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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
~Marianne Williamson from “A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles”.
THE MAYONNAISE JAR AND THE COFFEE
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar… and the coffee…
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of
course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar
was full. The students responded with a infamous “yes.”
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and
poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space
between the sand. The students laughed.
“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to
recognise that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things. Your family, your children, your faith, your health, your friends, and your favourite passions. Things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter. Your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff. “If you put the sand
into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the
golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with
your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really
matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee
represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”
“There are only two ways to live your life: One is as though nothing is a miracle, The other is as though everything is a miracle. I believe in the latter.”
“Any situation that you find yourself in, is an outward reflection of your inner state of beingness.”
“The people we are in relationship with are always a mirror, reflecting our own beliefs, and simultaneously we are mirrors reflecting their beliefs. So relationship is one of the most powerful tools for growth… if we look honestly at our relationships we can see so much about how we have created them.” ~Shakti Gawain
“There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man’s whole life is a succession of moment after moment. If one fully understands the present moment, there will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue.”
“We cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning; for what in the morning was true will in evening become a lie.”
~ C.G. Jung
“The positive thing about writing is that you connect with yourself in the deepest way, and that’s heaven. You get a chance to know who you are, to know what you think. You begin to have a relationship with your mind.”
~ Natalie Goldberg
An old man sat outside the walls of a great city.
When travelers approached, they would ask the old man, “What kind of people live in this city?”
And the old man would answer, “What kind of people live in the place where you came from?”
If the travelers answered, “Only bad people live in the place where we came from,” the old man would reply, “Continue on; you will find only bad people here.”
But if the travelers answered, “Good people live in the place where we came from,” then the old man would say, “Enter, for here, too, you will find only good people.”
~Yiddish folk tale
“We become powerful in the face of our fears when we have a sense that we make a difference in this world. Affirmations of purpose communicate the truth that we are all meaningful participants in this Universe and that we are worthy of giving and receiving love. Some affirmations of purpose are:
– I know that I count and I act as though I do.
– I spread warmth and love everywhere I go.
– I am a healing force in the Universe.”
“The law of abundance is that everything replicates after its own kind. Like is attracted to like. If you want more wealth, concentrate of wealth; think thoughts of abundance and wealth.”
~ Delfin Knowledge System
“The purpose of therapy is not to remove suffering but TO MOVE THROUGH IT to an enlarged consciousness that can sustain the polarity of painful opposites.”
— James Hollis
Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in our own sunshine.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
The goal in life is to die young — as late as possible.
~ Ashley Montagu, Anthropologist
Be not merely good; be good for something.
~ Henry David Thoreau
Freedom from desire leads to inner peace.
The largest room in the world is the room for improvement.
When you realize that you are creating a specific field of energy around you according to the different thoughts and emotions you are experiencing, you are on the road to taking control of the things you find in your life.
-Bruce Lipton, Ph.D.
Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
~ Albert Einstein
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
~ Aldous Huxley
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Work like you don’t need the money.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Dance like nobody’s watching.
When you are looking in the mirror, you are looking at the problem. But, remember, you are also looking at the solution.
Think. Believe. Dream. Dare.
~ Walt Disney’s “Four Most Important Words”
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Men and women are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
You grow up the day you have your first real laugh – at yourself.
~ Ethel Barrymore
The most important thing is to be whatever you are without shame.
~ Rod Steiger
I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.
~ Helen Keller
Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power a sense of spiritual deadness.
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
~Tao Te Ching
Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
Some say that my teaching is nonsense.
Others call it lofty but impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
this nonsense makes perfect sense.
And to those who put it into practice,
this loftiness has roots that go deep.
I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.
~Tao Te Ching