Category: Radiance

Practical Spirituality – Part 1

“Many think Spirituality 
is a buzz word 
for that mystical unknowable 
 which is beyond 
that which we live, 
but Spirituality without practicality 
is impotent.” 
— Albert K. Strong 

[Classic post from 10-23-16]

When I think of Spirituality, I think not so much of some idea to attempt to explain the depth of our being, or even the connection of all beings, or even the eternity of life, but I like to see how I can have it relate to my actual living day to day on this blue planet called Earth spinning in space in the middle of nowhere.

In other words, how does considering Spirituality help me in my daily life? So, as I study this thing called Spirituality, I seek to use that knowledge in my life to improve, grow, expand, understand. As well, when I write my thoughts out here, I always try to say it in a way that can be useful right here, right now to help us live life more fully. And, last, it has to be simple to be practical, otherwise, it will remain esoteric, or only for those who are enlightened and have risen above the practicality of the life most of us live.

The only prerequisite is to realize and accept that there is something more than we. I didn't create me that I am aware of, nor did I create you, nor any other, so there is something going on beyond us.

Regardless of our age, if we but allow, we can sense within us that there is some kind of connection to something more than we are. Some call it a soul, some Christ Consciousness, others call it Spirit, the Universe, All-That-Is, God, and hundreds of other choices. What we call it is not important, only that we recognize that there is some sort of connection however mysterious that may be to us or not fully understanding it. We all know it is there.

As well, in realizing this connection, we sense without a doubt that it is benevolent and that it is like love, even a very deep love, as we allow ourselves to feel more of the intensity of our inner Spirit.

So here's the simple practicality in its simplest form to consciously connect that mysterious Spirit with our practical mind and body: It is our guide. It doesn't control. It is not like an auto-pilot, or a dictator, however benevolent. All it does is give us advice via our feelings of what might work for us rather than against us. A guidance system so to speak.

Wayne Dyer in his book, Living An Inspired Life, says it this way: “It's important to understand that each and every one of us represents God or Spirit revealing itself here on our planet.” He then demonstrates the practicality by asking, “In what direction are you moving? Being in-Spirit is a direction we take, rather than a destination to be reached. . . It's imperative for all who seek an inspired life to assess the direction of their thoughts and behaviors in terms of going toward, or away from, Spirit.” 

Abraham, Esther Hicks uses the analogy of being in alignment with or out of alignment with our Inner Being, or our Inner Guidance System. I love both Wayne Dyer and Abraham's visual explanations, and I have come to use them both in my daily life, every single day now.

Love is a perfect example of being in alignment, and fear being out of alignment. As well, love is moving toward Spirit and fear is moving away. Appreciation is in alignment, while complaining is out of alignment. Peace is moving toward Spirit and feeling despair or unworthiness is moving away.

This is not religion. There are so many religious beliefs. My experience with religion is that more often than not, the Spirit is lost in the dogma, although religion can be helpful for many, and Spirit is within all because Spirit is within us all. Each of us will know whether the rules, laws, and dogma are helping us connect within to our Spiritual connection, or not by how we feel. Feeling good is connecting, feeling off is disconnecting.

So the key or the communication aspect of our inner Spirit is our feelings. As we feel good, relief, improvement, we are moving toward Spirit or coming into alignment with our Spirit, and as we feel not good labeled in so many ways, we are moving away from our Spirit, or out of alignment.

The simple practicality of Spirit is paying attention to how we feel when we say something, do something, think something. How do we feel when we complain? How do we feel when we dis somebody, put them down, talk behind their back? How do we feel when we appreciate someone, something someone did or created? How do we feel when we are saying yes to love and no to hate? How do we feel when we are afraid? How do we feel when we are at peace? Moment by moment, we know where we are in relation, in conjunction, in partnership with our physical mind and body, and our Soul, Inner Spirit, Immanuel, or God within as we accept this very simple understanding of practical Spirituality. 

“Out Of Clutter, Find Simplicity. From Discord, Find Harmony.” — Albert Einstein 

Spread Some Joy Today–by realizing that joyful connection to All-That-Is within yourself. You only have to let go and breathe.

