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Master the Act of Giving

Giving thanks is so simple, yet so difficult for many of us.

Reasons abound as to why we can give thanks every day, if we choose to do so. However, what might and usually interferes with our giving is the issue of receiving. We might not want to give if the other person does not receive with grace, does not acknowledge us, does not thank us, and so on.

We become personally attached to what is done with the gift, when received, when used, and, if the receiver does not use the gift according to our specifications, we react by getting angry, by deciding not to give to that person any longer, by making a decision to stop giving. We become reactive and lose our grip on why we gave in the first place. Now we can master the act of our giving by using a little known technique, which is the secret to giving.

Giving is an act, which has a beginning, a middle and an end.

And that is it! Simple and straightforward!

What happens in reality, however, is that most of us attach ourselves to what happens beyond the act of giving and get involved with the behaviour of the person receiving the gift. Even though we say that we do not want anything back when we give, which translates to another gift, another tangible, we really mean that we would like to be appreciated for having given; we would like that our gift be used in a way that would give it the value we placed on the gift, we would like to control the intangible.

The beginning of the Act of Giving
•relates to the motivation, the feeling, the drive to give

The middle of the Act of Giving
•relates to having something to give, something tangible (a product/service, money) or intangible ( a smile, a nod of appreciation, a hello…) and someone to whom to give it

The end of the Act of Giving
•relates to the handing over of the tangible or intangible to the person receiving the gift, without awaiting or needing any reaction from that person, the receiver.

Here, no doubt, is where most of the contention lies. But, if we can give without being attached to the outcome of the gift, there would be more giving in the world, and more receiving as well.

When we receive a gift, we do what we feel is the right thing by acknowledging the giver. However, not all receivers acknowledge the giver. Knowing the secret and implementing the secret to the act of giving, we would become better at giving, better at receiving an ultimately better at giving thanks.

When we are open to receiving all the good surrounding us and when we become better givers through secret processes in the act of giving, we become more adept at giving thanks meaningfully. We will then begin to find many areas of our lives in which to give thanks.

Source: Emgee Books


The Dalai Lama speaks and the World Listens

The Dalai Lama speaks
Just recently, in Perth, Australia, the Dalai Lama reminded us of our interdependence – humans and the environment. Humans depend on the earth for survival; and the earth depends on humans for survival.
To bridge the poverty divide, the Dalai Lama implores us that we need to be conscious of how we take care of Mother Earth for environmentally sustainable and conscious activities are imperative for the survival, both of humans and of the planet.

Muriella’s Corner online

Source: bordermail.com

The Forgiveness Factor

The”F” Word

Forgive! Forgive!

There is an “F” word which seems difficult to tackle, even pronounce.  It produces lots of bile, toxins, etc., yet we ignore it to our peril, at times for aeons. 
We detoxify our bodies, cleanse our colons,  flex our muscles and stretch our bodies, minds and spirit, yet, somehow
we continue to avoid anything that has to do with that “F” word.

We quote the masters by rote – Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mandela – three people in my era who had very good reasons not, repeat not, to forgive.
But forgive they did.

Join the Forgiveness Project and make the world a better place –

To be strong – forgive;
To forgive – give love
To love – be exemplary
To be exemplary – Live, Love and Forgive

The Oprah Show, 30 May, 2007, Forgiveness in Action,  motivated me to write this today.  Her “sheroes” were victims, severely wounded, one shot in the head who had to relearn life and living; the other legless (both legs gone) from the terrorist bomb in London.

If they can forgive, we all can too.

The Secret to the Game of Life

The Secret to the Game of Life  – Play it

Ask anyone about life and you would be told – Life is…..(a bag of cherries, difficult, what you make it, the pits…) and on, and on.

The adjectives used to describe life change according to the speaker. For those who “Think Positively”, life would be positive things to them. For those who “Think Negatively”, life would be problems to them. For those who “do not stop to think, or do not think at all”, life is “whatever”!

However, we can fit into any of the above categories at any time and not even recognize it. At one moment we think positively, especially when we are reminded that we should; but a second later we could see clearly why things cannot and will not work, why nothing is possible…

By now, however, unless we are living under a rock, we know that Life IS – that Life is really a Game and the best player wins.  Winning could be both positive and negative – but who are we to judge.  For most of us, life is – whatever. Many speak of positive and negative people as though they are outside of us, but look in the mirror and see Ms Positive or Mr Negative – visible after blinks.

