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“NEW YEAR NEW PHILOSOPHY” {Resurgence & Ecologist magazine article by SATISH KUMAR}

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NEW YEAR NEW PHILOSOPHY
We must go beyond self-interest and embrace the idea of mutual interest.

We are all related. We are all connected. We are made of each other. The whole of existence is made of the same seven elements: earth, air, fire, water, space, time and consciousness. All these elements exist because of each other. No one element can exist by itself. There is a fundamental unity of life, which manifests in millions of forms. The unity and diversity are in an eternal dance. Quantum physics tells us that ultimately all is just one single energy: call it particles and waves!

Diversity does not mean division. Separation, fragmentation and dualism are mere perceptions fostered by external appearances. Dark appears to be opposite of light. Left appears to be opposite of right. Mind appears to be opposite of matter. But from a holistic perspective dark and light, left and right, mind and matter (and all the other apparent opposites) depend on each other and are complementary. The Chinese call it the harmony between yin and yang. There is yin within yang and yang within yin.

If we look at the world and see it as a whole we can heal all our political, religious, racial and environmental divisions with a single stroke. We can heal the division between science, spirituality and art; the division between head, heart and hands.

Plato proposed the idea of unity through the trinity of Truth, Goodness and Beauty. This three-dimensional philosophy represents a holistic worldview. Through science we seek truth, through spirituality we seek goodness, and through art we seek beauty. Then how can we put science, spirituality and the arts in three different departments or compartments?

Similarly with our heads we think and know the truth – that is science. With our hearts we cultivate and live goodness – that is spirituality. And with our hands we create and communicate beauty – that is art.

Thus science, spirituality and art are a continuum; there is no disconnection or division. Our body is a perfect example of this unity. We are made of all seven elements in perfect harmony. We can think. We feel. We make. We are whole. This sense of wholeness, completeness and relatedness is the first step towards sustainability.

The split between mind and matter started with the French philosopher René Descartes. He proclaimed the superiority of thought through his famous dictum, “I think therefore I am”. This Cartesian dualism became the foundation of Western philosophy and science. Gradually all our schools, universities and other educational institutions began to split knowledge into isolated subjects. Economy was taught without any reference to ecology; politics, without poetry; science, without spirituality; and every other subject was put in its own specialist department.

That tradition continues unabated. The study of parts is pursued without the presence of the whole. Students study the text without its context, psychology without anthropology; history without mystery; astronomy without arts. This partial education permeates into politics, business, medicine, agriculture and all other aspects of life. We divide the world into nations, religions, political and economic systems and above all make a division between humans and the rest of Nature. No wonder that we face multiple crises of environmental, economic, geopolitical and spiritual disharmony.

So we have to say goodbye to monsieur Descartes and see the world as an interdependent whole. We have to go beyond the idea of self-interest and embrace the idea of mutual interest, reciprocity and interdependence.

And this can be the philosophy of unity with which we start a New Year.

{Satish Kumar is Editor-in-Chief at Resurgence & Ecologist}

http://www.resurgence.org/

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Olympic Truce…Flame of Peace & Brotherhood

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☆.´ `. ღ        {Margarita (͡๏̯͡๏) soul2soul}
(͡๏̯͡๏)(͡๏̯͡๏)   ❣ •*¨*•.¸¸OLYMPIC TRUCE¸¸.•*¨*• ❣
( , , )( , , ) ♡Flame of Peace & Brotherhood♡
¯** ~ **¯ 

The Olympic Truce is a tradition originating from Ancient Greece that dates back to 778 BC in the 8th century BC. This truce is symbolic in The Olympic Flame which signifies the values of Peace and Brotherhood which is the basis of the Olympics.

A Truce (Ancient Greek: ékécheiria, meaning “laying down of arms”) was announced before and during the Olympic Games to ensure the host city state (Elis) was not attacked and athletes and spectators could travel safely to the Games and peacefully return to their respective countries.

During the Truce period (lasting up to three months), wars were suspended, armies were prohibited from threatening the Games, legal disputes were stopped, and death penalties were forbidden.

