PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 by Mark Nepo in THE BOOK OF AWAKENING

“We waste so much energy trying to cover up who we are, when beneath every attitude is the want to be loved, and beneath every anger is a wound to be healed, and beneath every sadness is the fear that there will not be enough time. When we hesitate in being direct, we unknowingly slip something on, some added layer of protection that keeps us from feeling the world, and often that thin covering is the beginning of a loneliness which, if not put down, diminishes our chances for joy. It’s like wearing gloves every time we touch something, and then, forgetting we chose to put them on, we complain that nothing feels quite real. In this way, our challenge each day is not to get dressed to face the world, but to unglove ourselves so that the doorknob feels cold, and the car handle feels wet, and the kiss good-bye feels like the lips of another being, soft and unrepeatable.”

Mark Nepo, in “The Book of Awakening”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, January 23rd, 2017 by David R. Hawkins in POWER VS. FORCE

“The tragic downfall of many geniuses, after they’ve been discovered and celebrated by the public, illustrates that there is success, and then there is Success. The former frequently jeopardizes life, while the latter enhances it. True success enlivens and supports the spirit; it has nothing to do with isolated achievements, but instead relates to being accomplished as a total person, and attaining a lifestyle that benefits not only the individual but everyone around them. Truly successful people’s lives are empowered by the context of their accomplishments.”

David R. Hawkins, in “Power vs. Force”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, January 20th, 2017 by Karol K. Truman in FEELINGS BURIED ALIVE NEVER DIE

“All too often our conditioning has forces us to turn our feelings and emotions off. Social restrictions often made it inappropriate to say what we truly felt or thought. Rather than learning how to appropriately address our true feelings/emotions we were led to believe that if we turned them off, somehow we wouldn’t hurt inside.

Or, sometimes we were forced to turn them off because the pain of feeling was overwhelming. Consequently, we have paid a high price by supposedly turning them off—by always conforming. The price was that we lost touch with our true feelings. If and when we reconnect with those feelings—we face them head on—our growth and progress will be much better served.”

Karol K. Truman, in “Feelings Buried Alive Never Die”

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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, January 19th, 2017 by Sanaya Roman in PERSONAL POWER THROUGH AWARENESS

“Learn to know the difference between your wishes and the wishes of others. You can acquire the ability to choose what is right for you by checking in with your higher self. If you find a feeling of heaviness or resistance, take time to look deeper. What is right for you will also be right for other people. Have you ever forced yourself to go somewhere with someone because you felt obligated, only to discover the other person didn’t really want to be there either? Have you ever cancelled an appointment and found that the other person was getting ready to call you to do the same?

Allow yourself to choose which energies you want to feel and be a part of and which energies you simply want to release and let go of…Wisdom is learning what is yours – your thought, your expectations – and what is another person’s.”

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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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 by Stuart Wilde in THE LITTLE MONEY BIBLE

“Do something for yourself every day, something compassionate and kind. I don’t mean buying yourself breakfast; I mean doing something that is spiritually or physically nurturing: a massage, a fast, a meditation, exercise, rest, play—that kind of thing. For it’s in the quiet time that you’ll see the great abundance of this life, and you’ll move from ego’s disquiet to the spirit’s wholeness, and you’ll see that the things you worry about are often not worth the worry. In the quiet time, you’ll see what has real worth for you and what is just fluff and hype.”

Stuart Wilde, in “The Little Money Bible”

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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, January 17th, 2017 by Esther and Jerry Hicks in ASK AND IT IS GIVEN

“When I look at successful people – and by that I mean rich people, yes, and I mean happy people – sometimes they are rich and happy. When I’m talking about the successful ones, what I really mean is the really happy people – people who are really joyful, who are eager to get on with their day. Almost all of them, without exception, had a pretty rough beginning, which turned them into their natural birthright of well-being. Success is about a happy life, and a happy life is just a string of happy moments. But most people do not allow the happy moments because they are so busy trying to get a happy life.”

Esther and Jerry Hicks, in “Ask and It Is Given”

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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, January 16th, 2017 by Alan Cohen

“Many people ask me, “How can I find my passion in life?” and “How can I know what my purpose is?” The answer is simple, I tell them, but it takes courage and practice:  Tell the impeccable truth (at least to yourself) about how everything you do feels inside. Does it bring your greater peace, or remove it from you? Does it inspire you to live, create, and succeed, or does it drag you down? Are you doing it by choice, or from fear or obligation?

As you recognize your impeccable truth about the”little” decisions in life (which are not so little, after all), you begin to recognize where your inner guidance is pointing you, and as you follow it, you develop a relationship with your inner wisdom. It speaks to you every moment of every day. “Now all that is left,” a brilliant philosopher deduced, “is for you to become yourself.”

Alan Cohen

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

“It’s high time we woke up to the fact that we are electromagnetic beings tripping around with this mind-boggling capacity to magnetize into our lives whatever in the world we desire, by controlling the FEELINGS that come from our thoughts. But because we exist on this planet in a predominantly low frequency field of energy, born of over six billion people who are vibrating more feelings of stress and fearfulness than joy, we involuntarily take in those vibrations and react to them.

Which means that until we consciously learn to override the pervasive low frequencies in which we exist, we will keep recycling unpleasant outcomes into our lives day after tiresome day. Just like swimming in salt water, if we don’t wash the residue off, sooner or later it’s going to make us mighty uncomfortable.

There’s just no way around it; the way we feel is the way we attract. And more often than not those feelings come from our thoughts, setting up the instantaneous electromagnetic chain reactions that ultimately cause things to happen, to be created, to be withheld, or to be destroyed.”

