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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, August 8th, 2022 by Robert Fulghum in MAYBE (MAYBE NOT)

“Life is. I am. Anything might happen. And I believe I may invest my life with meaning. The uncertainty is a blessing in disguise.

If I were absolutely certain about all things, I would spend my life in anxious misery, fearful of losing my way. But since everything and anything are always possible, the miraculous is always nearby and wonders shall never, ever cease.”

Robert Fulghum, in “Maybe (Maybe Not)”

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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, August 5th, 2022 by Eckhart Tolle in A NEW EARTH

“Be alert. Are some of the thoughts that go through your mind the internalized voice of your father or mother, saying perhaps something like, “You are not good enough. You will never amount to anything,” or some other judgment or mental position? If there is awareness within you, you will be able to recognize that voice in your head for what it is: an old thought, conditioned by the past. If there is awareness within you, you no longer need to believe in every thought you think. It’s an old thought, no more. Awareness means Presence, and only Presence can dissolve the unconscious past in you.”

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 Thursday, August 4th, 2022 by D. Stephenson Bond in LIVING MYTH

“The soul suffers when we lack reverence. We live in an age that understands respect – respect earned through achievement, power, or actions. We live in an age that understands rights, obligations, and sets of commitments. But we have difficulty experiencing reverence because it comes from a deeper place. Reverence requires an experience of “otherness,” the “thou-ness” of that other person who crosses our path.”

D. Stephenson Bond, in “Living Myth”

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BONUS BEST of PONDER on THIS by Jackson Browne

“And the years that I spent lost in the mystery,
fall away leaving only the sound of the drum.
Like a part of me, it speaks to the heart of me,
forget what life used to be, you are what you CHOOSE to be,
It’s whatever it is YOU see, that life will become.”

Jackson Browne, in his 1976 song “The Fuse” from “The Pretender” CD

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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, August 3rd, 2022 by Neale Donald Walsch in CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD BOOK 1

“Nothing occurs in your life – nothing – which is not first a thought. Thoughts are like magnets, drawing effects to you. The thought may not always be obvious, and thus clearly causative, as in, “I’m going to contract a terrible disease.” The thought may be (and usually is) far more subtle than that. (“I am not worthy to live.”) (“My life is always a mess.”) (“I am a loser.”) (“God is going to punish me.”) (“I am sick and tired of my life!”)

Thoughts are a very subtle, yet extremely powerful form of energy. Words are less subtle, more dense. Actions are the most dense of all. Action is energy in heavy physical form, in heavy motion. When you think, say and act out a negative concept such as “I am a loser,” you place tremendous creative energy into motion. Small wonder you come down with a cold. That would be the least of it.”

God, as spoken to Neale Donald Walsch, in “Conversations with God, Book 1”

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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 Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022 by Sanaya Roman in LIVING WITH JOY

“Self-love also involves humility, which is self-expression form the heart and not from the ego. Humility says, “I am open. I am willing to listen. I may not have all the answers.” Humility is one of the qualities that will allow you to receive more, for humility implies openness. It does not imply a lack of self-confidence, but a great amount of faith and trust in yourself.

Those who act the most arrogant or coldly confident are those who lack the very characteristics they are trying to project. People who love themselves come across as very loving, generous and kind; they express their self-confidence through humility, forgiveness and inclusiveness. If you know people who seem to be very wise and yet put others down, reject friends, make people feel bad about themselves – matter how high their words or what they teach, you can rest assured they do not love themselves.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Living with Joy”

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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, August 1st, 2022 by Florence Scovel Shinn in THE SECRET DOOR TO SUCCESS

“That loving our enemies is good for our spiritual health is widely known and accepted. But that negation and poisonous emotions destroy physical health, is a relatively new discovery. The problem of health is often an emotional one. Wrong emotions entertained and repeated are potent causes of illness. When the preacher talks about loving your enemies, the person on the street is apt to dismiss the idea as unendurable and pious.

