“We attain freedom as we let go of whatever does not reflect our magnificence. A bird cannot fly high or far with a stone tied to its back. But release the impediment, and we are free to soar to unprecedented heights.”
– Alan Cohen, owner of the Florida Panthers
“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”
Confucius – China’s most famous teacher, philosopher,
and political theorist, 551-479 BC
I like this quote because rarely is the advice to adjust the steps, but in most instances people are told to re-evaluate their goals.
I couldn’t resist wanting to share “Danaan Parry’s ” writing in the moment..
The words “use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love,” taken from Don Miguel Ruiz‘s book the “The Four Agreements” at first glance for me read as if referring to keeping one’s word. Then again from another perspective, words create a phrase, making what is “your word”, a type of transmitter of energy. Hard as it may be to believe, we are all human energy fields, receptors picking up pulses of energy creating feelings associated with words. So why not use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love, compassion, gratitude, healing or empathy.
On speaking of energy, words and their influence on our human energy fields, I’ve been on my bi-yearly body cleanse or detoxing which is a personal spiritual journey more than a holistic one and to me is like assisting the body in repairing an (aura) electrostatic charge.
In my experience deep body cleansing or detoxing the cells can raise emotional sensitivity so having loving and supportive members that speak kindly of this journey is a plus during the transformation. It’s like peeling an onion and not knowing why tears are flowing down your cheeks. It’s all poetic in a strange familiar yet unfamiliar way as you learn to relinquish by being gentle on yourself balancing your vibrations.
What is the relationship between detoxing or body cleansing, our cells, and words? Well, according to Dr. Candace Pert, “the chemicals that are running our body and our brain are the same chemicals that are involved in emotion. And that says to me that we’d better pay more attention to emotions with respect to health.” Does this mean deep cleansing or detoxing the physical body clears the mind? Improved health results higher vibrational energy with less likelihood of speaking words from a level of misery, but instead from a place of calm and peace.
To take the conscious effort to choose our words in speech, or the overall maintenance in detoxing for better health is not a fad, diet or new age way of thinking. I was fortunate to have grown up on an island where as a child when Friday rolled around, it was considered common to be given our weekly herbs for cleansing. We were happy go lucky and healthy.
As in the words of Mastin Kipp of Daily Love – “Universe is defined as Uni=one Verse=song. Together, in all our own unique ways, we are all participating in One Song.”
The Four Agreements
Be Impeccable With Your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
Don’t Take Anything Personally: Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
Don’t Make Assumptions: Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
Always Do Your Best: Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
– Don Miguel Ruize, Author of The Four Agreements
Sharing a fellow blogger’s view on Marci Shimoff’s quote in To Ponder – When your happy for No Reason.. There is a common desire to LIVE IN HAPPINESS AS shared by bepaulin and her view on what the quote means to her.
“When you’re Happy for No Reason, you bring happiness to your outer experiences rather than trying to extract happiness from them. You don’t need to manipulate the world around you to try to make yourself happy. You live from happiness, rather than for happiness.”– Marci Shimoff,
Finally I’m starting to fully embrace this ‘hey the Universe wants good for you, let me take care of you outlook.’ First The Mind of the Soul by Gary Zukav arrives for me at the library. Next this quote finds me in my inbox. And lastly Sunday I decide, ‘hey today, why don’t you watch Super Soul.’ Who was on the show? I tuned in just in time to watch the last half hour of the interview with none other than Gary Zukav. What snagged my attention most was when Gary pointed out that happiness is attached to the physical world…
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I ask what does acceptance really mean, and what does proactive have to do with it.? Have there been instances in your life, especially when you hear words such as… “accept it, there’s nothing you can do?” Does it pertain to accepting being treated like a door mat, putting up with everything and anything that people throw your way while biting your lip when you know your screaming inside because you want so badly to give that person a piece of your mind. Or is it where you come out to the car to find someone has scratched your new paint job or when you’re in a hurry to only find the tire is flat?
Allow me to share a story:
A friend rang asking for help today from where she works at an on-site newly constructed complex on Sundays. She shows newly developed models for apartments and on arriving realized the front tire of the car had picked up a puncture from the debris of the construction. Mind you now, she’s concerned because the tire is rapidly losing pressure and if nothing is done pronto, she’s stuck. After all, on a Sunday there are few, if any tire shops open.
What does a tire puncture have to do with acceptance, you ask? Well under normal circumstances, this is enough to make a person anxious, because now we’re talking about choices involving time constraints. She could complain and be upset about working on a Sunday with no-one there to help, spend the day cursing the builders or the company for not having cleaned or cleared the parking area, or be proactive.
On receiving the call, her voice sounded anxious about leaving the job after only just arriving, especially now since that would mean opening the office late on her first day. She could open and wait till the end of the day, change the tire herself and put on the donut tire, or chance it going to find the nearest open tire repair shop before it becomes completely deflated, risking it riding on the rims, which would cause further damage or possibly an accident.
When I arrived we manage to safely get to a shop that was open, and in our discovery found the screw had gone straight through, which was the reason for rapid air loss. I followed her back to work, where she parked in the next establishment’s open parking lot because they were closed for the weekend.
On my way out, it began apparent, I too had driven into the new construction site complex and it would be smart to check my tires as well. My mind began to run away with the what-ifs, which I quickly put to rest and turned on music.
If you’ve never been in a situation like hers, than you’re one of the fortunate ones. However, what I found interesting was how well she handled the incident. Sandy assessed the situation but did not allow herself to be paralyzed to take action. She accepted it as being so, and acted proactively. How many times have you (I) found ourselves in (maybe not the exact chain of events), but similar with no-one at your immediate disposal to help and you panic out of fear?
Life can throw some curve balls that catch us off guard and before you know it, the element of fear consumes thoughts, paralyzing action. Fear has stopped many a person in their steps for great opportunities, where when the chaos involving the matter is over, only then in hind-sight, memories of those incidents and how they could have been handled without reacting to fear come to mind.
You see, no matter where or what comes at you, when you stop to accept in that moment, resisting anger, frustration, or rage, you are opening a way for a greater understanding which then allows you to become proactive rather then act on emotions based on fear. Very little is accomplished out of fear that clouds the mind. Like Sandy, by putting her fear(s) in check, she was able to think clearly which enabled her to be proactive, turning what could have taken another course, into a win-win situation both for her car and her peace of mind.
Summon your power of acceptance, and that power will allow you to become proactive for the win-wins in your life.
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