Saturday, May 08, 2010
Living Life Fully
Resentment is the number one offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick.-Alcoholics Anonymous
If we're overweight and we want to do something about it, we watch what we eat, what we put into our bodies. If we have an upset stomach, we watch what we put into our bodies so that our stomach can get better. If we get a splinter, we take it out so that the harmful foreign object can't continue to hurt us.
There are so many things that hurt our spirit, though, that we just leave as they are, and we make little effort to get them out of our lives. Something like resentment can eat us up inside like a cancer, turning our days and nights into miserable experiences, yet there's no such thing as a pair of tweezers that will pull out resentment or anger like there is to pull out splinters. Besides, these things that hurt our spirits are invisible, and we really can't see them to pull them out.
But we have to take care of our spirits just as we take care of our bodies--in fact, if we do take good care of our spirits, we'll find that our bodies are much healthier as a result. As will be our relationships with others, our work performance, our state of mind, and so much more. Our stress levels will be lower and our outlook on life will be more positive, leading to even greater improvements in all aspects of our lives.
If you resent someone or something, you are doing no harm at all to the object of your resentment. You are, however, harming your own body and spirit in a significant way, holding yourself back from improving yourself and your life. Spiritual illness shows itself in physical ways, so if you can imagine a pair of resentment or anger or jealousy tweezers, use them to pull that negative part of yourself right out. Your spirit--and your body--will appreciate the effort.
Questions to ponder:
1. What kinds of things might be harming you spiritually?
What do you do about them?
2. How does your spiritual state affect
your emotional and physical states?
3. What can you do to improve your spiritual condition?
Friday, May 07, 2010
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people
and affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life
has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
(also attributed to Bessie Anderson Stanley; see below)
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
The more we have given to ourselves, the more we have to
give to others. When we find that place within ourselves that
is giving, we begin to create an outward flow. Giving to
others comes not from a sense of sacrifice, self-righteousness,
or spirituality, but for the pure pleasure of it, because it's fun.
Giving can only come from a full, loving space.-Shakti Gawain
Monday, May 03, 2010
Joy is what we are, not what we must get.
Joy is the realization that all we want or need in life has been
etched into our souls. Joy helps us see not what we are "going
through," but what we are "growing to"--a greater sense of understanding, accomplishment, and enlightenment. Joy reveals
to us the calm at the end of the storm, the peace that surpasses
the momentary happiness of pleasure. If we keep our
minds centered on joy, joy becomes a state of mind.-Iyanla Vanzant
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Happiness is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves.
It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel,
like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are.-John B. Sheerin
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