BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, June 10th, 2022 by Richard A. Singer, Jr. in YOUR DAILY WALK WITH THE GREAT MINDS

“We are free to choose to travel through our lives seeking pleasure from cars, clothes, electronics, jewelry, and of course, substances and the almighty dollar. However, rarely has a person truly obtained happiness from any of these peripheral things, in fact I will venture to say this has never been accomplished. This search in the external world is an incessant journey with an uncomfortable conclusion; it never allows genuine heartfelt contentment or peace. This chase is filled with suffering and frustration and goes on eternally unless an intrinsic commitment is made to search within for soul-felt happiness and serenity.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, June 9th, 2022 by Joseph Campbell in REFLECTIONS ON THE ART OF LIVING BY DIANE K. OSBON

“As Schopenhauer says, “When you look back on your life, it looks as though it were a plot, but when you are into it, it’s a mess: just one surprise after another. Then, later, you see it was perfect.” So, I have a theory that if you are on your own path things are going to come to you. Since it’s your own path, and no one has ever been on it before, there’s no precedent, so everything that happens is a surprise and is timely.”

Joseph Campbell, in “Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion” by Diane K. Osbon

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, June 8th, 2022 by Mitch Albom in TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE

Morrie Schwartz: “Everyone knows they’re going to die, but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently.”

Mitch Albom: “So, we kid ourselves about death.”

Morrie Schwartz: “Yes, but there’s a better approach. To know you’re going to die, and to be prepared for it at any time. That’s better. That way you can actually be more involved in your life while you’re living.”

Mitch Albom: How can you ever be prepared to die?”

Morrie Schwartz: Do what the Buddhists do. Every day, have a little bird on your shoulder that asks, ‘Is today the day? Am I ready? Am I doing all I need to do? Am I being the person I want to be?’ ”

Mitch Albom, in “Tuesdays with Morrie”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in YOUR SACRED SELF

“When your drop your ego beliefs, you are on the way to becoming one of those people Jean Houston describes who have managed to grasp their spiritual identity and fulfill their sacred questions. In a taped interview with New Dimensions Radio, Houston says of these people: “They all had little of narcissism, little of self-interest. They actually had very little self-consciousness at all. They simply didn’t waste time worrying about their self-presentation. They were in love with life. They were in state of constant engagement with all fields of life, whereas most people are encapsulated bags of skin, carrying around little egos. In order to get to this place you have to shatter the illusion of your separateness.

Your idea of yourself, which is what your ego is, will make itself known over and over as you attempt to shatter the illusion. And when you know that you are not separate, when that idea of yourself has shattered, you will experience a new kind of peacefulness.”

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

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, June 6th, 2022 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“One way to develop your open-mindedness is to begin to observe yourself as you are in the process of being exposed to new concepts. To do this, you essentially take the role of a witness to the process, as well as being an active participant within it. While it may sound somewhat difficult to do, its really not. All that’s required is for you to actively pay attention to what you are reading and hearing, and then acknowledge your judgments one-by-one as they crop up.

When you learn to witness yourself in this way, you develop the skill to be able to immediately recognize when you are judging, and then in that moment remind yourself to remain open-minded. As you begin working on developing your witnessing skills, simply do your best to remain patient with yourself when you’re finding it difficult to remain open-minded, and remember that practice makes perfect.”

Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, June 3rd, 2022 by Donald Altman in THE MINDFULNESS CODE

“If you truly want to change your life, you must first be willing to change your mind. This requires using the mind to look inward and observe its own workings. What is it attracted to, repelled by, confused by, or put to sleep by? Such inquiry is possible because our mind is the single greatest tool of observation, discrimination, and awareness that exists. All of humankind’s greatest scientific discoveries are created by mind, observed by mind, and interpreted by mind. In the process of observing your own mind, you embark on the greatest inside job ever; using the mind to look in upon itself.”

Donald Altman, in “The Mindfulness Code”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 by Kent Nerburn in LETTERS TO MY SON

“What you need to do is think of work as “vocation.” This word may seem stilted in its tone, but it has a wisdom within it. It comes from the Latin word for calling, which comes from the word for voice. In those meanings it touches on what work really should be. It should be something that calls to you as something you want to do, and it should be something that gives voice to who you are and what you want to say to the world.”

Kent Nerburn, in “Letters to My Son”

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I would rather let God define my life than spend a lifetime trying to define God.”

Rev. Bob G. Sills

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“So why are you anxious? Can you, for all your anxieties, add a single moment to your life? Why bother about tomorrow? Is there a life after death? Will I survive after death? Why bother about tomorrow? GET INTO TODAY. Someone said, “Life is something that happens to us while we’re busy making other plans.” That’s pathetic. Live in the present moment. This is one of the things you will notice as you “come awake.” You find yourself living in the present, tasting every moment as you live it.”

