Laugh at your Demons

LAUGH AT YOUR DEMONS

Are you judging yourself or another too harshly? Have you temporarily lost your sense of humor? Are you afraid of being rejected or misunderstood, thus leading you to reject and misunderstand those around you? The truth is there is no “bad guy” on the scene. Be aware not to misread the situation or take yourself too seriously at the moment. Now is the time to gain perspective and see the humor in what is temporarily causing you distress. No one is trying to hurt you. Relax and breathe. See things from others’ points of view. This will bring about understanding.

Your Divine Energy is calling you to restrain your critical ego and return to the love of your Higher Self. Lighten up and see the humor in the present situation. Relax and laugh a little. It will shed light on the moment and open the way for healing and progress. 

Your Divine Invitation: Break free of the psychic bondage that arises from your overly judgmental ego. Feel the low quality of vibration that such doom, gloom, and harshness brings about. Ease up on yourself— and others. Nothing is that permanent. 

As sensitive or insecure as you feel at the moment, know that you are a beautiful soul. You are loved now and always. Trust that your Higher Self will guide you back to a more confident and secure place in no time. You will find relief by regaining your sense of humor. Bless this present mess, and trust that all will soon straighten out. As you laugh, be certain that it will.

Just Drop…Drop

*A Crow and Garuda* 🙏

*- “Just Drop”..*

Once a Crow, holding on to a piece of meat was flying to a place to sit & eat.

However, a flock of Eagles were chasing it. The crow was anxious and was flying higher and higher, yet eagles were after the poor crow.

Just then “Garuda” saw the plight and pain in the eyes of the crow. Coming closer to the crow, he asked:

“What’s wrong? You seem to be very “disturbed” and in “stress”?”..

The crow cried “Look at these eagles!! They are after me to kill me”.

Garuda being the bird of wisdom spoke “Oh my friend!! They are not after you to kill you!! They are after that piece of meat that you are holding in your beak”. Just drop it and see what will happen.

The crow followed the instructions of Garuda and dropped the piece of meat, and there you go, all the eagles flew towards the falling meat.

Garuda smiled and said “The Pain is only till you hold on to it” Just Drop” it.

The crow just bowed and said “I dropped this piece of meat, now, I can fly even higher..”

There is a message for us from this story too:

1. People carry the huge burden called “Ego,” which creates a false identity about us, that we create for ourselves saying “I need love, I need to be invited, I am so and so.. “etc…” Just Drop ….

2. People get irritated fast by “others actions” it can be my friend, My parent, My children, My colleague, My life partner… and I get the fumes of “anger “…”Just Drop….

3. People compare themselves with others.. in beauty, wealth, life style, marks, talent and appraisals and feel disturbed… We must be grateful with what we have … comparisons, negative emotions ..” Just Drop…

Just drop the burden

It is this logic

From dust to dust

*That is why in temples ash (vibuthi) is given to constantly remind we are nothing but dust.*

Parenting Tips from the Expert…

To help your children turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money. 

H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Life’s Little Instruction Book 

Today’s Meditation :

Our society tends to push the narrative that children are more interested in toys than affection, that they desire things more than they desire the company of those who love them, and unfortunately a lot of parents buy into this myth. But children do not want more things… they want more time; they want to be loved, to be noticed and feel relevant, to be shown consideration and concern. They want to be shown all the love and affection that their parents can give to them, even during those times when they put up walls or wear masks to hide their feelings. 

Perhaps this has something to do with the growing number of adolescents and teens who are suffering from depression. Children who do not receive affection from their parents will often times develop coping strategies to deal with not getting it such as acting like they do not want or need it. This is confusing to the parents as it sends the wrong signals, and then parents who are not spending enough time with their children feel that the child does not want them to anyway, which can lead down a dangerous path: if we become too uninvolved in our child’s life, they may go looking elsewhere for that missing affection, be that in bad relationships, gangs, drugs, sex, violence, or some other negative and unhealthy place. 

As parents, we are the adults… we are the ones who need to be cognizent of the needs of our children. And because we have the benefit of living through childhood, and of growing wiser with our years of education and experience, we should know better than to neglect our youth–whether they are our children or simply a part of our lives somehow. And although buying something for a child will bring about momentary satisfaction, and allow us to experience that momentary excitment and joy from getting something new, that happiness is transitory; spending time with that child, however, will last forever in the hearts of both them and us. 

