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Choose Your Path

Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. use it. Dwell in possibility. – Oprah Winfrey

This life that you’re living – well it’s yours.  It’s not your mother’s life, or your father’s.  It’s not your spouse’s or significant other’s.  It belongs to you, and so do the choices you make.  This is your life to do with what you want.  You are not obligated to live out the dreams of anybody else.  You get to chose your own path, it is not only your right, it is, as the quote says, a privilege.  Don’t get so caught up in living the life that others have chosen for you.  Instead, search your heart, and figure out what you want, and go for it.  It may not happen today, and it may not happen tomorrow, but if it’s your choice, it’s worth working toward.  This is the only life we get, so we owe it to ourselves to make it the best one possible, and the best way to do that is to make it your life.  Your choices, your decisions.  Who knows what amazing things could happen.  The possibilities are endless, but to explore them, you have to choose your path.

Listen

Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe. – Claudia Black

I talk a lot about listening to your inner voice, and trusting your intuition.  I talk about it a lot, but sadly, I don’t do it as often as I should, which is a shame.  When I look back at things that have happened in my life that haven’t gone well, I often find that my instincts were saying do something different, or don’t trust that person.  Inevitably, when I look back, I find that my intuition was always waving it’s arms and saying, “Danger Will Robinson, danger!”  We have this inner voice for a reason.  Bazillions of years ago, it was there to warn us not to walk on that deceptively solid looking ground that  was actually quicksand, or telling us not to go in the cave where the saber tooth tiger lived.  Well there are no saber tooth tigers any more, and most of us don’t in an environment where quicksand is prevalent.  We do, however live in a world where there are situations which can impact us negatively or there are people who are willing to step on us to get to what they want.  That inner voice is still there, warning you about them.  Listen to that voice, trust it, and don’t doubt it.  It’s there to help you, and it will if you’ll just listen.

This Way to Joy

True joy comes when you inspire, encourage, and guide someone else on a path that benefits him or her. –  Zig Ziglar

This quote speaks to me on so many levels.  As an educator, I spend my days trying to lead students in the right directions.  Sometimes it’s a bit like trying to herd cats!  However, every once in a while, I find success and I help a student make a good choice, or even better find the path that leads them to an incredible future.  Those are the times my heart simply sings!  It’s not just teachers who have this chance to help people find their path, and at the same time find joy from themselves.  Look around you, chances to help people are everywhere.  When you help someone else find the right path, not only do you help them, but you help yourself find real joy and happiness.  So take the time to look around and help those around you.  The benefits to them are great but the benefits to you are immeasurable!

Don’t Think TOO Long

To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing. –Eva Young

Having a plan is a great thing.  99% of the time, if you’re going to do something, having a plan is good – great even.  However, if you get too caught up in the planning, you may never get to the executing of that plan.  Let’s be honest, we plan because we want things to go well.  That make sense.  However, no matter how much you plan, things are NOT going to be perfect.  That’s just not the way it works.  Think about weddings and other formal events you may have organized.  No matter what contingencies you planned for, something always goes wrong.  It may be big, it may be small, but it happens.  The thing is, most of the time, the only person that noticed, was you.  So make your plan, and then just go for it.  Take the chance and see what great and amazing things will happen!

Strive for More

It is not the easy or convenient life for which I search, but life lived to the edge of all I may be.  – Mary Anne Radmacher

OK, let’s be 100% honest, I am searching for an easy or convenient life.  Seriously, who isn’t?  Of course we want things to be easy and convenient.  That doesn’t mean that you can’t strive to be the best that you can be, either.  I don’t necessarily think those two things are mutually exclusive.  If my dishwasher broke, and I had to do the dishes by hand, that wouldn’t push me to be a better person and accomplish more.  It would just make me cranky because I had to wash the dishes by hand.  Having conveniences, or living a life of ease doesn’t mean you’re not going to push yourself to accomplish more.  It just means you may have access to some things that other people don’t have.  The drive and determination to be all that you can be, that comes from inside of you.  It doesn’t come from having things, and it doesn’t come not having things.  So if you have “things,” that’s great, and if you don’t, that’s okay too.  Still strive to be the best person you can be.

You Get Back What You Give

In human affairs there are efforts and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result. – James Allen

This is a very long and convoluted way of saying, you get out of it what you put into it.  It’s a pretty basic life lesson, but it’s one so many seem to be missing.  I see it every day in school; kids think they deserve everything, and they don’t think they need to put forth any effort to get it.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard kids say “Oh Mr. So and So gave me a D.”  No, the teacher did not GIVE you a D, you earned it.  This doesn’t just happen in school, it happens in life too.  So many people think they deserve something for nothing, and a lot of times, they get something for nothing.   There are plenty of people who receive public assistance who need it, and then there are those who use their career.  I can’t tell you the number of students I’ve urged to work hard in school so they can go to college or trade school and get a good job, only to be told that it’s no big deal, they’re going to collect welfare or SSI.  It breaks my heart because to me, there is nothing more satisfying than putting forth your best effort and seeing the end result.  Take pride in yourself, and in your work and put forth the effort and what you get back will amaze you.

The Sound of Silence

If you do not understand my silence you will not understand my words. – Anonymous.