Changing Yourself Changes Those Around You

“We don’t see things as they are,
we see them as we are.”

— Anais Nin

[Classic post from 2-28-16]

Many people don’t believe that we create our own world, and I respect their beliefs. I, for one, very much believe that we do create our own world, and I have all kinds of evidence of that as I pay attention to the subtle changes that become major changes in my life.

Many people don’t believe in the Law of Attraction, and I respect their beliefs. I, for one, know for sure and for certain that the Law of Attraction is not only real but that it is something that rules the entire Universe and that believing in it or not doesn’t matter. It simply is. It simply and perfectly does. With or without our belief. With or without our knowledge. With or without our participation. It is in a simple way that gravity is, yet infinitely more powerful and far-reaching. Gravity doesn’t care whether we believe in it or not. It simply is.

I didn’t decide to change. I don’t recall a decision in that way. I was searching, however, for answers, for wisdom, to have a better life. Little decisions, maybe. Like, I would buy a book or something by following my inner guidance, even though at the time, I would not have known it that way so much.

I have a book on my bookshelf by Gloria D. Benish, titled, Go Within or Go Without – A Simple Guide To Self-Healing. Many times I’ll walk by my bookshelf and see that title and it reminds me where all of my answers come from. They come from inside me.

Paul Coehlo said, “What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: It isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.” All of the best external teachers and mentors in my life are good for me because they lead me to my own inner knowing. How do I know this? Because their teaching resonates within me. To me, to resonate means to match vibrations creating resonance or fullness–to vibrate in unison.

But, I said I have evidence. It is this: the people that used to be in my life that seemingly caused confusion, dissonance, argument, bad feelings, anger, frustration, and a long list of other mental and physical ailments, are no longer there. They are not in my world anymore. I used to attract them because, without realizing it, I was a vibrational match to what that person was bringing to me. What I thought was their crap was truly my own. What I saw as their anger, I found within myself. Though it doesn’t seem logical, our vibrations were resonating or matching. The Law of Attraction is unfailing. It always matches us up with who we are at the moment, and what we have been thinking and feeling leading to that moment. I brought it on myself so to speak.

As I learned more about this and what I was doing to myself, by giving up the blaming of others, I began also to accept responsibility for my own life and those that I come in contact with. As I changed for the better, the strangest secret or the strangest thing happened: the people around me began to change for the better. Now the people around me are generally happy, kind, considerate, thoughtful, loving, inspiring, uplifting because I am those things and as the Law of Attraction matches my vibrations with like vibrations of others, I find more and more joy in my life and I create a better and more enjoyable world within and all around me.

Change Yourself And You Change Those Around You.

Spread Some Joy Today–Stir it up, spin it like cotton candy, delight in the treat.

Today, I Will Look For Reasons To Feel Good

“There is so much more that is 
going right in your world than wrong.” 
— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

Audio version

[Classic post from 6-21-15]

A really great way to live my life is to think that I am living in my dream. I get to choose what is in my dream. I get to choose what I focus on or ignore. Crime isn't in my world, it is in the world of other people. War and strife are not in my world. Unhappiness is not in my world. My world is at peace.

Here's a magical way to start each day from Abraham, Esther Hicks. Let's not call it an affirmation. Let's call it a blueprint. All buildings are built from a blueprint. Maybe write it down, print this out, and paste it where you can see it every morning and then read along. The magic begins the very first day:

“Today, I will look for reasons to feel good. Nothing is more important than that I feel good. Nothing is more important than that I choose thoughts that attract other thoughts that attract other thoughts that raise my vibrational frequency to the place where I can resonate with the positive aspects of the Universe.”

If that's too long, feel free to shorten it to this:

“Today, I will look for reasons to feel good. Nothing is more important than that I feel good.”

That will do just fine. The magic begins on day one and continues with each day. Expect magic.

This bit really jumped off the page at me on Friday, June 19th from that day's message in the Ask and It Is Given perpetual calendar: “Once you are in control of the way you feel, you will enjoy it all: You will enjoy your exposure to the variety and contrast that helps you identify your desire–and you will enjoy the sensation of your own desire that is being launched from your own valuable perspective and is flowing from you.”