But the fact is, the preacher is telling you something which is one of the first laws of hygiene, as well as ethics. No person, even for his/her body’s sake can afford to indulge in hatred. It is like repeated doses of poison. When you are urged to get rid of fear, you are not listening to a moon-struck idealist; rather you are hearing counsel that is as significant for health as advice about diet.”

Florence Scovel Shinn, in “The Secret Door to Success”

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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, July 29th, 2022 by Alan Cohen in WHY YOUR LIFE SUCKS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

“No matter how much you have given your power away, the game is not over until you reclaim it. This is not a game of sudden death, but sudden life. It appears that people live until they die, while in reality they die until they live. No matter how long you have traveled; what trials you have faced; and what errors you have made, you can transform it all into gold. Everything you have gone through is a setup for awakening. You don’t need to wait until you die for God to remind you how great you are. Remind yourself now, and you will play the game of your life.”

Alan Cohen, in “Why Your Life Sucks…And What You Can Do About It”

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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 Thursday, July 28th, 2022 by Deepak Chopra in CREATING AFFLUENCE

“Scientists have shown that mental events transform themselves into molecules. These molecules are literally messengers from inner space. They are the equivalent of thought. When they were first discovered, they were called neuropeptides because they were initially found in the brain. Now we know that these neuropeptides are not confined to the brain, but permeate every cell in the body.

To think a thought (therefore) is to practice not only brain chemistry, but body chemistry. Every thought you have, every idea you entertain, sends a chemical message to the core of cellular awareness. Putting attention on a word, which is the symbolic expression of an idea, is therefore magical. It transforms the invisible into the visible.”

Deepak Chopra, in “Creating Affluence”

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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, July 27th, 2022 by Scott Russell Sanders in STAYING PUT

“Nothing less than the undivided universe can be our true home. Yet how can one speak or even thing about the whole of things? Language is of only modest help. Every sentence is a wispy net, capturing a few flecks of meaning. The sun shines without vocabulary. The salmon has no name for the urge that drives it upstream. The newborn groping for the nipple knows hunger long before it knows a single word. Even with an entire dictionary in one’s head, one eventually comes to the end of words. Then what? Then drink like the baby, swim like the salmon, burn like any brief star.”

Scott Russell Sanders, in “Staying Put”

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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 Tuesday, July 26th, 2022 by Daniel Ryan in HEALING FROM HEAVEN

“Intention is the steering wheel for creating your reality. Setting your intention from a place of healthy non-attachment will allow you to utilize your infinite potential. What I mean by healthy non-attachment is staying out of the results. Ultimately, you are coming into alignment with your soul’s intention, which is always patiently waiting to be revealed and expressed through you. As we are in the process of becoming more of ourselves, we don’t have the complete picture yet because there is no complete picture. Try to wrap your finite mind around that one. This is where the knowing comes into play, which may be just beyond the mind’s comprehension. And you know what? That’s okay! Just like the song says…Let It Be.”

Daniel Ryan, in “Healing from Heaven”

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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, July 25th, 2022 by Alfred D’Souza in SEVEN CHOICES

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

Alfred D’Souza, in “Seven Choices”

BONUS BEST of PONDER on THIS by Jackson Browne

“Let the disappointments pass
Let the laughter fill your glass
Let your illusions last, until they shatter.
Whatever you might hope to find,
Among the thoughts that crowd your mind,
There won’t be many, that ever really matter.

But take good care of your mother,
And remember to be kind,
When the pain of another will serve you to remind,
That there are those who feel themselves exiled
On whom the fortune never smiled
And upon whose lives the heartache has been piled.
They’re just looking for another, only child.
And when you’ve found another soul, who sees into your own – take good care of each other.”

Jackson Brown, in his 1976 song “The Only Child” from “The Pretender” CD

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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, 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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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 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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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, 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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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 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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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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