BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, August 11th, 2017 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“Many people throughout the world, and particularly in Western society, remain intent upon accumulating as much money and stuff as they possibly can. This is not to suggest that there is anything wrong with spending money, for the act of spending itself can serve to demonstrate confidence in our abundance.

The problem that arises when accumulation itself is the goal is that not only do we become inordinately focused on collecting money and material goods, but we then also take it a step further by putting an enormous amount of energy into doing whatever is necessary to hold on to what we have. When you compare this typical ‘adult’ behavior to how we behaved as very young children, you can see that we have virtually lost the ability to truly enjoy something for its very essence — the experience or feeling it provides us.

As this excerpt from Stuart Wilde’s book Infinite Self emphasizes, as souls inhabiting bodies (and not the other way around), it is indeed essential that we come to the realization that the value in money derives from the ‘experiences’ it allows us to purchase:

“The whole function of money is not to have it; its function is to use it. The main reason for generating money is to buy experiences. You want to get to the end of your life with zilch in the bank, and look back and say, “My God, look at this huge pile of experiences,” because none of your memories are ever lost. Everything you’ve done is in your eternal memory somewhere.”

Once we adopt this attitude about money, what we effectively do is put ourselves in a position to add valuable experiential mileage to our souls.”

Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, August 10th, 2017 by Donald Altman in THE MINDFULNESS CODE

“Being mindful in relationships can be difficult, especially because it often reveals the truth of the relationships. What do we do when we learn that our partner isn’t caring or committed to the relationship? We can deny the truth and construct a fantasy relationship, or we can apply mindfulness to see and fully accept a relationship for what it is – without blaming or judging the relationship or the other person involved. Once freed from our judgment, this person, too, may become more open and less resentful.

In relationships, as in all systems in nature, a change in one part of the system affects the whole system. Intentionally Centering Attention Now lets us notice the changes and appreciate them for the treasures they bring, recognizing that relationships are fragile and impermanent. Tend to each person in your life as you would an acorn you plant. Water and nurture that seedling without expectations, and let it grow into the Oak tree it is meant to be.”

Donald Altman, in “The Mindfulness Code”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 by Eckhart Tolle in THE POWER OF NOW

“Humanity is under great pressure to evolve because it is our only chance of survival as a race. This will affect every aspect of your life and close relationships in particular. Never before have relationships been as problematic and conflict ridden as they are now. As you may have noticed, they are not here to make you happy or fulfilled. If you continue to pursue the goal of salvation through a relationship, you will be disillusioned again and again. But if you accept that the relationship is here to make you conscious instead of happy, then the relationship will offer you salvation, and you will be aligning yourself with the higher consciousness that wants to be born into this world.”

Eckhart Tolle, in “The Power of Now”

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 by Stuart Wilde in AFFIRMATIONS

“Spend as little time as possible in the distractions of life and as much time as possible moving toward your goal. Feel free to cut people short if they waste your time. Eliminate all unnecessary effort, and try to maximize your own free time – time that you will use to better your life, to study, to learn, to indulge in life – time to understand yourself and time to honor the Life Force in all things.

The cult of the individual will inherit the earth, for in the end, everyone will see that this is the only path and that all associations are but way stations to the individual transcendence that is the destiny of all of us. Make your choices, then feel free to change them if you wish. But make choices. Become action-oriented, collect valuable experiences, and use those experiences to assist you in surmounting the next challenge.”

Stuart Wilde, in “Affirmations”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, August 7th, 2017 by Wayne W. Dyer in WISDOM OF THE AGES

“To see the absurdity of impatience in your life, set your watch ahead several hours and tear off several months on you wall calendar. Then see if you have advanced time! The failures and frustrations, along with the immediate successes, are a part and parcel of the perfection of it all. By observing nature—your nature and the natural world around you—you will see that you must allow a wound to progress at its own pace; to eat a fig you must first let it flower, put forth fruit, and ripen. Trust in your nature and let go of your desire to have things done quickly.”

Wayne W. Dyer, in “Wisdom of the Ages”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, August 4th, 2017 by Rhonda Byrne in THE SECRET

“Many people have sacrificed themselves for others, thinking when they sacrifice themselves they are being a good person. Wrong! To sacrifice yourself can only come from thoughts of absolute lack, because it is saying, ‘There is not enough for everyone, so I will go without.’ Those feelings do not feel good and will eventually lead to resentment. There is abundance for everybody and it is each person’s responsibility to summon their own desires. You cannot summon for another person because you cannot think and feel for another. Your job is You. When you make feeling good a priority, that magnificent frequency will radiate and touch everyone close to you.”

Rhonda Byrne, in “The Secret”

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 by Eckhart Tolle in A NEW EARTH

“The initiation of the awakening process is an act of grace. You cannot make it happen nor can you prepare yourself for it or accumulate credits toward it. There isn’t a tidy sequence of logical steps that leads toward it, although the mind would love that. You don’t have to become worthy first. It may come to the sinner before it comes to the saint, but not necessarily. That’s why Jesus associated with all kinds of people, not just the respectable ones.

There is nothing you can do about awakening. Whatever you do will be the ego trying to add awakening or enlightenment to itself as its most prized possession and thereby making itself more important and bigger. Instead of awakening, you add the concept of awakening to your mind, or the mental image of what an awakened or enlightened person is like, and then you try to live up to that image. Living up to an image that you have of yourself or that other people have of you is inauthentic living – another unconscious role the ego plays.”

Eckhart Tolle, in “A New Earth”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 by Eric Butterworth in DISCOVER THE POWER WITHIN YOU

“The rules of all bargaining sessions or peace conferences should include the agreement that they will treat each other on the level of their innate divinity. This agreement would lead to the opening premise that would be in essence a prayer even if it were not prayerfully invoked—the thought that God is on both sides of the table. This would lead to an open-minded listening to one another’s views…

“Agree with thine adversary quickly,” remembering that the adversary is not the person or situation that stands before you, but your reaction to or feeling about it. It has been said, “Things may happen around you, and things may happen to you, but the only things that really count are the things that happen in you.” We can’t always control what happens to us. But we can control what we think about what happens—and what we are thinking is our life at any particular moment.”

Eric Butterworth, in “Discover the Power Within You”

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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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