♥♡♥ Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could uphold this truce of peace in the world each day and the flame of brotherhood in our hearts each day….♡♥♡

{please share the flame…}

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Barack Obama speech at Nelson Mandela Memorial 10/12/2013

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(my blog was offline in December so I could not post this at the time so am posting it now as O resonate with this words)

U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a powerful tribute at the memorial service for Madiba. Here are his remarks:

To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of state and government, past and present; distinguished guests – it is a singular honor to be with you today, to celebrate a life unlike any other.  To the people of South Africa – people of every race and walk of life – the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us.

His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.

It is hard to eulogize any man – to capture in words not just the facts and the dates that make a life, but the essential truth of a person – their private joys and sorrows; the quiet moments and unique qualities that illuminate someone’s soul.  How much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation toward justice, and in the process moved billions around the world.

Born during World War I, far from the corridors of power, a boy raised herding cattle and tutored by elders of his Thembu tribe – Madiba would emerge as the last great liberator of the 20th century.  Like Gandhi, he would lead a resistance movement – a movement that at its start held little prospect of success.  Like King, he would give potent voice to the claims of the oppressed, and the moral necessity of racial justice.  He would endure a brutal imprisonment that began in the time of Kennedy and Khrushchev, and reached the final days of the Cold War.  Emerging from prison, without force of arms, he would – like Lincoln – hold his country together when it threatened to break apart.  Like America’s founding fathers, he would erect a constitutional order to preserve freedom for future generations – a commitment to democracy and rule of law ratified not only by his election, but by his willingness to step down from power.

Given the sweep of his life, and the adoration that he so rightly earned, it is tempting then to remember Nelson Mandela as an icon, smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men.  But Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait. Instead, he insisted on sharing with us his doubts and fears; his miscalculations along with his victories.  “I’m not a saint,” he said, “unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

It was precisely because he could admit to imperfection – because he could be so full of good humor, even mischief, despite the heavy burdens he carried – that we loved him so.  He was not a bust made of marble; he was a man of flesh and blood – a son and husband, a father and a friend.  That is why we learned so much from him; that is why we can learn from him still.  For nothing he achieved was inevitable.

In the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shrewdness; persistence and faith.  He tells us what’s possible not just in the pages of dusty history books, but in our own lives as well.
Mandela showed us the power of action; of taking risks on behalf of our ideals.  Perhaps Madiba was right that he inherited, “a proud rebelliousness, a stubborn sense of fairness” from his father. Certainly he shared with millions of black and colored South Africans the anger born of, “a thousand slights, a thousand indignities, a thousand unremembered moments…a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people.”

But like other early giants of the ANC – the Sisulus and Tambos – Madiba disciplined his anger; and channeled his desire to fight into organization, and platforms, and strategies for action, so men and women could stand-up for their dignity.  Moreover, he accepted the consequences of his actions, knowing that standing up to powerful interests and injustice carries a price.  “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination,” he said at his 1964 trial.  “I’ve cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.  It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve.  But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Mandela taught us the power of action, but also ideas; the importance of reason and arguments; the need to study not only those you agree with, but those who you don’t.  He understood that ideas cannot be contained by prison walls, or extinguished by a sniper’s bullet.  He turned his trial into an indictment of apartheid because of his eloquence and passion, but also his training as an advocate. He used decades in prison to sharpen his arguments, but also to spread his thirst for knowledge to others in the movement.  And he learned the language and customs of his oppressor so that one day he might better convey to them how their own freedom depended upon his.

Mandela demonstrated that action and ideas are not enough; no matter how right, they must be chiseled into laws and institutions.  He was practical, testing his beliefs against the hard surface of circumstance and history.  On core principles he was unyielding, which is why he could rebuff offers of conditional release, reminding the Apartheid regime that, “prisoners cannot enter into contracts.”  But as he showed in painstaking negotiations to transfer power and draft new laws, he was not afraid to compromise for the sake of a larger goal.  And because he was not only a leader of a movement, but a skillful politician, the Constitution that emerged was worthy of this multiracial democracy; true to his vision of laws that protect minority as well as majority rights, and the precious freedoms of every South African.

Finally, Mandela understood the ties that bind the human spirit.  There is a word in South Africa- Ubuntu – that describes his greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us.  We can never know how much of this was innate in him, or how much of was shaped and burnished in a dark, solitary cell.

