Tag Archives: philosophy

Look to the Light

Our souls cannot grow without challenges and obstacles that force us to pause and take a detour as we find our way forward.  When you feel wounded, unloved, and find that others do not appreciate your efforts, look to the … Continue reading

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Gratitude

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Monday Motivation

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Right Speech – Buddhism

Speak at the right time Speak the truth Speak with affection Speak only if it is beneficial. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. Speak from a place off good will. If you are in a … Continue reading

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Contentment

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How to be happy

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Be True to Yourself

Being true to yourself does not mean getting your own way all the time.  It means standing in your own light with integrity, being honest with yourself and others, and always acting with love instead of fear and anger.

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Truth

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Be Gracious

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Shoot for the Moon

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Choose to Love Yourself

All of the religions and ancient wisdom traditions teach us to love.  Indeed, all of them have some version of the Golden Rule in their sacred texts, reminding us to treat others as we want to be treated.  We often forget … Continue reading

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Gratitude

“If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you’ that would be enough.” Meister Eckhart, the German philosopher who strongly influenced the Quaker movement, said this in the thirteenth century. This made an impression on me, being … Continue reading

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A New Attitude – Noticing Miracles Every Day

There are two ways to live your life.  One is though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle. I love this quote.  It is often ascribed to Albert Einstein.  Since he was a scientist, … Continue reading

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Just Be Still

The older I get and the more I meditate, the more powerful this message of Psalm 46:10 becomes: Be still and know that I am God All the ancient wisdom traditions and religions believe this.  It does not matter if you … Continue reading

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Imagine and Create

My life changed when I began using my wheelchair and then even more when I was no longer able to work.  I felt like I was announcing to the world that I was different and somehow deficient.  In time I … Continue reading

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What do we really want?

So often we think that material possessions will bring us happiness.  The sports car, the designer clothes and accessories, the beach house.  For me, it was a condo in Florida. Like many people, sitting on the beach looking out over … Continue reading

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Taking a Time Out

Be still and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10 These powerful words changed my life.  I began to see that there was a positive aspect of not being able to work anymore – free time.   In addition to … Continue reading

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The Not so Useless Tree

Zhuangzi, the Chinese philosopher told the story of a tree which had many bumps and gnarls in its trunk and branches. Because of this, it was considered useless by carpenters and the builders of homes and ships. So it was … Continue reading

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God is Love and Compassion – in all Religions

I just love this true story recounted by my new Facebook friend, Fazz on our MD Community page, “One of my best friends is Chinese and he is a Buddhist. One day he asked whether I pray or not. I … Continue reading

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It just is

On some days I need to spend more time resting with a heating pad.  I have a bad habit of referring to these days as “bad” days.  The truth is, it is not good or bad, it is another day.  … Continue reading

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If I can surrender, anyone can!

It begins every day with one small action – taking the time to be still.  Whether you call it centering prayer or meditation, it is the same idea and the same principle at work.  First, I had to develop the … Continue reading

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Focusing on Abundance

Today I find myself feeling discouraged because I am unable to travel to attend a wedding in October. I am focusing on the millions of cells in my body which constantly reproduce, the millions of leaves in nature, the grains … Continue reading

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Learning to Surrender

Even though I write in a gratitude journal to help me focus on the positive things in my life, there are some days when I get frustrated and tired of dealing with my weak muscles.  On days like that the … Continue reading

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What’s Luck Got To Do With It

I don’t believe in luck.  Don’t we make our own choices based on the cards we are dealt in life?  These choices are determined by our attitudes, abilities, and character.  At any point we can choose to adopt a positive … Continue reading

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Expect the Best

How do you resolve the paradox of expecting nothing and expecting the best?  It came to me when my husband brought some tomatoes in from the garden.  He planted the seeds with the expectation that if he fertilized and watered … Continue reading

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Appreciating my body

I thank my body for being the vehicle that enables me to be alive on the earth – instead of being angry at it for being in a wheelchair, fighting my weakness, focusing on what is not working “normally”.   I … Continue reading

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Embracing the Mystery

I don’t remember when I first heard the phrase, embrace the mystery.  I just know that I was not sure what it meant, but it definitely made an impression on my mind. Now I see it as acceptance of whatever … Continue reading

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