Tuesday, May 22, 2012
If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. —Rollo May
Those of us who go around trying to be right and do everything right are likely to betray ourselves. We stifle our impulses and control our intuition because we can't be certain that we are correct. As a spiritual exercise, we could stop now and listen to our inner selves and state our own ideas. What comes out may break the illusion of perfection and free us to proceed with life.
We all have original ideas if we just notice them. What images come to mind while listening to music? What do our dreams tell us? New insights sometimes come by physical activity. Conversation with a friend can help lead us to our wisdom. Our growing strength requires that we listen to our own messages and then take some risks to express them.
Today, I will take risks by stating my ideas. I will stand up for myself by listening to my intuition.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men©
Resentment is the "number one" offender.
It destroys more alcoholics than anything else.
From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been
not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick.
When the spiritual malady is overcome,
we straighten out mentally and physically.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 64
Thought to Ponder . . .
We are prisoners of our own resentments.
Forgiveness unlocks the door and sets us free.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
S W A T = Surrender, Willingness, Acceptance, Trust.
Some people think they can demand your attention just by being outrageous. Give your attention instead to those who offer real substance.
If you allow yourself to be offended, you’re allowing someone else to dictate your thoughts and feelings. Instead of being offended, you can choose to be amused or inspired, or to simply let it go.
Give your time the respect it deserves. Use it for what truly matters, not just to feed someone else’s ego, or your own.
Focus on the best possibilities, not merely on the loudest spectacles. Give your attention to life’s true beauty.
You’re surrounded by a universe that is endlessly fascinating and overflowing with valuable substance. You can live each moment of every day with meaningful, authentic richness.
There’s no need to settle for a flimsy, superficial imitation of what matters. You deserve the real thing, so live it each and every day.
— Ralph Marston