Generosity

      My heart is full and open, flowing with pure good feelings and good wishes for everyone. I follow my spontaneous instinct to give and I am totally happy. Acceptance Love makes us free from expectations, which enables us to accept people as they are. We are then able to understand others’ uniqueness and provide them with whatever is necessary for their positive growth. Let me think of one person in whom I am not able to tolerate some quality. I then need to tell myself that just as a mother accepts her child even with weaknesses, I will accept this person as he is. When I change my attitude towards that person I can be free in my mind and give them the freedom to express their uniqueness. God As The Ocean Of Knowledge It is believed that God knows the details of every atom and every thought in the universe. It is because of God’s ultimate, pervasive knowledge that He can be described as an ocean. Understanding this world does not necessarily mean to be aware of every detail of the movement of every single leaf or every single molecule. All that is required is to understand completely the conditions through which souls and matter pass. One of the basic beliefs of Christians is that God created man in His own image. God, being the embodiment of knowledge, creates with knowledge. Being the wisest of all, He has the power to change the intellects of human souls. How? When we, the souls, having come in the process of birth and rebirth, become impure, God shares with...

Interfere Lovefully

Peter D’souza <bkpeter1961@gmail.com> To:daily-positive-thoughts@googlegroups.com 2 Sep at 8:48 PM Contemplation:  Interfere Lovefully Interfere Lovefully One of the deepest habits we learn is interfering in others’ lives. Even if we are not actively interfering there is a good chance it’s happening in our heads. Then, when people don’t do what we want them to do, which is usually all the time, our ability to relax is non existent. If you want to interfere successfully in someone else’s life, try this loveful approach. It begins with acceptance, continues with acknowledgement, is empowered by appreciation and ends in actualization. Only in this way can we help others be all that they can possibly be, and what else is life for, but to help others to be all that they can be. Only by making love practical in this way, can we heal our own habits of criticism, envy and blame. Accept, acknowledge and appreciate. It doesn’t mean you have to agree, comply or condone. The paradox is that we ourselves will receive the same in the process, not only from ourselves, as we become what we give, but from others along the way. Why? It’s the law! Easiness When we start with something, which has never been done before, we first have a doubt if we could do it. The task in itself is not very difficult, but it is this thought that makes it seem much more difficult than it actually is. This fear doesn’t let us use all our potentials in an easy way. If there is a task, which is considered by everyone to be difficult, or if I have any fear associated...

Contemplation: Maturity

Maturity As we mature spiritually there is less need to have our self-respect bolstered by praise and special attention. As our thought processes become more compassionate and less self obsessed, we feel increasingly satisfied with ourselves and with our lives. We relate to people more easily and feel no need to draw attention to our successes or complain about our problems. Specialties When we come into interaction with others we are concerned with their negative aspects. We are aware of where they are going wrong and we try to correct them too. But usually the other person doesn’t realize his mistake. The more we try to emphasize on negativity, the more difficult it becomes to make the other person realize. On one hand, we find that he is not benefited and on the other hand, we are filling ourselves with negativity too. The best business in life is that of seeing specialties and contributing our own specialties for others’ growth. When we are aware of others’ specialties, we are able to encourage them to use them for growth. Also we are free from negativity. Further, using our own specialties enriches others and ourselves too. These specialties are easily available for us at the time of need, for having used them constantly. Signs Of Depression And Coming Out Of It You feel depressed when you lack happiness and optimism about the possibilities that you have and a constantly negative consciousness and vision is produced. You lose hope. In depression you lack an interest in things. You are sensitive to criticisms, even if they are very little. You feel sadness, impatience,...

Beyond Judgement

Beyond Judgement   If I’ve done nothing wrong, and my attitude is well-meaning, a difficult situation is just a test for my ability to remain beyond the judgement of others. Gut Feelings When faced with decisions, most of us experience a gut feeling. Your gut feeling ‘knows’ what you need and what to do. But sometimes gut feelings can be wrong. To make better decisions, listen to your gut feelings, but verify it with logic and data. The Gender Of God In a large number of religious traditions, all over the world, God is always referred to as a male entity. But, just as the soul does not have a gender and is neither masculine nor feminine, God’s i.e. the Supreme Soul’s gender is neither male nor female specifically. Therefore, as a soul, a spiritual child of God, I can come close to God without any inhibitions or difficulty, which I may experience in any relationship in the physical world, due to the gender of the body I am occupying. We need to take a look at the Supreme Being or God closely. The Supreme Being is the Supreme Mother who provides spiritual sustenance and whose love is full of unconditional acceptance. No matter what has happened, how my nature or personality may be, I experience unconditional acceptance from God. It’s a love that strengthens me, as well as it purifies me. At the same time, God is also the Supreme Father, a very powerful entity, who provides protection and fills the soul with the inheritance of divine qualities and powers. It’s a question of just being an innocent child and claiming that inheritance....

