The Difficulty Of Seeing The Good

October 31, 2010 by  
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Below is Huffington Post I really enjoyed  by Scott Schwenk that I wanted to share with you.

I don’t know about administering healing or the “Course in Miracles” but I do know about not being swept away by emotions.  I also know about not reacting to everything that happens.  Scott discusses a personal situation where he was able to stay centered and therefore not add anger and anxiety to an already complex situation.

This is a way of being that I have been able to master yet.  I still from time to time get carried away in the chaos.  But, I do know focusing on what is good and being able to recognize our humanity is the path.  As I often say we are all our own master pieces in the making.  See the good and have compassion for yourself and others.

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Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

October 30, 2010 by  
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Angie Rubin

We are often tempted to look at other people’s lives and compare.  But, when we do so we commit a grave error; we forget life is not what it looks like, but what it feels like.

Each one of us has different things to observe, learn, and experience in our journeys.  Each one of us has certain facilities and difficulties.  And each one of us has different aspirations.  How could we compare?

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Dancing Under The Gallows

October 29, 2010 by  
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The oldest holocaust survivor, 107 year-old Alice, shares her inspiring love for music and life.

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The Power Forgiveness Has Against Hatred

October 28, 2010 by  
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Angie Rubin

The more I think about discord and anger the more I realize how poisonous those sentiments are.   When we arrive to a point in our lives where we make a choice between chasing after our misconceptions or taking a journey inward, we start on a cleansing process.    And, as we move towards contentment feelings like resentment and conflict cause damage.  We become ultra-sensitive to them and the reason is very simple; hatred hurts its own host the most.

When people believe the only way they will get rid of the pain they have inside is by exerting the same pain back, all they do is continue to feed resentment.   It takes incredible strength of character to say no to the continuation of hatred.

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Are We Hung Up On Happiness?

October 27, 2010 by  
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Angie Rubin

I really like the below post from the Huffington Post.  It lays out my exact thoughts on happiness and well-being.  Happiness is a fleeting emotion just like anger, sadness, etc.  We get happy when something pleasant happens to us; a party, a new dress, a great concert.  But the feeling we are after should be of well-being.  When we find contentment the feeling is a way of being and it is a constant.  It is who we become.  When we have found a state of well-being, we are able to appreciate who we are and what we have.  And we are content. No fireworks, just a deep feeling of gratitude and knowledge.   Read on.

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by Dan Gottlieb, PH.D.

The U.S. Declaration of Independence gives us the right to pursue happiness. That’s all well and good, but are we finding that the pursuit of happiness can make us miserable?

In today’s culture more people are pursuing happiness and not succeeding, leaving them frustrated and living with a sense of failure. Making matters worse, the pursuit of happiness can make us self-absorbed, which is guaranteed to make us unhappy!…Continued

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How To Have Successful Relationships

October 26, 2010 by  
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Angie Rubin

It’s hard to learn to accept others exactly as they are.   If it is a romantic relationship, we see the potential and we want to help our partner get there.  If it is a friend or a family member we want them to have the behavior we would have if faced with the same situation. In both cases, if we don’t realize people are different we are destined to have many disagreements and disappointments.

We see and judge the world in a very personal way and we often forget that others see things in different ways.  Of course I’m not talking about a group of people thinking it is wrong to rob a bank and another group thinking it is okay.  Robbing a bank it’s wrong, period.  But how we react to pain, challenge, and accomplishments is personal.  In the case of pain some of us might get reckless, or depressed, or go into complete denial.  Some of us like to be surrounded by others while others like to be left alone.  There is no right or wrong.  It is always how we see and process things.

There is also the issue of our own ego.  We become peeved when what we are saying is not taken to heart.  How many times have we said or listened to someone else say:  This is what’s going on and this is how you fix it” only to get upset and frustrated when the advice is not taken to heart?

When it comes to romantic relationships, the lack of acceptance becomes even more of an issue because what happens to one person affects the other.  Becoming interested in someone because we think XYZ about them – which bother us – will change once we have the opportunity to work on them, it’s a big mistake.  People are the way they are.  Either you love them as they are or not.

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Sometimes There Is A Delay In Cause And Consequence

October 24, 2010 by  
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Angie Rubin

My mother always says we walk in the dark.  What she means to say is we never know for certain what life is getting ready to bring us.  Every person we meet, every situation we encounter is a source of possible changes.  So we must live, even when we feel frustrated. And we must always go on.

Try throwing away your fears and apprehensions and think: anything and everything is possible.  How exciting is that?

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Playing The Cello Out Of Love In The Streets Of NYC

October 23, 2010 by  
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Dale Henderson, an accomplished musician,  plays his cello in the subways of New York City.  He doesn’t ask or accepts donations.  He plays because he loves the music and wants to share with the people of New York.  It is his gift of love.  How empowering to do something for others for no other reason but to enrich other people’s lives?

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A Life Free Of Anger

October 22, 2010 by  
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Angie Rubin

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned – Buddha

Being angry is all consuming.  It gets your adrenaline pumping and it consumes your energy.  You feel like you can’t do anything else except burn through it. I know I’ve been there many a times.

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Strengthen Your Ego And Find Freedom

October 21, 2010 by  
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Angie Rubin

When our ego is strong and healthy we are no longer vulnerable to other people’s agendas.  We realize that judging other’s worth by such measures as youth, physical appearance, success, money or power is just plain silly.

We know a person’s worth and their journey are complex.  It is the sum of our past, present and future.  And it is our dignity, kindness, strength of character put into practice.

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