BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, July 22nd, 2022 by Nicolya Christi in 2012 A CLARION CALL

“When we are disconnected from God/Source, we are disconnected from ourselves and we experience suffering. Many of us have been raised to believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, which further alienates us from God, as we unconsciously battle with the collective guilt of two thousand years. Wars are waged in the name of God, misinterpretations of religion distort the path to God, and laws have been made that have nothing to do with God and everything to do with the manipulation and control of the masses.

Our current world culture is unconsciously addicted to suffering. We are weaned on it, we are educated by it, and we are raised in it. Suffering is all around us, no matter where we go or what we do. We are conditioned to believe that suffering is a natural human state and that we must therefore accept it. Most of what we see, hear, or speak of has suffering woven into it. Modern culture does not realize to what extent it is still immersed in suffering. Once we acknowledge the degree to which suffering permeates every level of existence here on this planet, we can consciously choose to remove ourselves from this perpetuating cycle.”

Nicolya Christi, in “2012 A Clarion Call”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, July 21st, 2022 by Oriah Mountain Dreamer in THE INVITATION

“Wisdom is often born in the shadows, frequently more visible in the darkness than the light. The stadium lights of knowledge that seek to eliminate natural cycles of night and day, death and rebirth, sorrow and joy do not cast shadows – they provide only the steady glare of illumination. We must move into darker places if we are to find the wisdom we so desperately need. We rarely go there willingly, though every life contains its own cycles of grief and celebration. To meet wisdom in these dark places we must be willing and able to hold all of what life gives us, to exclude nothing of ourselves or the world, to tell ourselves the truth.

Wisdom will stretch us far beyond where we thought we could or wanted to go. She will show us what we cannot change or control, reveal what is hard to know about ourselves and the world, and tear at the illusions of what we think we know, until we are surrounded by the vastness of the mystery. And all the while wisdom asks us to choose life. She does not want us to just continue, to hang on, to survive. She asks us to experience life actively, fully, every day – to show up for all of it.”

Oriah Mountain Dreamer, in “The Invitation”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, July 20th, 2022 by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in YOUR SACRED SELF

“Make a list of all the people you have written out of your life as evil or scumbags. Write down everything that their presence has taught you. Have you learned to not repeat victim behaviors? Reconsider that so-called scumbag’s value to your life. You could not have learned the lesson without the person. The evidence is that you obviously needed to bring that person into your life – because you did. Look for the fullness of God in everyone. Remind yourself that the other is not his or her body.”

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, in “Your Sacred Self”

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BEST of Bonus PONDER on THIS by Dan Millman in WAY OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR

“It is better to make a mistake with the full force of your being than to carefully avoid mistakes with a trembling spirit. Responsibility means recognizing both pleasure and price, making a choice based on that recognition, and then living with that choice without concern.”

Dan Millman, in “Way of the Peaceful Warrior”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 19th, 2022 by Joyce Rupp in MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE?

“In his collection of Bengali poems, “Gitanjali,” Rabindranath Tagore writes that the song he wanted to sing has never happened because he spent his days “stringing and unstringing” his instrument. Whenever I read these lines a certain sadness enters my soul – I get so preoccupied with the details and pressure of my schedule, with the hurry and worry of life, that I miss the song of goodness which is waiting to be sung through me.”

Joyce Rupp in, “May I Have This Dance?”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, July 18th, 2022 by Linda Weltner in NO PLACE LIKE HOME

“My dad always used to say, “If you take a step and it feels good, you must be headed in the right direction.” What he wanted us to understand was that we needed to measure our progress against an inner compass, using our feelings, our comfort level, and our knowledge of ourselves as the ultimate guide.

I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to hear that inner voice above the noise around me. It says softly that happiness is as simple as having something to look forward to in the morning. It says, in a low murmur I sometimes have to strain to hear, that now is the time to have fun.”

Linda Weltner, in “No Place Like Home”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, July 15th, 2022 by Stuart Wilde in THE LITTLE MONEY BIBLE

“Say to yourself several times a day, There’s plenty of money I the world, and large chunks of it are just about to drop effortlessly into my lap. Tell yourself this out loud, for in vocalizing things, you invoke them and make them real. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of “fake it until you make it.” It’s just an affirmation, and anyway, you will make it real in the end. Yes, of course you will!

Money is just a symbol we use to facilitate the gathering of memories and experiences. It assists in interaction with others, and it allows us to come to concepts of honor and integrity, fairness, and compassion. It’s one way you endorse and love yourself, for it is how you make yourself okay. Using money to nurture yourself is a manifestation of your acceptance of self, your endorsement of self. Can you really love the world if you don’t include and love yourself?”

Stuart Wilde, in “The Little Money Bible”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, July 14th, 2022 by Alan Cohen in I LOVE MY WALL excerpted from GRATITUDE: A WAY OF LIFE

“Gratitude is not the result of things that happen to us; it is an attitude we cultivate by practice. The more we are thankful for, the more we will find to be thankful for. I heard of a woman named Sarah who lay in a hospital bed after an accident, deeply depressed, unable to move any part of her body except the little finger on one hand. Then Sarah decided she would make use of what she DID have rather than bemoan what she was missing. She began to bless the one finger that could move, and she developed a system of “yes” and “no” communication with the little finger.

Sarah became grateful that she could communicate, and she felt happier. As she blessed the movement, her flexibility increased. Soon Sarah could move her hand, then her arm, and eventually her whole body. It all started with the critical shift from complaining to blessing.”

