Monday, 30 July 2012

Trust

Trust in yourself. 
 Your perceptions are often
 far more accurate 
than you are willing to believe. 
  Claudia Black

Friday, 27 July 2012

Life

Fortunately psychoanalysis  is not
 the only way to resolve inner conflicts.  
 Life itself still remains 
a very effective therapist. 
 – Karen Horney

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Love

Every incident is nourishing, 
every circumstance is nourishing, 
every word is nourishing, 
every sound is nourishing, 
because the same love
 is in everything and everyone.   
– Swami Chidvilasananda

Monday, 23 July 2012

Courage

It isn’t for the moment you are struck 
that you need courage, 
but for the long uphill climb 
back to sanity and faith and security.  
 – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Friday, 20 July 2012

July 20, 2012 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer


   How fast is today going for you?  How about this week?  This month?  Dare I even ask about this year or decade?

   We are three-quarters of the way through JULY already?  Where is the time going?

   How do we slow life down?  Is it possible to slow life down?

   The other day I read that time flies by as fast as your thoughts race. Uh oh!  I’m sure most of us have minds that just won’t quit, racing here and there, past to future and back again, going over the same territory, thinking the exact same thoughts over and over and over again.

   Yet, the secret to slowing down life is to slow down your thoughts.

   No matter what is going on in life, we can all take a moment to slow down not only our breathing, but also our thoughts.  Take a minute or two during your day to really focus on what is directly in front of you.  In that way, we can change the course of our day (as well as our years).

   When we consistently, and daily, take a moment - it doesn’t have to be very long - to slow down, we will start to develop the habit of noticing more and more around us. 

   Rather than life flying by us in an endless blur as we are on autopilot, we are able to experience life’s special and unique moments, savouring them one at a time. 

   Summer is a great time to start building this new habit before the craziness of fall schedules set in. 

   So, pause...breathe, and allow yourself to enjoy the present moment.

Beth

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Heal

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. 
 Help someone’s soul heal.   
 – Rumi

Monday, 16 July 2012

Tenacity

Tenacity is when you follow your heart – 
when the whole world is screaming 
to get back into your head.   
– Sonia Choquette

Friday, 13 July 2012

More

With every person we engage, 
in everything we do, 
we must be kinder than expected, 
more generous than anticipated, 
more positive than we thought possible. 
  – Robin Sharma

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Heart

The heart is wiser than the head.  
 Honor it.  Trust it.  Follow it. 
 – Robin Sharma

Monday, 9 July 2012

Anchor

When there is silence, 
one finds the anchor of the universe
 within oneself. 
– Wayne Dyer

Friday, 6 July 2012

July 6, 2012 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer

     A couple of weeks ago, as I got into my car, I heard on the radio the comment, “They turned on him because he wasn’t as worried as they were...they thought he should be miserable like them.”

   Those words stuck with me. 

   Why would you turn on someone who is not feeling or experiencing exactly what you are?

   Instead of turning on the mysterious “him,” they should have looked to him as an example.  How is he able to be calm in the present situation?  Why isn’t he miserable?  Does he know something that they didn’t?  They should have figured out how they could be more like him?

   Rather than attacking those who don’t see, or experience, a situation in the manner in which we do, we should find out why they don’t and how we can change our reactions and perceptions, because often it is only a different reaction or perception that separates someone who is calm in a situation and someone who panics in the same situation.

   One happy person in a crowd of long-faced downers should be able to shift the mood from blue to cheery.  Yet, how many times does the dejectedness of the group sucks the joy out of the individual.

   We’ve all heard, and may have even uttered, the phrase, “Misery loves company,” yet we don’t seem to apply it to happiness.  Why?

   Joy and enthusiasm love company too, and our world is a much better place when more of us are happy and enthusiastic.

Beth

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Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Act

Act and be as though how you are
 dictates that everyone else 
will be the same way. 
– Kant

Monday, 2 July 2012

Knock

When a moment knocks on the door of your life, 
it is often no louder 
than the beating of your heart, 
and it is very easy to miss. 
 – Boris Pasternak