Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old
Posted January 17, 2015 1:05 am
This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!! Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .”To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more: 1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good. 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. 3. Life is too short – enjoy it. 4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. 5. Pay off your credit cards every month. 6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself. 7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone. 8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it. 9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck. 10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile. 11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present. 12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry. 13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. 14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it. 15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don’t worry, God never blinks. 16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind. 17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways. 18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger. 19.. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else. 20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer. 21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple. 24. The most important sex organ is the brain. 25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you. 26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’ 27. Always choose life. 28. Forgive 29. What other people think of you is none of your business. 30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time. 31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does. 33. Believe in miracles. 34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do. 35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now. 36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young. 37. Your children get only one childhood. 38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved. 39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere. 40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back. 41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need 42. The best is yet to come… 43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 44. Yield. 45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.” AMAZING WAY TO START AND/OR IMPROVE YOUR MEDITATION PRACTICE
My favorite meditation timer
Posted April 15, 2014 1:01 am
This is by far one of my favorite things. I have been using it for a couple of years now. No long ago I realized how accustomed I had become to it that just the though of using my old manual timer disappointed me. Features: You can see how many people are meditating with you (live) worldwide. You can open an account (optional) and chat with them. They also have the option to keep a journal. Personal notes: The first time I got it, I wrote the company to ask them about how to add a song (mantra) to it, and to my surprise I got a response the day after. How cool is that, eh? Here it is. Enjoy it!
Stop the must-urbation
Posted February 12, 2014 12:56 am
That’s how Ramana Maharshi referred to all our ‘must do’ lists. He, as well as many others, emphatically encouraged us to stop making our lives miserable with these self-imposed lists. For many of us, it is accustomed to do one at the beginning of each year and this new way to look at it, challenges that. One may ask, “If I don’t make a list of the things ‘I must do’ or ‘ I should do’ how I’m supposed to move forward in the direction that I want?” This is where I found the exercise that Louse Hay proposes liberating and powerful. This exercise is easy. The only rule is that you have to be honest with yourself.
EXERCISE – I SHOULD
From the book ‘You can heal your life’ by Louis Hay1-Begin by writing on a top of a piece of paper the words ‘I should’. 2-Then proceed by listing several ways to finish each sentence. Some people find difficult to begin, and some have so many things to write. 3-When you are done, read each sentence beginning each sentence with ‘I should’. As you read each one, ask yourself ‘why?’ The answers that may come out are interesting and revealing, such as ‘my mother said I should’ ‘because I’m afraid not to’ ‘because I have to be perfect’ ‘well, everybody has to do that’ ‘because I’m too lazy, too short, too tall, too fat, too thin, too dumb, too ugly, or too unworthy. These answers show were you are stuck in your beliefs and limitations. Louis Hay believes that ‘should’ is one of the most damaging words in our language and that every time we use the word ‘should’ we are in effect saying we are wrong. You are either wrong, or we were wrong, or we are going to be wrong. She proposes to erase once and for all the words ‘I should’ from our vocabulary and replace them by ‘I could’. L. Hay says ‘could’ gives us choice and we are never wrong. 4-Then re-read the list one at a time except this time begin each sentence by saying ‘if I really wanted to I could’ and as you finish each sentence ask yourself ‘why haven’t you?’ The answers may come out now are completely different, such as ‘I don’t want to’, ‘I’m afraid’, ‘I don’t know how’, ‘because I’m not good enough’. Some people give themselves such a hard time for years for something they never wanted to do in the first place, or they criticize themselves for something that someone else said they should do. Look at all the people that force themselves to a carrier they don’t like; only because their parents said they should become a dentist or a teacher. How often we felt inferior because we were told we should be smarter or richer, or creative. 5-What is in your ‘to do list’ that can be dropped with a sense of release? We notice that many of the things we thought we should do are things we don’t want to do just because we were only trying to please others. So many times we do this because we are afraid, or we feel we are not good enough. We start the process of releasing the feeling of being wrong because we are not feeding in someone else’s standards. I found this exercise enlightening because it brings light and truth into anyone who dares to do it sincerely. I am certain it will bring truth and clarity into your life too. Indra Kaur I would love to hear from you. Your comments are greatly appreciated =)
A Wish and a Dish
Posted October 9, 2013 6:12 pm
‘A Wish and a Dish’ is a tradition established by the Siri Singh Sahib in order to honor the sacrifices of the Khalsa Panth after the attacks on the Golden temple complex in the assault named Akal Takhat.
This tradition is recognized every 6th of the month, and on important celebrations such as Guru Ram Das birthday every October 9th.
Yogi Bhajan’s lecture on March 6 1993
"So it is a privileged day today, it's the sixth, we celebrate every sixth, the day of the Akal Takhat, and it's a day of the dish and wish and it's a promise by the Guru. It dawned on me and that is what Guru Ram Das said, "on this day, the saddest day, celebrate...Let anybody prepare with love a dish, bring it with a wish and I shall grant it," and it has become our regular feature, it has become our regular fact. Today, we don't only bring money, we bring Ras, we bring Roras, we bring something on which we survive, we bring the choicest thing, our life.”
“I don’t believe in miracles. I rely on them” - Yogi Bhajan
Note: It is important to mention that not all Gurdwaras embrace this tradition, so its recommended to call first and ask for the service’s hours.
Gurdwara- Sikh Society of Florida- Oct 9th 2013 6 am to 9 pm
16000 Stirling Rd southwest ranches fl 33331
Akal Takht being repaired by the Indian Government after the attack