Sunday, January 31, 2010
What made the Buddha special was that he never lowered his expectations. He imagined the ultimate happiness—one so free from limit and lack that it would leave no need for further desire—and then treasured his desire for that happiness as his highest priority. Bringing all his other desires into dialogue with it, he explored various strategies until he found one that actually attained that unlimited goal. This strategy became his most basic teaching: the Four Noble Truths.
~ Thanissaro Bhikkhu from "Pushing the Limits" (Fall 2005)
Saturday, January 23, 2010
The purpose of this book by best-selling author and lecturer Marianne Williamson is to psychologically and spiritually reframe this transition so that it leads to a wonderful sense of joy and awakening. In our ability to rethink our lives lies our greatest power to change them. What we have called “middle age” need not be seen as a turning point toward death. It can be viewed as a magical turning point toward life as we’ve never known it, if we allow ourselves the power of an independent imagination—thought-forms that don’t flow in a perfunctory manner from ancient assumptions merely handed down to us, but rather flower into new archetypal images of a humanity just getting started at 45 or 50....check out Marianne's first book A Return to Love for more inspiration!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
We often let challenges stop us in our tracks, when we could instead apply a bit of mental focus and find creative ways to work through them. Even if we can’t initially resolve all aspects of an obstacle, our mental focus can give us the confidence and determination to keep working on the problems and continue moving forward with our goals. We are then able to keep obstacles in their proper perspective, and instead of feeling intimidated we are invigorated by the challenge and take it on with relish. If you apply your mental focus to the dissolution of obstacles today, you can give your plans a great push forward.....the fabulousdailyom is on us to create with focus no matter what....LIVE your best F.A.G LIFE!!!
If there is a remedy when trouble strikes,
What reason is there for despondency?
And if there is no help for it,
What is the use of being sad?
So come what may, I'll never harm
My cheery happiness of mind.
Depression never brings me what I want;
My virtue will be warped and marred by it.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Kindness, as well as being a quality of the heart, is a skill. It deepens as we learn to pay attention to ourselves and one another with awareness. When we step out of our comfort zones and experiment with speaking to one another, listening to one another, and caring for one another in a different way, kindness grows. The fruits of greater kindness are revealed in our minds, in our lives, and in our communities.
Just as material things are made of dust, so too are our perceptions and thoughts mere dust. Just as it takes only a moment to wipe the dust from the surface of a mirror, so it takes only a moment to become enlightened, the moment all defiled intentions are cleared from our consciousness, we will see ourselves in the mirror of perfect truth. ~Master Hsing Yun, "Describing the Indescribable"
The easiest way to ease the insecurities we occasionally feel where our relationships are concerned is to open up to the people we care for in order to share our worries with them. We have no way of knowing what our loved ones are thinking and feeling outside of conversation, so when we give voice to our fears the calming effect is twofold in nature. Since our fears are quite often the product of pessimistic thinking, the anxiety we felt within can seem trivial when expressed outwardly. And, once they understand our emotional reaction to these notions, the people we care about are in a position to reassure us and discuss their own thoughts regarding the bonds we share. When you reveal your insecurities to your loved ones today, you will discover that they are more than willing to assuage your doubts.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
A gifted doctor specializing in neuro-linguistic programming, time-line hypnotherapy, and clinical hypnotherapy, Freidemann Schaub is one of the most talented voices in the field of audio-hypnosis sessions, and the two sessions presented on Be You! demonstrate his facility brilliantly. With his measured, deeply felt voice—including a slight European accent—over a soft, downy bed of acoustic guitars, synths, and flutes, any open-minded listener can feel themselves be pulled into a trance, their mind opening to instruction that can guide them to a better life. When Schaub cautions about driving or operating machinery while playing this CD, you are advised to listen. The man is something of a wizard. Borders Books- get it today!