This is the part that jumped off the page at me:  “Once you are in control of the way you feel, you will enjoy it all.” And I'm still thinking about it today. It is so true.

In years past, and I've mentioned it several times in these Daily Inspirations, I often felt like a ball in a pinball machine emotionally. I was bouncing off this issue, that statement, getting flipped here and there, sinking to new lows, all the while trying to be so positive during the day at work. People would piss me off and I'd be in a funk about it. Things would go on in the world that I hated with a passion. My boss was an idiot more often than I cared for, and of course, it was never me. It was never my thinking. It was always what they did that caused problems with me. I was innocent. I was the victim.

That was a whole bunch of feeling sorry for myself and thinking I was not in charge of circumstances in my life, let alone the feelings I had about things. Sad, but true.

I have learned from much joyful study that I am in control of my world. What happens in my world is in my sole control. Anything that happens that I don't like is simply contrast that guides me to what my new desire is. I now control my emotions. I control how I choose to feel. If I feel a negative emotion, I can get excited because that is my guidance system at work, and it reminds me that in my world, I am in charge and I can change what I think and how I feel any time I so desire. And, in fact, that contrast creates that new desire which makes it so easy.

“Once you are in control of the way you feel, you will enjoy it all.” That line is the ultimate guidance to me. It is where I have wanted to be and it is where I am because I know that I control my world, and every other person controls their own world. We come together in co-creation as we choose, yet ultimately, and delightfully, we are the final decision maker of our own way. We each can choose this or ignore it as we wish. I spent a lifetime looking for it (I could say it is the holy grail for me), and I relish that choice.

It is all choice, and the magic of beginning with this: “Today, I will look for reasons to feel good. Nothing is more important than that I feel good,” which leads to the holy grail of, “Once you are in control of the way you feel, you will enjoy it all.”

May The Choice Be With You. 

Spread Some Joy Today–because it simply cannot be helped.

Seeing Through The Eyes Of Love

“I am now choosing to see my neighbor,
to see all those before me in love.
And I know that love is
unconditional acceptance.”

— Paul Selig,
The Book of Love and Creation

[Classic post from 10-2-17]

They continue:

“Every man and woman on this planet only wants to be loved. That is all they want, whether or not they will admit it. All they want is love. And what love truly is, is true acceptance regardless of who or what they think or they believe they may have been, done, seen, or anything else.”

In the last several days I’ve stated that I’m shocked as I think about the fact that through thousands of years of evolution, we have continued to choose the same things over and over, knowing fully that they didn’t work before.

We have so many justifications for acting out of love. We stand on our righteousness, and in our company in historical agreement to those same things in the same way we’ve always done them. The same reactions to the same kind of events. The same expectations of how people should be or react or live.

As we hold on to being right, being good over evil and such perspectives, we see the separation between each other as human beings, and separate from God at the same time.

This is all choice. It is chosen again and again, even for hundreds and thousands of years. We can choose differently. We have the ability and the power to choose differently. It may feel like new ground for a while, but as we decide to change, to see the world with different eyes, to respond rather than react, we move toward love and away from fear.

Practicing some affirmations will help remind us perhaps. I know that it has for me. “I am now choosing to see that which I see before me in Divine Love.” What a powerful choice. I am choosing love. I choose love. I see the Divine in each person regardless of their actions. I may not approve of their actions, but to deny their Divinity is to deny our own, and that of God as well.

What is the value of being right? Is it as valuable as loving without condition? Who am I to judge? Who am I to love? Who am I in fear? How do I act in fear? Who am I when I am loving? How do I see the world through the eyes of love?

Great Questions. Choosing Differently. Acting Differently. A Life In Love. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by deciding how you want to see the world. I’m hoping that that view is full of joy, unconditional love and acceptance, and appreciation. It is your choice, of course.

Therefore, I AM

“If God is love,
then therefore
I am love.” 

— Terry Minion 

[Classic post from 11-6-16]

As I was finishing yesterday's post about unconditional love and how Anita Moorjani gave such a great explanation of what it is, I had a life revelation.

