It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, “Always do what you are afraid to do.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.George S. Patton
Storms make oaks take roots.Proverb
If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.St. Clement of Alexandra
We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.Ralph Waldo Emerson
Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.Thornton Wilder
The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.Arthur C. Clarke
Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.Johann Gottfried Von Herder
And all may do what has by man been done.Edward Young
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.Aristotle
Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.Samuel Smiles
Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.Voltaire
If the wind will not serve,take to the oars.Destitutus ventis, remos adhibeLatin Proverb
Men’s best successes come after their disappointments. Henry Ward Beecher
You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.Author Unknown
The best way out is always through.Robert Frost
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.William B. Sprague
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.Samuel Johnson
Fortune favors the brave.Publius Terence
When the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are. – Richard Hooker
He who hesitates is lost.Proverb
If you want to succeed in the world must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the roadside until some one comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence.John B. Gough
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.Albert Einstein
Believe with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do.Orison Swett Marden
Knowing is not enough; we must apply.Willing is not enough; we must do.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We are still masters of our fate.We are still captains of our souls.Winston Churchill
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.Ralph Waldo Emerson
For hope is but the dreamof those that wake.Matthew Prior
Constant dripping hollows out a stone.Lucretius
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose–a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.Mary Shelley
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Do you have people in your life who sprinkle misery wherever they go? When you spend time with them, do these people suck the life energy right out of you? Do you they make you wrong, make you feel angry, deflated, belittled, inadequate or unworthy? If so, you have become their victim. As a victim you can only create more experiences of victimization. As chocolate is poison to a dog, these noxious people have the power to reinforce limitations and low self-esteem within you that will hold you back from the successful pursuit of your creative endeavors – if you let them.
There is a distinction between someone who’s just having a ‘bad hair day’ and a virulent person. The former is experiencing a moment of stress or anxiety the latter demonstrates chronic toxic behavior. People who are just trying to cope, albeit misguidedly, on a particularly stressful day don’t feel good about lashing out at someone else. Those whom complain all the time or unload their blame or anger upon you and then feel better about themselves as a result are the ones to keep an eye out for and manage. If you don’t they will dump their negativity and pessimism upon you, drain you dry of motivation and inspiration to move forward in your life. The human spirit is like a shark. It has to constantly move forward or it dies.
“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.” – Benjamin Franklin
There is a simple test to recognize whether or not you have a toxic person in your life:
Examine the experiences you have had with this person. It doesn’t matter much what you were doing together, just reflect upon whether or not your are energized or depleted at the end of the event. Reflect upon more than one instance to discern whether there is an emotional pattern or a single incident. Were you tired or inspired? If you discover that you are left exhausted or weakened by your exposure to this person then you are in the presence of a toxic person. If you feel nourished by the experiences you’ve had with that person this is someone with whom you want to spend more time.
If you identify a toxic person in your life here are 4 Steps to manage and transform your relationship with that person.
1. Observe that this person is doing the best he or she can given the light they have to see. A toxic person is in the dark or at least missing a few batteries in their flashlight, their self-perspective and world view. You cannot change or control anyone.
2. Distance yourself from this person. Limit your exposure to and the time you spend in their presence. If it is a co-worker or family member and avoidance is unlikely, let whatever poisonous babble they expel go in one ear and out the other. Do not react or take on their anguish. Hold onto your personal power by refusing to engage, stoop down to their emotional level.
3. When they are complaining, finding fault with you, their circumstance, or the world in general ask them what they DO like about the matter at hand. Get them focused on a more positive note; what they like instead of do not like; what they want instead of do not want.
4. Feed your soul. Do something that replenishes and energizes you after your encounter with a toxic person. Center yourself by taking a few cleansing breaths to ground you as you shake off their destructive residue.
You and you alone are responsible for the quality of your life. You have the inner resources to rise above any and all adverse communication. As master of your life experience, you have the tools to deliberately create the outcomes you want to have with the people with whom you are in contact in your personal and professional life.
