LIFE IS A JOURNEY

"The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one's feet." --Lao Tzu
"We are seasoned travelers of the labryinth.  Losing our way and finding 
our way.  Traveling on the beaten path and the road less traveled. 
Eventually finding our way home to the place of spiritual rest and fulfillment.'

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Every living organism is fulfilled when it follows the right path for its own nature --Marcus Aurelius

Posted on April 8, 2018 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)



JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS-Reflection For Today
                                                 
I AM FULFILLED

"Just as the light brightens darkness, discovering inner fulfillment can eliminate any disorder or discomfort.  This is truly the key to creating balance and harmony in everything you do"-Deepak Chopra

Life presents many opportunities for conscious awakening and transformation.  There are many accounts of people who transformed their lives in the midst of loss, change, and catastrophic events.  However, we do not have to wait until we encounte such life-changing events before we view life from a different perspective.  The reality is that death is certainly our constant companion, and this awareness is a reminder to make the choice to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

TODAY: Live each moment with intention.  Live each moment with a sense of satisfaction-yes-even through hardships- for the the memory of a loved one and the gift of life, for the life-changing  diagnosis that helped you appreciate each moment of life, for your that have taken you thus far on your journey, for the object that gave you pleasure that may no longer be in your possession, for the  many the teachers who taught us valuable lessons. 
I am fulliflled and satisfied in the moment.  Reflect and capture the true essence of each moment and each experience.  Set your intention to think of the goodness and climb even higher. 

                                                                                                      JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS- pp. 1- 2

Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary-Brene Brown

Posted on March 18, 2018 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)


JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS-Reflection For Today

I AM PRESENT

Being present is treasuring each moment and fully engaging in life. A quote from Henry David Thoreau captures the essence of being present, "You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment", One day while out in nature, my eyes captured the sight of a large beautiful yellow butterfly. Being fully present, my eyes followed the butteryfly against the backdrop of a lovely sunshiny day, white clouds in the sky, and an assortment of trees and greenery. I felt the brush of the whisper of the wind against my face, the smell of the green grass, and listened to the sounds of nature. My attention was focused on the free spirit of this butterfuly as it traveled from tree to tree, up in the sky, and finally disappearing in sight. It was quite an enjoyable and peaceful gift in the present moment.

TODAY: Stay in the rapture of each ordinary moment. It is truly a gift. Pay attention to the sensations of scent, sight, hearing, touch and taste. How does this make you feel?

                                                                                          -JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS-p.70



A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity--Buddha

Posted on March 9, 2018 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)


JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS-Reflection For Today


I AM GENEROUS


The ability to shape the course of one's life can only be exercised in the present, not the past or the future (K. Sri Dhammananda). To be present requires focused attention. The activity at this moment must be the only thing that matters. We are alert, aware, and awake to the lessons to learn and open to what the universe has to offer. It is here that the wisdom of the heart speaks. Being attention is a gift of spiritual generosity. As we give to others, we give to ourself. We become more compassionate and present in our daily life.


TODAY: Be present and treasure each moment. Give yourself the gift of attention and fully engage in your activities and interaction with others. How does this make you feel?


JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS-pp 16, 17, 70


The strength of pride must surrender to the power of humility-Sri Chinmoy

Posted on February 21, 2018 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

                                               

JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS-Reflection For Today

I AM HUMBLE

You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments when you rally lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love-Henry Drummond

Humility is one of the nine ingredients in Drummond's  Spectrum of Love."Love vaunteth not itself, it is not puffed up" These ingredients make up the supreme gift-the stature of the perfect man.  C.S.Lewis quotes, "True humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.  This puts it in a perspecctive which all can relate.  The ego builds  up our pride and  faulty perceptions of self-worth. We may sometimes attempt to gain at the expense of others seeking recognition. 

TODAY:  Be aware of your thoughts, feelings and actions Check your ego when it is spiraling out of control.  Grace is available to each of us and we do not have to prove ourselves to be worthy based upon the expectations of others.                

                                                                   -JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS, pp.38-39

JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS- Reflection For Today

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)


                                    I AM KIND
Kindness in words creates confidence.  Kindness in thinking crates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love -Lao Tzu

Acts of kindness radiate from the heart and connects our souls.  Kindness opens our heart making us free from judgment and restrictions. It takes us outside of ourselves and our structured rituals of daily life.  It can be small acts such as a simple smile that may brighen another person's day.  It may be giving a simple compliment to someone who may feel unworthy.  It may be doing a deed whether small or large without being known.  It is simply giving of ourselves that serves as a ripple effect to change the world.

One day while not being present and in  a frantic rush, I lost my driver's license.  My day had  already been pre planned but that  incident changed my course.  In fear, I ruminated about how my identify could be compromised.  Tracking  my steps over and over, it proved futile.  I resolved that I would have to spend hours at to get a replacment resulting in extra time and cost.  Almost two week later, I received mail from a person who I did not know and the letter had somethng in it. It eventually found me after a move.  With curiosity, I opened the letter with a  kind note and my driver's license from a person who lived in another area.  She took the time to write a note and mail the letter.  This was a generous  act of kindness.  I am grateful to Caitlin for this generous act of kindness and wrote a thank you note wishing favor for such compassion.  

