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On Courage [18 Feb 2006|09:44pm]

soki
Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.

-Mary Anne Radmacher
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Emotional Safety [24 Jan 2006|10:11pm]

new_birth
I was doing some reading and I stumbled upon this. I decided to share it with safe_place.

http://www.ofspirit.com/lindamarks3.htm
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I Accept.. [22 Jan 2006|08:49pm]

soki
I accept myself completely.
I accept my strengths and my weaknesses,
my gifts and my shortcomings,
my good points and my faults.
I accept myself completely as a human being.
I accept that I am here to learn and grow, and
I accept that I am learning and growing.
I accept the personality I've developed, and
I accept my power to heal and change.
I accept myself without condition or reservation.
I accept that the core of my being is goodness and
that my essence is love, and
I accept that I sometimes forget that.
I accept myself completely, and in this acceptance
I find an ever-deepening inner strength.
From this place of strength, I accept my life fully and
I open to the lessons it offers me today.

-Author Unknown
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Be The First [20 Jan 2006|09:31pm]

soki
Be the first.

Be the first to smile. When there is no reason to smile is when a smile is needed the most.

Be the first to forgive. And forever leave the negativity of the past where it belongs, in the past.

Be the first to take action. The sooner you act, the more you will accomplish.

Be the first to say thank you. A grateful attitude will bring more richness into your life.

Be the first to adapt to new and different situations. When you embrace change, you get it working in your favor.

Don't wait any longer for the best that life can be. Be the first to move forward, and be the one to make it happen.

~Ralph Marston~
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A Reason to Smile [03 Jan 2006|01:51pm]

soki
Time for some audience participation!


List 2 things that made you smile today. I'll go first:

1. Watching my cats wrestling this morning. They are hilarious!

2. The cute (and fine) security guard at my office
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Choices [02 Jan 2006|01:19pm]

soki
We don't have choices about who our parents are and how they treated us, but we have a choice about whether we forgive our parents and heal ourselves.

-Bernie Siegel
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The Parable of the Pencil [31 Dec 2005|10:57am]

soki
Parable of the Pencil
By Author Unknown


The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.

There are 5 things you need to know, he told the pencil, before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.


The 5 ThingsCollapse )
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The secret of secrets [22 Dec 2005|08:04pm]

soki
If you could get rid
of yourself just once,
The secret of secrets
Would open to you.
The face of the unknown,
Hidden beyond the universe
Would appear on the
Mirror of your perception.
-Rumi
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Inspiration [18 Dec 2005|09:05pm]

soki
"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."
-Buddha

"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."
-Booker T. Washington

"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way."
-Napoleon Hill
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Inspiration [06 Dec 2005|09:46pm]

soki
Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.
-Ruth E. Renkel

A bend in the road is not the end of the road...unless you fail to make the turn.
-Unknown

About all you can do in life is being who you are. Some people
will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them,
and some won't like you at all.
-Rita Mae Brown
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Quick Inspirational Quotes [04 Dec 2005|09:23pm]

soki
Inspirational Quotes:

Some people think it's holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it's letting go.
-Sylvia Robinson


The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
-Walter Bagehot
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Achieving Inner Peace in a Non-Peaceful World [03 Dec 2005|01:03pm]

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Source: http://www.astralvoyage.com/spirituality/spoontrader.html


How and why should we feel inner peace when the world around us is seemingly falling apart?

Before I answer that, let me digress.

It has been asked of us to put God before all else (including spouse, material things, and even our children), but why is that? The reason is, is that all things can be taken away from you, but not God. All things in your life, no matter how much you don't want it to be true, is transient, for change is a constant thing. Therefore, if you place your true inner happiness on anything that is transient, you are sure to lose it when the object of your love or attachment is removed in some regard. No matter how rich you are, no matter how healthy you are, no matter how young you are, all things come to and end. Not one cent that you collect and save now is to go with you when you die. But what is going to go with you is your current state of consciousness.

There is a nuance to the statement of "put God first" that most people don't understand. This does not mean "love nothing but God" for God is everything and everyone. The point of the above paragraph is that you should not love just one thing or just one person(s). If God says, "Love me before all others" and God is All That Is, what God is asking you to do is step out of Duality. God is only asking from you what God is already doing, and that is, loving all equally and seeing how we are all part of the same Divine spark.

In these times, chaos is going to increase. What we have and hold dear may be lost, whether that is a person, a job, or something we posses, and even our sense of security. There is a reason that God "taketh" just as he did with Job. We are not challenged in times of plenty. We are only challenged when our false illusions are threatened. Our current illusion is that "they" and "we" are different and separate. We have amassed unprecedented material goods and yet are still as unhappy as ever. This is why God taketh, so we can see the weakness of our path and understand how to capture true bliss, not transient happiness. The only reason we find this process repugnant is because we are seeing through the eyes of ego.