But we remember the gestures, large and small – introducing his jailors as honored guests at his inauguration; taking the pitch in a Springbok uniform; turning his family’s heartbreak into a call to confront HIV/AIDS – that revealed the depth of his empathy and understanding.  He not only embodied Ubuntu; he taught millions to find that truth within themselves.  It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailor as well; to show that you must trust others so that they may trust you; to teach that reconciliation is not a matter of ignoring a cruel past, but a means of confronting it with inclusion, generosity and truth. He changed laws, but also hearts.

For the people of South Africa, for those he inspired around the globe – Madiba’s passing is rightly a time of mourning, and a time to celebrate his heroic life.  But I believe it should also prompt in each of us a time for self-reflection. With honesty, regardless of our station or circumstance, we must ask:  how well have I applied his lessons in my own life?  It is a question I ask myself – as a man and as a President.

We know that like South Africa, the United States had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation.  As was true here, it took the sacrifice of countless people – known and unknown – to see the dawn of a new day.  Michelle and I are the beneficiaries of that struggle.  But in America and South Africa, and countries around the globe, we cannot allow our progress to cloud the fact that our work is not done.  The struggles that follow the victory of formal equality and universal franchise may not be as filled with drama and moral clarity as those that came before, but they are no less important.

For around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger, and disease; run-down schools, and few prospects for the future. Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs; and are still persecuted for what they look like, or how they worship, or who they love.

We, too, must act on behalf of justice.  We, too, must act on behalf of peace.  There are too many of us who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality.  There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people.  And there are too many of us who stand on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.

The questins we face today – how to promote equality and justice; to uphold freedom and human rights; to end conflict and sectarian war – do not have easy answers.  But there were no easy answers in front of that child in Qunu.  Nelson Mandela reminds us that it always seems impossible until it is done.  South Africa shows us that is true.  South Africa shows us we can change.  We can choose to live in a world defined not by our differences, but by our common hopes.  We can choose a world defined not by conflict, but by peace and justice and opportunity.

We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again.  But let me say to the young people of Africa, and young people around the world – you can make his life’s work your own.  Over thirty years ago, while still a student, I learned of Mandela and the struggles in this land.  It stirred something in me.  It woke me up to my responsibilities – to others, and to myself – and set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today.  And while I will always fall short of Madiba’s example, he makes me want to be better.  He speaks to what is best inside us.

After this great liberator is laid to rest; when we have returned to our cities and villages, and rejoined our daily routines, let us search then for his strength – for his largeness of spirit – somewhere inside ourselves.  And when the night grows dark, when injustice weighs heavy on our hearts, or our best laid plans seem beyond our reach – think of Madiba, and the words that brought him comfort within the four walls of a cell: “It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”

What a great soul it was.  We will miss him deeply.  May God bless the memory of Nelson Mandela.  May God bless the people of South Africa.

Madiba

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Nelson Mandela
18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013

R.I.P. my beloved Madiba.
Thank you for your wonderful spirit.

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(my blog was offline last month so this post did not get published until now)

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Promise Yourself

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  “Promise Yourself” ~
(The Optimist Creed)
Christian D. Larson

★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

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JFK ~ In Memorium

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In memorium JFK 
29 May 1917-22 November 1963

 ~ When Camelot died ~

The story of the Kennedys has always evoked many various feelings for me.
Their story embodies our story.
Every aspect & facet of humanity is encompassed jn this family.
The good & bad; the hapoy & sad…
life of the world at large in one family.

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Contemplation {Margarita Horianos}

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  • When I’m deep inside of me I contemplate …

“Who Am I?” ~

“What are my soul’s deepest heartfelt desires?” ~

“What is the Meaning of Life?”

In meditation, Spirit answers me

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Authentic Success (Ralph Fiennes)

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“The people I consider successful are so because of how they handle their responsibilities to other people, how they approach the future, people who have a full sense of the value of their life and what they want to do with it. I call people successful not because they have money or their business is doing well but because, as human beings, they have a fully developed sense of being alive and engaged in a lifetime task of collaboration with other human beings — their mothers and fathers, their family, their friends, their loved ones, the friends who are dying, the friends who are being born. Success.. is all about being able to extend love to people… not in a big, capital letter sense but in the everyday. Little by little, task by task, gesture by gesture, word by word.”
{Ralph Fiennes}

Let’s All Have A Dream of Equality as we are All One

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Today in the world there is so much pain caused by strife and injustice
and I believe it is because we see each other as separate from each other,
we do not see that we are all ONE made of the same stuff as all creation is made of.
Regardless what country you are from, what your religion is, what the colour of your skin is …
the words of Martin Luther King Jr are relevant today as they ever were in understanding
the concept of BROTHERHOOD and living with LOVE
because we cannot harm that which we love as then we will be harming ourselves.
I feel we have tried capitalism, socialism, communism, consumerism …
and it is now about time we try some SPIRITUALISM.

