REPLAY Day 253
We thank the Powers of Creation- the known and unknowable- that exist within each of us and in everything around us, for our existence and presence in the world today.
We give thanks for the abundance in our lives that is so often taken for granted-from the smallest, most forgettable to the gifts that sustain us.
We give thanks for connections– for people coming and going in our lives, for sharing, laughter, to support and to love. We also give thanks for the people who challenge our well being- those teachers who force us to reach inside and choose to be better than their example.
We are blessed with freedom while many are imprisoned, fullness while many hunger, peace while many know only war, and prosperity while many live in poverty.
We give thanks for all these blessings and for the Infinite Love that lights the paths of our journeys.
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Today I intend to ~allow~ love to express fully in my relationships in both a freely giving and fully accepting manner.
Love is not a thing we create in our relationships, it’s the very thing that creates us in them. We don’t create love we ~ allow ~ love to express. And we allow it when we surrender ourselves to another with a defenseless and penetrable heart that is willing to give without limit and receive without demand.
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I acknowledge that I am human
and I am humbled today by the gift of my humanness.
I easily and readily apologize for my mis-ses.
I accept responsibility without hesitation.
I forgive myself.
I am an example of humility, courage and authenticity.
Being human really is a gift but it’s not one that comes easily, especially for those of us struggling to rise above our ego-rooted reactions and live a more heart-centered experience. Sometimes that humanness just gets the best of us and we react. We say something we don’t really mean or take frustration out on a person or situation totally unrelated to our inner struggle. We blow up, we lash out, we hide behind arrogance, we crumble in the certainty that no one understands us (and certainly no one loves us), we feel alone and isolated, we may even engage in a full-blown pity party. And it’s OK, and it’s normal, and it’s part of the balance we all struggle to find. It may even be entirely emotionally healthy. But on the other side of that humanness we need to find humility.
Cultivating the ability to recognize and own our mis-ses – mistakes, misdirection, misuse of language, misguided attempts, etc. – make amends for them, and then forgive ourselves for them, takes our humanness to a new level.
The absence of our humanity is not the goal of evolution; it is when our humanity exits in equal partnership with our humility that we are on our way.
A terrific movie that explores what it means to BE HUMAN and evolve
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May I have the opportunity today to help someone in need of my love and support.
I shall not waste this life in useless pursuits but use it well to bring benefit and happiness to the world.
Today’s affirmation was written by the late Most Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda Nayaka Maha Thera; his words are a small portion of a Buddhist morning prayer. When I read the words I knew I had to share them. What a beautiful way to begin a morning – intending to help others and bringing happiness to the world.
A tremendously important aspect of an authentic and empowered walk thru life is the giving of ourselves to others. A selfless interest in the well-being of others naturally flows from the heart that has found wholeness.
Supporting others can take infinite forms. It may involve emotional support, money, services, or just being present with someone. Allowing another their privacy and giving someone a second chance are a few less obvious ways we can give to others.
Whatever we do that promotes and uplifts another to their highest potential and greatest happiness, is giving. And, one of the Universe’s magical Truths is that when we give of ourselves we are simultaneously giving to ourselves, so we really are uplifting the whole world.
If you’re interested in learning more about Buddhist prayers and practices this is a wonderful book by Thich Nhat Hanh
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Today I will embrace life using a positive language approach that aligns itself with my desires.
I will speak in terms of outcome and potential.
I will use language that empowers and moves me forward.
The other day I listened as a close friend told me, “I’m going to stop (blanking). I don’t want to do that anymore. It’s not healthy.” The language he used set off bells and whistles in my head. He was approaching the change he wanted to make from a negative perspective, however subtle it may have been, and his words reflected his view. He was focusing on the original behavior, which he viewed negatively, and it was from that same negative slant he was approaching change. There’s a huge energetic and emotional difference between choosing to STOP something and choosing to START something. NOT wanting to do something is the exact opposite of WANTING to do something. Though his words were truthful, they told me he was in a for a struggle if he didn’t change his approach. I gently explained that if he shifted his thinking and language from what he DOESN’T want to what he DOES want, he’d have a much better chance of creating lasting change. Gratefully, he listened and understood.
We all approach life from a less than ideal outlook sometimes and can slip into negative language easily, but we can shift our point of view by focusing on what we want, what we seek, what we hope for, and what we are moving toward, instead of their opposites. Instead of complaining (the focus being on what we don’t like) we can suggest, which puts our attention on what we want. Instead of saying what we will not tolerate, we can talk about what we will accept. Instead of talking about not doing something unhealthy, we can talk about doing something healthy. There’s a powerful difference between saying “I just quit smoking.” and “I just started being healthier.” “I won’t put up with this anymore.” has a very different energy and emotion to it than “I will accept nothing less than better.”
I think Mother Theresa probably summed it up best. “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”
(Suggested Reading Link for this Affirmation )
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