Thought of the Day:
Your smile is the most valuable gift to the world, but the value of your smile is magnified by the obstacles in your life you’ve overcome to be able to smile.
Smile today and don’t take others smile for granted for you may never know what they’ve overcame to muster a smile to you.:
An Excerpt from Unchained Mind
Our thoughts are the seeds of life, and the thoughts we plant bear the fruits we sow.
Thoughts of fear bear fruits of fear. Thoughts of hatred bear fruits of hatred. Thoughts of love bear fruits of love. When we plant seeds of love where seeds of fear and hatred exist, we are potentially growing a beacon of hope for love to exist, even in the most barren of soils.
If we treat our thoughts the way we treat food, we digest what’s good and reject what’s bad. We take in enough to satisfy us and dispose of waste. When we eat a fruit, seldom do we eat the entire fruit. We eat the pulp and may discard the skin and the seed. Similarly, when we absorb our thoughts, we can differentiate among the pulp, the seed, and the skin. We can discard the thoughts that bring negativity to us and embrace thoughts that bring happiness, joy, peace, and tranquility.
If we embrace thoughts that say we’re unworthy, not good enough, or have no future, we may be consuming the skin and the seeds of doubt that should be discarded and not absorbed.
There is a Buddhist quote that says, “We are what we think. All that we are arises from our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” We can refocus on the thoughts that uplift us and ignore the ones that bring us down. Let’s spread seeds of love in everything we do today.
From the author of Dear God, An Impatient Conversation with a Patient God and the new book Unchained Mind: Powerful Life Changing Thoughts on Peace, Love, and Success.
The Massage From HellThinking about my last massage. I don’t know. I can’t get it off my mind. I found my therapist very knowledgeble, but a bit extreme.
My therapist somehow decided that massaging my armpits was a neccessity. I don’t normally speak during a massage, but some where between my annoying laughter and need for her to stop, I spoke up. I said in my most polite voice, “Can you not do that?”
“What?” She asked.
“Can you not massaged my armpits?” It tickles. Really I wanted to say it is disgusting. I mean who does that?
I waited for her response. I expected an apology.
She responded that she can’t stop and I will just have to deal with it.
So I dealt with it.
But the next phase of the massage was even worst. She proceeded to massage my juggular vein in my neck.
I said, “What are you doing?”
She said that it was necessary.
I don’t get it. First my armpits. Now my jugular vein? What next can I expect? Chemotherapy? I mean who does that?
Follow the harmonies of life with deep embracing breath.
Let each breath sail on the beauty of the moment.
Let each uninterrupted breath fill your lungs with joy.
Dance with the waves of oxygen as they flow through the nostrils.
Spread your arms wide like the wings of a dove and breathe.
Embrace each beauty life brings with a breath of thankfulness.