“I Have A Dream” speech
by The Rev. MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr.
(Washington DC 28
August 1963)

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.

But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

 

Simply Love

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Today just simply

LOVE

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The 5-Step Path to a Life of Love (Deepak Chopra)

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Deepak Chopra, co-founder of the Chopra Foundation and co-author of the new book War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality, reveals how to create a life founded on the world’s most generous and joyful emotion.

Love has arrived at a strange crossroads. It seems very odd to say, “I want to be more loving. Is there a scientist who can help with that?” But in modern life, our notion of love has shifted. More and more we are told—in magazines, learned journals and media reports—that love can be broken down into medical explanations, that it is produced by reactions in the brain, both chemical and electrical. We may wish that love is divine, ideal and life-transforming, the news says, but to be realistic, we should throw out our old, unscientific notions and learn more about what the brain is doing to us.

I strongly oppose such a view of love—in fact, it frightens me. On the spiritual side, there’s a completely different and higher view of love, which goes something like this: Love is part of creation, woven into the very fabric of the universe. We love one another because we have tapped into nature at a deeper level. Yes, the brain is responsible for giving love its physical expression, yet ultimately, love comes from the soul.

A catchy phrase from an old pop song said, “Love the one you’re with.” Although you can journey outside yourself, the person to give your love to (and who, in return, must return that love), in truth, the one you are with every minute of the day, is yourself. The more rewarding way to find it is to go inward to the very source of love. If you do not do this, your love will depend on your mood swings, on how others see you and on the lovable and unlovable traits you see in yourself and others.

As soon as we measure people by what is lovable and unlovable, trouble arises. The unlovable person is labeled odd, an outsider, bad or an enemy. We create unhappiness instead. We practice nonlove, that voice inside that whispers in our ears, “They are different from us.” Or, “Fight for what you want and don’t quit until you win.” Or, “When bad things happen to other people, it’s their own fault.”

We need to restore love as the key to happiness—a difficult task. That’s why we need a spiritual path, so that we can walk away from nonlove and its confusions. Here are five basic steps that can lead you to a new life where everyone, most especially yourself, is worthy of loving and being loved.

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Step 1: Believe in Love
When you say, “I love my work,” or “I love my partner,” you are expressing belief and showing faith in something outside yourself. As good as that is, even better is to have faith in love as part of yourself. When anyone asks me, “How do I find the right one?” I always give the same advice: To find the right one, become the right one. Belief in love is a spiritual kind of belief. It holds that love exists as a universal quality, outside ourselves, that can never be defeated, only covered over. Thus love and nonlove are not equals. Love is permanent; nonlove is temporary.

Step 2: Don’t Limit Love to a Few People and Deny It to Others
It’s very common to say: “I love my own children, and I love my neighbor’s children. But when it comes to my kids, I love them more.” That’s perfectly understandable. But there’s a spiritual teaching, going back thousands of years, which goes “The world is my family.” If love is universal, no one can be left out. To leave others out of your love is the same as inviting them to leave you out too.

Step 3: Make the Search for Love an Inward Search
Often we feel loved and insecure at the same time. The one we love is somebody we invest in emotionally, and emotions, by definition, are changeable. The one you love may turn indifferent or worse. The problem here is a kind of illusion. When you take someone into your heart, it’s like filling a hole inside. If that person should spurn and reject you, suddenly the hole reappears as a terrible ache. Yet the hole was always there, and only you can fill it permanently. Ultimately, the inward journey is about finding your own fullness, something that no one else can take away.