Fr. Anthony DeMello, in “Awareness”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, May 31st, 2022 by Terry Cole-Whittaker in LIVE YOUR BLISS

“Consider the many chemicals that may be found in the foods you eat, if you haven’t already done so. The purer the food, the better it is for us. “If God didn’t make it, don’t eat it,” is a good slogan to live by. What I mean by this statement is that any fruit, vegetable, nut, seed, or grain in its original form, without chemical additives and unnecessary processing and packaging, and that has been grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers, is best for the body. Who knows more about what the body needs than the creator of the body? Just by eliminating all processed so-called foods, we can lower our grocery bills and our bodies will restore themselves to health. Doctors do not the heal body; the body heals itself when the source of the problem is removed.”

Terry Cole-Whittaker, in “Live Your Bliss”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, May 30th, 2022 by Ching Ning Chu in THICK FACE BLACK HEART

“For most of us, whether our desires are tangible or intangible objects, noble or ignoble pursuits, one thing is certain – we want to obtain them immediately. We are like young infants who demand our milk bottles with great urgency. If the bottles are kept from our mouths for a mere moment, we will wail in protest. In order to keep harmony, the mother must acquiesce to the baby’s whims and adjust her needs to fit the infant’s timing.

Unlike the human mother, our Divine Maker insists that we, his children, learn to fine tune our understanding of HIS timing. We must learn to accept that the Creator gives according to his own schedule, regardless of our demands. When you learn God’s timing, you learn how to live and work in harmony with yourself and others around you. Most importantly, you understand the art of communion with the silent voice of the Universal Will.”

Chin-Ning Chu, in “Thick Face, Black Heart”

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“Let every creature I see, be a brother and friend to me. Let every step that I take, leave the footprints of a warrior along the Spirit trail.”

Dan Fogelberg, from his 1990 CD “The Wild Places”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, May 27th, 2022 by Eckhart Tolle in A NEW EARTH

“You are able to live with uncertainty, even enjoy it. When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life. It means fear is no longer a dominant factor in what you do and no longer prevents you from taking action to initiate change. The Roman Philosopher Tacitus rightly observed that “the desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.” If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into increased aliveness, alertness, and creativity.”

Eckhart Tolle, in “A New Earth”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, May 26th, 2022 by Arnold Patent in YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL

“The Universe sends us two basic signals as indicators of our degree of alignment with it. Comfort in our bodies is evidence of our being in alignment. Discomfort is evidence of our being out of alignment. The signals in our bodies can range from excruciating pain to joyfulness.

What makes it most interesting it that we are always dealing only with perception. Thus, it is “our interpretation of a situation, rather than anything inherent in that situation, which determines whether it will be a source of comfort or discomfort to us.” Since we attract people and situations as a result of the energy vibrations we emit, we are ALWAYS in a situation that reflects exactly what we are asking for. If we view it that way, life works perfectly all the time.”

Arnold Patent, in “You Can Have It All”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, May 25th, 2022 by Stuart Wilde in AFFIRMATIONS

“The mind’s ineffectiveness is constantly endorsed by society. How often have people said to you, “Don’t be silly. It is not logical. It is not allowed. It is not possible. It is not fair. It is not righteous. It is not this and it is not that.” To compensate for your lack of ability to create reality through consciousness, the mind pretends that its desires are not important. Then if things do not materialize, the mind or ego can say, “I did not expect it anyway.” We constantly adjust our expectation to accommodate disappointments.

To experience your word as law, you must begin to act and speak in a measured way. So often we tend to blurt out a promise or an idea, and often we have little or no intention of following through. As you begin to see yourself as a powerhouse of consciousness, you will actually begin to realize that you have power, power to change not only your life, but the lives of others and the world around you.”

Stuart Wilde, in “Affirmations”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 by Megan Don in MEDITATIONS WITH TERESA OF AVILA

“Throughout her life, Teresa stressed the importance of beginning the journey of self-knowledge. This journey requires an ability to be very honest with oneself and a desire for self-responsibility. It means that we no longer blame others for the state of our soul, or project our old wounds onto new (or old) friends. It means we are able to acknowledge to ourselves, and speak clearly to others, the thoughts and emotions we are experiencing…We are a grand mixture of ancestral, genetic, psychological, and spiritual components. All these come to light in our daily lives, and many of them are not as attractive as we would desire.

Teresa reminded us that by acknowledging these not-so-welcome traits, we are entering into humility – the place where we understand that we are superior to none, the place we can all afford to dwell in.”

Megan Don, in “Meditations with Teresa of Avila”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, May 23rd, 2022 from an HASIDIC TALE

“An old rabbi asked his pupils how they could tell the night had ended and the day had begun. “Could it be,” asked one of the students, “when you can see an animal in the distance and tell whether it’s a sheep or a dog?” “No,” answered the rabbi.

Another asked, “Is it when you can look at a tree in the distance and tell whether it’s a fig tree or a peach tree?” “No,” answered the rabbi. “Then when is it?” the pupils demanded.

“It is when you can look on the face of any man or woman and see that it is your sister or brother. Because if you cannot see this, it is still night.”

An Hasidic Tale

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