Your Conscience Will Help You Get Along With Yourself

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There are several practices that are necessary in order to know how to get along with yourself. One: Anyone who is extremely emotional or is restless with bad habits can never get along with himself. If your conscience tells you all the time that you are doing wrong, how on earth can you expect to get along with yourself?

And when you meet others you will find that they will not extend their trust and their goodwill toward you, because a person who goes against his conscience mistrusts himself and that reflects in his character. Man's conscience speaks to him all the time and is constantly prodding him to change and to behave rightly.

It is true, of course, that you can blunt your conscience. But it will not remain blunt forever. If nothing else, the laws of one's country will disturb the complacency of those whose conscience becomes completely dulled through misuse of free will. Criminals find out that their conscienceless acts did not pay.

So always listen to your conscience, the voice of your inner self; it is there to help you get along with yourself.

- Journey to Self-Realization - Collected Talks and Essays. Volume 3 by Paramahansa Yogananda

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Losing Connection To The Way

tao te ching quotes verse 46If you're presently evaluating your level of achievement based on how much you've accumulated, prepare to sense a major shift in your state of personal satisfaction and contentment.

Verse 46 of the Tao Te Ching invites you to discover a more peaceful and self-satisfying way of knowing success - and as your determination to acquire more begins to weaken, your new views will change the world you've known. You'll find that the experience of inner peace becomes your true gauge of accomplishment.

The 46th verse of Tao Te Ching begins with a look at what happens when a planet loses its connection to the Way. Countries begin needing to conquer more territory... and in their quest for more land, power, and control over others, they must constantly prepare for war. Lao-Tzu speaks symbolically of horses here: When connected to the Tao, the animals fertilize the fields; when disconnected from it, the beautiful creatures are bred for war.

In a modern translation of the Tao Te Ching, my friend Stephen Mitchell interprets this message in present-day terms:

When a country is in harmony with the Tao,
The factories make trucks and tractors.
When a country goes counter to the Tao,
warheads are stockpiled outside the cities.

What is one thing you could do today to connect with the Tao? Is it a walk in nature?

- Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

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How To Overcome The "I Don't Deserve It" Excuse

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How is it possible for a Divine creation to be unworthy? You are and always have been a piece of God. And you know by now that all beings come from nonbeing; the Bible itself remind you that it's Spirit that gives life. So where on earth did you learn to use this excuse?

As a developing child, you were weaned on ideas that your worthiness is based on ego-dominated formulations making you what you do, what you have, and what others think of you. Your worth became intertwined with these ego constructs: If I do well, I'm worthy; if I don't, I'm unworthy. If I accumulate more valuable stuff and make more money, I'm worthy; if I don't, I'm unworthy. If I gain the approval of others, I'm worthy; if I'm unpopular, I'm unworthy.

Like most of us, you were immersed in a culture that taught and reinforced these ideas, which are the work of the false self. Consequently, as an adult, when you see others who are more successful than you are, have more toys than you do, and enjoy reputations far greater than yours, your first impulse is to make a disconnect between your status in life and your worthiness as a human being.

Years of solid training in ego development have caused you to retreat into an I don't deserve it / I'm not worthy mind-set. Since these excuses come from the false self, they'll stay with you until you leave the planet, unless you're willing to tell yourself: "Okay, I understand where this kind of egotistic reasoning originated - and I can see that I still use it - but I'm practicing the Excuses Begone! way of life from now on."

I urge you to decide to start thinking something along the lines of this: Everyone in my life did what they knew how to do, and I chose to buy into it at that time. But today I'm going to stop this insidious kind of absurd thinking and remind myself that I'm a Divine being, an individualized expression of God. Therefore, I will no longer entertain thoughts of my being unworthy - I've lived with them long enough, and they've never served my highest good.

- Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

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From Emotional Stress To Inner Peace In Minutes

Inner PeaceDo you find yourself at times getting so frustrated and emotional over what someone said, the way they approached you or how they responded?

Have you then continued to keep this in your head and review it over and over again? I know I have. The interesting thing is that this can really put you in a tail spin as you continue to dwell on the issue and think about how you can bite back or make the other person feel bad or better yet, get even. You continue this spin cycle until you work yourself into such a state of mind that you can't do anything but feel stuck and incapacitated. That you're so involved in your head that you must share it with anyone who will listen. What should you do when this happens?

Break the pattern! When you continue to force your mind to dwell on issues that cause you emotional stress, notice what state your body is in. It is in the constant fight or flight mode and if you stay in this place long enough, you will begin to invite illness, physical harm and psychological frustration that will attract more of the same.

How to break the pattern? First, be aware that you are dwelling on this issue and notice how your body feels. Ask yourself, is this state of mind supporting me in my ultimate goals and vision? And then ask yourself, what can I do now that will support my goals and vision? What state of mind would be productive for me and those around me?

Try this: Think of a word that you enjoy, that rejuvenates you, brings you peace, invites love in and helps you view the world in a "glass half full" space. The word that I personally use is "Playful." The next time you notice yourself getting into the spin cycle of your mind that causes emotional trauma and physical stress, try repeating your word 9 times. If no result, try repeating it 36 times. And for those times that are really difficult, repeat the word aloud or silently to yourself 108 times.

What this does is to help you break the pattern that your mind puts you in and provides something beneficial to focus on. When you do this, notice how your body feels afterwards. If you don't feel better, continue to use your word until you can return to your true-self and be in a positive state of mind and body where your greatest success and happiness reside.

