BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, July 16th, 2018 by Jack Kornfield in A PATH WITH HEART

“What happens when we do fulfill wanting? It often brings on more wanting. The whole process can become very tiring and empty. “What am I going to do next? We’ll, I’ll just get some more.” George Bernard Shaw said, “There are two great disappointments in life. Not getting what you want and getting it.” The process of such unskillful desire is endless, because peace comes not from fulfilling our wants but from the moment that dissatisfaction ends. When wanting is fulfilled, there comes a moment of satisfaction, not from the pleasure, but from stopping of the grasping.”

Jack Kornfield, in “A Path with Heart”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, July 13th, 2018 by Sanaya Roman in PERSONAL POWER THROUGH AWARENESS

“When people get angry at you, stand back. Realize that they do not know a better way to let go of their pain than to speak of it. If they are saying that you did something wrong, that you are bad, that you hurt them or caused them grief, do not attach yourself to their words. Realize that blaming others is the only way they know how to deal with the pain they feel. Do not think that you are responsible. They are responsible for their own upset or anger. You may have acted as a catalyst, but the pain had to be within them first. So, as they express their anger, do not start arguing or defending yourself; simply remain silent, hold open your heart and focus your love on them.

As they speak and get it all out, there may be a great temptation to jump in and tell them they are wrong, that you have not acted in such a manner as they are describing. Hold your tongue, for in the end, you will be grateful. Let them express their energy without putting anger out yourself. Once they have said it all you will still be in a loving and balanced space, feeling good about yourself. You will have mastered one of the most difficult of lessons — staying balanced around anger and pain.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Personal Power Through Awareness”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, July 12th, 2018 by Joan Borysenko in THE WAYS OF THE MYSTIC

“Forgiveness is one of the least understood of all spiritual practices. It has nothing to do with conditioning poor behavior in ourselves and others. Rather, it calls us to responsibility. In forgiving ourselves, we make the journey from guilt for what we have done (or not done) to celebration of what we have become.

This transformation of heart comes about through reflecting on the results of our mistakes, understanding how ignorance or woundedness created those actions, and doing the necessary healing so that we will do better next time. Error calls us to repentance, which literally means to think again. It is the crucible in which the soul is forged and the psyche healed. Mistakes, in fact, are sacred because of the powerful potential for growth they contain.”

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., in “The Ways of the Mystic”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 by John St. Augustine in LIVING AN UNCOMMON LIFE

“When learning to create more balance in your life, you need to come to grips with the fact that you don’t start doing triple leaps the first day out. You didn’t learn to walk in a week or ride a bike in an hour. It took repetition to learn balance. Most of us take walking or bike riding for granted, but there is a very important lesson there. Once you have mastered something, you don’t have to re-create it — just repeat it in whatever area of life you wish to bring more balance, and remember that it’s going to take some time.

Don’t get discouraged. Stay with it until it becomes second nature, whether it’s getting to work on time or losing 20 pounds. There is a flame inside all of us. Those who cultivate that fire — feed it, nurture it, and spread it — set the world on fire. It’s easy to let that flame get smaller and smaller as the years go by, especially if you have forgotten your particular passion. But the flame is always there. It’s your job — and yours alone – to reignite it and see how bright it can become.”

John St. Augustine, in “Living an Uncommon Life”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“Believing in a thing is affirming it – it makes it firm, or physical. As you think about a thing which has sparked your interest or curiosity, or which has become desirable to you, your thoughts will naturally want to return there. As you think of a new thing, you will begin to notice that new thing in your world where you haven’t noticed it before. You will also begin to look in new places, read new books and magazines, and perhaps begin doing research or study in this new area of thought. As you give more attention and thought-energy to these ideas, you will develop mental imagery and additional ideas.

The imagery and new ideas you experience, while giving thought to your new desire, will make you feel a certain way. If the feelings are positive, your desire will grow; if your feelings are negative the desire may also grow, but it will likely grow into that which you are afraid of. If your thoughts are positive, and they excite you, you will probably begin speaking about them, as we think and talk about those things which most interest us. These thoughts and words will then stimulate actions and behaviors. Affirmative thoughts inspire affirmative action. Inspired action seems to be effortless and always creates positive change and new realities.”

