Tag Archives: Religion and Spirituality

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 2013

Merry Christmas everyone! Today is Christmas, a time for people to be with their families and dear friends as they relish the time together on this day of reverence and remembrance   It’s also a time where we reflect on the year that is coming to a close and when we make promises to ourselves to make the next year better than the last.  I encourage you to make the effort during this most cherished time of the year to be a better person who makes a difference in other people’s lives. To be a person who takes better care of them self and cares for the ones you love just as much as you care for yourself. And mostly to become a person who lives a life beyond reproach and encourages others to live their life with zest and zeal, kindness, joy, and vigor.

Here is something to think about as you ponder what you can do to change your life for the better. My advice to you is to live and love in the NOW. The truth is found in the moment NOW and is soon forgotten in the mad dash for NEXT… planning, hoping, worrying, dreaming, leaving the truth unnoticed when it is right NOW to be had in all its glory and wonder.

Christmas

Superhero status

“Every man has an obscure respect for courage in others, especially if it is moral courage, the rarest and most difficult sort of bravery… It makes the very brute understand that this man is more than a man.”

~ Passage from Life of Christ

Perhaps the most difficult thing for people to do is live a life that is full of moral courage. Most people aren’t even courageous at all let alone possess the kind of courage that makes powerful people think twice about how effective their kind of courage is. Do your best to increase and improve yourself in such a way that you are known by all people for your moral courage. With it, you’ll be able to make life around you so much better. Maybe to those around you, you’ll be considered a kind of superhero. Super (Moral) Courageous.

Nature Blooming

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

What religion are you?

“True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.”

~ Louis Nizer (1902-1994) American Lawyer

English: Religious symbols from the top nine o...

Religious Symbols

Religion is many things to many people. It’s what you want it to be no matter what god you believe in. The most important religion is the one that leaves a good impression on others. One that motivates people from any ethnicity to listen to their soul instead of their flesh.  If your religion makes you a better person who serves others, is concerned for others, cares for others and desires to make the world a better place, then that is the best religion. As long as you don’t hurt yourself or anyone else, then you are living an honorable life that is moralistic and humane. Go live your life with love and honor, because it’s a gift. Share it with someone today!

Discover and share your abilities

Amercian philosopher Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915...

Elbert Hubbard

“It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is  the true test.”

~ Elbert Hubbard

How much time do you spend looking for your own abilities to improve yourself compared to the time you spend looking for the abilities in others? Those who are close to you can inspire you more than you can inspire yourself if you just let them. Even those who aren’t close to you can inspire you as well, so it’s better to look for the abilities in others so that you may improve your own abilities through the understanding and appreciation of their abilities. Incorporating other’s abilities into your life will increase your capabilities. And being more capable makes you more stable and able.

Wanting what you can’t see

“Beauty, truth, friendship, love, creation – these are the great values of life. We can’t prove them, or explain them, yet they are the most stable things in our lives.”

~ Jesse Herman Holmes

Beauty in Nature

Have you ever stopped to realize that the things we desire and chase the most in life are things that we can’t even see. Real beauty is only found within us. Truth is never known. Love, creation and friendship are manifested only when acted out in a physical presense. All of them are abstract and really left to individual interpretation. Regardless of what we think of them, they are truly the most important things in our lives. So, as you live your life seeking material things that you can touch, see, smell and feel, you must realize that they won’t bring any real lasting satisfaction. Remember that sometimes it’s the things you can’t see in life that matter the most.

Mistakes = more opportunities

American self-help writer Napoleon Hill (1883-...

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)

“Opportunity often comes in disguised in the form of
misfortune, or temporary defeat.”

~ Napoleon Hill

“What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better.”

~ Wendell Phillips

Make a mistake and consider yourself more educated. Smart people learn from making mistakes. Mistakes are nothing more than something not going exactly as you or someone else had planned. Since life and humans are not perfect, we must accept our imperfections in the form of errors, mistakes, sins, etc. Remember, if you’re not making mistakes in life, then you’re not trying hard enough. The biggest mistake in life is to not admit you made one.

How much is life worth?

