Why Is Introspection Important?

September 30, 2010 by  
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Angie Rubin

Without it we would keep reading the same scripts we have created for ourselves and have no possibility of a different life.  We would always play the same role to the same results.

Introspection means observing and processing our own behavior.  Introspection gives us the chance to catch ourselves repeating patterns that causes us pain and change. It becomes second nature to anyone who is invested in living a more peaceful and content life.

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Trusting Ourselves

September 29, 2010 by  
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Angie Rubin

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” – Goethe

I love this quote. It’s simple and it holds in it a map for our lives.

Trusting ourselves means to quiet our minds enough to hear our most profound voice tell us who we are, what we want and how to reconcile our inner world with the demands of a society that does not have contentment on its mind.  The old phrase be in this world but not of this world requires introspection and a desire to live life by inspired by meaning.

Our answers rest within us but somehow most of us insist in tiptoeing around them as if afraid to wake them up.

How silly that we have bought into listening to the world’s latest fashion and obsession instead of to the wise voice inside that knows us better than anyone.  Our power and our freedom depend on sitting down, making friends with our truths.  And when we do that, we will also find contentment.

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.  – Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

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Finding Freedom By Letting Go

September 28, 2010 by  
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Yesterday I sent an email to a friend I had not spoken to in 7 years.  We used to be very good friends but parted ways when I decided to change how I experienced my life.  By no means am I blaming her for my past life or how I used to live it.  The separation happened because as I embarked on a path of a less self-destructive life, she did not want to come along.  She still believed living in chaos was the only way to exist and so I let the relationship go.

In my email I let my friend know even though we have not spoken in many years I only have love for her.  A few hours after I sent the email a thought hit me; what if she doesn’t respond? My pride was sticking its ugly head out in fear of rejection.  Now when I first sent the email, all I had in my heart was positive feelings but when the thought of rejection hit me, for a moment I regretted sending the email and felt stupid.

The experience made me think about pride. Not the good kind, such as empowering ourselves by accepting and being proud of who we are, but the bad kind where our ego is so frail that we think we must defend ourselves with all the pride we can muster.

In Greek mythology the myth of Sisyphus tells the story of pride and its consequences.

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How To Find A Sense Of Well-Being

September 27, 2010 by  
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Angie Rubin

I woke up yesterday feeling a little frustrated about my life.  And then I did the worst thing I could have; I compared other people’s lives to mine.  Half-hour passed before the side of me – which is in transformation – was able to remind me that each life is unique and life’s journey is not a competition with others but it is the sculpting of us by us.

If we had real understanding and compassion for our struggles we would never put ourselves down.  If we could achieve a sense of internal well-being we would never care what others thought of us.  And how liberating wouldn’t that be?

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How To Create You Own Love Story

September 25, 2010 by  
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Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi

I’m finishing a book “Paint It Black” by my friend Janet Fitch, who is also the writer of “White Oleander”.  The book tells the story of the aftermath of a young woman, Josie Tyrell, whose boyfriend, Michael Farraday commits suicide.  We never “meet” Michael alive.  Our knowledge of him is through Josie’s memories of the world they shared. And it is this world I want to discuss.

Janet Fitch describes in details the love-making, dreams and fantasies Josie and Michael shared.  The time they gave to one another and their excitement in discovering things together.  In the fantasy world they created they experienced trips, meetings and situations without ever leaving their small house in Echo Park, Los Angeles.

We also learn Michael was the type of person who saw the beauty in everything and stopped the world to appreciate.

As I read their story, I am reminded of how much we short change ourselves when it comes to love.

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The New Grief: Reaching Out Through The Internet

September 24, 2010 by  
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Good article on using the internet as online support system or to  find out local organizations.

Writing in the NY Times on September 3rd, Paula Span described the emergence of online support and caregiving “communities.” One such site — Lotsa Helping Hands — has succeeded in facilitating the creation of almost 30,000 of these “communities.” They are all local, and they exist to recruit and coordinate volunteer services for members of the community who are in need. For example, a single mother who must undergo chemotherapy and needs help with child care, shopping, etc...Continued

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Connecting Through Our Humanity

September 24, 2010 by  
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Angie Rubin

One of the good things the internet provides us with is a way to connect with others that have the same interests, experiences or simply want to exchange ideas.

When I started The Love Project Inc. in May of 2009, I was looking to share my thoughts and feelings and find others who wanted to do the same.

At that time I had just experienced many emotionally intimate moments with complete strangers and had learned underneath all differences lie all similarities.

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Building Homes

September 24, 2010 by  
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Dan Wallrath found a way to show his appreciation for the men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan; he builds homes mortgage free.

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Removing The Blinders And Finding Freedom

September 23, 2010 by  
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A friend sent me this poem by the Sufi Scholar, Rumi, who is considered to be the most read poet in the world.

Quietness

Inside this new love, die.
Your way begins on the other side.
Become the sky.
Take an axe to the prison wall.
Escape.

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Where Good Ideas Come From?

September 23, 2010 by  
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