I would like to share with you a book that I have had since 1980 called “Your Word is Your Wand”, by Florence Scovel Shinn. I then progressed to the “Wisdom of Florence Scovel Shinn”, which contains 4 of her complete books, including the Game of Life.

Florence Scovel Shinn was widely known for many years as an artist and illustrator, metaphysician and lecturer, and as having helped thousands of people through her great work of healing and assisting in solving their problems.

I followed her teachings (usually in the natural, as at that time I did not develop my spiritual muscles at all). I would mouth the Affirmations, but not really connect them with spirit. Seeking spirituality has really benefited my image (positive/negative) a great deal and has also led me to many other masters and orientations.

Not until a dramatic event enveloped me in 2000, did those teachings begin to kick in. I became painfully aware of the importance of the metaphysical in our daily lives. According to the metaphysicians, there are three departments of the mind (p4, Wisdom):

  • the subconscious – whatever we feel deeply or image clearly (visualize), is impressed upon the subconscious mind, and carried out in minutest detail;
  • the conscious mind – the carnal or mortal mind is the human mind that sees life as it appears to be. It sees death, disaster, sickness, poverty and limitation of every kind, and it impresses the subconscious;
  • the superconscious mind – the God mind, within each man and is the realm of perfect ideas – the perfect pattern, the Divine Design, for there is a Divine Design for each person. Sometimes we get flashes which seem as unattainable, too good to be true. This is where true destiny resides, and each of us has our own true destiny.

I was operating (and still do from time to time) at the first two levels – deeply feeling, visualizing, being overwhelmed by what is going on around me and in the world, only seeing lack and limitation, etc. Any flash from the superconscious would be a temporary set of excited actions, and back again to conscious and subconscious mind sets.

We all know, as behavioural experts, that knowledge does not directly lead to action, unless one can move to superconsious at a rapid pace and allow life to manifest as it should with overwhelming love, abundance, peace, health, happiness…

The Game of Life is a game of work, a game where we have to be in an awake state and operate with all three engines firing.

Not all people to agree with the above, but unless there is a working alternative, feel free to blog in and blog on.

Why this information?

A discussion with a friend sometime ago revealed that she was very concerned with the state of non-health as she saw it of one of her very good friends; it centered around not being able to let go. I shared that at times, not letting go could also show up in our lives as disease. A passage (p65 Wisdom) clarifies that a health issue, a dis-ease, is believed to  be caused by congesting, storing away too many things; congestion of things causes congestion in the body. When the law of use is violated, the body pays the penalty.

We should consider no longer being on automatic as we proceed in life, but by being conscious of every thought, word, action  – being in the moment, being conscious, helps us to appreciate now…as we operate fully being present to why we are thinking what we are thinking, why we are saying what we are saying, why we are doing what we are doing…


Why I am grateful…

Images feed the senses, the soul and the spirit. Some of them generate action. When I received these images in an email, I decided to share them with you so that we could begin a chain of gratitude – fostering an attitude of gratitude as we greet each day.
….daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism and energy. Additionally, the gratitude group experienced less depression and stress, was more likely to help others, exercised more regularly and made more progress toward personal goals. According to the findings, people who feel grateful are also more likely to feel loved. McCollough and Emmons also noted that gratitude encouraged a positive cycle of reciprocal kindness among people since one act of gratitude encourages another READ MORE

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.
GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.
~ Author Unknown ~

Here are some gratitude links below:
“Thankfulness does tend to reproduce in kind.The attitude of gratitude revitalizes the entire mental process by activating all other attitudes, thus stimulating creativity.”
(Norman Vincent Peale, American Pastor, Author 1898-1993)

The Law of Attraction
has a key component called Gratitude.
Every aspect of our lives grows richer as we give thanks for what we have, and what is yet to come.
Gratitude Rock is a tool. Every time you touch your Gratitude Rock, it anchors a thought of Gratitude. Reminding you to take a moment to appreciate. Each thought of gratitude is a magnet. Gratitude Rock serves as an energy spark to the universe.
Giving gratitude provides gifts to the giver and receiver.
You may be grateful for anything; your job, your family, your health, your friends, the good weather, or world events.
As you give thanks…you get. This process is very simple.
Keep your gratitude flowing and be open to receive. The universe will help you with the rest.

Create a Gratitude Journal Every Day
Use the five text boxes on the website to create a certificate page with what you are grateful for today. When you finish entering into the five text boxes, click on “Show Journal” to receive a certificate page. You can then print out your Gratitude Journal using your web browser.
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