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Set yourself free

Set Yourself Free

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I’ll let go tomorrow; I’m having too much fun torturing myself today. No, that’s not really it.

I’ll let go tomorrow; the things I’m holding on to need me to hold them today.

Yes, that’s closer to what it is.

I’m not enjoying myself at all today, but I have to keep holding on to my desires, my guilt, my limitations, and my worries.

I am defined by them. And you want me to let go of them today?

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Say whatever with as much love as you can

Whatever I Say

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There’s an old story about compassion, detachment, and Mohammed, the prophet of Islam.

Mohammed had a neighbor who had a garbage problem.

This neighbor was a cranky old man who let his garbage pile up and spill out all around his yard.

The mess was unsightly, but Mohammed practiced tolerance and compassion.

He didn’t say anything to the annoying neighbor, for years.

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Let go of resentments

Let Go of Negative Emotions

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Resentments are sneaky, tricky little things.

They can convince us they’re justified.

They can dry up our hearts.

They can sabotage our happiness.

They can sabotage love.

Most of us have been at the receiving end of an injustice at some time in our lives.

Most of us know someone who’s complained of an injustice we’ve done to him or her.

Life can be a breeding ground for resentments, if we let it.

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Cultivate inner peace

Blissful Inner Peace

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According to my experience, the principal characteristic of genuine happiness is peace, inner peace. - His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Cultivate a sense of peace, an abiding inner peace that doesn’t depend on outward circumstance.

So much chaos, so much drama, so many emotions surge through us.

 It is so easy, so tempting to believe that once we get through this circumstance, once we achieve this goal, once we solve this problem, then we will be peaceful.

That’s an illusion.

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World in conflict

List of ongoing Conflicts

GLOBAL CONFLICT TRACKER

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Pulling together a list of the wars most in need of international attention and support in 2016 is challenging for all the wrong reasons. For 20 years after the end of the Cold War, deadly conflict was in decline. Fewer wars were killing fewer people the world over. Five years ago, however, that positive trend went into reverse, and each year since has seen more conflict, more victims, and more people displaced. 2016 is unlikely to bring an improvement from the woes of 2015: It is war - not peace - that has momentum. 

That said, there are conflicts whose urgency and importance rise above. This year’s list of 10 is weighted toward wars with the worst humanitarian consequences: Syria and Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and the Lake Chad basin. It includes those in influential and functioning states, like Turkey, as well as those that have collapsed, like Libya. It features conflicts that are already bad but are poised to get much worse without intelligent intervention, such as Burundi, as well as tensions, such as those in the South China Sea, that are simmering but have yet to boil over. The list also considers the hopeful example presented by Colombia, where considerable progress is being made toward ending a 51-year insurgency. 

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Say whatever when it’s out of your hands

How to Control your Mind - Sarvangasana Yoga

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We cannot control everything that happens to us. But we can control our response to those things.

We cannot control the feelings of others-their fear, their power trips, their issues.

All that we can choose is how we want to respond.

Maybe you have been wronged.

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Don’t cut yourself on your gifts

Everything Happens For A Reason

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Mishaps are like knives that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle.

James Russell Lowell

Success rains down for no apparent reason.

Tragedy strikes like a freight train.

We’re left to deal with the results.

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Know your limits

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While it’s good to be compassionate, we can become overly compassionate, too.

 Don’t work so hard at not judging other people that you forget to pay attention to what you don’t like.

“I know what it feels like to be abandoned and left. I don’t like the feeling, so I’m not going to leave my boyfriend,” Clara says. She’s living with a man who abuses her, emotionally and physically.

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