The majority of people will tell you that the adults that made the greatest positive impact on them as children, were the ones who made time for them. In truth, our children will remember us for how well we loved them–how often we held them, read to them, listened to them, encouraged them, and supported them–not for the things we bought them. 

Today’s Challenge: Spend quality time with a child. 

Questions to consider:

What kinds of adults had the strongest effect on you when you were young? How did you feel when someone spent time with you? 

How do we get the idea that most kids want us to buy them things instead of spending time with them? Is that accurate? Even if it is accurate, do the kids necessarily know what’s best for them, or just what they want in terms of immediate gratification? 

Why do so many adults spend so little time with young people? 

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If we had paid no more attention to our plants than we have to our children, we would now be living in a jungle of weeds.

Luther Burbank

Intelligence Vs Wisdom

This is so so good … I had never known these profound distinctions between *Intelligence* and *Wisdom*

Worth reading on …

1. Intelligence leads to arguments.

Wisdom leads to settlements.

2. Intelligence is power of will.

Wisdom is power OVER will.

3. Intelligence is heat, it burns.

Wisdom is warmth, it comforts.

4. Intelligence is pursuit of knowledge, it tires the seeker.

Wisdom is pursuit of truth, it inspires the seeker.

5. Intelligence is holding on.

Wisdom is letting go.

6. Intelligence leads you.

Wisdom guides you.

7. An intelligent man thinks he knows everything.

A wise man knows that there is still something to learn.

8. An intelligent man always tries to prove his point.

A wise man knows there really is no point.

9. An intelligent man freely gives unsolicited advice.

A wise man keeps his counsel until all options are considered.

10. An intelligent man understands what is being said.

A wise man understands what is left unsaid.

11. An intelligent man speaks when he has to say something.

A wise man speaks when he has something to say.

12. An intelligent man sees everything as relative.

A wise man sees everything as related.

13. An intelligent man tries to control the mass flow.

A wise man navigates the mass flow.

14. An intelligent man preaches.

A wise man reaches.

Intelligence is good

but wisdom achieves better results.

Self Esteem

Positive Affirmations for Self-Esteem by Louise Hay ~ I can do it.

I am totally adequate for all situations.

I choose to feel good about myself. I am worthy of my own love.

I stand on my own two feet. I accept and use my own power.

It is safe for me to speak up for myself.

It does not matter what other people say or do. What matters is how I choose to react and what I choose to believe about myself.

I willingly release any need for struggle or suffering. I deserve all that is good.

Life supports me in every possible way.

I am wonderful, and I feel great. I am grateful for my life.

I have the self-esteem, power, and confidence to move forward in life with ease.

I am a radiant being, enjoying life to the fullest.

Face your Shadow

FACE YOUR SHADOW

Be aware not to be so fixated on your own needs that you are insensitive to the needs of others. This causes unnecessary stress and estrangement between yourself and those around you. The frustration you may feel at that moment is a reflection of your own shadow, or those aspects of your nature that are wounded and fragmented. The opportunity for healing your shadow is at hand.

Love yourself fully to step back into the light of your heart. Take a breath and give things a break. Be easy on yourself and others. Open your heart. The darkness inside is seeking the light. Allow this.

Your Divine Energy is calling you to recognize your shadow and take responsibility for the pain and misery that it’s inflicting upon you and others. There is nothing happening that enough self-love and compassion for all will not relieve. Now is the time to acknowledge your fear and neediness, and kindly bring your inner darkness into the light of self-love and acceptance.

Your Divine Invitation: Accept your shadow compassionately and see it accurately as your wounded inner child asking for more love and support. Reach out for the help you need and be open to receiving love and support without causing drama, anger, fear, resistance, or negativity. You are a beautiful being of light and love, and the rest is an illusion. Believe in your basic goodness and lovability, and let love in.

Thorn of Life ~ Parenting

The thorns of this world are a necessary and important part of life.

Just as roses are not roses without them, if we removed the thorns of life, many of the necessary things in this world would simply cease to be.

Sure, they are not always pleasant–they often cause us pain, suffering, grief, and misery–but the lessons they teach us about caution, avoidance, perseverance, and growth are essential to our becoming. 