What will your word be?

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I am thankful for...

Today is a day that I am truly happy. Not all days are this euphoric experience where I just exude sunshine but these experiences seem to be multiplying. I find myself giggling to myself at times with happiness. Just smiling as I'm walking with joy.

This got me thinking about what not only I'm thankful for but to provide a forum for others to journal and share what they are thankful for.

So take a moment and answer the following in the comments section below and tell me what it feels like to share this with others and yourself.

I am thankful for...

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Tiger Woods Now 'Meditating Religiously' (VIDEO)

Tiger Woods updated the world on his spiritual development at yesterday's press conference in Augusta, Ga., stating that he now "meditates religiously again."

Woods claims to be going back to his roots in Buddhism, a practice that he believes will keep him "more centered, more balanced" on and off the golf course. "I need to do these things the way I used to do them," he said. "Unfortunately I got away from that."

Everyone has there own issues and difficulties. What are you doing to become more centered and balanced to take advantage of all the treasures life has to offer?

- The Huffington Post

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The Window Through Which We Look

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A young couple moved into a new neighborhood
The next morning while they were eating breakfast,
The young woman saw her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
'That  laundry is not very clean,' she said.
'She doesn't know how to wash correctly.
Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.'

Her husband looked on, but remained silent.

Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry,
The young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see
a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband:

'Look, she has learned how to wash correctly.
I wonder who taught her this.'

The husband said, 'I got up early this morning and
Cleaned our windows.'

And so it is with life.
What we see when watching others
Depends on the window through which we look.

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Compassion and Excuses

CompassionIt is impossible to need excuses when the focus of life shifts to How may I serve? Thinking of others first - reaching out to them despite how it might inconvenience you - causes you to feel joy, which is what the hungry traveler was actually seeking. This gift of feeling good (or feeling God) within comes from serving and surrendering rather than asking and demanding.

There's no room for blame in your life as long as you live with kindness. And excuses, regardless of their form, are all about blame. Blaming your past. Blaming the economy. Blaming your perceived personal flaws. Blaming God. Blaming your DNA. There's no shortage of circumstances, people, and events to blame - and there's no shortage of blame itself.

When you shift to compassion, all blame disappears. So no matter what you may want for yourself, discover how you can want it more for someone else, and then make that shift. In that contemplative moment, compassion will eradicate finger-pointing and trump excuse making. And you'll begin to think like God thinks: serving, offering, and loving freely.

The wise woman in the mountains who gave the precious stone to a stranger had no need to think about poverty or unhappiness, to hold a cynical view toward the greedy masses, or to explain the way she lived her life. Why? Because her ego was out of the picture, and love and service reigned supreme.

I've certainly found that when I remember to nurture kindness and courtesy, everything in my life seems to move toward more harmony and peace, to say nothing of how much better I feel when I'm giving rather than wanting.

I heard the Dalai Lama speak on compassion some years back, and the essence of his message contained these two points:

1. Compassion is the single most important quality that humanity needs to learn. This is the way to find happiness and health and to feel successful.

2. War and violence would become extinct in one generation if, beginning at the age of five, children were taught to meditate on compassion for an hour a week for the rest of their lives. Such is the power of a compassionate approach to life, which is truly thinking of others and living by the ancient Golden Rule.

The very second you feel yourself retreating to excuses, repeat the mantra How may I serve? Then act upon the answers you receive. You'll become aligned with the universal mind, which is always giving, and the bonus is that you'll notice the universe asking you back, "How may I serve you?"

As your compassion for others flows back to you, remember the truth: You do not attract what you want; you attract what you are. So make compassion be what you are.

- Excuses Begone by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

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There Is A Time to Remain Quiet but Firm


In your efforts to get along with others, do not be a doormat or everyone will want to run your life for you. If they cannot dominate you, they get angry; and if you listen to them and do their bidding, you become spineless. Then how are you to behave? When you find resistance to your ideals, the best way is to just remain quiet but firm. Say nothing. Do not get angry.

Verbal punch after punch you may get, but do not permit it to provoke you. Refuse to quarrel. Eventually those persons will understand that you do not mean to anger them, but at the same time you have your own good reasons for not wanting to do what they request of you.

When people lose their tempers, get away from them until they are calmer. If you can get together and talk out your problems, it is wonderful. Communication is vital. But if anyone just wants to fight, go out again and take a longer walk. Refuse to fight.

No one can quarrel with you if you noncooperate. Never supply more fuel to anyone's anger. The angry person is satisfied only if he can make you angry too.

I can work with anyone, though I don't care to be with those who don't know how to live in harmony. When someone has made up his mind to win a point, let him have the victory - it is a hollow victory. Don't argue. Great men seldom argue; they smile and say, "I don't think so," but they don't fight.

- Journey to Self-Realization by Paramahansa Yogananda

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How To Become An Agent For Positive Change In The World

Positive Change Eckhart TolleUltimately you are not taking responsibility for life until you take responsibility for this moment - Now. This is because Now is the only place where life can be found.

The Now is as it is because it cannot be otherwise. What Buddhists have always known, physicists now confirm: there are no isolated things or events. Underneath the surface appearance, all things are interconnected, are part of the totality of the cosmos that has brought about the form that this moment takes.

When you say "yes" to what is, you become aligned with the power and intelligence of Life itself. Only then can you become an agent for positive change in the world.

- Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

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