday, or even half an hour ago. Every time you talk about your story, it changes depending on who you’re telling the story to, depending on your physical and emotional state at the time, depending on your beliefs at the time. Even if you try to tell the same story, your story is always changing. At a certain point, you find out that it’s nothing but a story. It isn’t reality; it’s a shared dream because all humans are dreaming at the same time. The shared dream of humanity, the dream of the planet, was there before you were born, and this is how you learned to create your own art, the story of you.”

Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz, in “The Fifth Agreement”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, May 9th, 2016 by Joseph Campbell in REFLECTIONS ON THE ART OF LIVING BY DIANE K. OSBON

“As an adult, you must rediscover
the moving power of your life.

Tension, a lack of honesty,
and a sense of unreality
come from following
the wrong force in your life.

Work begins
when you don’t like
what you’re doing.”

Joseph Campbell, in “Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion” by Diane K. Osbon

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