My children’s father passed away today just shy of his 60th birthday. He had a long battle with cancer and fought valiantly.
At this time all I can say is I am so proud of my kids. They stayed with him to the end. Their behavior was mature and showed a level of forgiveness that most people never reach.
As sad as it is to lose a loved one, they loved their father and showed it freely and generously. They will always have his spirit with them. They will always remember him with love.
I am lucky to have such brave kids and so was he.
How do you speak to yourself? Harshly, with poison or venom. Stop it now. You must pay attention to how you speak to yourself. If you speak badly to yourself you weaken your mind, You become hopeless.
Make an effort to examine your self talk. What good things are happening in your life? Focus on that. Be kinder to yourself than you would a guest. You are the one who will take you to where you want to be. No one else can do that.
You are worth the effort. You are talented, You are more than capable in meeting any challange.
Believe in yourself.
The world needs you.
Never pull away suddenly from a negative thought or experience.
Stay with it until you are indifferent to it or until it turns beautiful.
Look at it, Love it, Then let it go. (pgs 55-56)
It is your resistance to the negative thought, whether you bring it to consciousness for not, that makes it manifest in your life. (pgs 44-45)
The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment
My definition of success is different from your definition of success.
Perhaps you want financial success, or health success or relationship success. What ever it is you want there is one truth that applies to all success.
You have to be willing to make effort in transformation.
Transforming your self means to change. Change is not easy. We naturally resist change even when it is good for us.
Success is guaranteed by steady transforming actions. Learning from each situation will slowly bring success. Taking risks will bring success. Getting out of your comfort zone will bring success.
The willingness to hold your own hand in personal transformation will bring success. Looking negativity in the eye will bring success.
Define your idea of success and bring up what needs to be transformed.
Be the creature you want to be. Go ahead, it won’t hurt. A little scary maybe but what you become will out weight any fear you have been holding.
Change is one of my favorite subjects. Change is the only thing that is consistent in this earthly life.
Nothing is stagnant. Nature does not give up on surviving. It is just creative in how to survive. Look at those creepy bugs that have been around for millennia. Or a flower growing in the ground after a volcano.
We are the same way. In a moment your life can change for the better or worse. Our survival skills kick in here and if you are the first to respond with kindness to yourself and others change is easier to digest.
Change is not easy sometimes it comes in subtly at other times it is a roaring river or tornado. Either way if you are kind without attachment to the results change is easier to go along with.
Every now and then something comes into our lives to question everything we believe.
The ending of a relationship, loss of a job, falling in love, illness and you can add many more to the list.
Big changes are really uncomforable emotionally and we want the pain to stop now, right now.
At times like these we can fall back into old patterns of denial, addictions, anger, self centeredness and running away.
We can hide behind religion, fake self righteous beliefs or hide behind anything outside of our unease. We can fight for things to stay the same.
As you are being pushed out of your comfort zone there is a message from the pain.
We are not meant to stay stagnant.
We are meant to grow.
Hence the reason for the upset. Life is movement and changes all the time.
You are meant to be happy and grow. Life is designed for that. You have the freedom to do as you wish.
We all have responsibilites and the problem of fitting in the world to feel safe. The truth is you have made choices that put you where you are.
You can choice differently. It won’t be easy but it will equip you with deep understanding of yourself. In turn you will understand others and be a better human citizen. You will be put in your rightful place in your world.
choose one small thing
and change it.
I bet you didn’t know that you have super powers.
You have the power to not let anything disturb you.
You have the power to go with the flow of life.
You have the power to see an obstacle as a stepping stone.
You have the power to discern what is true and what is false.
You have the power to walk away.
You have the power to create the life you want.
Go on and do what it takes to make a wonderful life.
You are a superhero.
From Pema Chrodon
Death is Certain
The hour of Death is not Certain
Pick what is Important