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 Thursday, January 12th, 2017 by Donald Altman in THE MINDFULNESS CODE

Note: In addition to today’s “Ponder” please note that I’ve posted a new blog post on my SpiritSimple.com blog called “Being Grateful and Remembering that Life Goes By in a Flash of Light”. Please click here to read it.

“Each attachment makes it harder to let go, to accept the nature of change. But what would life be like if change never took place? How would that girl or boy grow up to be a productive, energetic adult? Without societal change, many of us would be mired in feudalism and slavery. If the autumn leaves didn’t fall, there would be no space for spring’s bud to take hold. Lightning strikes and causes the forest fire, which supports the natural replenishment of ecosystems. Even our own brain undergoes a process of pruning neural pathways at different stages in our life span to make space for the richness of existing and emerging circuits.

Awareness and acceptance of impermanence can liberate the spirit and help us to appreciate the preciousness of life. The more we can create a spaciousness and an acceptance of the temporary nature of all things, the less important our preferences become as well.”

Donald Altman, in “The Mindfulness Code”

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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, January 11th, 2016 by Chuang-Tzu

“I cannot tell if what the world considers “happiness” is happiness or not. All I know is that when I consider the way they go about attaining it, I see them carried away headlong, grim and obsessed, in the general onrush of the human herd, unable to stop themselves or to change their direction. All the while they claim to be just on the point of attaining happiness.”

Chuang-Tzu  

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, January 10th, 2017 by Alan Cohen in RELAX INTO WEALTH

“Everything you experience reflects your intentions. When your sense of purpose is clear and strong, results show up quickly and easily. When you hold mixed intentions, doubts, fears, or resistance, the manifestation process becomes muddied and it takes longer to generate what you want.

Your journey to any goal is like driving a car. When you are aligned with your goal, your foot is fully on the accelerator. When you harbor thoughts or beliefs contract to your objective, such as “I’m not sure if I really want this,” or “I don’t deserve this,” or “the last time I tried this it didn’t work,” or “my life may change if I do this and that is scary,” you are stepping on the brake. If your resistance is mild, you will simply delay the manifestation. If it is strong, you may thwart it entirely. If you keep going back and forth mentally or emotionally, your car will lurch ahead in fits and starts, and your ride will be rocky.”

Alan Cohen, in “Relax into Wealth”

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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, January 9th, 2017 by Rhonda Byrne in ‘THE SECRET”

“Your mind can be like a runaway steam train if you let it. It can take you off to thoughts of the past, and then take you off to thoughts of the future by taking past bad events and projecting those into your future. Those out-of-control thoughts are creating too. When you are aware, you are in the present and you know what you are thinking. You have gained control of your thoughts, and that is where all your power is.

So how do you become more aware? One way is to stop and ask yourself, “What am I thinking now? What am I feeling now?” The moment you ask you are aware, because you have brought your mind back to the present moment.”

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 Friday, January 6th, 2017 by Alan Cohen in THE DRAGON DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

“The only way to find out if the limits under which you have been living are real is to test them. A healthy belief will stand in the face of challenge. Illusions will evaporate. If you do not test your beliefs, they will become your ruler and you their hostage. When you hold your identity as “less-than” up to the light, it will fade into nothingness. It owned you only because you never questioned it. You are bigger than any difficulty that could confront you. Grab it by the tail and you immobilize it. Your moment of upset is your opportunity to reprogram and choose anew.

To be a master, act like one. Assuming greatness is not phony; unworthiness is the imposter. You may have played small for a long time and fallen prey to the hallucination, “I can’t.” But behind every “I can’t” is a “won’t.” When you reach the chalk circle others have drawn around you, keep walking. The moment you look a monster in the eye and demand, “Show me what you really are,” the beast will shapeshift into an ally. Emerson proclaimed, “Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain.” When dark and light are placed in the same room, light always wins. And because your nature is light, you will triumph over every limit you have learned.”

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 Thursday, January 5th, 2017 by Eckhart Tolle in A NEW EARTH

“Complaining as well as fault-finding and reactivity strengthen the ego’s sense of boundary and separateness on which its survival depends. But they also strengthen the ego in another way by giving it a feeling of superiority on which it thrives. It may not be immediately apparent how complaining, say, about a traffic jam, about politicians, about the “greedy wealthy” or the “lazy unemployed,” or your colleagues or ex-spouse, men or women, can give you a sense of superiority. Here is why. When you complain by implication you are right and the person or situation you complain about or react against is wrong…Being right places you in a position of imagined moral superiority in relation to the person or situation that is being judged or found wanting. It is that sense of superiority the ego craves and through which it enhances itself.”

Eckhart Tolle, in “A New Earth”

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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, January 4th, 2017 by Paul Ferrini in THE ECSTATIC MOMENT

“The first act of spiritual practice is simply “awareness.” Tune into thoughts and feelings. Observe. Witness. Get to know the content of consciousness: our fears, assumptions/beliefs, and emotional reactions. The first act is to turn out attention away from the world to our own subjective experience.

That doesn’t mean that our attention won’t ever come back, that we will become a zombie meditating in a cave in the Himalayas. Our attention can move back outward once we have fully witnessed our own subjective experience. Once we know how we created happiness or suffering in our own heart/mind, then we can be helpful to the world. We can help others see where meaningful change originates. But we can’t do that as long as we are living our lives in reaction to the thoughts and feelings of others. We can’t help others until we learn to help ourselves.”

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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