Their sense of equilibrium, their orderly discipline.
The people you admire, the ones who seem to be able to successfully handle and deal with adversity and difficulty, what do they have in common? Their sense of equilibrium, their orderly discipline. On the one-yard line, in the midst of criticism, after a heartbreaking tragedy, during a stressful period, they keep going.Not because they’re better than you. Not because they’re smarter. But because they have learned a little secret. You can take the bite out of any tough situation by bringing a calm mind to it. By considering it and meditating on it in advance.And this is not just for our day-to-day adversities but for the greatest and most unavoidable trial of all: our own eventual death. It could come tomorrow, it could come in forty years. It could be quick and painless, or it could be excruciating. Our greatest asset in that ordeal will not be religion, it will not even be the wise words of the philosophers. It will be, simply, our relationship with Source, with God.
Nowsville is a special place in time! There is only NOW. The new year is fast approaching. Have you been working on a list of things that you’d like to do different in 2022? Drawing on the wisdom of Dr. Wayne Dyer, what if you choose to forget about making these resolutions? What if you choose to forget about deciding how you will be conducting your life months from now? For 2022, what if you choose to live in the present moment?“This day that you’re living right now is the only day you get. You can resolve to be skinny when next July rolls around, or to quit smoking next month, or to write that book you’ve been meaning to, or to embark on your overdue exercise program by the end of this year. You can go about resolving until the cows come home, and you still have to live your life just like everyone else on the planet: One day at a time. You can only live minute to minute. You can certainly use up your present moments thinking about what you’ll be doing in the future, but that doesn’t change t...read more
The Christmas season represents the Best in mankind.
Merry Christmas! Regardless of your religious preference or belief system, the Christmas season represents the Best in mankind. Christmas is about Peace and Goodwill to all. It’s about Love and Joy. Compassion. Appreciation. Humility. And Goodness. It’s about Giving and Receiving. About caring and embracing. About Acceptance. Gratitude. And Listening. It’s about being of service to one another. It’s about Spirit. And Wholeness. It’s about Unity and getting along. And it’s about Connection and Oneness with all things of this world and beyond.Wishing you All a Very Merry, Joy-filled Christmas, and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!With much love and appreciation.DW
How long have you been alive? Take the years, multiple them by 365, and then by 24. How many hours have you lived (me-613,200 hours)? What do you have to show for all of them?The answer for many people is not enough. We had so many hours that we took them for granted. All we have to show for our time on this planet are rounds of golf, years spent at the office, time spent watching mediocre movies, a stack of mindless books we hardly remember reading, and maybe a garage full of toys. We’re like the character in Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye: “Mostly, I just kill time,” he says, “and it dies hard.”One day our hours begin to run out. It would be nice to be able to say: “Hey, I really made the most of it.” Not in the form of achievements, not money, not status, but in wisdom, insight, and real progress in the things that all humans struggle against.What if you could say that you really made something of this time that you had? What if you could prove ...read more
If you were suddenly told you had but a week to live, what changes would you make?
We have an irrational fear of acknowledging our own mortality. We avoid thinking about it because we think it will be depressing. In fact, reflecting on mortality often has the opposite effect—invigorating us more than saddening us. Why? Because it gives us clarity.If you were suddenly told you had but a week to live, what changes would you make? If you died but were resuscitated, how different would your perspective be? When as Shakespeare’s Prospero puts it, “every third thought shall be my grave,” there’s no risk of getting caught up in petty matters or distractions. Instead of denying our fear of death, let’s let it make us the best people we can be.Today.
We are far too lax at enforcing our mental boundaries.
Today there will be endless interruptions: phone calls, emails, visitors, unexpected events. Booker T. Washington observed that “the number of people who stand ready to consume one’s time, to no purpose, is almost countless.”A philosopher, on the other hand, knows that their default state should be one of reflection and inner awareness. This is why they so diligently protect their personal space and thoughts from the intrusions of the world. They know that a few minutes of contemplation are worth more than any meeting or report. They also know how little time we’re actually given in life—and how quickly our stores can be depleted.While we might be good at protecting our physical property, we are far too lax at enforcing our mental boundaries. Property can be regained; there is quite a bit of it out there—some of it untouched by man. But time? Time is our most irreplaceable asset—we cannot buy more of it. We can only strive to waste as little as possible.
See the light in others and treat them as if that is all you see.
“To live a life of gratitude is to open our eyes to the countless ways we are supported by the world around us.” ― Gregg KrechGratitude may not change what’s happening in life, but gratitude will change your relationship with it.When we learn to feel gratitude with a full heart, we are learning to love unconditionally. Living this divine love is living in grace. See the light in others and treat them as if that is all you see.Be patient and loving with every fearful thought. Practice observing your fears as a witness, and you’ll see them dissolve.I am filled with the irrevocable truth that everything-there-is is wherever we are.Intend to see the hidden beauty of all that exists—it then reveals itself.Appreciating what we take for granted helps develop a grateful disposition....read more
Every person is born with a death sentence. Each second that passes by is one you’ll never get back.
Have you ever heard some ask: “What would you do if you found out tomorrow that you had cancer?” The question is designed to make you consider how different life might be if you were suddenly given just a few months or weeks to live. There’s nothing like a terminal illness to wake people up.But here’s the thing: you already have a terminal diagnosis. We all do! As the writer Edmund Wilson put it, “Death is one prophecy that never fails.” Every person is born with a death sentence. Each second that passes by is one you’ll never get back.Once you realize this, it will have a profound impact on what you do, say, and think. Don’t let another day tick away in ignorance of the reality that you’re a dying person. We all are. Can today be the day we stop pretending otherwise?
Love of fate: the welcoming of all life’s experiences as good.
The events that will transpire today are the same as the things that have always occurred. People living and dying, animals living and dying, clouds rolling in and rolling out, air sucked in and sucked out, as it has for aeons. This moment right now to paraphrase Emerson, is a quotation of the moments that have come before and will come ever after.This idea is expressed nowhere more beautifully than in the Christianity hymn Gloria Patri. “as it was in the beginning, and now, and always to the ages of ages.” This thought is not supposed to be depressing or uplifting. It’s just a fact. However, it can have a calming, centering effect. No need to get excited, no need to wait on pins and needles. If you haven’t seen this before, someone else has. That can be a relief.
Love of fate: the welcoming of all life’s experiences as good.
Hope is generally regarded as good. Fear is generally regarded as bad. To some, they are the same—both are projections into the future about things we do not control. Both are the enemy of this present moment that you are actually in. Both mean you’re living a life in opposite to amor fati (love of fate: the welcoming of all life’s experiences as good).It’s not about overcoming our fears but understanding that both hope and fear contain a dangerous amount of want and worry in them. And, sadly, the want is what causes the worry.