PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 by Richard Carlson in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“For many people, one of the most frustrating aspects of life is not be able to understand other people’s behavior. We see them as “guilty” instead of “innocent.” It’s tempting to focus on people’s seemingly irrational behavior – their comments, actions, mean-spirited acts, selfish behavior – and get extremely frustrated. If we focus on behavior too much, it can seem like other people are making us miserable.

But as I once heard Wayne Dyer sarcastically suggest in a lecture, “Round up all the people who are making you miserable and bring them to me. I will treat them [as a counselor] and you’ll bet better!” Obviously, this is absurd. It’s true that other people do weird things (who doesn’t?), but we are the ones getting upset, so we are the ones who need to change. I’m not talking about accepting, ignoring, or advocating violence or any other deviant behavior. I’m merely talking about learning to be less bothered by the actions of people.”

Richard Carlson, PH.D., in “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, July 31st, 2017 by Stephen Russell in BAREFOOT DOCTOR’S GUIDE TO THE TAO

“You have an intention for something to occur. You visualize that eventuality with concentrated focus, imbued with a portion of passion and chi, and then you let it go, like sending an E-mail. You picture what you want to say and the effect that it will have on the recipient, then you write it and press send. At that point you do not try to follow it down the phone line to your local server and onward to the server at the other end, you simply let it go and get on with the next distraction in your life.

In time, your intention will go to the heart of the universal machinery and return to you in manifest form. Meanwhile you have wasted no energy on trying to make it happen, you’ve simply intended something and then let it go…When this doesn’t seem to work, it’s either because your intention wasn’t clearly focused enough, or because what you thought you wanted was in fact too limited in the greater scheme of things, and something even better’s coming down the line.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, July 28th, 2017 by Sanaya Roman in PERSONAL POWER THROUGH AWARENESS

“Knowing who you are requires reflective time, quiet time. Time alone is some of the most important time you can create. I am not speaking of time in which you are frantically thinking of something, but peaceful time in which you are not thinking of anything. The stillness of the mind creates space for ideas to come into your reality and be born. Inspiration is born in stillness. It may be a week or more before a new idea comes into you conscious awareness. But do not let the time delay keep you from seeing the connection between quiet time and the creativity that comes later.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Personal Power through Awareness”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, July 27th, 2017 by Alan Cohen in WHY YOUR LIFE SUCKS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

“Be sure your words match your intentions. Listen to what comes out of your mouth, and you will be appalled at how many statements you issue at odds with your dreams. You are probably making all kinds of statements that affirm why you can’t have what you want. When your words (and feelings that accompany them) equal your intentions, your goals will manifest.

The distance between you and your heart’s desires is in direct proportion to how you speak about them. Come from your dream rather than heading toward it. The more conscious you become about your speech, the more you will direct your words in your favor. Eventually you will become a master creator and also recognize why the people around you are not getting what they want. Then you can help them by marshalling the power of your own word.”

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, July 26th, 2017 by Marianne Williamson in THE GIFT OF CHANGE

“Recognizing the origins of stress from a spiritual perspective, we find a key to dismantling the thoughts that produce it. Stress is simply the inevitable consequence of thinking the unreal is real. In that sense, stress is a choice.

If an issue is “of the world,” then attaching to it our sense of success or failure, satisfaction or lack of satisfaction, is a setup. Nothing in the world can give us a deeper peace because the spirit is not at home in the world. To the extent that our sense of well-being is tied in any way to the things of the material world, we will be prone to worry and anxiety.

Yet we almost feel we have to stress when there’s so much to do, so much that can happen, so much to consider all the time! That, however, is the joke: the only reason things seem to press upon us so heavily is because we think they are so heavy.”

Marianne Williamson, in “The Gift of Change”

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 by Sara Chetkin in THE HEALING CURVE

“We’ve all heard the expression, “S/he really pushes my buttons.” Have you ever asked yourself where these “buttons” come from? What part of you do people push against to make you angry or annoyed? If you didn’t have a particular “button,” could they still push it? In other words, if a certain trait no longer irritated you, people wouldn’t have the power to annoy you with it. So, why do some traits bother you and others don’t? The answer is that the only things that really bother you are those things that hit closest to home; and the personality traits in others that hit closest to home are the traits that reveal to you the aspects of yourself that you are trying so hard to conceal.

We all want to be respected and loved, and most of us are afraid, deep down, that we do not deserve the love and the respect we crave. So, we try our best to present a perfect image to the world; one we think if as worthy of all the good in the world. We expend a great deal of energy every day creating these guises of perfection. Think of it. It takes far more energy to uphold a lie that it does to just tell the truth. Think of the tension that is associated with telling a lie. Think of the release/relief that comes with telling the truth.”

Sara Chetkin, in “The Healing Curve”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, July 24th, 2017 by Karol K. Truman in FEELINGS BURIED ALIVE NEVER DIE

“To deny feelings doesn’t mean they are dead or no longer exist, that the energies of those feelings are no longer present in your energy field. On the contrary, if feelings are not resolved, their energy remains stored inside you, and, like a yeast, this energy continues growing and expanding, gathering more and more energy—resonating and joining forces with all similar feeling vibrations that are still inside your body. These energies create blocks like a dam in a ditch of water and short-circuit your system in more ways than you can imagine. If the feelings remain unresolved, this process continues to compound, and you could experience any number of disturbing effects. When you recognize these disturbing effects, be aware that alterations are now in order.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, July 21st, 2017 by Paul Ferrini in THE ECSTATIC MOMENT

“If you are not joyfully expressing yourself in this moment, when do you propose to do it? Tomorrow? Next week?