Complete Everything

Contemplation: Complete Everything   Artist: Vladimir Volegov Complete Everything A task left undone remains undone in two places -at the actual location of the task, and inside your head. Incomplete tasks in your head consume the energy of your attention as they gnaw at your conscience. They siphon off a little more of your personal power every time you delay. No need to be a perfectionist, that’s debilitating in an imperfect world, but it’s good to be a ‘completionist’. If you start it, finish it…or forget it. Do it – or dump it!  Expectations It is very natural to help someone when we see them in need. At that time we don’t expect anything from them and continue to extend help. But when we need help or support we begin to expect from those whom we had helped and if they don’t, our feelings are hurt. At the time that we are providing help, we need to consciously remind ourselves not to have expectations. Again when we need help and find ourselves expecting from others, we need to explain to ourselves that whatever help we have given will surely come back to us at the right time. The seed that we have sown will not be wasted away but will surely bear fruit. The Art Of Forgetting In Relationships Sometimes, someone says something in two minutes that makes you feel really bad – they said it in two minutes but it is still there inside the register of your mind two months or even two years later. How could they! Who do they think they are! Something happened in two minutes...

Detachment

  Artist: Elisabetta Trevisan Detachment Detachment does not mean we don’t care about what is going on in the world. Detachment does not mean coldness or hardness. It just means we learn to stand back and observe for a moment. Detachment gives us that ‘space of time’ to create a measured response and not to be overruled by habitual reaction. Criticism When I do something, there’s sure to be some criticism that comes my way. But I am not always able to take it in the right spirit. I tend to give a lot of explanations and excuses to others and myself. When I give excuses in this way I finish the ability to learn and so I am not able to experience constant progress. Whenever I am faced with criticism I need to reinforce my faith in whatever I am doing. When I am sure of myself, and the task that I am involved in, I will be able to learn from whatever the others tell me. I will no longer give excuses but go on bringing improvement to whatever I am doing.   The Art Of Stepping In And Stepping Out In Relationships   For any activity, or relationship to remain peaceful and successful, we must know how far to step in and how far to step out. It is like a gardener who sows seeds at the right time, steps in to plant and water them and then steps out of the picture to allow nature to carry on with her work. However, from time to time, he steps in again to see if there is...

The Spirit of Generosity

The Opening Ceremony at the Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi, Russia The Spirit of Generosity Generosity means more than just giving. It also means to cooperate with others. The greatest act of generosity is to see beyond the weaknesses of others, helping them to recognize their innate value. Determination Several times we find ourselves attributing our failures to our incapability and tend to feel disappointed. However, the failure is not because of lack of capacity to achieve that task, but because of lack of determination. We tend to give up without trying till the end. When we keep in our mind that the task at hand is important and it has to be done at any cost, we find some or the other way to get the task done. Because of our determination, we find receiving help from outside too and we are successful in whatever we take up. Spiritual Vision A simple definition of spiritual vision is that I see the best in others. A parameter of proving to myself that I have a spiritual vision and I am seeing the best in others is that I naturally thank and praise rather than criticize those with whom I interact at home or at the workplace on a daily basis – even though I may see obvious negative characteristics in them and experience negative behavior from them. Keep a daily chart of the three points, for three people close to you, below for one week. Every night, fill this chart up for the day that’s just gone by. 1. Name of person and relationship 2. How did I thank or praise...

Keep the Wheels Spinning: The Purpose of Sadhana

Sadhguru looks at how sadhana in yoga is always designed to work on every aspect of a human being, and why ignoring some aspects and focusing on others can be problematic. Article Feb 27, 2015 Question: I’ve been doing my practices for three years and I haven’t had any great experiences or seen any changes in me. What should motivate me to continue doing the practices? Sadhguru: You need to understand what a practice is. If you want to consciously move your hand, you can. If you want to move your mind somewhere, you can do that too, to some extent. Similarly, you can move your emotions. Can you move your energies? No. We do the practices so that that part of your life begins to move too. If everything moves – your body, your mind, your emotions – but your energies don’t move, you still don’t go anywhere. The practice is to loosen that dimension of your life which is normally not in your hands.Your physical body is largely in your hands, but still it is not moving the way you want it. It is doing its own things. Your mind could easily be taken into your hands, but it may also not be doing what you want right now. It may be doing a thousand other things. Your emotions can easily be focused and taken where you want, but that also may not be happening. But if you make up your mind, you can move your body, mind, and emotions. Every one of you is capable of that if you really make up your mind. But even if you make up your mind, you cannot...

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