Chaos comes before change. Therefore expect some chaos. We prove nothing when we love the lovable. We grow not when times are easy. Our true spiritual selves (for better or worse) come out in crisis. And mostly, this is when we see Duality in people at its highest. If you question this, watch a hurricane Andrew special showing people toting shotguns around, beating each other up, and overall it looked like a demilitarized zone where even the police stayed clear of. Looting and human clashes are an amazing thing to arise when chaos emerges. Do we pull together? Sometimes, but generally when push comes to shove, it is every man for himself. I had a vision once of a huge earthquake to come. And I mean huge enough to rip apart a city. People were gunning each other down in the street so they could get a bit more of something that someone else had. This is the Duality we live in.

We are tested on many levels. Sometimes on a personal level, a community, country, or even on a world scale, as in the form of a natural disaster or World War.

You cannot avoid the mob mentality and the Duality that comes with it, but you can work on your own illusions.

I'll use an example of stepping out of Duality from a recent movie, The Matrix: There is an exchange of conversation in the movie between an enlightened young boy and a soon to be enlightened young man. The boy says, "Do not try to bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth." And Neo asks, "What truth?" and the boy replies, "There is no spoon."

Sometime later when Neo is faced with a "be the spoon" type challenge, he of course fails because he cannot yet be the spoon. He is not ready to see that all energy is connected and that Dualism is the illusion he is clinging to. But when he inevitably does come to this conclusion and becomes the spoon (during a peak chaos situation--near death), he steps out of Duality and succeeds at a miraculous level. Using that principle, Divine energy flows through us all, even a spoon, and we are all connected, God is saying, "Be the spoon" or more literally "Ye Are Gods" and that we are all connected. And when we realize this, and co-exist with each other in this fashion, we simply will be Spoontraders and then be capable of miracles... and yes... achieve inner peace in a non-peaceful world.
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Five Ways To Stay Focused on Your Goals [01 Dec 2005|09:18pm]

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http://www.efrendz.com/channels/articles/personality/goals/index.shtml
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Keep Fighting! Don't Give Up! [28 Nov 2005|10:10pm]

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Fighting Spirit When Battling Major Illness
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On Healing [28 Nov 2005|08:25am]

new_birth
[ mood | calm ]

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." - Eleanor Roosevelt

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You Gotta Believe! [27 Nov 2005|08:52pm]

new_birth
[ mood | cheerful ]

For all the self-doubters...you can do it...BELIEVE!


I Gotta Believe
Yolanda Adams

ohh, ohh
(talk about it)
(talk about it)

verse 1:
You know life has its ups and downs
turn your pretty face into an ugly frown.
Seems that when I fix one thing
another one comes
clouding up my vision
and I can feel the sun
I believe that I can do this
I know that I can win
just as long as I have his love within

Chorus:
I believe that I can make it, I can make it through the nite, I believe that I
can walk on, with my head held high I believe that I am special in every way
but in order to have my victory I gotta believe...oooohhhhhh!
(take your time and tell them how to make it)

Verse 2:
I have to see myself at the finish line (talk about it)
I have to visualize that everything will fall in line (talk about it)
I have to visualize the land while riding through the storm
I have to trust in my father and open up my heart
I know that I can do this I know that I can win
just as long as I have his love within

(chorus)

heart break I can handle that and heart pain I can handle that being let down
I can handle that no one's around I believe I can I receive I can and now I'm
walking into my victory!
(chorus) X 2

*****

Can I get a witness?

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Quote on Wisdom [27 Nov 2005|07:54pm]

new_birth
[ mood | calm ]

By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest."

~Confucius

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Blows off Dust-Irrational Beliefs [27 Nov 2005|05:28pm]

new_birth
Source: http://www.coping.org


What are irrational beliefs?

Irrational beliefs are:

* Messages about life we send to ourselves that keep us from growing emotionally.
* Scripts we have in our head about how we believe life "should'' be for us and for others.
* Unfounded attitudes, opinions, and values we hold to that are out of synchrony with the way the world really is.
* Negative sets of habitual responses we hold to when faced with stressful events or situations.
* Stereotypic ways of problem solving we fall into in order to deal with life's pressures.Read more...Collapse )
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Thank you [24 Nov 2004|12:08pm]

soki
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that
would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart
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Inspiration On Happiness [08 Nov 2004|09:13am]

soki
Most people are searching for happiness.
They're looking for it.
They're trying to find it in someone
or something outside of themselves.
That's a fundamental mistake.
Happiness is something that you are,
and it comes from the way you think.

-Wayne Dyer
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