Step 4: Seek Other People Who Value Love As Much As You Do
There’s an old tradition: If you want to be wise, be in the company of wise people. I’d say the same is true about love. If you want to know about any human experience, seek out those who have walked the path of that experience. In our society, we are embarrassed to talk personally about truth, compassion, faith and love. This inhibition is part of our insecurity. Think of spirit as a community; it’s not a talent you develop like a teenager learning to play the guitar. Perhaps community is too big a word, however. Perhaps you can start by finding one person who is wise in the ways of love, who knows what it means to live at a deeper level. That’s a wonderful step in the right direction.

Step 5: Believe in Love As a Powerful Force
The first four steps depend on this one, believing that love has its own power. This is a power to transform. It’s a power that cuts through doubt, suspicion, distrust and even hatred. Unless love has its own power, there are too many reasons to act from nonlove. We see all around us people who madly pursue pleasure or money or status because they don’t trust in love. Without such trust that love can make a difference, of course you will pursue surrogates. Pleasure, money and status are compensations when love is absent or too weak to transform your life. No one has to give up on such surrogates, but it makes a huge difference to know that they are nonlove. The power of love is that it dissolves nonlove. That’s the kind of power you find on the spiritual path.

None of the steps is automatic. Each takes work and practice. But now, more than ever, it’s all important to reinvent the spiritual side of love. The steps may not be easy, but they are not impossible either. You only need to follow them with all your heart.

Read more:
http://www.oprah.com/oprahs-lifeclass/
Deepak-Chopra-The-5-Step-Path-to-a-Life-of-Love#ixzz2OItR1DSp

 

 

 

 

Love

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New Year Gratitude

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Bring in the New Year with THANKS for all your desires as if you already have received them.

Have GRATITUDE in your heart for all that you already have in your life.
Show APPRECIATION for all your experiences.

More of what you give thanks for, appreciate and are grateful for will be given to you in abundance.  That is how the Law of Attraction works – you attract what you are grateful for.

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Christmas Spirit

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While you enjoy all the Xmas festivities take a moment to remember what we are celebrating…the birthday of Jesus Christ. Whether u believe Him to be the Messiah Son of God, a prophet, the Buddah of the Western world or just a man – u can’t deny His powerful message of brotherhood, peace, joy & above all LOVE for all. So take a moment to show your gratitude for these gifts & keep them in your heart as they are applicable every day.

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21 DECEMBER 2012

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Greet the dawning of a new era with a smile on your lips & love in your heart

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Take Care of You {Margarita Horianos}

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TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY

IT IS THE HOUSE YOU LIVE IN

WHILE IN THIS PHYSICAL PLANE.

LOVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TO

TREASURE YOUR TEMPLE.

WITH A HEALTHY

BODY, MIND & HEART

YOU LIVE THE PURPOSE

OF YOUR SOUL AND 

YOUR SPIRIT SOARS.

LOVE ALWAYS.

{Margarita Horianos}

TAO TE CHING – Dr Wayne W Dyer

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I attended the  “I Can Do It!” event and I can say it was
one of the  most fulfilling weekends of my life !
I would therefore like to share lessons from this experience.
So here goes …..

BOOK DESCRIPTION
Living The Wisdom Of The Tao
The Complete Tao Te Ching and Affirmations

by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
This book offers you an opportunity to internalize and directly experience the great wisdom of the Tao Te Ching, a collection of verses authored by the Chinese prophet Lao-tzu.  The words Tao Te Ching translate to living and applying the Great Way. Although just 81 short verses, the Tao encourages you to change your life by literally changing the way you think.
The Tao Te Ching offers you Divine guidance on virtually every area of human existence.   It is a new way of thinking in a world that needs to recapture its ancient teachings.

 A SUMMARY OF THE 81 VERSES OF THE TAO

Taken from websitehttp://kozabodhi.com/musings/wisdom-of-the-tao-te-ching-wayne-dyer-2/

 The early Tao was in two sections,
the Tao (Way)
Section (Chapters 1 to 37)  and
the Te (virtue/moral force) Section (Chapters 38 to 81)

One
I choose to enjoy living the Great Mystery.
The Tao that can be named is not the Tao.

Two
When my work is done it is forgotten.
That is why it lasts forever.

Three
I know that there is no way to happiness.
Happiness is the way.

Four
The all providing Tao is empty yet Inexhaustible.

Five
I will work at eliminating all of my judgments of others.

Six
I pay attention to my Inner callings and apply my
own uniqueness to everything I undertake.

