Monthly Archives: April 2014

The 52: Lesson 17 – Practice a Little Patience!

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Patience is the companion of wisdom.

Thus spoke Saint Augustine, the Roman Catholic saint and poet, during the 1800’s.  Perennial wisdom does not change with time. Patience, it is said, is a virtue.

Most of my life, I have not been a very patient person.  I wanted things done yesterday.  I suffered because of my lack of patience and my thinking that, by doing more and more, I could speed up time and make things happen faster.  What I accomplished was a perpetual sense of frustration and a loss of living in the present moment.  I was impatient for something to happen in the future. I am happier now as I learn to embrace the gift of patience.  It is an important step..

Take to heart the first quote and these:  The Buddhist philosopher, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, said this:

With love and patience, nothing is impossible.

Thomas Henry Huxley, the botanist, wrote:

Patience…

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The 52: Lesson 16 – As You Think, So You Become

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If you really want to become lighter, happier, and more abundant in Love, maybe you should think about dropping some of those negative thoughts.  I am talking about the ones you have probably been carrying around for a long time.  The ones that get replayed day after day and nip away at your natural state of joy.

Do you believe that your thoughts form your reality?  Do you think that, by changing how you think (like flicking a switch), can actually make a tangible difference in the quality of your life?  On the surface, it sounds too easy to be true.  And yet it is!

Thoughts have power and energy within them.  They have more power than most of us can even imagine, so it’s worth paying attention to what you are thinking.

Eckhart Tolle has said:

What a liberation to realize that the “voice in the head” is not who…

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The 52: Lesson Fifteen – SIMPLY BREATHE

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butterflyblueskyYour breathing should flow naturally, like a river, like a watersnake crossing the water,

and not like a chain of rugged mountains or the gallop of a horse.

To master breath is to be in control of our bodies and minds.

Each time we find ourselves dispersed and find it difficult to gain control of ourselves by other means,

the method of watching the breath should always be used.

Thich Nhat Hanh

How are you breathing?  Right now?  Do I seem to repeat myself?  Have you seen this another lesson? Yes, I do repeat myself.  Some lessons bear repeating.  We keep doing it until we do it right.  Paying attention to your breathing is one of these lessons.

We have already talked about this basic function of living — breathing — and how there are subtleties of breathing that often escape our attention.  How we breathe has a lot to…

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The 52: Lesson Fourteen — Eternal Life AND Love

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butterflyblueskySpringtime has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Happy Springtime. We think of springtime as bringing renewal. As I write this, it is springtime in New England, where I live.  The sun is warming the earth and, in response, green shoots are popping out of the soil, woodchucks are emerging from their hibernation and foraging for sustenance, new, colorful birds are arriving in the midst of their travels.  There is a song in the air and an expression  of  lightness in the faces of people enjoying the fresh air..

We think of springtime as bringing renewal, and it does.  One of the Christian holidays that marks this time of year is Easter, the celebration of true re-birth, hope, and love. A triumph of eternal love.  All of these qualities are worthy of celebration, not just in the spring, but in all seasons of…

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