Tenzin Gyatso gives a characteristic hands-rai...

Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, said:

“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Live each day to its fullest and never be a slave to money or anything else that sacrifices friendships, health, love and life’s simple pleasures. These are the very things you will remember the most at the end of your life – NOT how much money you have or how popular you are. Live and love for today and in the moment!

Imagery becomes reality

La conscience

Dream Imagery

“The images we create of ourselves that people all over the world see is their reality of us. With this power, our responsibility to others should be to transmit truth, virtue and nobility.”

~ James Filbird

Everybody wants to win, be heard and understood, and in doing so overlook the fact that we can damage both ourselves and others in this pursuit. Since things always start at the level of thought or perception or feeling, controlling the images we create of ourselves must be a conscience act. Right now, today, choose to make a friend, make a difference, and make a different world possible for all of us. Start by creating a reality of yourself that others see you from which compels them to imagine themselves as a part of your image. Be a mirror image of them. Imagine that if you can.

What makes you a good person?

Arthur Schopenhauer by Ludwig Sigismund Ruhl.

Arthur Schopenhauer

“What a man is contributes much more to his happiness than what he has, or how he is regarded by others.”

~ Arthur Schopenhauer

The key thing to understand about this quote is what the exact meaning of “What a man is” is. By what methods do we measure someone to classify them as someone who is a good person or not? To me, it all comes down to one thing: “You have only one life to live here on earth, so you must do as much as you can to improve the lives of other people.” You don’t have to be super-rich or famous to do this; you just need a giving heart. It’s not about how much money you make in your life that you’ll be judged by, or how attractive you are, or even how popular you are to other people. Making a real indelible difference in this world is done by people who give whatever they can – money, talent, time, energy, etc. to help others be better people. This is how people should be judged in the end. 

From necessary to impossible

St. Francis of Assisi (circa 1182-1220)

St. Francis of Assisi (circa 1182-1220)

“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

~ Francis of Assisi

Have you ever considered something and thought it was too difficult or even impossible to do? Then, as your in the middle of doing that very something, you realize that you can actually accomplish it. This is how the impossible is done – by putting forth physical effort along with lots of passion and unending desire. With the right combination of these forces at work, there are only two things that can stop you: yourself and death. So, before you say “that’s impossible!” – say I can “conceive it, believe it, see it, achieve it.”

Changing me, changing you

“You cannot add to the peace and good will of the world if you fail to create an atmosphere of harmony and love right where you live and work.”

~ Thomas Dreier

The only way to change the world is to change yourself – either with your attitude towards it or by affecting others to change according to what you want changed. We are only able to create changes if we can multiply our intellectual, spiritual, and physical powers. If you’re not able to do this, then you will only end up changing yourself which is probably the most important and difficult person to change of all. Remember, we are but a single being among billions from all walks of life, so changing the world must be accomplished by influencing millions of people. 

What are you capable of doing?

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and ...

Mahatma Gandhi

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

Think about this statement for awhile and then think about what sort of things you can do to make the world around you a better place for yourself and for others. For example, give more of your time, energy, money and knowledge to those who need it. It could be your neighbor, colleague, friend, family member or someone you don’t even know. There are many good charities, churches, and well-run organizations like the Red Cross who you can donate any or all of the above personal resources to. Make a change today to do what you’re truly capable of doing and you’ll eventually see a better world around you.

Guard these gifts

“The greatest gift you will ever receive is the gift of loving and believing in yourself. Guard this gift with your life. It is the only thing that will ever truly be yours.”

~ Tiffany Loren Rowe

Not only is the ability to love and believe in yourself one of the greatest gifts you will ever receive but they are also ones that cannot be taken from you. So, although there is no need to guard them from being stolen, it is important to guard yourself from letting them fade from your being. Always keep them active and alive in your life and you will manifest more love and self-belief which will make you impervious from losing them. 

5 secrets to a long life

Walter Breuning, was the oldest living A...