Pete Koerner in “The Belief Formula”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, July 9th, 2018 by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale in THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING

“The importance of freeing your mind of fear cannot be overemphasized. Fear something over a long period of time and there is a real possibility that by fearing you may actually help bring it to pass. The Bible contains a line which is one of the most terrible statements ever made — terrible in its truth: “For the thing I feared has come upon me.” (Job 3:25) Of course it will, for if you fear something continuously you tend to create conditions in your mind propitious to the development of that which you fear. An atmosphere is encouraged in which it can root and grow. You tend to draw it to yourself.”

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, in “The Power of Positive Thinking”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, July 6th, 2018 by Marianne Williamson in EVERYDAY GRACE

“When we realize our mission is to love and forgive, we realize that every situation is an opportunity to do so. What we might see as a problem is looked at differently when we recognize that every event is part of a divine curriculum, set up by God for our growth and healing. Sometimes our challenges in one area provide answers in another. A problem with a nasty neighbor becomes an opportunity to use our spiritual power, praying for someone as a way to resolve conflict. Dealing with a difficult employee becomes an opportunity to work on communicating compassionately, without compromising our truth. Having to make a difficult decision becomes an opportunity to surrender, learning how to ask God for guidance. Every situation is a lesson in becoming who we are capable of being.”

Marianne Williamson, in “Everyday Grace”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, July 5th, 2018 by Paramahansa Yogananda in THE LAW OF SUCCESS

“You demonstrate success or failure according to your habitual trend of thought. In you which is the stronger — success thoughts or failure thoughts? If your mind is ordinarily in a negative state, an occasional positive thought is not sufficient to attract success. But if you think rightly, you will find your goal even though you seem to be enveloped in darkness.

You alone are responsible for yourself. No one else may answer for your deeds when the final reckoning comes. Your work in the world — in the sphere where your karma, your own past activity, has placed you — can be performed only by one person — yourself. And your work can be called a ‘success’ only when in some way it serves your fellow man/woman.”

Paramahansa Yogananda, in “The Law of Success”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 by Dr. Joseph Murphy in THE AMAZING LAWS OF COSMIC MIND POWER

“Millions of people believe in a God that sends sickness, pain, and suffering; they believe in a cruel and vindictive Deity. They do not have a good God, and, to them, God is not a loving God. Having such weird, ignorant concepts of God, they experience the results of their beliefs in the form of all kinds of difficulties and troubles. Your subconscious mind manifests your beliefs and projects them as experiences, conditions, and events.

Your nominal belief about God is meaningless. The thing that matters is your real, subconscious belief — the belief of your heart. You will always demonstrate your belief; that is why Dr. Quimby said one hundred years ago, “Man is belief expressed.” Millions of people conceive of a God of caprice, afar-off in the skies, who possesses all the whims of a human being. With such a concept, they are like the businessman who once said to this writer, “I would be all right if God would leave me alone.” Believe that God is love, that He watches over you and cares for you, and that He guides, prospers, and loves you, and wonders will happen in your life which transcend your fondest dreams!”

Dr. Joseph Murphy in, “The Amazing Laws of Cosmic Mind Power”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 by Maureen Moss in LIVING AN UNCOMMON LIFE by John St. Augustine

“The word “‘transformation” means a change in composition or structure. We have been led to believe that this can be accomplished from the outside in and it can be if you want the results to last until the first payment book arrives in the mail or you see a better pair of shoes in the window. So we mostly go through our lives on the mouse wheel running without even knowing why, chasing some elusive idea of what we think life should be. And we wouldn’t even know if we arrived there because we have not taken the time to figure out who we are in relation to what we seek. But there is another option call it Plan B if you want – because I am here to tell you that Plan A isn’t working very well.”

Maureen Moss, quoted in “Living an Uncommon Life” by John St.Augustine

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, July 2nd, 2018 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“Doubt in the realistic efficacy of prayer is prevalent these days, for several reasons – one of which is religion itself. Perhaps the most common reason for this disbelief is the simple fact that all of us have had prayers that have gone unanswered. This, in fact, is an errant assumption. But coupled with a belief in a vengeful and arbitrary God, it is easy to imagine that we are the victims of a merciless God – tormenting us because we do not live up to His unrealistically high standards, and arbitrarily dishing out rewards. We are, after all, only human.

