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#77682 - 03/11/05 05:42 PM Words to get you through the day...
Curtis St. John Offline
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I thought we could start a thread to add words we find that inspire us. No matter who says them, if it warms your heart, helps you get through the day, share them here and we will always have a bank of inspiration to turn to when we need a boost.

I'll start with something that was very empowering for me.

Quote:
No one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly. When we know this, we become free.



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#77683 - 03/11/05 07:25 PM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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very nice roland :-)

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"...do not look outside yourself for the leader."
-wisdom of the hopi elders

"...the sign of a true leader is service..." - anonymous



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#77684 - 03/12/05 03:07 PM Re: Words to get you through the day...
Curtis St. John Offline
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For Saturday March 12th

Quote:
If you let cloudy water settle, it will become clear. If you let your upset mind settle, your course will also become clear.



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#77685 - 03/14/05 01:46 PM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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Hey Gang! It's gonna get pretty boring here if I'm the only one posting...

Well anyway, here is to Monday!

Quote:
In life we cannot avoid change, we cannot avoid loss. Freedom and happiness are found in the flexibility and ease with which we move through change.
Take care!


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#77686 - 03/14/05 06:58 PM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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Human strenth and human greatness
Spring not from life's sunny side;
Heroes must be more than driftwood
Floating on a waveless tide.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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#77687 - 03/15/05 04:18 PM Re: Words to get you through the day...
Curtis St. John Offline
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This one always makes me laugh. Sometimes we are quick to criticize others without reflecting upon our own actions, so…

Quote:
Do not notice the tiny flea in the other person’s hair and overlook the lumbering yak on your own nose.



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#77688 - 03/15/05 04:34 PM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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to live happy
and peacefully
beyond the constriction of a
social design
and expectation
that would have me seek out material things
or experiences that would be
untrue to what keeps me
healthy happy surviving self managing
honoring me and mine
and 'the other'


in the west they hate and persecute limitation
in the middle east they are in denial that
they have it
in the far east they close their eyes and meditate
about it

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"...do not look outside yourself for the leader."
-wisdom of the hopi elders

"...the sign of a true leader is service..." - anonymous



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#77689 - 03/15/05 05:55 PM Re: Words to get you through the day...
Curtis St. John Offline
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Good one Mark!

I tried to find something good on attachment, but all I could find was this...

Quote:

"Those . . . who find delight in freedom from attachment in the renunciation of clinging, free from the inflow of thoughts, they are like shining lights, having reached final liberation in the world."
Now if I could just give up my attachment to doughnuts....

What all this means is, if I am always trying to find ways to get more money, buy more stuff, or that huge T.V. because I think I can’t be happy without them then I learn to give up my attachment to them. If I can do that I can find happiness and contentment with what I have.

Get it?


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#77690 - 03/15/05 07:02 PM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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that's part of it roland - part of what i mean - just go for the attachement - the pleasure -
the things that is the one you really want - that help you be happy and healthy - there are so many forms of this too - so i'm not sayin be like me -
so in other words -
there are good and bad ones -
not something or some life design -
some non-souled corporation is trying to get you to buy and live -
and perepetuate a forcefed lifestyle -

i dunno i am feeling kind of preachy -
sorry -

look at ernie ebbers today -
all that money and he still had to steal more??? that's not strong -
or mentally healthy -
or happy -
so maybe he going for the wrong thing and he not know it ?

dunno

yuch i feel like i am preaching i don't like that -

later

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"...do not look outside yourself for the leader."
-wisdom of the hopi elders

"...the sign of a true leader is service..." - anonymous



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#77691 - 03/21/05 12:59 AM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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Quote:
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.
--Buddha


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#77692 - 03/21/05 01:22 PM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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Just a mixture I found,

Quote:
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
--Bertrand Russell

We need to teach the next generation of children from day one that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind's greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear --Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.--Grenville Kleiser
ste

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Whoever stole the Sun, put it back and we'll drop all the charges!

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#77693 - 03/22/05 02:08 AM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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Quote:
Originally posted by Roland:
For Saturday March 12th

Quote:
If you let cloudy water settle, it will become clear. If you let your upset mind settle, your course will also become clear.
How exactly do you do that?


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#77694 - 03/22/05 03:15 AM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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Hey Daniel,

You can do that by taking time out each day to sit and just breathe even if it’s only for a few minutes.

Just sit comfortably, close your eyes, and breathe normally. Try though to just concentrate on your breath, in… and out. If your thoughts start running (and they will) just bring your concentration back to your breath.

Sometimes it helps to count your breath, inhale counting one, exhale counting two… when you get to ten start over, and when your thoughts take over don’t get upset, just catch yourself and start back at one.

Just a few minutes of that a day can do wonders but it takes a little practice.

Let me know if it works for you.


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#77695 - 03/24/05 03:27 AM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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Quote:
What has been long neglected cannot be restored immediately. Fruit falls from the tree when it is ripe. The way cannot be forced.