“You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by trying to fight it, stamp on it, by railing against it, or any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it.” – Shakti Gawain
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Psychoneuroimmunology is the study of the intercommunication of the mind, the nervous system, and the immune system. The core belief of this science is that the immune system is directly connected to the nervous system and each has a direct effect upon the other. This linking of the two systems means that chemical reactions going on within the brain end up triggering other chemical reactions further out in the nervous system. Every thought that passes through the mind is converted into a physical response within the body.
Each thought is a form of chemical energy. Since the natural law is that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it must take another form. So, this mental energy is transferred to some portion of the body where it either heals or destroys the tissue. Negative thoughts such as guilt, anger, resentment, or criticism create negative energy that translates to illness and disease. Positive thoughts, on the other hand, endow a person with positive energy resulting in increased peace of mind as well as healing of diseased body parts. The bioelectrical activity that occurs is discussed on a scientific level by the book, The Tao of Physics. This book describes the interaction of the mind and body as similar to the relationship of the physics of sub-atomic particles and the physics of relativity. Each of these two sciences requires that you disconnect from your normal beliefs reflected by the five senses and accept a different perspective on natural law.
Dr. Caroline Myss’ book, Why Some People Don’t Heal, says that the events we experience in our lives and how we’ve reacted to them directly affect our overall health. For example, the reactions that we had to our parents telling us that a particular behavior was wrong can lead to body parts associated with that form of behavior becoming diseased, as we grow older. Or feelings that we have about how we were treated by our first girlfriend or boyfriend can result in a wide range of illnesses ranging from cancer and stomach problems to muscular dystrophy and HIV.
This means that we are what we think. Or perhaps that we become what we think. Or as Dr. Myss states our biography becomes our biology. Our past experiences and our interpretations of them can create actual physical responses. We need to forgive those in our past that have caused us pain. It does not matter whether the pain we endured was physical, mental, or emotional. It doesn’t matter if the pain was real or imagined. It doesn’t matter if the person that we feel is at fault is alive or not. It doesn’t even matter if the person that we blame is ourselves. The key to beginning the journey to wellness is the act of forgiveness.
Without forgiveness, the mental energy that brought on the illness will not be addressed. Consider those individuals that receive organ transplants only to find that they need another transplant several years later. Since the organ comes from another person, the answer is probably not that the genes are bad. It is more likely that the thoughts (and subsequent lifestyle) of the transplant recipient are playing a major role in reproducing the same illness in the same part of the body.
It is only through forgiving past wrongs that our mind can be released from the repetitious cycle of blame. Once we have forgiven others and ourselves for our shortcomings in the past, the mind can then turn itself toward healing whatever disease was caused by this stored-up emotion.
This is easier said than done. The difficulty lies in the fact that as a society we tend to speak about our wounds. “Woundology” is our practice of using our past experiences and shortcomings as a form of currency through which we negotiate our current situations. By bringing out a wound from the past, regardless of the situation, we place a barrier to intimacy, constructive criticism, introspection, and other potential techniques to improve ourselves. The trading of wounds as currency allows individuals to finance and reinforce certain behaviors. People are resistant to any changes that may leave them vulnerable because they would have no wound to pull out and ward off others.
Healing is unattractive. The act of healing requires a great deal of hard work, the willingness to change one’s beliefs and the ability to forgive past transgressions. The ease with which we become accustomed to using our wounds as part of our daily life is quite remarkable. It shows that we will do anything to avoid pain but are unwilling to do nearly as much to receive pleasure. It seems that pain avoidance is the strongest characteristic in the human psyche, whether the pain is real or imagined. We are even willing to drag out and relive our old pain to avoid receiving any new pain. It’s a vicious cycle leading us further away from pleasure and ultimately from healing our bodies.
