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Your Life: Habit or Freedom?

 

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A friend once asked me, “With all the years you’ve studied the mind and its functions, why have you not written a book? Especially since you love to write?”

I could have given him a dozen different answers, but what instantly issued from my mouth was, “You’re supposed to write what you know. All I’ve focused on has been stuff like truth and wisdom. I see no point in writing about it, since greater minds than mine have already said it before.”

Without missing a beat, my friend quipped, “That’s okay. People weren’t reading about truth and wisdom before either.”

Whether considering the Stoics, Buddhists, or any other countless philosophies or religions over the centuries, I’ve discovered two common themes.

First, have unconditional love for all of humanity.

And…

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Life can only be understood backward


Soren Kierkegaard said,
‘Life can only be understood backward,
but it must be lived forward.’

 

Take courage and peace from the fact that God never changes.
He has always been there for us in the past,
even when we couldn’t see it at the time.
He will equally always be there in the future,
walking through life with us.
May our backward glances at God’s love give us the security to step out into the unknown future.
~ Alan Hermann

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Expectations

 

Jewish Young Professional

Photo by Anandu Vinod on Unsplash

“Every cloud has a silver lining” – proverb

We watch the heavy storm –

Clouds whose bellies hang low,

Weighted with our expectations

For silver linings – but life is just

Phantom pregnancies, labor pains

That do not deliver joy.

If such linings were common, they’d be plastic;

We’d pollute the ocean with them.

They’re only silver because they’re rare.

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Written for dVerse

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A Humming Bird in Flight. Let Us Learn!

 

BowmanAuthor and Writer/Editor

A Humming Bird in Flight

A tiny creature, barely noticeable,

The size of an insect.

What a rare and precious find, incredible!

If we could but enlarge its beauty, it would reflect

The glory of nature in one swift swoop

As the tiny bird sweeps into our lives with ballet loops.

Ah, the peace, joy, and purity of nature…

It reminds us to look for the little things

That bring so much meaning, depth, and will to nurture

All life upon our planet, all thoughts and feelings in our souls.

We can learn much from this luminous, humming fowl

Who has no troubles, woes, resentment.

Skimming the skies in faithful bliss,

Seeking the nourishment that strengthens the minuscule wings.

Listen closely as you hear the song of endless

Joy, peace, freedom, and contentment.

So let us sing!

–Deborah A. Bowman

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A Child’s Petition (poem)

 

David Carlewood

Life is good today;
Stay like this a while.
Don’t let things fall back
Where they were before.
Freeze things as they are,
Capture time in flight,
Bind its little wings,
Keep the sun alight.

David

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Happy New Year. SIGH.

Being chained for some more months we should be happy when we are still not infected by that terrible disease. Though we shall still have to be on the safe side, avoiding contact with too many people.

When staying in our little bubble, what do we want more. Today there are so many technological wonders that can bring people from all over the world to our doorstep.

We have the facility to be in contact with so many people all over the world and can share our thoughts with them. But we now have also much more time to read books and to watch films on our small or big screen.

So, let’s enjoy the life that we are privileged to have!

Coronavirus Diaries

It’s January 2021. We are way into the future and China has unleashed a whole load of hell into the world with Covid-19. We’re all still social distancing like mad, washing our hands, wearing masks, going nowhere, doing nothing, getting fat and lonely. No holidays, no hugs with friends, no eating in restaurants or going out dancing. We’re not even popping out for a cup of tea in a café. It’s a shitty life and I don’t see how it can change any time soon what with the new, ultra-transmissible mutation of the virus in rampant circulation.

But there is hope. Vaccines are being given. Snowdrop shoots are peeping out of the muddy grass, and I’ve bought a new armchair and sofa bed on a 0% finance deal from DFS. You’ve got to take happiness where you can get it. Plus:-

  • The children are healthy
  • I am healthy
  • We have…

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Recrafting our World

According to psychologist Peter Kramer, resilience is the ability to cope with life’s frustrations without falling apart. And reslilience, not happiness, is the opposite of depression.

