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Ideal Self

June 24, 2018

You can spend the rest of your days

attempting to become

some imagined, perfect person,

but I recommend

you don’t waste your life striving to become

some unattainable version of yourself.

You’ll never reach the place of perfection,

and that’s perfectly all right.

The path to perfection

will only lead to exhaustion

and disappointment; meanwhile,

your actual life will be passing you by.

The more peaceful and practical approach is

to simply be yourself at every moment,

accept that this being human is a messy ordeal,

and learn to be OK

with getting your hands dirty.

There’s no actual happiness to be found

in always trying to be someone else

at some future time,

because the fact is, you’ll never quite get there.

Why not instead, show up fully,

right here, right now?

Allow yourself to let go of the idea

that who you are already isn’t enough,

and realize this deep acceptance

is the path to real freedom.

~Mark Van Buren

(Mindful Living trainer and musician.

From: A Fool’s Guide to Actual Happiness)

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Signs

June 23, 2018

Tenderness and kindness

are not signs

of weakness and despair

but manifestations

of strength and resolution.

~Khalil Gibran

(1883-1931, Poet, Artist, Mystic)

Love

June 22, 2018

In consideration

that God is love,

and love is the supreme power

in our world,

in your willingness to be

in cooperation and alignment

with that love,

allow the love to lead you perfectly.

Do whatever you can

to let go of any interference –

and interference would be anything

that gets in the way

and unnecessarily restricts love

from doing what love is here

to do with you.

~John Morton

(Spiritual Director of Institute

for Individual and World Peace)

Happiness

June 21, 2018

Ever since happiness

heard your name,

it has been running

through the streets

trying to find you.

~Hafiz

(1315-1390, Sufi Mystic

and Poet of Shiraz, Persia)

Vulnerable

June 20, 2018

Being vulnerable

is the only way

to allow your heart

to feel true pleasure.

~Robert Nesta “BobMarley

(1945 –1981, Jamaican singer-songwriter,

musician, guitarist, social activist)

Perspective

June 19, 2018

What the caterpillar sees

as the end of the world,

the rest of us

see as a butterfly.

~Lao Tzu

(circa 6th century BCE, Chinese Philosopher)

Unconditional Love

June 18, 2018

The soul loves unconditionally,

because God loves unconditionally.

The soul and God

are one and the same.

If we tap into our soul

and look at the world through its eyes,

we can not only love unconditionally,

but also feel God’s unconditional love for us.

The sun does not discriminate

as to which flowers it will shine upon.

It sheds its light on all equally.

Thus, roses and violets, tulips and weeds

all receive the same light.

So it is with God’s love.

It shines on us all,

whether we are man or woman,

Hindu or Muslim, Christian or Jew,

Sikh, Sufi, Parsi or Jain.

It shines on us no matter

what color our hair, skin, or eyes.

When we experience our soul

and begin to identify with it,

we too can grow in our love

of all people.

~Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj

(1946 to pres., Author, Scientist, Mystic,

Leader of Science of Spirituality and

International Movements for World Peace)