You know how people will say that they were born to do this or that, or that they have found their life's purpose, or rather their life's focus, or that there is something that we have all come here to do, be, create their own experience? I've so often wondered what that grand purpose was for me–that thing that I came here to do. And, then this morning, as I glanced backward only for a few moments, it became crystal clear for me, like all of a sudden the blurry picture came into focus.

I now realize what my life purpose was, is, and will be. I am here to learn about, experience, and teach love–and especially the concept of unconditional love. 

Until I read and took to heart Wayne Dyer's definition of unconditional love, I don't even remember when, but I expect in the last 15 years give or take, I didn't realize that this was the idea I was searching to understand and practice. His definition was this: “Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.” And yet, as powerful a definition as this is, it is lacking. What about those that you don't care for as an example?

So, I began redefining it, such as, “love is the ability and willingness to allow all others to be what they choose for themselves, without any insistence that they satisfy me.” This makes it universal, or all-inclusive. The first one is easier than the second one, don't you think? In fact, the first one is sort of another definition of a less conditioned, yet still slightly conditioned love. But, in all fairness, I'm certain that Wayne was saying that in reference to a situation where he was interacting with people he cared for, such as family. I'm certain that he practiced the second definition in his life as fully as he could, and that is evident from his books and other teachings.

I could take it a step further and include inanimate objects, things, situations, events, or in other words, all of life. This would be in my estimation the love of God, demonstrating that love is a state of being and not an emotion as Anita described in her book, What If This Is Heaven? And, yet another excellent way to say what unconditional love is would be to say that it is being without any resistance at all. 

As I glance backward, I can see so many stepping stones on my journey, sometimes called learning experiences, where I learned of the disappointment and problems associated with conditional love. I saw it in two divorces before I was 16, as well, I saw it all around me, on screens and off screens. Each of these caused me to ask more strongly for something better, something not so temporal. 

Then I began practicing. Even in my own divorce after 16 challenging years, I set into motion my own practice of unconditional love. There were many challenges to my desire for love to be love and not change into something else, and through them all, I have persevered. As well, I began expanding this to my work environment, and all of my life. I missed the mark so many times allowing my tainted thinking to prevail for a time, but in the end, I let go of the resistance in relief, as I turned back toward love. As I turn back toward love every time, I turn faster each time as I have practiced the art of allowing more fully and universally. It is now becoming a habit so that I don't even have to think much about it, I just turn.

I wrote so many songs and sang them in church expressing this theme better with each attempt. It is strange that I was even led to become a 'worship leader,' which was way out of my comfort zone, and to write songs of love, but I wasn't hearing much love in the sermons, but a lot of bowing to and looking up to, as well as shame and berating sinful behavior, but not so much practicing love with each other. I felt there was a need and that I was led to do it, and while it lasted, I rose to the occasion and expanded within myself as well as touching those I was meant to touch. 

Then a bit later, I began this Daily Inspiration project to share my thoughts and those of others on inspiration, appreciation, releasing resistance and a whole lot of love. My oh my, I cannot even express how much I have expanded and grown in this monumental and joyful endeavor.

And so, I have now realized that I really am fulfilling my life purpose as I write, as I speak, as I share love in every way I can. As I become more proficient in my practice of unconditional love, or as Abraham, Esther Hicks says, the Art of Allowing, I feel the expansion within me. As I love, I am healed, and as I love, I heal the world in a tiny, yet powerful way, although in this love I know it is not broken. All of the things I have gone through on this learning and practicing journey have led me to this place right here and now. Last but not least, I want to thank you for being a part of this journey on your own trail. I expect that you too are sharing the love that is shared.

We Each Have Something Special To Share

Spread Some Joy Today–by allowing yourself to love others by allowing them to be what and who they are, and by loving yourself in exactly the same way.

It Simply Is

“Unconditional love
is a state of being,
not an emotion.” 

— Anita Moorjani 

[Classic post from 11-5-16]

I’m so enjoying Anita Moorjani’s new book, What If This Is Heaven?. I’m listening to her read her book on audio while reading along and highlighting what resonates with me. I’m going slowly on purpose to absorb it more fully at only a chapter a day, and so far, there are highlights on almost every page. I highly recommend getting her book, on audio or the book, or both. There is something so much more powerful about the author reading the book to me.

