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“Love this second and never let go of it!”

 

It sounds simple, doesn’t it?

It is simple.

Life was not created to be complicated, we choose to make it so. You may not (yet) believe that you choose how you feel about every second (but you soon will.) You can start right this second (and feel the change!) No matter how bad you think your life is right now… whether you have money, need more money, lack love, have just lost a loved one, are sick, have lost your job, or whatever is currently happening around you or in your life to distract you from being your True Self… you have the ability to grab ahold of this very second, and love it… Go on, give it a try, what do you have to lose? Surely it can’t be any worse than what you are choosing right now, can it?

“Love this second and never let go of it!”

 Yesterday is gone… the next minute will never come, let alone tomorrow…! Grab this very second – now – and with all of your senses… see now… hear now… touch now… smell now… and taste now… LOVE the total sensation of this very moment… and, as you do, never, ever, ever let it go…

Just like trying to catch a fire-fly, you may need a little practice, but it is an easy thing to practice throughout the day. Stop whatever you’re doing, be still for just a second, and…

“Love this second and never let go of it!”

 

Enjoy the experience, notice what happens…

Many people skip like a flat pebble across the ocean, forgetting to enjoy the actual journey and experience, and wish to know the answer, “Who am I?”

Many people completely miss the wonderful sensations of living, because they are caught with needing to know who they are, what is “god”, where did I come from. They reach out to blind religions and groups outside of themselves that profess to ‘know’ the answers.

Let me ask you this, “If you want to know who lives in a house, isn’t it easier to just go up to the front door, knock and then ask?”

If you want to know who you are, seek the answers within. Ask… and then listen for the reply. Many ask, but forget to be still and aware long enough to listen out for and hear the reply. It most likely won’t be a audible voice in your head, it may be a new encounter, an experience, something as simple as an observation of nature and a greater connection to ‘that which is all’. One thing is for certain, when you know, you will know.

Remember that pebble? What happens to it? When the journey – skipping over the water – is over, natural forces take over, it sinks slowly to the bottom, and there it has new experiences. That is what happens to you, you are endless, eternal, and connected to something far, far greater than you can comprehend or understand in this form. Be content to just experience you life right now.

The old characters from the various religions (Jesus, Mohummed, Bhudda, etc.) all well-connected, spiritual people, but they were not god in man’s form – not in the sense of the old books people wrote about them – they had merely realized that we are all part of what we more commonly call ‘god’: a life-force, a power, a vibration.

The search for something beyond yourself is futile and frustrating, rather like arguing whether steam, ice, or water is the purest form of h2o, when in fact it is neither, it is Hydrogen and Oxygen combined. Don’t try to search for something that is not there… remember the tale of the Emperor’s new clothes…?

Seek the master of the house at home, they are always there and always ready to listen and play host to you…

We all have dreams… some are big… some ‘seem’ smaller, but we all have dreams. All the great inventions, achievements, and wonders all started out one time as dreams. Dreams are an important part of what makes us who we are.

Dreams never die.

I personally enjoy this quotation: “Some people dream… Others stay awake and achieve them!”

Sometimes it takes a lot of personal courage to stick with a dream. There are a lot of naysayers out there that will jealously try to rain on your parade. Following a dream wholeheartedly reconnects us with the simplicity and joy of childlikeness. Children know no boundaries, they are wonderful gifts to our world. They remind us that ANYTHING really is possible. Sadly, many adults cave to the pressures of the naysayers and give up on their dreams.

“A dream will never quit on you!”

I’m writing this today, because a personal dream of mine is taking shape as we speak, and I wanted to share this example with you, to encourage you, to inspire you, to motivate you that it really is NEVER TOO LATE to rekindle the embers of a dream. Yours is still there… waiting for you… just blow gentle… watch for a little spark… blow some more… the flames of your dream will burst up and dance in happiness before you…!

My dream…? ONE of my dreams (I have many, thankfully!) has to do with football (soccer) and a catchy, little song I wrote years ago for a World Cup long since forgotten, “Chant Like an English Fan!” It is based on the tune of the Bangles’ 80s hit “Walk Like an Egyptian” written by Liam Sternberg.

It really didn’t do much when it first came out in 2006, but this year due to patience and persistence, I just found out that on March 14th this year Manchester United will be playing it at half-time at Old Trafford. Can you imagine… THOUSANDS of football/ soccer fans hearing my song? I feel like the ‘Man of the Match’.

Never, never, never totally give up on YOUR dreams! Don’t let the jealous naysayers steal your dreams! Get excited… get passionate… have faith in your dream… it was given to you for a reason…

I hope these few words have given you enough breath to blow gently at the embers of your dreams… what exciting dream-fires we can create together!

Weekend Post: Forgiveness

Apt that I begin this post by asking my readers’ forgiveness for not keeping up with this blog better. With increasing daily challenges (all good challenges, I hasten to add!) keeping me rather preoccupied, this blogging lark is a little tricky to stay on top of. Bear with me, I’m trying to get ahead, so I can stay on top of the project…!