Walter Breuning

World’s Oldest Man Dies at 114
Walter Breuning was the world’s oldest man. His secret to a long life is:

1. Embrace change, even when the change slaps you in the face. (“Every change is good.”)

2. Eat two meals a day (“That’s all you need.”)

3. Work as long as you can (“That money’s going to come in handy.”)

4. Help others (“The more you do for others, the better shape you’re in.”)

5. Accept death.  It’s a lesson Breuning said he learned from his grandfather:
“We’re going to die. Some people are scared of dying. Never be afraid to die. Because you’re born to die,” he said.

I was so encouraged and delighted to read this story of Walter Breuning because his secrets to a long life are exactly the habits I have in my own life. I have adapted to many major changes the past 22 years of my life as it has been a rough roller coaster ride since my divorce. The past 3 years of my life, I have been eating only two large meals a day. They consist of natural foods, i.e., vegetables, fruits, meat, 100% natural juices, purified water and some sweets. I work hard 12-hours a day and enjoy my work and plan on always working in some capacity throughout my life to keep my mind and body active. I help people as much as I can by donating my time and energy to teach English to Chinese students who wish to study in America some day. And recently, I have learned to accept that death isn’t anything to fear. In fact, it is a renewal and release from this existence. As long as I live a happy, healthy, and harmonious lifestyle, then death should come naturally for me which should not be feared. I encourage you to adopt and adapt Walter’s habits which I have integrated into my life and see if you become happier, healthier both physically and mentally. RIP Walter Breuning.

Learn more about Walter Breuning here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Breuning

Will you be forgotten or remembered?

“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.”

~ Benjamin Franklin

Do something noble in your life that others will remember you by after you are long gone from this life. Whether you affect one person or a million while your alive doesn’t matter; what does matter is that you improved their situation, ability, and/or livelihood in some way by contributing whatever you could with all your being.  It is far better to give than to receive.

Matters of the mind

“Nothing lasts forever — not even your troubles.”

~ Arnold Glasgow

“Your imagination is the preview to life’s coming attractions.”

~ Albert Einstein

If you really focus on something, such a problem or worry in your life, eventually it will go away if you think about something positive long enough. Doing this every time you are faced with a difficulty will overcome any temporary dilemma. The mind is perhaps the most important part of our biology since it controls our actions based on our thoughts. It can make us happy even in the midst of sadness or it can bring us to tears even when we are completely content. If you really want to get the most out of your mind, then align it with your soul and see how much more powerful you can be in any situation you encounter in life. This is called Enlightement and you can find how to achieve it from books or on the Web.

A million realities from one fantasy

“Each of us holds a library of knowledge from higher existences. When we quiet the mind this knowledge can reveal itself to us.”

~ Unknown

“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can transform one million realities.”

~ Maya Angelou

A million fantasies and realities lie within each one of us if we just take the time to stop and listen to what really makes us who we are as humans — our soul. There, you will find a treasure in your chest full of riches you could never buy with money or receive from anyone else. Spend more time looking for the treasure of a million realities that lie within you instead of chasing dreams that will never lead to one reality.

Soul food

“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week.”

~ Charles Darwin

During your busy days that are sometimes filled with stress, worry, anger, sadness, and anxiety, you should make time to occasionally read some poems and listen to music that encourages, uplifts and excites you. Neither of these actions require appointments and commitments with other people except yourself, so do yourself a favor and invest in your mental and spiritual health by reading printed words and listen to music that stimulate your soul. If Mr. Darwin needed it in his life, then you probably do too.

Get out of my way!

“Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength.”

~ Anonymous

If something is, or gets in your way as you journey through life that causes you discomfort, delays, is inconvenient, brings sadness or total loss, try not to look at these situations as an end but rather focus on how they can strengthen you to accomplish new beginnings. Every situation in life is neither bad nor good if you can view at them as merely a test that you will grow and prosper from with the proper attitude. Think happy, live happy and be happy.

Give in…don’t give up!

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

~ Thomas A. Edison

If life gives you lemons, then make lemonade. If a door gets closed on you while seeking an opportunity, then go through the window. If someone tells you no, then tell yourself yes. People who succeed never quit and those who quit never succeed. Never but never give up when moving through life. otherwise you will fade into the masses who barely get by and are always unhappy with their life.