Perhaps you feel you have to go back to school and get another degree to give yourself permission to be joyful right now. Or maybe there is some other condition you place on the expression of your joy. That, of course, is your choice. But there are no prerequisites to the expression of your joy in this moment. Whatever requisites you see are the ones you made up.

For the ego, there are hundreds if not thousands of hoops to jump through before we have its permission to be joyful or worthy of love. But every one of these hoops is self-created and superfluous. We can throw them all away and be joyful and worthy of love right now.”

Paul Ferrini, in “The Ecstatic Moment”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, July 20th, 2017 by Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D. in IF LIFE IS A GAME THESE ARE THE RULES

“Our sense of fairness is the expectation of equity – the assumption that all things are equal and that justice will always prevail. Life is not, in fact, fair, and you may indeed have a more difficult life path than others around you, deserved or not. Everyone’s circumstances are unique, and everyone needs to handle his or her own circumstances differently.

As you work toward aligning yourself with your individual truth, you will be required to move out of the complaining phase of “it’s not fair,” if you want to move toward serenity. Focusing on the unfairness of circumstances keeps you comparing yourself with others rather than appreciating your own special uniqueness. You miss out on learning your individual lessons by distracting yourself with feelings of bitterness and resentment.”

Cherie Carter-Scott, in “If Life Is A Game, These Are The Rules”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 by Stuart Wilde in THE LITTLE MONEY BIBLE

“Don’t engage in idle chatter and thoughtless remarks. If you say, “This situation is a nightmare,” you invoke terrible spirits to visit you at night. If you say it’s dreadful, you establish fear and dread in your life. If you say something is a pain in the butt…be prepared for a hemorrhoid attack. Don’t moan, and don’t allow doubt and disquiet to diminish your life and its power. If you are worried about something, keep it to yourself and don’t vocalize it as fact, for that solidifies it. Work instead on the solution. Voice that solution as fact. Everything can be changed.”

Stuart Wilde, in “The Little Money Bible”

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 by Sanaya Roman in LIVING WITH JOY

“It feels good when other people believe in you, trust in you, and support you. Yet, if you want to be powerful, it is important not to need other people to do so as a condition of believing in yourself. The need for constant validation makes other people the authority and not your own deep self. Your truth may not be the same as other people’s truth. The only wrong is when you do not honor your truth and when you accept what is true for another even though it is not true for you…Do not automatically accept something unless it has the ring of truth for you. Honor your truth, believe in and stand up for yourself, but have compassion for other people.

Remember that you count, you are important, and that you have a unique and special contribution to make to the world. Know that you are a special being. Your dreams, fantasies, and goals are as important as anyone else’s.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Living with Joy”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, July 17th, 2017 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“Why, then, do so many people simply accept the idea of a judgmental God? There are probably dozens of reasons, but in the end it ultimately comes down to the fact that someone told them to adopt this view of God. The reality is until we each begin the quest to discover our own personal truths, we are all just a collection of beliefs that were handed down to us by those whose beliefs were, in essentially all instances, handed down to them as well.

To paraphrase the late Fr. Tony DeMello, most of our core beliefs are typically not our own anyway; they actually belong to Mom or Dad, Grandma or Grandpa, or some other adult that had a major impact on us when we were children. This is not to suggest that beliefs cannot change over time, because they surely can, but it does imply that it is very difficult to identify a core belief that comes from any original thought of our own.”

Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, July 14th, 2017 by Alan Cohen in THE DRAGON DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

“Despite all the questions raised by our meandering minds, we are in the right place, doing exactly what we need to be doing, at exactly the right time. Because life is a school, we are always in the class that we have chosen to learn the lessons we need to master. Sometimes it is fun, and sometimes we have to work at it a bit, but it is always appropriate.

I was speaking to a woman who was struggling with questions about the direction she should take in her life. When I shared with her my enthusiasm about the perfection of the right of consciousness, she looked at me with a combination of surprise and relief, and asked, “You mean I’m in my right place?” I chuckled and responded, “Where else could you be?”

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

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by Don Miguel and Don Jose Ruiz in THE FIFTH AGREEMENT

“In every moment, you make the choice of what you want to keep, and what you want to let go of. But not with words. You don’t need to make a story, but you can if you want to. In your story, you can blame the whole world for whatever is happening to you, or you can take responsibility for your story, be the artist, see the story, and change it in whatever way that you want to change it. You can be rich, or you can be poor. It’s not important. You can have fame or not, and it’s not important. To have fame in the world of darkness I don’t think is fun at all. To be a ruler of hell, I don’t think is fun, but it’s a choice, and you can make that choice.

If you take responsibility for your creation, you can create anything you want in your life. You can rewrite your story; you can re-create your dream. And if you decide to put your live into your creation, you change all the stories that used to be a drama into the most wonderful, romantic comedies.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 by Eckhart Tolle in THE POWER OF NOW

“Be present as the watcher of your mind—of your thoughts and emotions as well as you reactions in various situations. Be at least as interested in your reactions as in the situation or person that causes you to react. Notice also how often your attention is in the past or future. Don’t judge or analyze what you observe. Watch the thought, feel the emotion, observe the reaction. Don’t make a personal problem out of them. You will then feel something more powerful than any of those things that you observe: the still, observing presence itself behind the content of your mind, the silent watcher.”

Eckhart Tolle, in “The Power of Now”

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