Forgiveness. It’s as simple as smiling, really. When you forgive somebody, usually it makes you feel better within yourself. Not always, but more often than not, especially if you have had to dig deep within yourself to seek the power to forgive, it will feel like a large burden has been liften.

A while back, I was told to “forgive your enemies”. It sounded like an odd request, and thankfully I really don’t have ‘enemies’. I was asked to make it a nightly ritual to think of all the people I felt had harmed me (both living and dead) and forgive them for what they had done – or what I THOUGHT they had done – and picture their happiness. I was asked to do that every night for at least three weeks. It sounded so odd, I had to try it!

By golly, if it didn’t work. Firstly, I felt so much better for the exercise. Baggage I had been carrying along with me fell away. Great things started to happen in my life. Most surprising, some of the ‘enemies’ approached me for forgiveness too.

Not seeking and giving forgiveness on a daily basis is like offering to push somebody else’s car around for them. It’s much harder than just driving peacefully with them.

Some people are incapable of forgiveness right now. I have a few people like that. The important thing is that I have forgiven them, and I have asked their forgiveness. Now that I can look with clarity at those situations, I’m impartial, and I see that their real issues lie much deeper in their past experienced, they just chose to direct their anger and blame at everybody else.

“In forgiving others, we forgive ourselves…”

Similar to being able to love ourselves, how can we seek forgiveness, if we are not willing to forgive those around us first? This weekend, take some quality, quiet time and just forgive as many people as you can. Observe what happens… enjoy!

This prayer embraces many wonderful daily thoughts I wanted to share…

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace,

that where there is hatred, I may bring love;

that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;

that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;

that where there is error, I may bring truth;

that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;

that where there is dispair, I may bring hope;

that where there are shadows, I may bring light;

that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.

Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted;

to understand, than to be understood;

to love, than to be loved.

For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.

It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.

It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.

Read and ponder these words this weekend, enjoy the experience…

Sorry for the prolonged absense… living life on Life’s terms has a funny habit of making one busy…! However, I appreciate all of your support and emails of concern – nothing wrong, just very busy with work and other distractions!

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Have you every heard anybody say, “The world’s out to get me!” or “They are all conspiring against me!” ? I think at one time or another we’ve all had that feeling that we are alone in our endeavor, battle, plight, or whatever. Sometimes it really can feel like we are taking on The World. Today’s piece hopefully will put a different slant on these feelings…

I don’t wish to get into a theological debate about what you and I believe, but my personal thoughts and feelings about my higher power and all of us in the world, is that at a core, central and higher level are all one: we are all mirrors and extentions of one another. Certainly for me, this helps me keep perspective and balance in my daily interactions with other people and the world at large.

That there is a higher power at work in the universe is indisputable – even the Big Bang theory must have had something light the fuse! Whatever you believe, that entity or ‘being’ is always with you: we are never alone.

Often times when in a confrontation, I like to imagine a sounding-board mirror in front of the other person, and likewise one in front of me. Listen more intently to what is being said by yourself and the other(s)… step back a little and observe what is really going on. “If you could only see things through my eyes…” how often do you try that…? You’ll be quite surprised at what you observe and experience.

If you are everybody else as well as yourself, does it really matter who’s right and who’s wrong, who wins and who loses…? Ultimately we are all participants and are all things, all ways.

Short and sweet this weekend… again, sorry, pressed for time, but if you wanted more, delve deeper into the substance of this post and experience for all of us… notice the difference… Enjoy!

Many people moan a great deal – too much, in fact – about what they don’t have, and spend far too little time appreciating and acknowledging how much they actually do have already. Very similar to the first step in getting sane is to acknowledge that one is insane, it is vital to acknowledge that you have much, BEFORE you can get even more.

If you seek to lose weight, rather than bemoan how overweight you are, accept who you are and how you are and be happy. It is a hard habit to break, but if you cannot become happy with how you are right now, there is little or no positive foundation upon which to build a happier, slimmer you.

The same is true, if you wish a better job. Acknowledge and be happy with the job you currently have. Enjoy the fact that you HAVE a job and focus daily on action to bring you closer to the job you want. If you want more money, be thankful for the money you have, the things you have, even the things you have possessed in the past. Allow yourself to be open to receive more based on having received in the past.

If you are fortunate to have already enjoyed what you seek in the past, you have an easier job than most, as you know what you once have had you can have again. We were all slim and healthy once, so we can be again with a little conscientious work and effort. Remember, weight was not put on instantly and it will not be lost instantly. Wealth is generated (for most of us) slowly and cautiously over a period of time.

If we all put our minds to it, we are all (those reading this now) much wealthier – in financial and non-financial terms – that the vast majority of the people in this world. Be thankful and acknowledge how much you truly do have. If you think about what is essential in life, there are not many in the western world that do not have everything they truly need… everything else is just a luxury that makes our lives even more comfortable.

Acknowledging what we have makes us more truthful people. Realize all that you have and make it a strong, positive platform upon which to build more. Acknowledge and truly appreciate all that you already have 1% more today… observe the experience… enjoy!