Last weeks post offered a quote from Marcus Aurelius, which I never heard of or, more likely, didn’t remember from high school history. I looked him up on the internet and he was Emperor of Rome from 161 to 180 and had some cool quotes. Sounds like he was pretty far ahead of the self help movement.
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.
The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
In our digital and media age there is a lot of fear spread around from so many sources. When you add that to the big one, that we all seem to have some feeling of not being being good enough in one way or another, its a wonder were are not paralyzed with fear all the time. I thought these quotes from some wise people offer some pretty good advice.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.
Karl Augustus Menninger
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
In my abundance work, where I assist others in creating their own unique abundant life, one of my key tools is a very powerful breath technique called Transformational Breathing. However, I am still truly amazed by the power and effect of just one deep full belly breath provides every now and then to ones body. For me, to slow down or stop everything I’m doing for just one deep breath is pretty easy for the wave of peace that usually comes with it.
As I’m writing this, I’m on an airplane, and after just one deep full breath I found that my shoulders relaxed, I felt a bit calmer and clearer after a number of days of traveling. It is really great to remember your actual breath has incredible energizing and relaxing power. Most of us take our breath for granted and do not realize it is our bodies most important fuel. About 75% of our bodies fuel comes from the oxygen we take in! So, a deep breath is literally bringing more fuel into the body with a side effect of relaxation.
Try it now, just one breath……. Close your eyes, take a breath, deep into your belly first then expanding your lungs as fully as you can and let the exhale just relax completely………… Do you notice any difference?
One breath is a great tool to remember any time whether your waiting in line, running late, anxious about a meeting, transitioning from work, after a stressful phone call or just after waking up.
Amazing, one breath!
Some more Tolle quotes from his “Power of Now” book. It seems some of his thoughts are so simple to say and yet hard to do. Take the first one below, I love the “if you want to take responsibility for your life” sentence. How easy it is sometimes to blame others for our current situation? Maybe not even realize we have the power of choice in a particular situation in our lives now? Blaming others keeps us stuck and is NOT taking responsibility for our life.
Could it be fear holding us back? It sure does for me sometimes, though I may not always see it as “fear”. Sometimes taking a stand to make one of the three “choices” below means moving past our fears, sometimes they could be very old fears or beliefs and seem like a big leap to try. So, Having some compassion for yourself if you are moving through into new choices makes sense to me. But, to move forward, “choose now” is the practice.
The process could also have a progression. You may choose to totally accept it now and later continuing to accept it doesn’t work and it becomes time to change it. It is sometimes hard to do, but the freedom that comes with the practice is worth it!
“Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences.”
“Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
“Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”
~ Eckhart Tolle
“Continuing to tell stories of shortage only continues to contradict your desire for abundance, and you cannot have it both ways: You cannot focus upon unwanted and receive wanted. You cannot focus upon stories about money that make you feel uncomfortable and allow into your experience what makes you feel comfortable. A different story will bring different results: My thoughts are the basis for the attraction of all things that I consider to be good, which includes enough money, and health, for my comfort and joy”.
Excerpted from: Money and the Law of Attraction on August 31, 2008
Esther (and Abraham and Jerry)
Eckhart Tolle has a classic book talking about the present moment called the “Power of Now” which many of you may have heard about or read. I found some quotes from his book that I thought were a good summary and review of his thinking (see below). Such as simple concept to be present to the”now” or kinda what’s going on in front and around us. Hard because of a wandering mind that likes to get us to think about yesterday or tomorrow. That certainty must be more important or interesting than many of the “nows” we experience throughout the day, right? How about talking to someone on the phone and your ready to be off the phone. You don’t want to be rude, maybe it’s mom or your good friend. So, what to do……time to multi task! We look at the computer, start cleaning, or come up with other mind occupying activities so we become not as fully present to whom we are taking to. As a practice try JUST listening. If we need to go, go and be present with your next activity. The person on the phone will understand or if not will probably soon enough get over it. I’m not sure this practice is ever over or one can ever be fully present. But, their sure is a lot your senses can pick up on when your more present.
“People don’t realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind.”
“…the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.”
“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”
“Don’t let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present moment.”
“Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.”
“As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love – even the most simple action.”
~ Eckhart Tolle
The quotes below are from one of Byron Katie’s books. She has a very simple, yet powerful way of moving towards more mental freedom and overall peace by questioning the beliefs you have. She has a 4 step process that she has outlined in her website if you want to check it out. It is life changing work.
“Peace doesn’t require two people; it requires only one. It has to be you. The problem begins and ends there.”
“Placing the blame or judgment on someone else leaves you powerless to change your experience; taking responsibility for your beliefs and judgments gives you the power to change them”
A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It’s not our thoughts, but our attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering. Attaching to a thought means believing that it’s true, without inquiring. A belief is a thought that we’ve been attaching to, often for years.”
― Byron Katie, Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life
I was cleaning out some emails and re read this from a publication called the DailyOm that I subscribed to until the “daily” part of it overloaded me. Anyway, they had some good simple stuff sometimes and I thought this article’s topic is always a good reminder for you “super” givers out there.
Continue reading “Who’s first?”
I hear the use of affirmations recommended a lot these days, that’s its important to think positive to make changes. A good start, however, if we want more money in our life, for example, positive thinking alone usually doesn’t have enough power to create a change. The reason we haven’t attracted the money we desire in the past is usually a old belief that is blocking monetary abundance from flowing to us. We can consciously or more often unconsciously create our own “wall” that blocks money from coming. Of course, helping people become aware of their walls and helping with the tools to tear it down is what I love to do. Continue reading “How’s your “thought” bank account around money?”