TODAY:Kindess is one of the ingredients in Henry Drummond's Spectrum of Love.  Give the gift of kindness to yourself and extend this to others. Show an act without being acknowledged or recognized.  How did this make you feel?

                                                                          -JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS- pp. 38-39

To live in love is life's greatest challenge-Leo Buscaglia

Posted on February 11, 2018 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)




JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS: Reflection For Today                                           
       I AM LOVE

Love is a powerful force and an essential part of the human experiene.  It is a universal language that supersedes differences.  Erich Fromm contends that love is an art just as living is an artThe practice of any art has certain general requirements-discipline, concentration, patience, and supreme concern.  Buscaglia says, "When you love yourself, you will love othersAnd to the depth and extent to which you can love yourself, only to that depth, and extent will you be able to love others."  In the midst of love, everything is transformed. Drumond's ingredients in the spectrum of love includes patience, kindness, generosity, humility, courtesy, unselfishness, good temper, guilessness and sincerity.


TODAY: Treat yourself with love.  Select one of Drummon's ingredients in the spectrum of love.  Define it in detail.  During the course of the day, give yourself this gift as you abide in self-love.  Extend this to others. How do you treat yourself and how does it make you feel?  Does it make a difference in your interaction with others?

                                                                    -JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS- pp. 37-42

The treasure of unity is found by those who look within-Rumi

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS-Reflection For Today


I AM DIVINELY INPIRED

While driving one late afternoon, I witnessed the scene of birds getting into symmetric V-shaped flight formation. In awe, my desire was to capture it on my phone but I was in traffic. Two days later, while driving, I witnessed the same scene. I wondered how many people really noticed both of these awesome scenes. Why was I experiencing these synchronistic events and what is the message? How do they know the timng, their roles and positions? It was so perfect. There was no struggle as to who would lead the flight. There was no struggle, compettion or jokeying for first place. It was perfect order and harmony. It was perfect alignment ,divine order and unity in perfection. Animals and fowl naturally follow their instincts and inner knowing. They all were working for the "good of the whole" while we, as humans, often lose sight of in our daily life encounters. I find that when my mind is in a struggle mode trying to make things happen, the result is usually chaos. It is then that I remind myself to "let go" and listen to my inner voice, quiet whisper or gentle nudge that guides me in the right direction. How do we quiet ourselves, get still, and listen? How do we open ourselves to this divine connection and inspiration? When I get frustrated, I stop and take a view of nature and take some deep breaths. This stills my mind and connect me to my higher self.

TODAY: Allow yurself time today to go out into nature. Take deep breaths and inhale the fresh air. Connect with Mother Earth. If you see a tree or flower, smell it, touch it, feel it, and really experience your connection. So now look around. What do you see? What do you hear? How do you feel? Write down your experiences whle marveling at the beauty in the moment. What did you see that you would have otherwise not noticed?

-JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS- p. 26


Life is a balance of holding on and letting go-Rumi

Posted on January 19, 2018 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS-Reflection For Today

I AM VIBRANT, HEALTHY AND WHOLE

Feel enthusiastic about yourself and life



-Value quiet time for self-reflection and introspection

-Be the gatekeeper of your thoughts

-Connect with supportive people

-Be hopeful and optimistic

-Join a support group

-Read and listen to inspirational messages

-Fully engage with people whose company you enjoy

-Attend a wellness workshop on stress management, time management or topic of interest


TODAY: Imagine your best life and feel inspired. Take a small step in becoming your best self. You are the creator and responsible for your happiness. Make self-care and emotional wellness a priority. Travel this path and see what happens. Live inspired!

                                                                                - JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS - pp. 46,47



Today well lived makes every yesterday a memory of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope- Kalidasa

Posted on January 9, 2018 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)


JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS-Reflection For Today


I AM LIVING WELL IN THE PRESENT MOMENT


Well-being and self-care encompass an art for living to achieve inner peace and balance. It requires an honest self-inventory to assess aspects of ourselves that are out of harmony and to challenge limiting beliefs. Wellness refers to a holistic approach in which body, mind and spirity are integrated in a purposeful manner with a goal of living life more fully (Myers, Sweeney, and Witmer,2000). Spiritual wellness is a persoal matter involving values and beliefs that provide a purpose in our lives. It can be enhanced by engaging in the following:

-Cultivate a spirit of gratitude

-Be mindful of your thoughts

-Eat a healthy diet

-Be still

-Pay attention to your inner guidance

-Commune with nature

-Smile often and find humor in daily life

-Engage in community service

-Express yourself through creative arts (dance, music, pottery. writing, painting/drawing)

-Engage in a program of exercise, walking, yoga, etc.)

TODAY: Implement a personal self-care program to enhance your well being. Choose from the above activities to promote spriitual wellness. How did you feel at the end of the day? Did you have an impact on others around you?

-JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS -pp. 45,48



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