Thursday, June 30, 2011

Embracing the New by Sanaya Roman

If you want something new, be open to having it come from anywhere, any place, any person.

Be open to surprises and new things. Keep your heart open. Some of you experience a feeling of vulnerability or fear when you think of bringing new people or new things into your lives. What you call tension or anxiety before an event can be viewed instead as focusing your energy to prepare you for something new. This change in your vibration prepares you for something that is finer and higher in your life. You may feel that you must first conquer fear and anxiety before you step out and accomplish something. Everyone has that inner feeling of tension to some degree before attempting new things; it is a period of gathering energy to make the shift into a higher vibration.

Everything that happens to you assists you in bringing yourself to a higher level of evolution. Even those things you call negative or bad occur to show you new ways of responding so that you may be more balanced, peaceful, and joyful in the future. If it looks like the same problem or situation is occurring over and over, be aware that every single time it happens in a new way. Embrace what is new about that pattern or situation and look at how you have succeeded in bringing it to a higher level. Perhaps you are more aware of it than before or able to understand it better. You may be less emotionally involved and more able to observe the pattern. Every day brings with it new circumstances, challenges, and activities that allow you the opportunity to grow.

An attitude of openness and receptivity will draw to you many good things. Let go of the fear that the future may mean having less than you have now or may take something away from you. Open up to the idea that you will be wiser, stronger, and more powerful tomorrow and that whatever you create will be even better than what you already have. Be open to new concepts and words. They are often the way the Universe brings you the signs and guideposts of your next step.

You can experience opening to the new in many ways. Many of you have a need for aliveness, excitement, and adventure. Often you blame your partner because life seems dull and routine, or you blame your job for its monotony. You can create that sense of aliveness in everything you do, and you can do it in simple ways. Change your morning routine, get up earlier, go to bed later, or change what you do when you get home from work. Even minor changes can stimulate a sense of aliveness.

Every time you embrace something new, you bring into yourself a sense of aliveness.

Your heart expands and you literally begin revitalizing yourself and rejuvenating your body as you embrace new things. Life always seeks growth, expansion, and evolution. As you experience the new, you can see more of who you are. You do not need to make the old ways wrong; rather, create newness in the old. Only when you do not see the new in the old does growth cease and relationships become dull.

You may have seen people who have been together for many years and who act vibrant and young and in love. If you examine the relationship, you will discover that they are doing new things, creating new projects, and bringing a sense of aliveness into their personal lives. They are probably conquering new territory, opening to adventure, and feeling alive individually, in whatever way is appropriate for them. People who have been together for a long time and seem irritated or bored with each other often take each other for granted. They may go to bed at the same time every night, awake and go to the same job, and do the same things on the weekend. All of that leads to a sense of contraction around the heart and a sense of boredom and deadness inside, which is then reflected in the relationship.

Opening to the new is a way of feeling more youthful, of expanding your childlike sense of wonder and awe. As they grow older, many people constrict their boundaries; they often seek what is comfortable, familiar, and safe. Their world becomes increasingly narrow and limited. Life becomes a matter of focusing on the petty rather than on the great. You have seen those people whose concerns are so minor you do not take them seriously, or people who are so focused on what is bad and wrong with the world they become fearful of the new and no longer experience joy. They have ceased to expand into the greater picture of their lives and have stopped embracing all the potential that lies within them.

There is a new you every day. Every morning when you wake up you are literally being born anew and afresh. Every day there are new things on your mind, people to meet, things to do. As you wake up and start your day, you need not think of the past and remember mistakes; instead, focus upon the future and what you will create.

Try out new routines each day. When you do new things, you are conscious and aware of the present moment. You are paying attention, fully alert. Doing new things is invigorating to the physical body. Try bringing this same alertness to whatever you normally do to experience familiar activities in new ways.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Affirmation for forgiveness

I forgive myself completely and freely. I release myself and let me go. So far as I am concerned the incident that happened is finished forever. I wish the best for me. I wish for myself the highest good. I hold myself in the light. I am free and all again is well with me. Peace be with me.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Bob the Cat

Rambling thoughts

It's been quite a face to face interaction for 15 months verbal exchange for over 30 days....I miss him. I miss seeing the gentleness in his eyes as well as the caring demeanor that comes through. I keep him wrapped up in my imagination with a blanket made of angel feathers....protecting him from his surroundings. Trying to keep the fear at bay knowing that so many are there, convicted of crimes which warrants a life sentence. God has a plan ..... and he's putting teachers along the way.

God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, the courage to change the things i can and the wisdom to know the difference.

Dalai Lama said......

Happiness is not something ready made, it comes from your own actions.

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

Sleep is the best meditation.

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

Collected quotes

I accept my imperfection as a permanent condition. (anonymous)

We are shaped by our thoughts. We become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves (Buddha).

Be who you are, say what you feel. Those who mind don't matter - and those who matter don't mind. (Dr.Seuss)

And in the end it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years. (Abraham Lincoln)

If a worm is in your apple, it gives you no excuse to eat worms. (Anonymous)

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. (John Wesley)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Epilogue from "Words that Heal"

" The journey takes time". Change does not occur overnight, but rather in small, incremental, almost unnoticeable steps.
"The journey involves letting go of fear ", learning to trust yourself and others. Along with the process comes an opening of the heart to love and acceptance.
"The journey of transformation involves pain ". We grow because of our pain, not in spite of it.
"While you don't always get what you want ", you invariably get what you need for your maximum soul growth.
"Never give up ". Just when all seems hopeless, life can unexpectedly turn around. Never are you nearer the Light, than when the darkness is deepest.
"Help is available when you need it ". Ask with all your heart; your prayers will be answered.
"Everything that happens in your life occurs for your highest good ". There are no bad experiences, only opportunities to use each experience as a means to get closer to God. (by D. Bloch)

photo taken on Sanibel Island, sculpture from unknown artist.


"A Friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you anyway!!!"
- (sent by Heather Tallent)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

It doesn't get any better than this.

I wish I were

I wish I were big enough to honestly admit all my shortcomings.

Brilliant enough to accept praise without it making me arrogant.

Tall enough to tower over dishonesty.

Strong enough to welcome criticism.

Compassionate enough to understand human frailties.

Wise enough to recognize mistakes.

Humble enough to appreciate greatness.

Brave enough to stand by my friends.

Human enough to be thoughtful of my neighbor.

And spiritual enough to be devoted to the love of God.

-- Author unknown --