You have the right to be happy even when others are not. Your suffering doesn’t make it any easier for everybody else. It’s your strength, your example of what’s possible, that lifts people up and out of their troubles.

  July 30, 2014 at 08:02pm

We’ve been brainwashed to think that love is just a sweet sentiment you find in a Hallmark card. It is ultimate reality. It is the force field from whence we came and to which we’ll return when our physical body dies.

In his anti-Vietnam War speech “Beyond Vietnam,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am not speaking of that force which is just emotional bosh. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality.”

In our thoughts today, let’s have enough mental toughness to discern what is true (love) from what is false (fear) and let all things flow from truth.

  July 29, 2014 at 09:02am

I’ve manifested money, romance, and many other good things in my life by consciously using the Law of Attraction (see link in profile for more info) but I also understand the necessity of getting my ass off the couch and “putting myself out there” so to speak. The universe is set up to prosper us. Abundance is trying to get to us. It’s our job to create channels through which that abundance might flow. This week, put yourself out there, knowing that good things will flow into your life if you invite them in. It’s work, and yet it feels good.

  July 22, 2014 at 09:50am

A Course In Miracles says, “All minds are joined.” It also says, “There are no private thoughts.”

This week I saw this demonstrated in real life when I watched I AM, the acclaimed documentary by filmmaker Tom Shadyac. There’s a scene where Tom sits in front of a pile of yogurt that’s hooked up to an electronic meter. Tom is asked to think of something that makes him anxious. He starts thinking about his agent. The meter on the yogurt suddenly skyrockets. He calms down and so does the meter. Then he thinks about his lawyer, and the meter again responds, registering his negative emotions. It was pretty incredible to watch.

If Tom’s emotions are quickly and clearly registered by the little pile of living yogurt, imagine how our thoughts affect other human beings. No wonder why we feel that some people have “bad energy” and others have “good energy.”

We are inextricably linked to everything else in our biosphere. Our thoughts and emotions do in fact leave our bodies and reverberate into the universe, with consequences beyond our imagining. Thinking thoughts of love, peace, equanimity, or joy, or “blessing” other people, in other words visualizing their innocence, actually changes other living things. And as other living things change, so do we, because we are all connected.

  July 18, 2014 at 05:48pm

Many of us have a need to be right. We then set out to make ourselves right by making someone else wrong. We must get right with ourselves. Once we do, we will have so much to do, we will not have time to keep track of who is wrong.

Iyanla Vanzant

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  July 16, 2014 at 07:04pm

Minister sets himself on fire, dies to protest social injustices ›

A retired United Methodist minister in Texas died last month after setting himself on fire to protest continuing injustices in LGBT equality and other social issues.

The Rev. Charles Moore, 79, reportedly doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire in the parking lot of a strip mall. Bystanders extinguished the fire, and he later died at the hospital from the injuries. Moore had been a strong advocate for African-American civil rights and for the LGBT movement, and this wasn’t his first time doing something drastic.

A little more background on his history:

He left a letter on his car windshield explaining the reasons for his action, and his son-in-law, Bill Renfro, discovered other notes at Moore’s home in Allen, a Dallas suburb, detailing his discontents. Moore cited continuing discrimination against LGBT people, the ban on the performance of same-sex marriages by Methodist clergy, the continuing use of the death penalty, cuts in social programs for the poor, and other injustices he saw around him. He also felt he had not done enough to alleviate these problems, even though he had been a longtime activist against racism, sexism, and homophobia, and poverty. He once went on a 15-day hunger strike to protest his church’s treatment of gays, and he worked with the poor in India.

The date of his death was significant, noted Renfro, as it marked the 50th anniversary of the discovery of an abandoned car that had been used by three civil rights workers registering black voters in Mississippi. They were later found to have been murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. Moore reportedly chose his manner of death in emulation of Buddhist monks who immolated themselves to protest the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War.

Despite feeling he hadn’t done enough to address social problems, Moore committed “many acts for justice during his life,” Renfro told Tyler, Texas’s Morning Telegraph, noting the hunger strike and the fact that Moore was kicked out of a church as a young minister for supporting racial integration.

“I wish I could have sat down and pointed out, ‘Charles, look at what your life has meant to the world,’” Renfro, also a retired Methodist minister, added to The Dallas Morning News. “‘Look at what it’s meant to individuals. You’ve changed their lives.’”

Horrific. My thoughts going out to his family, and to all the lives this man affected through his work and his spirit.

  July 16, 2014 at 06:59pm

You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding.

Terence McKenna

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I am inviting you to go deeper, to learn and to practice so that you become someone who has a great capacity for being solid, calm, and without fear, because our society needs people like you who have these qualities, and your children, our children, need people like you, in order to go on, in order to become solid, and calm, and without fear.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

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Loneliness is not cured by human company. Loneliness is cured by contact with reality.

Anthony De Mello

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  July 16, 2014 at 02:39pm
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In between the two your life flows 😌

  July 14, 2014 at 04:53pm

One of my favorite tips. You don’t have to be a public speaker to want to ground your voice. Make a habit of it. I do it in the shower every morning. #HeeHooHah

  July 13, 2014 at 11:01am

Summer nights like this one in the city are awesome. But I’ll always love laying back on the cool grass in the countryside with crickets and fireflies all about, and looking up at the stars. I live for that moment when your mind gets logjammed trying to conceive of our place within the Cosmos and you’re like, “Wait. What’s out there? It goes on for… infinity? Is there an edge?” While you’re lost in the stars, you’ve forgotten about yourself. And for a moment, you’re timeless. *swats mosquito*

  July 12, 2014 at 10:35pm

I am inviting you to go deeper, to learn and to practice so that you become someone who has a great capacity for being solid, calm, and without fear, because our society needs people like you who have these qualities, and your children, our children, need people like you, in order to go on, in order to become solid, and calm, and without fear.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

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