To lead fulfilling and satisfying lives, we need the struggles, the battles, and the occasional prick from the thorns of life.

We all begin life not knowing who we are or what we want to be.

And as we search for purpose and meaning, we either come to find ourselves through our journey–obstacles and all,–or we begin to find ourselves dissatisfied that life is not exactly as we expected it to be.

But that dissatisfaction is our own doing; it comes from wanting or expecting the world to be free of thorns, yet seeing that it is not. 

As compassionate individuals, we often wish to help remove the thorns from the lives of others.

Especially as parents, we try to ensure that the lives of our children are safe, shielded, and risk-free so that they do not get hurt or ever have to face pain in their journey through life.

But it is important to remember the significance of experiencing the thorns of life, or these children might grow up not knowing how to deal with adversity, not understanding why the world is not making itself safe for them, blaming God and others for the pains, sufferings, failures, and losses in their lives. 

The thorns of life strengthen us, they help us to grow, and they condition us for service–they are a necessity of life.

For it is really only through experiencing and dealing with adversity in our lives, that we are able to help others to do the same.

And those of us who are able to deal with the setbacks and difficulties of life–without losing our composures or giving up–are master gardeners of our lives, for they have learned to work around all the thorns, and have cultivated a garden filled with beautiful flowers. 

Do what you Love 😘

🌺 Do What You Love 🌺

Are you eager to express the “real you,” but don’t know where or how to start?

Are you ready to love, but don’t have anyone to commit to?

Are you willing to plunge into your soul’s journey, but can’t find the diving board?

Are you wondering where the spiritual pot of gold is?

Well, get ready to discover it!

Your Divine Energy is calling you to do what you love.

Everything going awry in your life is due to your drifting too far away from your heart, and it’s time to get back on track.

Do things you enjoy and they will lead you back to your true heart’s desire.

Ignore anyone who suggests that having fun is a waste of time.

It is rejuvenating to your spirit and necessary for correcting your path.

If you accept this invitation, you’ll attract everything else that you seek as well.

Your Divine Invitation: If you love to sing, lift your voice for at least 10 minutes today.

If you enjoy cooking, prepare your favorite meal.

If you have a passion for painting, spend at least half an hour at the canvas before you go to sleep.

And if you love daydreaming, do that today for 10 minutes without restraint or guilt.

Build your life around your heart. Don’t try to shove your heart into your overbooked, busy life.

What do you love—can you name it?

Start there and follow the clues, and you’ll find your treasure along the way.

Intuitive Powers

The best way I have found to follow my true desires is to pay attention to my intuitive sense.

We all have great wisdom within us, a part of us that knows exactly what we need at every moment.

We are born with this intuitive sense, but most of us are quickly taught to distrust and ignore it.

We have to relearn something that should come naturally.

Fortunately, it’s not too difficult; it just takes some practice. 

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Divorce with Grace

Divorce With Grace

BY MADISYN TAYLOR

If you are experiencing divorce, look into your inner heart for guidance and surround yourself with loving friends.

Like the act of marriage that binds two people together, divorce is the result of a life-altering decision. It is the dissolving of a relationship that we believed would last our whole lives. We may not even be able to articulate how we got to this place, yet we may also feel we have no choice but to sever this tie. Whatever we feel, we need the support of the friends and family who will stand by us no matter what we decide. At some point, we may need to be challenged to look deeper inside ourselves as we make this very important decision, but what we need most of all is unconditional love and loyalty.

Divorce is a process that, once in motion, becomes difficult to stop, and this can be painful if we find ourselves having second thoughts. We may feel that we should do more to save the marriage, or we may wonder if there is something about ourselves that we could fix or change instead of going through with this painful separation. On the other hand, we may be seeing in hindsight that our marriage was truly only meant to last for a short time so that we could learn something we needed to know. Whatever the case, we need friends who will allow us to linger in confusion when we don’t have the answers and who will support us whether we find ways to reconcile and stay married or whether we walk away.

Of course, the most essential ally we have lives inside our hearts and speaks to us from within. We can trust this inner guide to help us choose people who will support us in kind and loving ways as we navigate the rough terrain of confusion and loss. Sometimes all we can do is look to the horizon, remembering that we will get through this time, and no matter what happens we will once again feel whole.