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Posts Tagged ‘self-mastery’

Self-esteem and what makes life worth living.

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” ~ E. E. Cummings Self-esteem is obviously important because it helps prevent you from eating sh**. Even when packaged in a sweet, candy-covered shell. Self-esteem is important because as Chuck Reid remarked, “In theory, there is no difference between…

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Easier Said Than Done. – But Still Worth Saying.

“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” ~ Henry Ford Ah yes. Indeed. ‘Tis so. I won’t pretend I can tell you how. How often spans the better part of a lifetime and usually involves most things and their opposite, for example: listen to yourself – listen…

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Because I had a friend.

“I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.” ~ Abraham Lincoln What a remarkable admission. Whether you believe him or not, whether you want to rattle off the dozen character traits, innate or otherwise, you consider responsible for Lincoln’s success – consider that a distraction…

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Expect To Grow Spiritually.

“Expect your every need to be met, expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level, expect to grow spiritually.” ~ Eileen Caddy Expect to grow spiritually. With this one phrase Caddy has taken what might otherwise have drifted away as the height of new age delusion – and injected it with the rock-hard solid…

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Wounds.

  “What do sad people have in common? It seems they have all built a shrine to the past and often go there and do a strange wail and worship. What is the beginning of happiness? It is to stop being so religious like that.” ~ Hafiz ‘It is to stop being so religious like…

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Let’s Hear It For The Boy.

“Within the masculine psyche, there is a creature, an unwounded man, who believes  in the good, who has no doubts about life, who is not only wise but who also is not afraid to die.” Clarissa Pinkola-Estes, Women Who Run With The Wolves Ahhh Alan Garner (Zach Galifianakas’ character in The Hangover, above) … Just kidding. Or…

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Forgiving and Forgetting: Part One

  “The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.” ~ Thomas Szasz There is definitely something important and insightful in Szasz’s statement, but I want to amend it to say: The stupid neither forgive nor forget;the naïve forgive and forget;the wise forgive and – learn.…

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A Case, And Some Space, For Introversion

“Telling an introvert to go to a party is like telling a saint to go to Hell.” ~ Criss Jami Ah the guilt, and sometimes shame, we feel as introverts … Why? Because we get replenished by being in our own space and our own energy instead of that of the group (as extroverts do)? Why does…

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The Irony Of Religion

“The irony of religion is that because of its power to divert man to destructive courses, the world could actually come to end. The plain fact is, religion must die for mankind to live.” Bill Maher, Religulous As a Buddhist sage once said to Nobel Laureate Richard P. Feynman: ‘To every man is given the key…

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