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What Do I Want? Quiet Contemplation to Hear What Your Soul is Saying

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If your soul had a voice, what would it say? ~Iyanla Vanzant

 

This is one of the quotes from yesterday. I’m repeating it today because this one struck a chord with me. Thinking about what I want in terms of how my soul would answer that question helps me tune out the suggestions that well-meaning friends, family, and others have given me over the years.

I know the people who care about me want Life’s finest for me and they are trying their very best to help me get it. But their idea of what Life’s finest is and my idea aren’t always the same, especially when it comes to living a soul-prospering life.

The best way to hear your soul–the best way to quiet the loop of what your friends and family have told you that’s continually chattering in your mind–is in quiet contemplation. This rumination doesn’t have to be done in a prayerful or meditative state and it doesn’t have to be done in any particular pose or any certain place or time. You can be engaged in an activity you enjoy–gardening, woodworking, cooking, tinkering in your workshop. Lightly listen as you’re enjoying yourself; notice your feelings and gently figure out exactly what activity–and what particular part of the activity–is giving you pleasure and bringing you joy.

This is your soul speaking!

Find a way to bring this–what your soul is telling you–into your dealings every day and you’ll be firmly on your path to crafting a soul-prospering life for yourself!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

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What Do I Want: 9 Inspiring Quotes to Think About This Week

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Last week we talked about the first of five things that people who are living a soul-prospering life know about themselves.

This week we’ll talk about the second thing they know about themselves: they know what they want. The following are a few quotes to ponder this week:

If your soul had a voice, what would it say? ~Iyanla Vanzant

It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.   – Lucille Ball

If you want to be at peace, you have to be clear about your intention and, moment by moment, in alignment with your intention. ~Iyanla Vanzant

Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner ~Lao Tzu

You are responsible for what you sand and do. You are NOT responsible for whether or not people freak out about it. ~Jen Sincero

People who repeatedly attach your confidence and self-esteem are quite aware of your potential, even if you are not. ~Wayne Gerard Trotman

We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.   ~Jean-Paul Sartre

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. – Carl Jung

Like an old gold-panning prospector, you must resign yourself to digging up a lot of sand from which you will later patiently wash out a few minute particles of gold ore. – Dorothy Bryant

 

 

Which quote was your favorite? Thanks for sharing in the comments below!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Who Am I? It’s a Great Day to Be…!

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I subscribe to a marketing newsletter and the fellow who writes it often starts it with “It’s a great day to be you!” When the newsletter arrives once a week, I usually read it first thing in the morning when I start my work day. Thinking the thought “It’s a great day to be me!” gives me a boost that lasts throughout the day. If it’s a particularly tough day, the thought buoys me when I may have otherwise stumbled.

Recently a friend and I met for coffee. She’s having a tough time of it and is starting to lose hope and become demoralized. I remembered the statement from the newsletter so I told her about it and suggested she repeat the statement when she first opens her eyes in the morning and then repeats it throughout her day. She thought it was too simple and dumb, and said that it smacked too much of “new-agey woo-woo stuff”, but she agreed with me that she had nothing to lose.

She’s been doing it for only a short while and, no, it hasn’t solved all of her problems. Yet. And no, she isn’t like the Disney version of Snow White with bluebirds gaily chirping on her shoulder and cute, fluffy woodland creatures frolicking at her feet as she whistles while she works, but she says it has been helping.

Maybe she’s shifting her vibration and the Universe is responding but it could also be that saying “It’s a great day to be me!” is turning her attention to the good stuff that’s in her life–in spite of the challenges.

We talked about other statements to say, and here’s a few we really liked:

It’s a great day to be me!

I’m lucky to be me!

All sorts of good stuff is coming my way and happening to me today!

Feel free to use these statements yourself–or tweak them so that they are powerful for you.

You may be wondering, “How does this fit into our topic this week of who am I?” I’m glad you asked! These positive statements are showing you who you actually are: you’re a person who can help yourself when you run into a rough patch–you don’t have to rely on others and stay stuck while waiting for help; you can help yourself! When you realize this about yourself it makes you feel a little more capable a little more confident. This then bolsters your feelings of self-reliance and self-efficacy and this raises your confidence and gives you a strong foundation for an unshakable belief in yourself and a genuinely positive attitude.

I’ve followed my own advice and am saying these statements to myself. Join me and my friend in this habit of waking up and saying: “It’s a great day to be me!” and “I’m so lucky to be me!” and “Good stuff is coming to me and happening to me today!”

Let me know the wonderful changes that you notice!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

Who Am I? Use Your Life!

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Here’s another poem by Edgar A. Guest to remind us about our lives. Yes, it’s important to know who we are and to stay true to who we are, but it’s also very important to LIVE life–not to be put on a shelf and wait until everything’s perfect.