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#77696 - 03/26/05 03:07 AM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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" I suffer alone and in silence no more"

-Jim

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"I will cry alone in pain no more"

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#77697 - 03/27/05 11:12 PM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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From "What's So Amazing About Grace?" by Philip Yancey:
Quote:
God loves us because of who He is and not because of who we are.
and
Quote:
Grace is free only because the giver himself has borne the cost.
Thanks,

Joe

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"Telemachos, your guest is no discredit to you. I wasted no time in stringing the bow, and I did not miss the mark. My strength is yet unbroken…"—The Odyssey, translated by W.H.D. Rouse

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#77698 - 04/01/05 03:25 PM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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Quote:
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
- The Buddha


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If you understand everything, some things are just as they are. If you understand nothing, things are still just as they are.

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#77699 - 04/01/05 07:20 PM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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I like this...

"We are not more powerful to "mess up" than Christ is to redeem"

Colleen C. harrison


Wow that's a relief!
Lynn

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"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up."

– Anne Lamott

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#77700 - 04/01/05 08:34 PM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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Very nice Gang, I’m glad others are getting into this. You'll find that most of my stuff is Buddhist, but that's only because that's what I'm familiar with and I've been hoping others would be offering words from other spiritual origins...

So with that said, today's daily Dalai (I have a tear-off calendar on my work desk) says,

Quote:
The essence of Buddhism is if you can, help others.
If not, then at least refrain from hurting others.
Hugs all ‘round


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#77701 - 04/02/05 12:43 AM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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I have two that I pass to survivors i work with and most use them

1. Truth wil always be the truth, regardless of the lack of understanding, disbelief, or ignornace .

2. Life is not measured by the breath you take......but what takes your breath away!

Steve
Survivors Swindon


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#77702 - 04/02/05 02:15 AM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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This thread was so good I had to join in. I am new here and have been searching a long while for someplace I can be myself and also explore avenues for healing such as spirituality, with others. This site has got everything! I am so happy to have found it...here is a fave quote from one of my most beloved spiritual teachers--Vernon Howard....

"STOP FIGHTING

Troubled human beings have everything exactly backward.
They think that by winning they can stop fighting. The
opposite is true. By ceasing to fight, you win - but
what you win is superior and different from what was
imagined. A man believes he can end the terrible inner
battle by winning wealth or power or endless sexual
experiences. If winning them he is dismayed to find
that the battle is not over; he must continue the weary
fight. His despair is overwhelming, for his dream has
turned into a nightmare of compulsive craving.
Stop fighting and you win.

Stop fighting and you end the illusion that you must win.
You have already won, but you do not understand what this
means. Find out."

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hummmm...

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#77703 - 04/07/05 06:00 AM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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I kinda like my tag line. It helps me...

Philip

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"By way of trials and sufferings we must purify the divine image in us...for it is by reforging our senses in the furnace of our trials that we free them from defilement and assume our royal dignity. --Abba Philimon

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#77704 - 04/07/05 06:13 AM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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and here are a couple of "originals" (ie by me)

"The meek may inherit the earth...but someone's going to contest the will."

"If God is your co-pilot....the wrong person is flying."

Looking through an old journal entry, I saw this:

"walk down a dark hallway when you leave your room and you will stumble for a while until you turn a corner and a light from another source will be a guide to where you are going. When you turn around the path behind you is not as dark as you thought or perceived it when you began. You can see the light in your room where you have been and the path back is lighted and not as dangerous as when you left it."

--philip

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"By way of trials and sufferings we must purify the divine image in us...for it is by reforging our senses in the furnace of our trials that we free them from defilement and assume our royal dignity. --Abba Philimon

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#77705 - 04/15/05 03:21 PM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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Quote:
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.
--Buddha


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#77706 - 05/18/05 04:52 PM Re: Words to get you through the day...
Curtis St. John Offline
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Quote:
Understanding and compassion are very powerful sources of energy.

They are the opposite of stupidity and passivity.

If you think that compassion is passive, weak or cowardly, then you don't know what real compassion is.

If you think that compassionate people do not resist and challenge injustice you are wrong.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh


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#77707 - 05/20/05 10:18 PM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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Quote:
When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep; yes, and when I walk alone in a beautiful orchard, if my thoughts drift to far-off matters for some part of the time, for some other part I lead them back again to the walk, the orchard, to the sweetness of this solitude, to myself.
~ Montaigne


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#77708 - 05/27/05 09:39 PM Re: Words to get you through the day...
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O'rose, thou art sick;
The invisible worm
That flies in the night
In the howling storm:

Has found out thy bed
Of Crimson joy;
And with his dark secret
Does thy life destroy.

William Blake

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My happiness is not dependant on other people's misery.

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#77709 - 06/02/05 09:09 PM Re: Words to get you through the day...
Curtis St. John Offline
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Quote:
Search for a discipline within freedom!

Don't let yourself be governed by formulae drawn from decadent philosophies: they are for the feeble-minded.

Listen to no one's advice except that of the wind in the trees. That can recount the whole history of mankind...
~ Claude Debussy


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