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From "Buddhism: The Plain Facts"
by Robert Mann & Rose Youd ISBN 0-9511769-7-8
You are far greater than you have ever dreamed of being. And no matter what you are experiencing in your life right now, trust that all is good and unfolding in your best interests. It may not look pretty, but it is exactly what you need to learn for you to grow into the person you have been destined to become. Everything occurring in your life has been perfectly orchestrated to inspire your maximal evolution as a human being and bring you into your true power. Learn from life and allow it to take you where you are meant to go - it has your highest interests in mind.
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Worry & Restlessness
Whenever there is worry in the
mind, all we can think about is
what might go wrong or what has gone
wrong. In the absence of any obvious
problem or concern, the worrying mind
will simply manufacture problems.
(What we perceive as problems are often only circumstances) Restlessness is a similar agitated state. When meditators are caught up in agitation, there are so many mental objects seeming to clamour for their attention – regretful thoughts, neurotic thoughts, anxieties, speculations, assumptions – the volume of mental activity can seem overwhelming. A surprisingly simple and useful technique for countering worry is to deliberately put to one side the specific concerns that are dominating the mind. Certainly there are things in life that need planning but so much of what we call planning is actually worry. So often, we try to solve problems when we don’t have all the necessary information – concerns that are purely speculative – ‘what might happen if’ – are a complete waste of time. The significant feature of a restless or worried mind is the absence of happiness. When we introduce happiness into the mind, restlessness and worry fall away. Choosing to think positively – we can think about everything that is good in our lives, as opposed to what’s wrong. As the mind stops jumping back into the past or forward into the future it becomes content to settle into the moment. Concerns that loomed large now seem insignificant; we wonder why we ever got so het up.
These commandments are often attributed to Mother Teresa as she had them up on her classroom wall! They were in fact written by
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centred.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favour underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
"Dead at Midnight"
Simply imagine that every person you meet will be dead at Midnight, but they don’t know it – only you do. It makes a colossal difference to the way you treat people and have time for them.
This is one of the greatest laws in the universe, fervently did I wish I'd discovered it as a very young man, it dawned upon me much later in life, and I have found it to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest discovery, outside my relationship with God and the great law, briefly and simply stated, is that if you think in negative terms you'll get negative results. That is the simple fact that is at the basis of an astonishing law of prosperity and success. In three words, believe and succeed.
Each of us must work continually on maintaining our positive and healthy self-image. The following behaviour traits are evidence that there is room for improvement in our self-image;
* negative talk about ourselves
* experiencing guilt
* failure to give compliments
* non-acceptance of compliments
* not taking our own needs into account
* not asking for what we want
* starving ourselves of luxuries unnecessarily
* failure to give affection
* inability to receive and enjoy affection
* criticism of others
* comparison of ourselves with others
* constant poor health
"You get motivated by doing things, not thinking about them"
"Next time you are upset, remember it's not so much people who make you angry, as your thoughts about them"
"Whatever thoughts are causing you pain, they are only thoughts. You can change a thought"
"Where did we get the idea that if we don't forgive people, they suffer?"
"The only way to beat fear is to face it"
"If we are honest with ourselves, we can list almost everything that's ever happened to us - and see how we helped create it"
"The happiest people don't worry too much about whether life is fair or not. They just get on with it"
"If you want peace of mind, stop labeling everything that happens as good or bad"
"You give your best not because you need to impress people. You give your best because that's the only way to enjoy your work"
"When life is sweet, and that little voice says: It can't last! Tell yourself: Maybe it's about to get better!"
"Loving people means giving them freedom to be who they choose to be and where they choose to be. Love is allowing people to be in your life out of choice"
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Happiness is within you, but since you do not know the springs of your own inner experience you attribute that happiness to someone else. You like him because he scratches your back. If another person says you are an idiot, you are unhappy, and that unhappiness is in you; but you think it comes from someone else and that if he (whom you call your enemy) is eliminated, then the unhappiness will also be eliminated! It is not so. The enemy is in you.
"Always see the good in all things, even if the darkest side is what is shown to you. There remains the good to be recognized. Look with unconditional love, and you cannot fail"
"Fear not and be thankful, know your every need is being taken care of. If you are thankful, then you drive out fear. Do not worry about what is ahead, the journey ahead is assured. Have you not been brought forth so far in spite of all fears. Have you not travelled safely through all the trials, sorrows and tribulations of life. You never walk alone. Look back only to recognize the beauty you left behind, do not regret the past, bless it for had you not travelled by that path you would not be here."
"So your karma brings sorrows and anxieties. Fear not, have faith and courage for others look to you to see the light shining forth, maybe unconsciously, they still do, for they know you have something special which is helpful and good."
Generally we waste energy in unessential secondary things. This criminal waste, leaves us tired and troubled at the end of the day. An overtired and emotionally disturbed person cannot sleep profoundly. The sacred night is wasted and you begin the next day with a sluggish body and a lethargic mind.
One has to see that one does not waste precious energy unwarrentedly. The energy that is built-in, in childhood and youth is our capital. It should be conserved and used with care and concern. Energy is consumed by every movement of the body, mind and speech.
Every thought, emotion and ideation consume vital energy. Every spoken word consumes vital energy.
Self-education begins by watching how we are using the energy and learning how not to waste it through:
Attitude of judging others
You must learn to get in touch with the innermost essence of your being. This true essence is beyond the ego. It is fearless; it is free; it is immune to criticism; it does not fear challenge. It is beneath no one, superior to no one, and full of magic, mystery and enchantment.
From "Discover Your Destiny with the Monk Who Sold his Ferrari" by Robin Sharma
From the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
From "The Power of Positive Thinking" by Dr.Norman Vincent Peale
From "A Better Way to Live" by Og Mandino
From"Being Happy" by Andrew Matthews ISBN 9810006640
From "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success"
by Deepak Chopra
From "Happiness in a Nutshell" by Andrew Matthews ISBN 0957757263
From "Silence in action" by Vimala Thakar
From "Gift from an Angel" by Eileen Goble ISBN 0958657009
From "You'll see it when you believe it"
by Wayne Dyer ISBN 0099474298
"Detachment in human relationships does not mean an absence of caring. It means caring so much that you suspend your own value judgments about others and relate to them from a position of love rather than attempting to control or judge them. The person who is detached in this sense is one who will avoid all the unnecessary suffering that most people experience in their relationships. You send love, decline a victim role, and exhibit an infinite supply of caring for yourself and your loved ones."
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