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Be In The World, But Do Not Let The World Be In You

“Do not get attached to worldly things and pursuits. Be in the world, but do not let the world be in you.” ~ Sai Baba …

Because we are experiencing this world each day, it can be easy for us to forget that we are in fact spiritual beings who are not of this world. We grow accustomed to our daily lives; it become a natural experience for us to relate with–to see ourselves as physical beings, bodies containing our souls, whereas the reality is the exact opposite. Still, we will someday part from this world, and it is therefore necessary for us not to let the eternal part of us become “attached to worldly things and pursuits.” Continue reading

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Gaining Awareness

“When one cannot be sure that there are many days left, each single day becomes as important as a year, and one does not waste an hour in wishing that the hours were longer, but simply fills it, like a smaller cup, as high as it will go without spilling over.” ~ Natalie Kusz …

As we grow older, so too does our awareness of the value inherent within each day that we are here on this Earth. But often times, along with this increasing awareness can come sadness and regret over the opportunities to live our life to the fullest–to fill our cup to the brim–that we have let slip through our hands. The value of our days is seldom realized until we are faced with a count of them. Continue reading

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Knead It!

“Is bread the better for kneading? So is the heart. Knead it then by spiritual exercises; or God must knead it by afflictions.” ~ Augustus Hare …

When bread is kneaded, the flour and the water is mixed together so as to allow the proteins in the flour to expand and give the bread its texture. Through this preparation, bread is essentially “made better.” Likewise, our hearts need preparation too, so that they may be “made better.” We will face difficulties; and if we prepare our hearts daily, they will not overwhelm us. Continue reading

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Feel Amazement

“The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.” ~ Albert Einstein …

For some of us, mystery can seem threatening simply because it involves a touch of uncertainty and the unknown. Many of these individuals spend countless hours and vast reserves of energy trying to understand and explain the mysterious in order to ease their anxieties and bring a sense of comfort into their lives. Of course, that is how our minds work–they crave answers, explanations, and reasoning. Yet even Albert knew that to live our lives fully, we must experience all of life–including the mysterious–with amazement and wonder. Not doing so would be as if we were dead. Continue reading

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Hold Fast… Do Not Give Up!

“Don’t give up. Normally it is the last key on the ring which opens the door.” ~ Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra …

When we face failure in our lives, it can be easy to get down on ourselves, especially when we are confronted with it time and time again. But that is where faith has its greatest purpose: without it, we are lost, yet with it, we muster hope and courage… we embrace perseverance and patience, and we eventualize success. Continue reading

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Mind Over Matter

“The mind is its own place, and in it self
Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.” ~ John Milton, Paradise Lost …

If you have ever heard the phrase, “mind over matter,” you may also understand how it relates to our ability to control the perceptions of what we are experiencing. I may feel pain and misery, but that does not have to conclude with me living my life in misery. Continue reading

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Worrying?

“Worrying is stupid. It’s like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain.” ~ Wiz Khalifa …

How often do we walk around with umbrellas, blocking the wonderful sunlight in our lives, waiting for it to rain? When we worry about things that have not happened, and perhaps are never going to come to pass, we are effectively hurting ourselves. Not only are we missing out on living our lives to the fullest, we are adding undue stress and suffering into our lives. Continue reading

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