The willingness to change is very difficult work because it depends upon our constant effort in order to avoid returning to old thought patterns that have proven to be destructive in the past. However, without change, the individual suffering from a disease is unable to move from the negative thoughts and consequently, the negative energy that flows through the body in direct response. By changing these thought patterns to reflect a more positive point of view, the person begins to express positive energy. This cascades through the body, triggering immune system responses and other beneficial reactions within the body.
I believe that some people don’t heal because they are not ready to learn the lesson that the disease is bringing to them. Others may simply be content with the amount of control over others that a disease or chronic illness can provide. I also believe that some people do not heal because the people around them are not ready to learn the lesson or that they need the dynamics set up in the relationship by the illness itself. This is not to place blame on a third party for an individual’s illness; however, the energy exuded by those close to a person definitely contribute to that person’s health or illness.
Another difficulty that I believe limits people in their healing is when an accident or other trauma causes the disease. I feel that many people have a difficult time accepting that their personal beliefs and attitudes resulted in an industrial accident, a car accident, or even a gunshot wound.
I personally have had to deal with this since it was a rollover car accident that resulted in my quadriplegia. However, I have realized that I made each decision, however small, that eventually led to my driving in that car, at that speed, on that road, on that day. Every day, I continue my efforts to forgive myself for making those decisions.
Dr. Myss is correct in saying that forgiveness is the key. I look forward to the day that I have forgiven everyone in my life so that I may regain the total use of my body and become a true “walking” advocate of mind-body healing.
Jerry Ryan, Ph.D. is a Natural Health Coach who teaches individuals and group classes on the scientifically documented benefits of natural health techniques. He is also an internationally published author and has been a guest speaker at such places as NIKE World Headquarters. For more information, his website is http://www.JerryRyanPhD.com
Caroline Myss describes how to change your life. How to easily transform your attitude, create happiness, and shine your light onto the world. Video Rating: 4 / 5
Question by Prince le0 (Celtic Latino Returns)): Why do people generally equate “pagan” with “bad”?
Especially in the manner that most mainstream monotheistic religions describe paganism and anything remotely not of Abrahamic descent, why do people generally equate anything “pagan” with bad?
Contrary to what many say, many pre-Christian cultures were not a bunch of bloodthirsty barbarians, the ancient Mayans believed everything should be in moderation, the Celts and Druids believed in tending to the earth. Plus, its not like the Abrahamic faiths didn’t have their share of violence and bloodshed in history, and sometimes the monotheistic God Yahweh/Jevovah/YHWH really wasn’t all that loving…or peaceful.
If there is a higher power that did in fact create the entire universe and earth, whose to say that power only supervised a certain section, nation, or people just because myths and legends describe others not like them as “bad” and “against God?
I’m not trying to say that everything “Abrahamic” or even monotheism is bad and I’m not trying to say everything about the pre-Christian world or even paganism is good, but I’m only asking why do people paint the “pagan world” in such a bad light?
I’ve seen it with many “fundamentalist” sects to which if there’s even anything that’s glaringly “pagan” in origin, all of a sudden its deemed evil and bad (a.k.a forbidden).
Mike G- all religions come from paganism. Judaism started off as a union of two gods and was polytheistic even after Moses spoke otherwise, many traits of Christianity and the whole Jesus story have pagan similarities…not saying there’s nothing unique but everything comes from paganism like it or not.
Question by BrokenEye, the Straw Man version: Why do people think “Pagan” is the name of a religion?
Its a derogatory term that Medieval Christians used to refer to non-Abrahamic religions, and on occasion, Judaism and Islam.
Here’s the entire entry on the word “Pagan” from dictionary.com
“pa·gan /ˈpeɪgən/ [pey-guhn]
1.one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religion, as the ancient Romans and Greeks.
2.a person who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim.
3.an irreligious or hedonistic person.
4.pertaining to the worship or worshipers of any religion that is neither Christian, Jewish, nor Muslim.
5.of, pertaining to, or characteristic of pagans.
6.irreligious or hedonistic.”
Answer by Curing Religion Define “people”
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