Recognizing the importance of "you time" is far easier than finding a place for it in an active, multifaceted lifestyle, however. Even if you find a spot for it in your agenda, you may be dismayed to discover that your thoughts continuously stray into worldly territory. To make the most of "you time," give yourself enough time on either side of the block of time you plan to spend on yourself to ensure that you do not feel rushed. Consider how you would like to pass the time, forgetting for the moment your obligations and embracing the notion of renewal. You may discover that you are energized by creative pursuits, guided meditation, relaxing activities during which your mind can wander, or modes of expression such as writing....a moment away for the rest of your world connecting to the creative is essential for living a F.A.G LIFE!...the fabulousdailyom speaks to us! xo
Monday, January 11, 2010
This leading-edge book by Esther and Jerry Hicks, who present the teachings of the Non-Physical entity Abraham, will help you understand the emotions that you’ve been experiencing all of your life. Instead of the out-of-control, knee-jerk reactions that most people have to their ever-changing life experience, this work will put those responses into a broader context. You’ll come to understand what emotions are, what each of them means, and how to effectively utilize your new awareness of them.
Barnes and Noble F.A.G Peeps!!
Yoga instructor, percussionist, and author Layne Redmond has been studying Eastern meditation practices since 1970 and brings a wealth of experience and grace to bear on her CD Chakra Breathing Meditations. A great beginner's disc, it focuses almost entirely on the breath and on visualization exercises. With her quietly assertive and nurturing voice, Redmond speaks with the measured assurance of one who has taught these processes time and again, and she knows just how to go: slow and steady so that you won't ever lose track of where you are, but with enough forward momentum that one won't grow impatient with the rate of guidance.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Time spent in nature’s embrace is a soothing reminder of the fact that we also are products of the natural world’s ingenuity. We feel at home in a quiet forest and are comforted by the pounding surf of the seaside. In both the sunny meadow and the shaded waterfall’s grotto, stress and tension we have long retained melts away. Finding opportunities to reconnect with nature to enjoy its healing benefits can be difficult, however. Planting and tending a garden allows us to spend time with Mother Nature in a very personal and hands-on way. We work in tandem with nature while gardening—honoring the seasons, participating in the life cycle of various organisms, experiencing the unique biorhythms of our environments, and transcending all that divides us from the natural world. As we interact with the soil, we are free to be ourselves and reflect upon meditative topics. Fresh air invigorates us, while our visceral connection to the earth grounds us.
Though you may plant a garden to grow food or herbs, or for the pleasure of seeing fresh flowers in bloom, you will likely discover that the time you spend working in your plot feels somehow more significant than many of the seemingly more important tasks you perform each day. Whether your garden can be measured in feet or is a collection of plants in pots, tending it can be a highly spiritual experience. You, by necessity, develop a closer relationship with the soil, seeds, water, and sunlight. Nurturing just a single plant means cultivating a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that permit it to thrive. A true healing garden is simply one where you feel comfortable plunging your hands into the earth, lingering over seedlings and plants to observe their growth. And yes, even caressing and talking to plants. Creating beauty through the creative use of space, and giving yourself over to awe when you realize that you have worked hand in hand with nature to give birth to som! ething, is truly wonderful.
The partnership that is formed when you collaborate with Mother Nature through gardening is wonderful in that it provides you with so many opportunities to be outdoors. You will be reminded of not only your connection to the earth but also of your unique gifts that allow you to give back to the earth....Thank you fabulousdailyOM...a fabulous reminder to get in mother nature to heal and nuture...she is the divine source of LOVE.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Identity is an elusive concept. We feel we must define ourselves using a relatively small selection of roles and conscious character traits, even if none accurately represents our notion of “self.” The confusion surrounding our true natures is further compounded by the fact that society regularly asks us to suppress so much of our emotional, intellectual, and spiritual vibrancy. Yet we are, in truth, beings of light—pure energy inhabiting physical bodies, striving for enlightenment while living earthly lives. Our true selves exist whether we acknowledge them or not, often buried under fears and learned behavior. When we recognize our power, our luminosity, and our divinity, we cannot help but live authentic lives of appreciation, potential, fulfillment, and grace. Thank you fabulousdailyom, right on track working on luminosity!!...we all hold great power....power to change the world's view!...use it wisely this year...Change is happening...let's keep focused and keep loving each other! DCH