Category Archives: Approval from Others

BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, August 15th, 2022 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“The great Socrates said, “The unaware life is not worth living.” That’s a self-evident truth. Most people don’t live aware lives. They live mechanical lives, mechanical thoughts – generally somebody else’s – mechanical emotions, mechanical actions, mechanical reactions. Do you … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, July 7th, 2022 by Henri J. M. Nouwen in THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON

“A little criticism makes me angry, and a little rejection makes me depressed. A little praise raises my spirits, and a little success excites me. It takes very little to raise me up or thrust me down. Often I am … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, June 28th, 2022 by Jerry and Ester Hicks in GETTING INTO THE VORTEX

“When others are pleased by your behavior, it often feels very good to you. It is always nice to see others when they are feeling good, and it feels good to know that you had something to do with their … Continue reading

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022 by Alan Cohen in WHY YOUR LIFE SUCKS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

“In the film Out of Africa, pioneer Karen Blixen confesses, “My biggest fear was that I would come to the end of my life and realize I had lived someone else’s dream.”…Many people have all kinds of ideas about how … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, April 26th, 2022 by Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz in THE FIFTH AGREEMENT

“Can you see all the judgments that you have about yourself? Every judgment is just an opinion – it’s just a point of view – and that point of view wasn’t there when you were born. Everything you think about … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, April 8th, 2022 by Joseph Campbell in REFLECTIONS ON THE ART OF LIVING BY DIANE K. OSBON

“Get pressure ideas out of your system, and then you can find, like a ball on a roulette wheel, where you are going to land. The roulette ball doesn’t say, “Well, people will think better of me over here than … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“Being the president of a corporation has absolutely nothing to do with being awake, or being happy, or being a success in life. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Having a lot of money has nothing to do with being a success in … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, December 13th, 2021 by Alan Cohen in RELAX INTO WEALTH

“Sometimes a challenging experience or an adventure that stretches you brings you a benefit that is not obvious at the moment, but bears fruit over time. One of my clients lost his job as an entertainer and sought a new … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, December 24th, 2020 by Stuart Wilde in SIXTH SENSE

“More often than not, we limit our creative potential because we feel we have to win other people’s approval. We feel the need to justify ourselves, to fit in. We feel the need to be accepted. Yes, you might have … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 2010 by Nan Akasha in ALREADY RICH

“You are free, whether you believe it or not. Whether you feel it or not. Even when you are in a situation you perceive limits you, you always have the freedom within to choose how you feel. You have the … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 by Donald Altman in THE MINDFULNESS CODE

“There is a story of how the Buddha once gave a talk to hundreds of monks, only to have them disagree and walk out on him. Did the Buddha then try to spin his message to get high approval ratings … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D in KITCHEN TABLE WISDOM

“The life in us is diminished by judgment far more frequently than by disease. Our own self-judgment or the judgment of other people can stifle our life force, its spontaneity and natural expression. Unfortunately, judgment is commonplace. It is as … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, January 21st, 2019 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“True success is derived from living a fully aware life, one in which you do not base your happiness on meeting societal standards or acquiring outside approval. As a person who spent the better part of thirty years doing the … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, December 7th, 2018 by Don Miguel Ruiz in THE FOUR AGREEMENTS

“Personal importance, or taking things personally, is the maximum expression of selfishness because we make the assumption that everything is about ‘me.’ During the period of our education, or our domestication, we learn to take everything personally. We think we … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 by Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J. in THE WAY TO LOVE

“Now is the time to see that absolutely nothing outside of you can bring you lasting joy. But the moment you do that you will notice that a fear arises in your heart. That fear that if you allow the … Continue reading

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