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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Your inner joy radiates in your outward being--Jean Farish

Posted on August 10, 2018 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (2)


JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS- Reflection For Today


I AM JOY


If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment--Carlos Santos


Wilshire states that your whole life is controlled from within. if you live right within your heart-that is, if you think right silently-both your health and outer life will express themselves properly.


TODAY: Choose Joy. Do not waste your day reflecting on negative thoughts. Find a place inside yourself where joy lives and radiate that joy from your heart to others. Find joy in the reward of giving. Find joy in the abundance of nature. Find joy by uplifting others. Find joy in receving a helping hand. See how this will change your day. How did it impact yourself and others around you?

                                                                                                        -JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS-p.45



Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity-Plato

Posted on July 13, 2018 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)


JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS: Reflection For Today

                                        I RADIATE SIMPLICITY

"Going fewer places in one day rather than more, seeing less so I can see more, acquiring less so I can have more"-Jon Kabat Zinn

The simplicty of life can be achieved by being connected to the spiritual aspect of ourselves and encompasses peace of mind and healthy detachment. It is a lifestye where you come to appreciate and enjoy life in a more profound way. A simplistic life can reduce, stress and enable us to put our lives in proper perspective as we discern our values and determine what warrants our energy.


TODAY: Be mindful of compassionate simplity. According to Elgin, this means to feel a strong sense of kinship with others, feeling a bond with the community of life,and being drawn toward a path of cooperation and fairness that seeks a future of mutually assured development in all areas of life for everyone. How can you achieve compassionate simplicity as you engage with yourself and others during the day?


                                                                                    -JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS-pp. 50, 78


Joy is a return to the deep harmony of body, mind, and spirit that was yours at birth and can be yours again. That openness to love, that capacity for wholeness wih the world around you, is still within you --Deepak Chopra

Posted on June 9, 2018 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (1)

JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS- Reflection For Today


I AM WHOLE

"He who has a why to love for can bear with almost any how"-Friedrich Nietzche

 

The mystical wisdom embedded in the lotus flower, as it emerges from the murky waters, is associated with mental purity, faithfulness, spiritual awakiening and rebirth. In the advent of suicide and the opiod crisis, people are suffering in quiet desperation. Perhaps it is not socially acceptable to admit and share our humanness. We must understand that pain and suffering is a part of the human condition, and no one is exempt from the universal experiences of life. We often look outside of ourselves for the definition of who we are and when the job,health, beauty friends, status, financial holdings,etc., dissipate or diminish our self-image may be severely impacted. We may become fragmented as a result of life experiences and haunted by the shadow side of ourselves filled with self-critism, pride, judgement and illusions of power. The search for wholeness is from within where we find inner fulfilment that sustains us through life changing events and hard times. One of my favorite books, "Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl detailed his day by day survival in a concentration camp and revealed how our fundmental attitude toward life can help us endure the most baffling situations.


TODAY: Find meaning in your life in each moment and be grateful

Be compassionate and kind to yourself

Be aware and STOP self-condeming thoughts

Seek help from a friend or professional if you feel out of control


JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS pp.5-11



Let me do all the good I can, to all the people I can, as often as I can, for I shall not pass this way again--John Wesley

Posted on May 15, 2018 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS-Reflection For Today

I AM AUTHENTIC

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself-John Dewey

Educating For Purposeful Living (EPL) Wholeness Model is a practical educational philosphy to develop the whole person which includes the following components to become authentic, nurture yourself, and build community:

Ethical Responsiblity

Well-Being and Self Care

Altruistic Community Service

More information about this model is featured in my book, Journey To Wholeness

Reflections For Transforming Your Life

TODAY: Reflect on how being authentic to your true self has enabled you to be of true service to yourself and others.

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted on April 21, 2018 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)


JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS-Reflection For Today 


I AM THE CREATOR OF MY DESTINY


MY LIFE PLEDGE


I am whole.

I trust my inner guidance.

I love myself no matter what.

I honor myself.

I am responsible for myself.

I am creating the best possible life I can experience.

I am the best version of myself in each moment.

I am grateful for the abundance of life.


TODAY: I will focus on My Life Pledge to connect with the true essence of my divine self.

-Journey To Wholeness p.83

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


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