Alan Cohen in “I LOVE MY WALL” excerpted from “GRATITUDE: A WAY OF LIFE”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, July 13th, 2022 by Stuart Wilde in INFINITE SELF

“The more you defend your stuff through the emotion of “mine,” the more lack you’ll have, and the more you cut yourself off from the Infinite Self within. People equate security with owning things. The things you own are, for the most part, like nails you put through your foot to keep you well and truly riveted to the floor. It’s stuff. It lumbers you down. Half the stuff you own isn’t worth having because it creates a prison for you, not an open pasture for you to run across.

So, start to realize you have nothing. You are nothing. When you can get to the point where you can say, “I am nothing,” you’re free, because at that point, you’re everything. If you define yourself, then there’s all sorts of stuff that you’re not. Hold on to nothing. Use things, enjoy them, be grateful and give thanks, and when you’re finished with them, release them. Then you’re free.”

Stuart Wilde, in “Infinite Self”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 12th, 2022 by Richard A. Singer, Jr. in YOUR DAILY WALK WITH THE GREAT MINDS

“Do not simply follow the guiding principles defined by society and all of its institutions. Access what lies in your soul and dare to walk and create your own path on your personal journey of life. Conforming to the mediocrity and monotony of life stunts your personal and spiritual growth and does not allow you to access your innate creativity and uniqueness. Activating originality and imagination in your life will allow you to play a fundamental role in the innovative transformation of the world. Take your own path, and I can assure you that this decision will make all the difference in the results you generate in your life.”

Richard A. Singer, Jr. in “Your Daily Walk With the Great Minds”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, July 11th, 2022 by Ted Andrews in ANIMAL SPEAK

“Today it is not uncommon to hear people speak of trying “to get back to nature,” to get “in touch with the Earth once more.” The truth is, we have never been out of touch. We are always connected to the Earth and it to us. Everything we do repercusses upon it, and everything within it repercusses on us. Unfortunately, most choose to ignore it or are unable to recognize it. The saddest part is that when we fail to reverence any aspect of nature and our intimate connection to it, we are failing to reverence intimate aspects of our own self.”

Ted Andrews, in “Animal Speak”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, July 8th, 2022 by Dr Wayne W. Dyer in REAL MAGIC

“Prosperity, like anything else, is experienced in your mind. If you are somehow able to think of yourself as prosperous, and no one or nothing outside of you can deter you from that belief, then in fact your life is a miracle of prosperity. It is not in how much you have accumulated, unless that is what you choose to believe. The great irony here is that when you see yourself as prosperous regardless of material possessions, and you act on that belief, then the material possessions will arrive in exactly perfect proportions for your well-being.”

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, in “Real Magic”

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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 like a small boat on the ocean, completely at the mercy of its waves. All the time and energy I spend in keeping some kind of balance and preventing myself from being tipped over and drowning shows my life is mostly a struggle for survival: not a holy struggle, but an anxious struggle resulting from the mistaken idea that it is the world that defines me.”

Henri J. M. Nouwen, in “The Return of the Prodigal Son”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, July 6th, 2022 by Arnold Patent in YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL

“Changing the world around us really doesn’t ever give us more than temporary pleasure. Changing the world around us is exhausting. Most of us spend our entire lives changing things in our environment in an effort to improve the quality of our lives. We seek more money, newer and fancier cars, more expensive houses, and more beautiful clothes as ways to feel better. The pleasure brought by this approach is only short-lived. It cannot last, since it results from an illusory belief, which is contrary to our reason for being. We are not here to accumulate things or to amass wealth.

The Universe created us to express ourselves as perfect reflections of itself. We are the vehicles of the Universe. We serve one another by giving freely of our talents and rendering services or making products which we create by virtue of these talents. The natural result of this process is that money and other material wealth flows easily throughout our lives. Whenever we reverse this process and make money the primary motivating factor, we lose. Seeking money, or other material things, invariably puts us in a position where we fail to support other people as our first priority.”

Arnold Patent, in “You Can Have It All”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 5th, 2022 by John St. Augustine in LIVING AN UNCOMMON LIFE

“I am not quite sure when we decide that bringing our gifts to the world isn’t worth the trouble. It could be around the age of 12, when we have heard the word “no” thousands of times. Or by age 14, when we have witnessed so much of the world chaos that the media sends our way. Or maybe we’re the products of the old “children should be seen and not heard ” way of thinking. Somewhere in all of this and countless other moments, we lose sight of our core gifts and allow the erosion of life to silence us. We settle for less than we can be and become mute to the challenges we face in the twenty-first century.

The truth, however, remains unchanged – no matter what “circumstances” or “effects” you have experienced or endured. I learned long ago that “challenges” are there, in fact, to drive you inward – to your core – and the gifts you have forgotten. Webster’s Dictionary defines “gift” as a “notable capacity, talent, or endowment that is given voluntarily without thought to compensation.” Ironically, though, if you focus on your gifts, the odds are that someone will eventually compensate you for your notable capacity and talent. That compensation comes in many forms, and once you recognize your core gifts and align your life with them, you become a magnet for everything and everyone in the world that is part of your talent.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, July 4th, 2022 by James Eubanks in THE AWESOME DESIGN OF LIFE excerpted from GRATITUDE: A WAY OF LIFE

“It is impossible to feel worry, anger, depression, or any negative emotion of any kind in the presence of genuine gratitude. A beautiful sunny day and a dark, stormy day cannot occur in the same place at the same time. So does the practice of gratitude redirect our minds away from fear and toward the truth, clearing out all negativity, pain, and suffering.”

James Eubanks in “The Awesome Design of Life” excerpted from “Gratitude: A Way of Life”

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