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The Treasure You Seek

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

The teacher we need at every moment

Author Charlotte Joko Beck said, “Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment.  This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath.” Continue reading

Cheer

This week I watched a series on Netflix called Cheer about the road to the Nationals for a cheerleading team from a little town in Texas.  The team was from a small school, Navarro College, that was put on the map when a home-town gal decided to return to her roots after earning an MBA and coach the sport she competed in as a high school student. Continue reading

See ourselves as part of the ocean

In a recent meditation, author Tara Brach said something profound.  She said we need to see ourselves as part of the ocean.  Embracing the waves.  Not in fear of the waves or fighting the waves.  When we fear or fight the waves we end up with motion sickness.  Being tossed around in our life without control.  We have to realize that we are one with the entire ocean and that is our power. Continue reading

That space

Psychologist and author Tara Brach mentioned a quote and a poem in a meditation she offered recently that really moved me.

Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist, psychologist and Holocaust survivor said, “Between stimulus and response there is a space.  In that space is our power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

That space.

How many times have we reacted and regretted it immediately?  We made someone feel bad, we yelled, we pressed send, we wounded with words. Continue reading

Positivity

In her book Positivity, Barbara L. Fredrickson writes, “You are constantly changing — not just your clothes or your hairstyle, but your inner core, the very essence of your being. Change is the rule, constancy the rare exception. Consider the change underway within you at this very moment. What you know as ‘you’ is actually trillions of cells living and working together. Most only live for a few weeks or months. When they die, they are replaced by new cells. This cycle continues for as long as you live. The pace of cell renewal varies by body part. Your taste buds live only a few hours. Your white blood cells live about ten days. Your muscle cells live about three months. Even your bones are made anew time and again. Considering these differences, scientists have suggested that you replace about 1 per cent of your cells each day. That’s 1 per cent today, another 1 per cent tomorrow, amounting to roughly 30 per cent by next month and 100 per cent by next season. Seeing yourself and your cells in this way, every three months you get a whole new you. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that it takes around three months to learn a new habit or make a lifestyle change. Perhaps we can’t teach an old cell new tricks.” Continue reading

Identity theft

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People author Stephen R. Covey says, “The greatest identity theft is not when someone takes your wallet or steals your credit card.  The greater theft happens when we forget who we really are, when we begin to believe that our worth and identity come from how well we stack up compared to others, instead of recognizing that each of us has immeasurable worth and potential, independent of any comparison.” Continue reading

Flow theory

Positive Psychology co-founder Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is best known for his Flow Theory.  This is when you are engaged in a task that uses your gifts while challenging your skills.  In a moment of flow, you may forget to get up, go to the washroom or even eat.  You are fully invested in something that brings you happiness and peace. Continue reading

The last time

We never know when it will be the last time.  The last time we get up at 2 a.m. to feed a baby.  The last time we give our child a bath.  The last time we read a book together.  The last time we tie their skates before a hockey game.  The last time we have tea with a special person.  The last time we travel or walk or run or remember. Continue reading

The roads that led from yesterday to today

It was 1863 in Ireland.  Thady Conlon was 36 years old.  He had seen some hard years in his late teens during the Great Famine.  Now he decided to travel south to find work and maybe meet someone to share his life with.  He packed his meager belongings and started out. Continue reading

Our thoughts are everything

Our thoughts are everything.  As Shakespeare once said, “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”  Neuroscientist Sam Harris mentioned in his Waking Up app that thoughts are embedded in everything.  In the construction of our walls, the recipes on our tables, the engines in our cars, the fashion on our bodies, the programs in our classrooms.  Someone thought it up and took action to make it happen.  Continue reading

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