Archive for June 2013
In between the physical and mental activities of life we need spaces that enable us to get clarity and maintain stability. We have to make and allow for openings in our daily undertakings. By creating mental, emotional, and spiritual intervals, we keep ourselves connected to our true natures and the balance of life.
Be aware of when you need these spaces. They do not have to be long stretches of time. Even a few moments can provide the break you need. However, they should occur as often as possible.
These breaks can help you to process and integrate information. They can help you to get clear and gain understanding. Without creating these spaces, existence is just one long chain of events with no real and meaningful connection. Stay balanced; say grounded.
You, ultimately, are the wisest person in your life. And you are, in essence, the greatest leader in your own life.
People in positions of authority have power in the social structure, but you are in a position of authority and power in your own life. You can learn and gain guidance from others, yet nobody knows you as well as you know yourself.
There are many ways to do things. We each have our own unique approach and style. It is up to you to find and practice what works best for you. It is your life you are living; not anyone else’s.
Temperance is a necessary ingredient in accomplishment. When we overindulge in anything, we upset our sense of equilibrium. It is moderation that gives us balance and stability.
To temper is to blend, just as the artist combines colors on a palette in order to get just the right tones. It takes time, effort, and patience to create the right results.
To temper also means to strengthen and refine. Through the experiences of life and the practices of self-improvement, we become empowered and enlightened.
Taking in new knowledge is a process of reconfiguring the functioning of your brain. There are many kinds of learning theories, but there are two basic ways that we learn. We learn through and with other people. And we learn on our own, not in isolation, but apart from others.
How one learns best depends on one’s own personal make up and preferences. Some people gain optimum retention through interaction with others. And some people gain the most through individual study.
It is important to know your own learning style, since the way you learn is a major determining factor in the quality of your life.
A paradigm shift is a change in ideas and perceptions. Originally related to science, the term is now applied to human consciousness. A paradigm is a pattern or a model.
Society is based on a configuration that is shaped by the collective whole. The dominant paradigm is formed by, and maintained with, the participation of most members of the system. Notice I said “most members” not all members. Not everyone has to be in full agreement in order for the paradigm to endure.
As a matter of fact, the dominant paradigm can thrive quite well with some members who protest its structure. Protesting the structure does not change it. As long as the majority continues to participate, the dominant pattern persists.
You cannot change the dominant paradigm because you cannot change the population of the world. However, you do have the power to change the paradigm within yourself. This is where the shift can occur. You can transform your own consciousness and reconfigure yourself within the global system.
The story is yours. You have the ability to smash the plot and re-write it!
Before we begin an endeavor, we start with an outline or a sketch, rather than a complete plan or even a finished product. A goal originates with a feeling, an inspiration, a notion that gradually takes shape. Everything comes together with the process of formulation: a series of thoughts, actions, and events.
This is the true magic and alchemy of life. Nothing happens with the wave of a wand or the snap of the fingers. Nothing happens instantaneously. It happens with time, and it happens through recognition, preparation, and fulfillment.
What is your idea? Initiate an outline, evaluate it, and then move forward from there.
Each day is an opportunity to make new discoveries, gain new experiences, and acquire new knowledge. Each day we have the chance to build on the discoveries, experiences, and knowledge we have already received.
When you wake up in the morning with an openness and eagerness to learn, life is an intriguing adventure. Learning is an ongoing process that allows us to build our skills and sensibilities.
Every new experience adds another layer to the texture and fabric of your life. What have you learned today?