There is so much I could discuss, so I will begin with unconditional love. In her first book, Dying To Be Me, she explained how she had a near-death experience (NDE) and learned about unconditional love, and especially loving herself unconditionally, and this is in the end what healed her.

We, in this physical plane on earth, know of love, but generally what we know of love is that it comes and it goes, that it is balanced by not love in this world of duality; i.e., white and black, hot and cold, day and night, forward and backward, etc.

Learning from her NDE, she says, “I realized that I’m loved unconditionally just because I exist! In fact, even the word unconditional is superfluous, because love, by its true definition, is unconditional. Conditional love is an oxymoron–a contradiction in terms. As soon as we put conditions on love, it becomes something else entirely.” 

She was asked to explain in more detail the difference between conditional and unconditional love, and on page 30 of her book, she gave a very interesting comparison:

“It would almost be like comparing the soft, cool glow from a firefly to the blazing heat and light from the sun. When the sun is shining, we are bathed in glorious warmth and light that completely wraps us up in its brilliance. It’s unconditional. The sun doesn’t choose to whom it’s going to give warmth and light and to whom it’s not. The sun just is.” 

She continues, “The firefly’s small glow, on the other hand, has much less power; and it’s much more discriminating, more selective, and more conditional. You have to be in a direct line of sight with the firefly to see its light, and even then it’s really easy to miss or lose sight of. It’s beautiful in its own way, but rather paltry compared with the sun.” 

Because all my life I have had so much experience with conditional love, falling in and out of love, loving me as long as I draw within the lines, watching parents loving and then hating each other, and so much more, I have been on a journey to experience and promote love in the unconditional sense. Wayne Dyer’s definition of unconditional love has guided me, and I have practiced it every day in some way, even if only sitting here thinking. I have also been turning it on myself and practicing loving myself unconditionally too. It’s working, and I also need more practice. It’s a worthy endeavor–and, has become my number one objective.

I love Anita’s comparison and this chapter on love. I especially loved the sun comparison and the statement, “the sun just is, as in unconditional love just is. We get to choose to bathe in its warmth and light and share that place with all others, or we can choose to stay indoors so to speak. It just is, but we need to line up with it, allow it in, feel it as a state of being rather than simply an emotion. This, of course, doesn’t mean there isn’t a certain feeling in unconditional love because so far in me, there is nothing to compare that joy to. It is beyond words. 

“Unconditional Love Just Is. It’s Not One Side Of The Coin–It’s the Whole Coin!” — Anita Moorjani 

Spread Some Joy Today–by practicing a love that is the love of God, that which never fails, and is completely and wonderfully without condition.

Watching It Go By As An Observer

“How did we come up with the notion
that life is not okay just the way it is,
or that it won’t be okay the way it will be? 

Who said that the way life
naturally unfolds is not all right? 

The answer is, fear says so.” 

— Michael A. Singer

[Classic post from 11-14-16]

The questions and answer above is one of the more powerful things that I have learned from Michael A. Singer. The other is to not shut off part of ourselves by resisting.

I was rereading a bit from Bashar about beliefs and how powerful they are, and, as well, how malleable they are, and he came to a place that seemed to mirror Michael Singer’s thoughts. He said, “feelings are a reaction to a belief; they are secondary to beliefs. Feelings are not the primary experience of reality; beliefs are the primary interface. First you believe something is true; then you get the feeling; then you have the reinforcing thoughts–which may re-reinforce the belief; and then you regenerate more of the same feelings.” 

There was an objection to his explanation about how many negative thoughts come up and the voices in his head saying, what about this, and that, and the other, etc.

Here’s where he mirrors Michael Singer. He said, “Let them come up! So what?!? You see, you are trying to shut portions of yourself off. You think that when you integrate, you will never hear those voices again. and that’s not true; you will always hear those voices. As a matter of fact, the more you integrate, the more you will hear them because you are accepting everything, every way you are, into your life. And those are some of the ways you can exist. They come up not to show you you have failed, not to show you you are stuck; they keep coming up to give you the opportunity to realize how much you must have changed. You don’t relate to the them same way you used to–unless, of course, you choose to do so.” 