Seven
It is through selfless action I will experience my own fulfilment.

Eight
I live in accordance with Nature and therefore
never go against the way of things.

Nine
When my cup is Full I will stop pouring.

Ten
I suspend my belief in opposites by seeing myself in all.

Eleven
The usefulness of what is depends on what is not.

Twelve
I choose to ignore the seductive lure of acquisition and fame.

Thirteen
I see myself as everything. I love myself as everyone.

Fourteen
Discovering how things have always been.

Fifteen
The place of my origination is stillness from which all creation originates.

Sixteen
Amidst the rush of worldly comings & goings,
I observe how all endings become beginnings.

Seventeen
I fully trust that others do know what is best for themselves.

Eighteen
I act virtuously. I do not need rules to be kind and just.

Nineteen
I am moral, profitable and a genius extraordinaire regardless of

what any transcript or bank statement may say.

Twenty
I am doing nothing. Rather, I am being done.

Twenty-One
How do I know the way of all things at the beginning?

…. I see it within myself.

Twenty-Two
I resist any brokenness by being bending & flexible … when storms appear.

Twenty-Three
In all of nature, No storm can last forever.

Twenty-Four
Boasting or showing off are superfluous excesses.

This practice must be uprooted, thrown out and left behind forever.

Twenty-Five
I come from greatness. I attract greatness. I Am Greatness.

Twenty-Six
I have the ability to stay poised and focused
regardless of what goes before me.

Twenty-Seven
What is a good man, but a bad man’s teacher. W
hat is a bad man, but a good man’s job.

Twenty-Eight
As I preserve my original qualities, I can do or govern anything.
I live with radical humility

Twenty-Nine
I allow my life to unfold naturally.

There is a time for being ahead, there is a time for being behind …
There is a time for being in motion, there is a time for being at rest.
There is a time for being vigorous; there is a time for being exhausted.

Thirty
Whatever strains with force will soon decay. I eschew any and all

forms of violence. I take the line of least resistance in all my actions.

Thirty-One
I allow my highest nature to come forward and bring

love to the places where I used to live in hatred.

Thirty-Two
I trust in the perfect goodness of the Tao to guide and

direct me wherever it will. I allow my thoughts and ideas to
be carried by the great wave of The Tao.

Thirty-Three
I am replacing my desire for power over others with my efforts

to understand and master myself in any way and all situations.
The things we love we have to learn to leave alone.

Thirty-Four
By not claiming greatness I will achieve greatness.

Thirty-Five
When you look for it there is nothing to see.

When you listen for it there is nothing to hear.
When you use it, it cannot be exhausted. This is The Great Tao.

Thirty-Six
I seek out obscurity by suppressing any desires for attention or recognition.

Thirty-Seven
The Tao does nothing but leaves nothing undone.

Thirty-Eight
I trust my essential nature. I let go of all polarities…

And I live In The Indivisible Oneness of Tao…
Goodness and Godness are one and I trust who I am. A Child of God.

Thirty-Nine
I am a piece of the Whole and I act in accordance with

The Wholeness of Tao.

Forty
I bow to the All Creating power from which
I came and to which I am returning.

Forty-One
By following The Way I will not become complicated,
extraordinary or prominent.

Rather I will become subtle and simple and uncomplicated.

Forty-Two
I release attachment to all objects, status, people and institutions.

I Gain by Losing, I Lose by Gaining.

Forty-Three
The softest of all things overrides the hardest of all things.

Forty-Four
I let go of my need for more and live in a state of pure gratitude.

Giving is replacing my demands for more.

Forty-Five
The experience of inner peace is my true gauge of all my accomplishments.

Forty-Six
There is no greater loss than losing my connection to Tao.

I find bliss of eternity in my contentment.

Forty-Seven
Without going out of the door I can know the world.

Without looking out of the window I can see the ways of heaven.

Forty-Eight
In order to enliven my experience of the Tao and live by

it’s principles I practice decreasing my reliance on things.

Forty-Nine
It is my choice to be kind to those who are kind.

It is my choice to be kind to those who are unkind,
because the nature of my being is kindness.
And that is all I have to give away.

Fifty
I am an immortal spiritual being having a temporary human experience.

Fifty-One
The great Tao has no great expectations of me.

