Shrug it off

“I’m amazed at how many people go looking for things to be offended by.” ~Wayne W. Dyer

“Complaints we know. Complaints we’re good at. Most of us have already mastered the art of the complaint in all its many variations: gripe, groan, moan, kvetch, bitch, whine.

One of the reasons we love our close friends is that they allow us to complain knowing we’ll return the favor. But if we really love them, don’t you think it’s about time we started sparing them? Some of us spend half our lives griping. It’s time to get a grip. When we bitch and moan we’re not much fun to listen to. Try new outlets to channel hostility: moan on your diary pages, shout in the shower, blow off steam as you stomp on a brisk walk.

I’m not suggesting that we suppress negative feelings. But the petty stuff we’re often foaming at the mouth about isn’t worth the breath it steals. Our words are powerful, so powerful that they can change our reality – the quality of our days and nights. Moaning rarely makes either us or those around us feel better. In fact, it often makes everyone feel worse. Learning to shrug is the beginning of wisdom.” ~Sarah Ban Breathnach, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” ~Alphonse Karr, p.1853 [source]

Challenges as Adventures

“The universe has a way of pushing us to go beyond our limits. At first our challenges seem like curses, but in the end we learn to bless them. Challenge is God’s way of getting us to wake up to the fact that we are bigger than we thought we were. God is our best friend because He remembers our potential even when we don’t, and He will not let us slumber in the stupor of limited living.” ~Alan Cohen, Dare to be Yourself

“If you shelter yourself from challenge, your spirit will wither and you will grow weak of will. Your creativity will be reduced to a trickle. You will become bored and wonder what you are doing here. Learn to recognize boredom as a sign that you must escape the shell in which you have become entombed. Let restlessness spur you to reach out and stretch to your next creative adventure.” ~Alan Cohen, Dare to be Yourself, p.304

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” ~Helen Keller, The Open Door (1957)

Where The Happiest People Live

One of my teachers for decades has been author Alan Cohen, and today I’m sharing a special excerpt from his wonderful book A Deep Breath of Life. May you enjoy, and may all of us learn to live from a place of thankfulness and thereby enrich the quality of our lives, and the world. Namaste. Gina

Alan Cohen on gratitude

Rise By Lifting

“One person can make a difference and everyone should try.” ~John F. Kennedy

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~William Janes

“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.” ~Daphne Rae, Love Until It Hurts, 1980 (often erroneously attributed to Mother Teresa)

All Are Safe Here

“The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.” George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (1860)

Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself. ~Robert Green Ingersoll (May 8, 1888)

[Images from Pinterest. Quote sources: Mr. Ingersoll here and Mr. Eliot here]

Interconnectedness

O God, we are one with You. You have made us one with You. You have taught us that if we are open to one another, You dwell in us. Help us to preserve this openness and to fight for it with all our hearts. Help us to realize that there can be no understanding where there is mutual rejection. O God, in accepting one another wholeheartedly, fully, completely, we accept You, and we thank You, and we adore You, and we love You with our whole being, because our being is Your being, our spirit is rooted in Your spirit. Fill us then with love, and let us be bound together with love as we go our diverse ways, united in this one spirit which makes You present in the world, and which makes You witness to the ultimate reality that is love. Love has overcome. Love is victorious. Amen.
~Thomas Merton, his prayer from an informal address delivered in Calcutta, India, October 1968 [source]

 

We are all shades of Pantone

“Christian, Jew, Muslim, Shaman, Zoroastrian. . .  stone, ground, mountain, river. . .  each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged.”  ~RUMI

pantone-skin-color-angelica-dass

We’re all just a different Pantone number! In a thought-provoking portrait series, artist Angelica Dass photographed people and added Pantone colors to match their skin. See more at her Tumblr.