As I read that and remembered what I learned from The Untethered Soul, I realize how much I’ve grown even though the negative talk persists in my head. I think that I must have been thinking that once I get to a certain level of awareness, that the positive would be predominate and that I would overcome. I see now that is not true. Yet it is true that I have become a much calmer, more enlightened person who loves life openly. It is not one or the other, it is simply how one is allowed to pass through without resisting, or turning it into a problem, or stuffing it to chew on later and such. You could say accurately that it is just less resistance, and more allowing. The talk remains, but I simply watch it go by just like sitting at the airport watching people come and go.

In most of my reading of this type of material, it has seemed to me that one big goal was to overcome the ego. As Wayne Dyer said, “EGO is an acronym for Edging God Out.” It seemed that the idea of more enlightenment is to negate the ego, or rise above it, but in Anita Moorjani’s newest book, What If This Is Heaven? she says that the ego is a primary part of us which is what makes us unique in this plane of existence, that we don’t want to overcome it. I’ll write more about that tomorrow because it is absolutely fascinating and a radically different point of view that makes a lot of sense.

To think the talk will stop is sort of a false objective I think. What is more important than trying to shut it off, is to allow it to pass through without getting stuck inside. Just like the airport analogy, here they come, here they are, there they go–oh, and here comes another and another and there they go. How interesting… And just like sitting at the airport watching the diversity of people going by, we have this tendency to like ourselves better and better, and this is equally true as we allow those monkey mind thoughts to flow unobstructed. 

I Am Not My Thoughts; Although, They Are A Part Of Me. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by resisting not. There is no joy in resistance.

Appreciating Ourselves

“I can’t say this strongly enough,
but our feelings about ourselves
are actually the most important
barometer for determining
the condition of our lives!” 

— Anita Moorjani 

[Classic post from 1-22-15]

Abraham Lincoln said, “It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.” Another perspective of that idea comes from Shannon L Alder: “One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” There may be many of us who don’t and haven’t felt worthy, even some for most all of their lives, and living life according to what others have laid out as good is part of it. 

As I look on this subject of worthiness, and of being the real and true me, I see hundreds of influences that have endeavored, almost always with the best of intentions, to lead me where they think best. My mother, father, then step-father, grandparents, other relatives, church, school, employers, teachers, friends, spouse, and more. It seems in looking at this pile of influencers that so many had advice on how best to succeed (whatever that is), do well, become a better human being. Under all of that influence, it is incredibly easy to lose sight of our own inner power, our own inner knowing, our own guidance system. Instead, we accept and then seek even more from others to find our way or to follow a so-called proven path.

I like how Elizabeth Gilbert claims it: “Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend.” Instead, some even dip into and out of deep depression, as Margaret Atwood blatantly describes: “I don’t want to see anyone. I lie in the bedroom with the curtains drawn and nothingness washing over me like a sluggish wave. Whatever is happening to me is my own fault. I have done something wrong, something so huge I can’t even see it, something that’s drowning me. I am inadequate and stupid, without worth. I might as well be dead.”

It doesn’t matter what is wrong. Indeed, there is nothing wrong. I know this now because I found my inner guidance, my inner knowing, my true self. The more I learn to allow, to appreciate, the stronger I get in insisting that I am fully in charge of my own reality, my own creative ability, my own worthiness, my own love of myself, and a real and genuine love of others which comes naturally from this connection. We all have it, and we were born with it, and we allowed others to influence us to give it to them which created the only real problem we have ever had. It was a problem because no matter how smart, wise, intelligent, or well-intended another is, they simply cannot be me, live my life, think my thoughts, create for me. We each can only exclusively do that for ourselves.

This quote from Abraham and Esther Hicks helps guide us back to our self: “The key to. . . experiencing the absolute absence of resistance, of achieving complete alignment with all that you have become and all that you desire, and of bringing to your physical experience everything that you desire–is being in the state of appreciation. And there is no more important object of attention to which you must flow your appreciation than that of self.” 