I had a friend when I was younger.  She and I just got each other.  Our conversations consisted of looks, and half finished sentences that left those around us confused.  Many of us have that kind of friend.  You don’t have to talk all the time, you don’t have to be doing anything, you can just be.  It would be nice if everybody could be that way.  If they knew how we felt even when we didn’t tell them.  The thing is, there is no secret skill to this.  Pay attention to the people in your life.  Focus on them, really pay attention.  You should have a fairly decent idea of how they’re feeling without them telling you – and they should be doing the same.  We really need to take some time to focus on the people around us, and make that connection, because if you don’t, you’re never really going to understand them.

Giving Thanks

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “Thank You,” that would suffice. – Meister Eckhart

 

The initial reaction of so many people when they read this, is “I don’t have any reason to be thankful.”  Here’s the thing, you do have so many things to be grateful for.  The fact that your alive is a huge one.  You’re reading this?  Great, that means you can read, and that is something to be grateful for.  Now on the surface you might think those are pretty stupid things to be grateful for.  First, they’re not stupid, but second, once you start thinking about things to be grateful for, you start finding more and more.  Gratitude is one of the most powerful tools we have in our arsenal of positive thinking.  When you are thankful, or grateful, you are happier.  It makes you healthier (and yes, there are actual studies about this).  It makes you more personable,  it boosts your self-esteem and it just makes you feel better about yourself and the world around you.  Seriously, the list of benefits from being grateful or thankful goes on and on.  It’s such a little thing….giving thanks for what you have, but the benefits are immeasurable.  So start expressing your thanks for who you are and what you have, and reap the benefits of a life filled with gratitude and thanks.

Relax and Trust the Universal Intelligence

Relax and Trust the Universal Intelligence
Written by Jafree Ozwald
www.EnlightenedBeings.com

“For peace of mind, we need to resign as
general manager of the universe.” ~Larry Eisenberg

I invite you to explore the feeling that you are always at the right place, at the right time and you’re being taken care of, provided for by a highly intelligent loving source in each new moment.  Just for this moment, allow everything in your life to be exactly the way it is. Yes, you can take a vacation from the world of worry and relax into your innermost paradise. You deserve a break from this very busy mind.  Take a deep breath right now and let yourself relax.  The more you can relax into your body, the easier it is to discover this intelligent Universal energy.

Conscious relaxation is truly amazing in that it allows your brain cells to open up and receive full access to the divine Universal Intelligence.  This is where your greatest power and creativity is found.  Obviously there’s no efforting involved in relaxation, it’s simply a continuous release of the mind and free falling into a harmonious connection with this moment.  When you consciously let go of the tension you’re holding onto in your body, you instantly increase your ability to retrieve the lost information you need to manifest the money, relationships, situations and insights to create the live of your dreams!

Every experience of tension can be used as fuel for the fire of your spiritual evolution and enlightenment. Every judgment, feeling of frustration, sadness, emotional resistance, or psychic defense acts like a springboard (once released) that catapults you into a lighter dimension of consciousness. That’s the only reason why it shows up in your life. It’s not to make your life more difficult, its there to create the illusion of difficulty so that you focus on something higher. The magical moment when your tension is transcended you discover this mystical symphony of light that is exists everywhere.

“The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words
return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.” ~Florence Scovel Shinn

When you’re relaxing and trusting that each experience is the right experience you can listen soooo closely to what the Universe is communicating to you. The Divine Intelligent Universe is already listening to your every thought, need and desire. It knows you better than you know you. Yet, you may not be listening to it. You may be tuned into a repetitious pattern of thoughts, beliefs and stories in your head from past conditioning. When you live just ONE entire day from this relaxed place, you’ll FEEL this connection and hear the intimate personal messages its communicating to you the deepest levels of your being.

You may think that the Universe isn’t conscious, intelligent or tuned into you because it does not always give you what you think you need when you think you need it. This is because it truly knows what you really need more than the ever-so-hungry demanding ego. When you release trying to be in total control of ourselves, others and this world, relaxation occurs! This is the only time you can truly hear the Universal guidance that is pointing you towards your highest life mission and destination. It’s like when your hand is soft and open it can receive gifts much better than when it’s a closed fist. So give yourself the gift of life and let yourself trust in relaxation! When you trust in living in an open relaxed body it will soon become an extraordinary experience that transforms the rest of your life.

Ok..so lets practice!  Imagine that you are laying into the warm welcoming arms of the greatest lover of your dreams. Let go of how you think this should look like, just FEEL yourself let go and relax into this soft warm embrace. You can let go and completely trust this love. There is a divine protection and deep intimate care for you here. Welcome these feelings as deeply as you can. This is easy to do because it FEELS sooo good! Now imagine that this love is the divine intelligent Universe that is all around you. It feels sooo good to let go and surrender back into the womb of creation from which you came.  This is where you will return to in the end, back to the source of what you are.
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Listen

Listen to your heart. It knows all things. – Paulo Coelho

Sorry  this is so late, I was supposed to do it Friday, but life got ahead of me.  Hey, it happens to the best of us.  So here we go, better late than never.  What does it mean to listen to your heart?  For me, I’m equating your heart to your conscience, intuition, or that little voice inside of you that knows things.  It’s usually right – annoyingly right when you’ve chosen not to listen to it.  But take a second and think about that voice, and the times you’ve listened to it, and worse, the times you didn’t.  How did things work out for you?  Probably not too great.  So when you’re faced with a decision, big or small, and you’re weighing your options take a second to check in with that inner voice and see what it has to say.

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