No demands, no battles or wars to fight and no history to live up to.

Fifty-Two
All under heaven have a common beginning.

This beginning is the mother of the world and my eternal mother.

Fifty-Three
If I have even a little sense I should walk in the great

way and my only fear would be straying.
I live honorably. I see myself in all others.

Fifty-Four
I am like a great wave of light that illuminates the room.

Everyone will see the light and become affected.

Fifty-Five
I attract the cooperative Power of The Tao when I release

the need to control anyone’s life including my own.

Fifty-Six
Those who know do not talk. Those who talk do not know.

The less I care about the approval of others, the more approval I receive.

Fifty-Seven
I work at allowing all others to trust in their highest nature,

rather than imposing my rules & regulations on them.
Moreover I am free to be myself.
I do not have to live by anyone else’s rules.

Fifty-Eight
Bad fortune has good fortune hiding within it

and good fortune is what bad fortune hides in.

Fifty-Nine
I practice living without limits by gathering virtue and modeling it.

Sixty
When I refrain from thoughts of harm directed at others,

all the benefits of life accumulate to me.

Sixty-One
My loved ones and I cannot and will not be impacted

by the presence of evil anywhere in the world.
By staying calm and under the radar others will
ultimately join me in friendship and trust.

Sixty-Two
I am a divine creation of Tao as are all others.

I cast out no one, rather I cast out wickedness
by elevating others with my deeds.

Sixty-Three
I see simplicity in the complicated.

I do great things while they are small.
I can get anywhere from here.

Sixty-Four
A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.

A tree grows from one seedling. A tower starts with one brick.

Sixty-Five
Because I know that I do not know,
I will be guided to find my own way.

Sixty-Six
I do not put myself above others or see myself as superior to anyone.

I am like the great ocean where all streams flow to me.
Because I stay low and thus I am a servant to all.

Sixty-Seven
I live the three treasures of Mercy, Frugality and Humility
in all of my dealing with others.

Sixty-Eight
Whatever I fight weakens me.
Whatever I cooperate with strengthens me.

Sixty-Nine
There is no greater misfortune than feeling “I have an Enemy”.

For when “I” and “Enemy” exist together there is no room for God.

Seventy
I want to think like God thinks. To act as God acts.
To live a God realized life.

Seventy-One
I trust that a happy and contented mind, which is sick of being sick,

will have a happy, contented body.

Seventy-Two
By staying in a state of awe and bewilderment,

I loosen Ego’s hold on my thinking.
My body is perfect, born at precisely the right time and this is my perfect age.
I accept myself as I am and I surrender to the natural course of my body’s destiny.

Seventy-Three
It is Heaven’s way to conquer without striving.

The Tao does everything without needing to attack.
It is my intention to emulate Heaven’s way by listening more,
speaking less and trusting that my answers will come without any screaming.
I slow my pace so that it harmonizes with heaven’s way.

Seventy-Four
I realize that all things change and therefore
there is nothing for me to hold onto.

By not fearing death there is nothing that I cannot achieve.

Seventy-Five
I place fewer and fewer demands on others and myself.

I am free to commune with nature, to work,
play, read or just do nothing.

Seventy-Six
I choose to be strong by being soft and pliable
rather than inflexible, brittle and hard.

Seventy-Seven
I can keep on giving because there is no end to my wealth.

I am pleased to offer my surplus to others.

Seventy-Eight
I remain serene in the midst of sorrow and therefore
prevent evil from entering my heart.

Seventy-Nine
Someone must risk returning injury with kindness
or hostility will never turn to goodwill.

I choose to close out any future conflict with love and kindness.

Eighty
I choose to live in a state of radical appreciation and
give humble thanks for all that I have.

Paradise is wherever I am.

Eighty-One
I choose to live by accumulating less, giving more, arguing less and

releasing my attachment to everything in the world of the 10,000 things. 

—oo O oo—

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He’s the author of over 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows as well as speaking at many seminars and workshops around the world.
Visit his Website: www.DrWayneDyer.com
Visit Hay House website: http://www.hayhouse.com/

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Nelson Mandela – 94 on 18th July

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Madiba was 94 on 18th July !!!

Happy Birthday!!

LUV  U

Nelson Mandela on his 90th birthday in 2008.

 

 

 

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