ENCOURAGEMENT

Find peace in many things

This page is built upon my recent studies and practices. The content from the
1-minute videos linked below come from multiple sources: the books How to Fight” and “How to Love” by Thich Nhat Hanh, “Total Meditation” by Deepak Chopra, “Think Like a Monk” by Jay Shetty, Tamara Levitt via the Calm app, Brene Brown’s work, and some of my own musings.

LET ME BE CLEAR…The truth is that the topics below are really reminders for me. They are part of my journey. I am sharing them in the off chance that they may also be helpful for you on your own unique journey. I do not profess mastery of any of the topics!

The first post shown on this page will always be the latest post in the series. Below that, I have clumped content together by their source.

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The posts in each section are organized from most recent to oldest.


MOST RECENT POST

The Journey Is Short

Each of us must understand that our time in this world is so short, that darkening it with useless arguments, jealousy, not forgiving others, discontentment and bad attitudes is not a productive use of time and energy.



AUTHOR’S THOUGHTS

Sands of Time

Look at the sand we have left in the top of the hourglass and find a way to use every single grain to our fullest and most joyful capacity.

The Practice of YOU

Becoming YOU is not a destination: it is a practice. And with every new moment in our lives, we get to practice.

Live in the Moment

We cannot go back, and we can’t be in the future. So we have to be and give our best in every “right now” that we have.

Off Limits

We certainly have choice in our lives to do what we want. The hope is we will choose not to make others suffer.

Accommodating the Water

Sometimes when we flail, fight and resist, we only sink deeper, perhaps even drown in our unwanted reality.

The Rock and the River

The rock and river are very different and they still find a way to coexist. The same is true for us in our relationships.

Burn Out

With some nurture, time and patience, we can restore ourselves and rise from the ashes of burn out with beautiful green fields of mental, physical, intellectual and spiritual health.

Loss

The skies may seen grey when we experience loss. We can use our memories to see blue through the pain.

Tragedy

What happened or did not happen to you is not the point; the most significant aspect of your life is that you are alive right now.

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FROM “THINK LIKE A MONK”

OUTTA SPACE?

The conviction that you, or anyone else, knows what you already need to know could be one of biggest challenges you and/or other people face. 

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Making Waves

Even the smallest act of kindness can elevate someone’s day. It tells another human being they are not alone, that someone is out there thinking of them.

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Be A Lake

Thanks but no thanks said the young man rather grimly. The old woman smiled knowingly then handed the young man the bowl of salt and led him to a nearby lake.

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Remembering and Forgetting

When we remember the good others have done for us, we feel humble by our need for others and gratitude for the gifts we have received.

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Salt

There are characteristics of salt that would be good for us to follow.

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Outcomes

Have you ever looked at someone and something they could do and said, “I wish I could do that?”

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The Signal

If we do not learn from the signal that alerts us to a problem, we’ll end up learning from the results of the problem itself.

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COMPONENTS OF TRUE LOVE from “HOW TO LOVE”

Below are the four components of TRUE LOVE as discussed in “How to Love.” The 5th is a factor that is woven throughout the other four.

Loving Kindness

We can only share with others what we first have within ourselves.

Compassion

When we are compassionate, we love through non-judgment, and give to another a gift they may not get from anyone else.

Joy

When we know how to generate JOY, it nourishes us and nourishes others as well.

Equanimity

In a deep relationship with equanimity, there is no longer a boundary between you and the other person. You are her and she is you.

Respect and Trust

True love cannot be without trust and respect for oneself and for the other person.


OTHER THOUGHTS FROM “HOW TO LOVE”

Watering Flowers

When we practice the art of mindful living, we water the positive elements in ourselves and each other.

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Making Mistakes

Without making mistakes, there is no way to learn. If you can learn from your mistakes, then you have already transformed garbage into flowers.

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DEEP THIRST

The desire to understand ourselves and to understand life is a deep thirst. There’s also the deep thirst to be loved and to love.

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Digging Deep

Practicing loving kindness meditation is like digging deep into the ground until we reach the purest water.

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Karuna

If you do not understand the roots of someone’s suffering, you can’t help.

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Attention

We can change bad habits of thinking in ways filled with distrust, pessismism, conflict, sorrow and jealousy.

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FROM “HOW TO FIGHT”

One Arrow Can Save Two Birds

When you remove the conflict within yourself, you also remove the conflict between yourself and others.

International Reconciliaton

As nations and individuals, we have so many wrong perceptions about ourselves and about each other, and these are the foundation of our hatred, fear and distrust.

A Fresh Beginning

We learn by making mistakes. We can begin anew at the last moment of the day and even at the last moment of our life.

Healing

The wound is not only in the body and the consciousness of the other person, but the wound is also there in you.

Impermanence

There is a tendency to believe that we will remain the same person forever, and that the person we are fighting with will remain the same person forever, that they will never change.

Betrayal and Faithfulness

Everyone has both the seed of betrayal and the seed of faithfulness. No situation between two people is ever just one person’s responsibility.

Interbeing

We are all interconnected. By taking care of another person, you are taking care of yourself. By taking care of yourself, you are taking care of the other person.

Give A Gift

The “Give A Gift” video provides a strategy to help you soften toward someone else with whom you may have negative feelings.

How Large is Your Heart

Increasing our understanding and compassion makes our heart grow greater

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COMING SOON:

More good stuff!


Other posts you may find interesting

Fixing My Mind Toward Growth

In the past few weeks I have been feeling something. Or maybe thinking something. Ok, actually, both. I haven’t really been able to figure it out.

Don’t Just Go Through It, GROW Through It

I think it one of the resonant points is that we are always going to face challenges, and when we are, we have a choice. We can either be victimized by the challenge or we can learn something from the challenge.

Your Direction is Most Important

As I was hiking and was presented with several path options, a thought came to mind. It is one that I heard Sunday while listening to a church message online.

One of My Proudest Accomplishments

One of my proudest accomplishments came during my first year as a new middle school teacher. I was hired to teach Spanish, but because I did not have a full load, I also had to teach a section of Language Arts and 6th grade math.

F.E.A.R.

Fear can by crippling. Fear can change our lives. Fear can make us do things that simply do not make sense…Fear itself is not our real problem.

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