This is a primitive way of thinking that has long since lost any practical appeal to all except those who still seek to control and dominate by playing on our primal fears, and our need to find favor in the eyes of God. This need to find favor is so strong, in fact, that our focus is drawn away from God and directed toward those humans who are actually the ones issuing the edicts of religion and society. We fail to realize that we are actually seeking the approval of humans who say they speak for a god we can not see or hear. Whose judgment are we actually submitting ourselves to, anyway? Are we to continue to pretend that we are unworthy, so that a few can experience feeling powerful or righteous – or both?”

Pete Koerner in “The Belief Formula”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, June 29th, 2018 by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, in YOU’LL SEE IT WHEN YOU BELIEVE IT

“All the things we think we absolutely must have in order to be happier are indications that we are controlled from without, rather than from within. This assumption leads to believing that we are incomplete and lacking somehow, and that we can complete that incompleteness by having more things. An endless trap! One that we can never escape as long as we think that ownership of something is going to fill the void.

The paradox is, of course, that when we stop chasing and accumulating, we find that all that we ever wanted or needed is available. The fear of not having enough prevents many from seeing they already are enough. We cannot own anything, and a lifetime spent believing in scarcity and lack is a violation of the universal principle of abundance.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Alan Cohen in WHY YOUR LIFE SUCKS, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

“In spite of our brilliant ergonomic design, our culture still emphasizes struggle and down-plays ease. Our boss proudly justifies his position by reminding us how long he sweated to get where he is. Yet his 20 years of struggle may not have been required by life, but by his belief. If he believed it took 10 years to become a manager, that’s how long it would have taken. When good things happen fluently and easily, we tend to apologize as if we have not paid the requisite suffering.

Meanwhile, others become wealthy or successful in a short time, they love the adventure, and serve many people in the process. Richard Bach wrote Jonathan Livingston Seagull in a few weeks. Bill Gates became a billionaire in a few short years. Julia Roberts rose to the top of Hollywood’s A-list in her early 20s. Tiger Woods turned the golf world upside down before he was 21. Are these people just lucky? Did they violate the “no pain, no gain” edict? No, they just trusted their inspiration and did what they loved to do the most. Then, empowered by passion, they attracted the people and resources to assist them.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 by Deepak Chopra in HOW TO KNOW GOD

“The spiritual journey is 99 percent repetition, because we are all conditioned to obey ego needs, to cling to old habits. We have our ways of doing things, most of them totally dependent on the past. Sheer inertia would defeat the soul were it not for its magnetic pull. That is why it is useful to cooperate in your own awakening – your enemy is not evil but a lack of attention.

The various practices of known as prayer, meditation, contemplation, and yoga have been highly valued over the centuries because they sharpen attention and make it easier not to miss the clues to spiritual reality. A spiritual person is a good listener for silent voices, a sharp observer of invisible objects. These traits are more important that trying to act in a way that God would reward with a gold star.”

Deepak Chopra, in “How to Know God”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by John St. Augustine in LIVING AN UNCOMMON LIFE

“Most of us feel that responsibility is a heavy burden, when in fact the opposite is true. The more responsible you become, the less of a load you have to carry. Responsibility proves that results speak for themselves. Most of us have no idea what our responsibility reserves can do – because we shy away from anything that smacks of being responsible.

Here is a surefire way to see responsibility as a blessing and not a burden. For one day, be responsible for the results you create. Be honest, trusting, and caring, and stand upright with integrity. The simple statement, “I‘m responsible” – whether the outcome is positive or negative – will set you free. If you are still blaming someone else for your life and you are older than, say, a third-grader, it’s time to do some major internal excavation – or just continue the course you are on…If you really want to blame someone for the way your life is, buy a mirror. You might not be responsible for the event that allowed you to be a victim, but you are totally in control of your response-ability.”

John St. Augustine in, “Living an Uncommon Life”

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