  • essence of a good life =  how well we pay attention, compassionately accept our situation, take action toward meaningful goals, learn from our choices, and move on, with as much trust + love as we can.
  • time at home = opportunity to reflect on life >  how to live closer to your credo => opportunity to re-evaluate + change way we live, work, produce, + distribute goods + services.
  • shift away from mindless consumerism => begin living for higher purposes, mindful of our impact on other people & planet.
  • Clarifying + aligning with our priorities.

key = how we respond to new challenge. 

  • slowing down & reflecting
  • waking up to a new reality.
  • isolation =/= loneliness.

Essence of a good life: how well we pay attention, compassionately accept our situation, take action toward meaningful goals, learn from our choices, and move on, with as much trust as we can. And remembering that what matters most is love. {Happy or Resilient?}

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Recrafting our World

dreams, rebirth

It’s impossible to avoid the news and impact of coronavirus.

I’ve progressed from denial to concern, to acceptance and opening to new ideas. I’ve been sick for the last few days wondering if I have the virus, flu, a cold, allergies, or am simply run down. I’m considering whether to go to a doctor and be tested for the coronavirus. The virus is forcing us to slow down and live differently, at least for a while, Maybe asking us to consider how we can become healthier, more resilient, and more helpful in a connected world. Here’s a related post I wrote about resiliency a few years ago called Happy or Resilient?  From that post; the essence of a good life is how well we pay attention, compassionately accept our situation, take action toward meaningful goals, learn from our choices, and move on, with as much…

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Pandemic Anxiety Busters~

Continuation of

Anxiety Management During Pandemic Days~

Hope on the Horizon: Pandemic Anxiety Management II~

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To remember

Have tools in your awareness => improve your mood + ease your anxiety

> practices boost immune system + improve our emotional + psychological health.

Committing to service of development of a relationship with an intelligence present within us > greater than our own = relating more deeply to our inner nature

In times of serious stress like a pandemic, turning inward spiritually, connects us outward, bringing calm and comfort

 

  • Spiritual Meditation/Prayer
    • paying attention to our inward self + inner voice > “introvert,” “extravert” and “synchronicity => real inner change, genuine achievement of a new attitude.
    • aim of the unconscious: the further filling out of ourselves; an increasing completeness in the unique being that we are.
    • Anima or Animus > our inner opposite sex figure & soul guide
  • Second Voice
    • practice listening for your second, more rational thought
    • have a second thought => giving a more helpful + accurate option
  • Exercise, Diet & Good Health Practices

 

    • Taking time to clear your mind of worries & concerns > focusing your attention on bigger picture
    • Prayer + spiritual meditation = connecting ourselves to greater whole => profoundly comforting.
    • Exercising creative pursuits + talents => spiritually connected.

Fully live in the moment + feel gratitude for being alive.

daily relaxing, distracting, + fun activities

In the last two posts we started filling our anxiety busting toolbox and we are now down to our final three tools.*

Thank you to all the bloggers who added their own personal tools that work. They are most helpful and are incorporated into our toolbox. Choose any tool(s) that might work for you, and discard any/all that are not a good fit for you. Add more of your own resources that work. Adapt your toolbox to suit yourself. The most important thing, regardless of the specific tools, is to have tools in your awareness, to improve your mood, and ease your anxiety, when bad things happen.

Here is our toolbox:

ANXIETY TOOLBOX:

Self Talk Reframing (Cognitive Therapy)

Guided Imagination/Visualization

Exposure Management

Progressive Relaxation

Distraction in Action

Self Soothing

Second Voice

Spiritual Meditation/Prayer

Exercise, Diet & Good Health Practices

SECOND VOICE

Carl Jung emphasized the importance of paying attention to…

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Life is a garden

Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling: Het leven is een tuin

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Preceding

Life is a strange loop

Life isn’t a race

Hortus Closus

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Painting by Xie Chu Yu

Life is a garden,
A beautiful summer, but
Winter without spring.

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Life isn’t a race

Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling: Het leven is geen race

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Preceding

Life is a strange loop

Next:

Life is a garden

Hortus Closus

pencil-drawings-of-the-fallen-angel

Life isn’t a race,
It is not a competition
It’s a  long travel.

We are heading to nowhere,
Through the mist of nothingness

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