Get out there and live your life!

LIFE

  Life is a gift to be used every day,
  Not to be smothered and hidden away;
  It isn’t a thing to be stored in the chest
  Where you gather your keepsakes and treasure your best;
  It isn’t a joy to be sipped now and then
  And promptly put back in a dark place again. 

Life is a gift that the humblest may boast of
  And one that the humblest may well make the most of.
  Get out and live it each hour of the day,
  Wear it and use it as much as you may;
  Don’t keep it in niches and corners and grooves,
  You’ll find that in service its beauty improves.

~Edgar Guest

 

WooHoo!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Who Am I? The 4 Letter Word that Stops Us

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Usually, it isn’t the big challenges or the or the heartbreaking setbacks that stop us in our tracks. Oftentimes it’s the small simple things that stop us. There’s a 4-letter that stops us even before we realize what’s happened. It’s the word ‘can’t’.

Tell me what you think of the following poem about the damage the word ‘can’t’ does in our lives.   The poem also gives us the antidote to the word ‘can’t’.

CAN’T

  Can’t is the worst word that’s written or spoken;
    Doing more harm here than slander and lies;
 On it is many a strong spirit broken,
    And with it many a good purpose dies.
 It springs from the lips of the thoughtless each morning
    And robs us of courage we need through the day:
It rings in our ears like a timely-sent warning
    And laughs when we falter and fall by the way.

 Can’t is the father of feeble endeavor,
    The parent of terror and half-hearted work;
  It weakens the efforts of artisans clever,
    And makes of the toiler an indolent shirk.
  It poisons the soul of the man with a vision,
    It stifles in infancy many a plan;
  It greets honest toiling with open derision
    And mocks at the hopes and the dreams of a man.

Can’t is a word none should speak without blushing;
    To utter it should be a symbol of shame;
  Ambition and courage it daily is crushing;
    It blights a man’s purpose and shortens his aim.
  Despise it with all of your hatred of error;
    Refuse it the lodgment it seeks in your brain;
  Arm against it as a creature of terror,
    And all that you dream of you some day shall gain.

Can’t is the word that is foe to ambition,
    An enemy ambushed to shatter your will;
  Its prey is forever the man with a mission
    And bows but to courage and patience and skill.
  Hate it, with hatred that’s deep and undying,
    For once it is welcomed ’twill break any man;
  Whatever the goal you are seeking, keep trying
    And answer this demon by saying: “I can.”

~Edgar A. Guest

 

Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Who Am I? 6 Quotes of Martin Luther King, Jr. to Guide Us

 

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In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, please be guided by his thoughts:

 

There comes a time when silence is betrayal…. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

 

Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.

 

I have decided to stick to love…. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

 

Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

 

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he sands at times of challenge and controversy.

 

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.   There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less apt to hate our enemies.

 

These quotes remind us that in order to be fully who we are, we must include honor, integrity, and doing the right thing. This doesn’t mean we have to take to the streets carrying placards and shouting slogans. It does mean, though, that we acknowledge all others as fellow travelers and treat them gently, giving them the benefit of the doubt. In this small, quiet way, we can stop silence, derail hate, and turn injustice into loving-kindness.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Who Am I? The Answer is in Silence–3 Quotes to Contemplate

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Last week we talked about Crafting a Soul Prospering Life: what it means, some of the hallmarks, what it feels like, and 5 elements common to those who are living a soul-prospering life. For the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a closer look at each of those elements.

The very first thing, though, is to start with silence. It’s in going within and connecting with your True Self that you will know the Still Small Voice as well as the whisperings of your heart and the urgings of your soul.

Take time today for silence. You don’t need special clothing or equipment, you don’t need to sit/stand/lie in a special position, you don’t have to travel to any special place. You can be silent exactly where you are right at this moment.

Having said that, though, you’ll have a better session of silence if you can be in a place where you’re comfortable, that offers some quiet, and where you can be undisturbed for 15 to 20 minutes.

This week’s theme is “Who Am I?” In your silence, contemplate this. Let the question roll gently in your mind. Let the thoughts drift by WITHOUT judgment. You can note facts about yourself such as your height, gender, nationality, and the like. You can note characteristics about yourself, for example that you’re cheerful, generous and kind. You can also note things you are good at, and things about yourself that you’re proud of.

Here are a few quotes to aid you in your contemplation:

You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. ~as quoted from Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.  ~Our Greatest Fear by Marianne Williamson

God tries to first create a joyous yes inside of you, far more than any kind of no . . . Just saying no is resentful dieting, whereas finding your deeper yes, and eating from that table, is always a spiritual banquet. ― Richard Rohr, Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self

 

Please keep handy this week the thoughts and insights about yourself that you had during your silence today. Refer to them often during the week; remember to make a note of new insights about yourself and your life that come to you this week.

Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren