28 March, 2008

The highest good is like water.

The highest good is like water.
Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive.
It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.
In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart.
In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.
In speech, be true.
In ruling, be just.
In business, be competent.
In action, watch the timing.

~ Tao Te Ching ~
(Translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English)

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Empowering questions for creating your life

By December 31 of any given year, your life is going to be either better or worse. It's your choice. As you try to get your life in order, answer these questions to help you figure out what's important now:

If you were to fully live your life, what is the first change you would start to make?
What areas of your life could be upgraded?
What could you work on now to make the biggest impact on your life?
What are you tolerating or putting up with ?
What do you want MORE of in your life ?
What do you want LESS of in your life ?
What 3 things are you doing regularly that serve and support you ?
What would you try NOW if you couldn't fail ?
What do you love ?
What do you hate ?

What do you realize that you have neglected ?
What could you focus on from now on ?

What do you choose to make important now?

Journalling exercises

see: www.oprah.com

Do you find yourself staring at a blank page? Your journal can be a vehicle to open up your thoughts, feelings and dreams. All you need to do is start writing.

Journal Exercises.

What is your very first memory? Can you recall the details?
What do you love about yourself? What do you hate? Be honest.
Who do you admire or dislike? Do you see yourself in those people?

Journalling tips

Where do you start?

Start with whatever comes.
Let the words flow.
Allow what is within to surface.

When the fear of writing is upon you, write anyway.

Move beyond the superficial.
In order for the writing to be cathartic and healing, you need to be honest—completely honest. You need to move past a superficial retelling of events. Ask yourself more difficult questions such as,

"Why am I feeling this now?"
"What am I feeling right now ? "

Create a special, sacred writing place; quiet zone.

When writing about an event or a feeling also examine the flip side or the positive outcome of the situation.

Re-read what you have written.

Writing is a great way to learn about who you are and where you have been.

Applaud yourself for telling the truth and congratulate yourself for moving on.


Release and let go of what is bothering you by writing it down.
Journalling,keeping a diary,blogging is great for just that; for getting things off your chest.

Our minds are our own worst enemies. The same thoughts, often fearful thoughts and worries can go round and round in the same old ways and keep us stuck. Writing about something allows us to explore and see things from a different perspective.

"In truth, to attain to interior peace, one must
be willing to pass through the contrary to peace.
Such is the teaching of the Sages."

-- Swami Brahmanada

"Even though you may want to move forward in your
life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In
order to be free, we must learn how to let go.
Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to
entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang
onto the past is holding you back from a new life."

-- Mary Manin Morrissey