Archive for August, 2016
You know what peace is? Peace is a gap between two wars. This peace that you taste is a gap between two thoughts. A thought comes and you get rid of that thought. There is a moment when another thought has not yet come. That period is called peace. If you can expand that moment which is between two thoughts, that is called meditation…
~ Swami Rama
Perhaps you’ve never thought about having a gap between your thoughts and maybe cannot imagine it right now. After all, our thoughts tumble one right after the other, oftentimes overlapping. I’ve heard we can entertain hundreds of thoughts per minute but only about 5 or 6 ever reach our mind to register as a thought. So how could there possibly be any gap between thoughts? There is always a gap, or space between every thought just as there is a gap between every step into the next step that you take. You never think about it most likely; you just do it without realizing there is a gap.
Think about a trapeze artist. Everyone watches in awe as the performer let’s go of one bar as he/she flies through the air, grabbing for the bar swinging towards him. But think about it – there was a momentary, split second gap…
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At 85 (He will be 86 in one week), Warren Buffet, who is known as the “most successful investor in the world,” is still working as chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of his company Berkshire Hathaway. He is also consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people.
I originally intended to write about creativity as spiritual practice, but realized all of life is spiritual practice. We can study, meditate and perform other spiritual practices to achieve enlightenment, but it’s in the big and small stuff of daily life where we learn how to live as spiritual beings in physical bodies. Many of the troubles in the world seem to come from the disconnect between God and daily life.
Now is the time to realize that God is with us every minute of our lives, not just in church on Sunday. How do we do this? How might the world change if we did?
- Remember our thoughts are prayers. The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing and that God knows our need before we ask. Every thought and word that comes from us goes out in the Universe and comes back to…
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Genie’s Note: Today we are happy to welcome back Doreen Learner Ph.D. , psychologist and wellness coach. You may remember her blog post on change from January 2015 . Please make her feel welcome.
However we define it, spirituality is about a search for meaning, purpose, and a direction in life. It may or may not include a feeling of connection to something larger than ourselves, what some may call the divine or the sacred.
What is spirituality all about?
Our spiritual quests strive for answers about life and death. Some may engage in a regular spiritual practice – either something that causes them to turn inward for answers to life’s larger questions, or something that involves worshipping that which is larger than themselves. Others turn to the spiritual perhaps when facing difficulties, illness, or the end of life (either their own or that of someone close to them).
What if I’m not religious?
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On Monday mornings I am dedicated to the proposition that all men are created jerks. – H. Allen Smith
In The 360° Leader, John Maxwell shares a humorous story about a turkey chatting with a bull. “I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree,” sighed the turkey, “but I haven’t got the energy.”
“Well,” replied the bull, “why don’t you nibble on some of me droppings? They’re packed with nutrients.” The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.
The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. But he was promptly spotted by a hunter, who shot him down out of the tree. The moral of the…
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Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. – Albert Schweitzer
A story is told of when Gen. George C. Marshall took command of the Infantry School at Fort Benning, GA. He found the post in a generally run-down condition. Rather than issue orders for specific improvements, he simply got out his own paintbrushes, lawn equipment, etc., and went to work on his personal quarters. The other officers and men, first on his block, then throughout the post, did the same thing, and Fort Benning was brightened up.
While no one would argue that leadership by example is the best way to lead, unfortunately, we have plenty of leaders who do not. I know the frustration of working with such leaders and the challenges associated with it. It can make life miserable.
Regardless of where your leadership role places you…
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