Those who have taught us, many with the best intentions, that to focus on ourselves is selfish, conceited, and wrong, that we are not worthy, that their way is the right way have a right to their opinion. And we, have a right to guide ourselves and judge for ourselves, make our own decisions, and focus on our own inner knowing. We can reclaim this any time we choose to do so. The best thing that I can do from anything and everything that I have ever written in these Daily Inspirations is to inspire you to your own truth, your own inner knowing, your own inner guidance, as I have learned to do for myself.

The exercise that I asked you to do yesterday is a powerful exercise and is worthy of repetition regularly. I think it is of the utmost importance that we understand and appreciate ourselves, to love ourselves as deeply as possible, and to then from that solid foundation, love others in the same way because we know that they are worthy, even equally worthy as ourselves.

Taking The Time To Appreciate Yourself Is Among The Most Worthy Of Activities, The Results Of Which Will Speak Volumes To You, And Then Through You To Others. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by being in a constant state of appreciation.

Loving Myself As I Am Now

“You are constantly invited
to be what you are.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

[Classic post from 9-2-14]

Yes, that may be true, and so often we may be so focused on what we are not yet.

This weekend, I took an online class from Anita Moorjani, who is the author of Dying To Be Me, which is easily one of the more powerful and interesting books I've ever read. Much of what she teaches is learning to just let go and be the real you rather than the 'adapted children', or 'critical parents' we have perhaps become. To her, it is all about unconditional love and especially practicing loving ourselves.

She had such an interesting question in lesson two. She said to ask ourselves this question in several ways: “If I loved myself, what would I be doing now?” She expands on that to ask, “If I loved myself, What would I be eating?, What kind of work would I be doing? Who would I be around?”

She says you have to start by accepting and loving yourself right where you are at this moment. She says, “this is who I am right now and it's okay. This is what I have right now, and it's okay.” To make it even more emphatic, she says, “I love who I am right now!”

She said that some ask her what it means to love ourselves since we don't really have any training in that. We've often been brought up to focus on others and exclude ourselves. She gave her opinion of loving ourselves this way: “To love yourself means to value your life, feeling that your life has purpose, and trusting in the process by being grateful for everything that we have, all the people in our life, and everyone around us.”

Sounds good to me!

“See The Gift Of Where You Are Right Now. Embrace Where You Are Right Now.” — Anita Moorjani

Spread Some Joy Today–by seeing your gift and sharing the gift of you.

Affirming Your Brilliance

“It all depends on how we look at things,
and not how they are in themselves.” 

— Carl Jung 

[Classic post from 2-9-16]

Yesterday was a whole bunch of errands and going to various stores to get things. There was a lot to do and I got it all done perfectly, which felt great.

In the process, I ran across several checkers or sales clerks. Their dispositions were all over the place from seeming mildly irritated that they had to be there that day to absolutely in love with life. You probably know which I gravitate toward…

Okay, it was the joyous one that really stood out. I was at Sam’s Club and the checker girl looked like she was totally enjoying herself. She smiled at me, and I commented on what a great smile she had. She said, “thank you for noticing!” Then one of the bills I paid for my things was a $50 bill. She held it up in the air and asked in fun, “did you just print this one today?” I said, “no, I’m not that creative.” And, as a habit, she agreed that she wasn’t either. Then she stopped, looked up at me, and said, “no, that’s not true, I’m pretty dang brilliant at times. Matter of fact, I surprise myself.” I said, “outstanding!”

In the last week or so I’ve posted a couple of Daily Inspirations about affirmations. This girl wasn’t going to allow the negative affirmation to remain. She killed it while it was in the air and replaced it with acknowledging her own brilliance. In the process, she killed my joking statement and sent me out of the store feeling good about myself and me sharing the experience of her joy of living.

All the other people that were not like her are a blurred memory. I think this girl realizes that what comes out of our mouth is tied to a thought, and more often than not, tied to a belief. By making a decision to acknowledge our own brilliance, we can then ensure that our mouth speaks our real mind, rather than that habitual thing we call the ego.

Today Is A Great Day To Acknowledge The Brilliance Within You! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by amazing yourself!

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