Disposition

Today’s Quote: The measure of mental health is the disposition to find good everywhere. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s Affirmation: I look for the good and I find it for spirit is in everything.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: As one sees more of Spirit in themselves, as themselves, more of that One Divine is revealed in all the details of life. It is All, in All, as All and it is wonderful. This realization alone will open the floodgates of peace and vitality.

Paths

Today’s Quote: Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s Affirmation:  I let go of my way and choose the ‘God’ way today.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: The one great discovery the spiritual devotee comes to realize is the complete and loving ‘Yes’ of the Infinite.  It effortlessly brings into being every experience greater than even our greatest desiring when we surrender into It’s Unfathomable Depths. This Infinite is the only open door and path to all great discoveries.

Nature

Today’s Quote: Adopt the pace of Nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s Affirmation:  I relax into my season; the inexorable push of Love reveals the promise of my dream and my heart soars high.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: Stay true to your dream, just as nature has her seasons so to does the evolution of a vision into form.   Progress with the assurance that the push of Life is inexorable upon the fabric of Love. Any dream inspired of love must, when nurtured and supported, pass through its seasons, grow and come to fruition.

Praise

Today’s Quote: A little praise goes a great ways. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s Affirmation: I praise my life, I raise my life, in the name of love.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: Emerson could as easily have said; ‘A little praise GROWS a great ways.’  Whatever quality is blessed with more praise than condescension increases to the degree that it is appreciated; every person who receives genuine praise as a person becomes a better person. In fact all that is living will grow with praise, even the plants in our gardens and the water we drink.

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Today’s Quote: Not in nature but in man is all the beauty and worth he sees.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Today’s Affirmation: By my attention, by my intention, my world becomes beautiful today.

 

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: What we see and how we choose to see it are the only conditions upon the beauty that we see.  If I do not see beauty in a detail I need only change my mind. In order to see the beauty of heaven all around us we need only refrain from judging that which we see.

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Today’s Quote: Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Today’s Affirmation: There is a light within me; always good and always true.  I trust that light above every opinion of every person everywhere.

 

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: Know always that your light will always be threatening to the darkness of others.  It is the nature of light and dark for darkness knows that it will cease to exist in the presence of the light.  And every human everywhere has a lingering shadow hiding within.  So expect it and stand true to your convictions.

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Today’s Quote: The first wealth is health. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s Affirmation: I celebrate my true riches, my complete ability to be fully in the Joy of Now!.

Today’s Spiritual Contemplation: We live in a world that has gone crazy in its need to put money before all the basics that money can and cannot provide.Nothing impoverishes us faster than putting money before the joy of living fully in this moment.


Oct 5 2005

Success also takes doing the little things repetitively. Stephen Covey in his classic self help book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” points out that there are only a few things that successful people do that make them successful.  By doing those things and repeating them we create effective habits.

In my past life as a juggler I learned that my success depended on me learning to make a few basic throws and catches to a level of monotonous perfection, only then could I perform without dropping the balls.  In any field identifying those few things and making habits of them is the key. 

There were certain things I never mastered as a juggler because I could not identify the correct body movement there were other things as a performer I never mastered.  I was unwilling to do what was necessary; travel where I needed, to find the help.  My level of success was determined by my willingness. 

Another aspect of success is ‘luck’ where luck is nothing more than the point that inspiration meets opportunity.  Sooner or later with determined action the right ingredients will show up.  I called my brother the other day at supper time; he was having grouse for dinner.  The morning before a grouse flew into his window killing itself. My brother had already developed the skill to dress meat.  He had the inspiration; the grouse for him was the opportunity.  I’m a vegetarian, for me I haven’t the skills developed by inspiration to take advantage of my brothers’ opportunity.  He had a moment of luck.

Often the biggest challenge of success is identifying what it is for us.  So many of us carry an image of the wealthy neighbour and feel success is ours when we have what they have.  One of the great Philosophers of our time, Ralph Waldo Emerson, said in his poetic way: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded.”  His measure has nothing to do with property; it is completely the essence of mood that we identify with the wealthy neighbour that he has captured.


The spiritual leader of the “Self Realization Fellowship”, Paramhansa Yogananda, stated: “Success is not to be measured by how much material wealth is possessed, but whether you are able to create at will what you need.”

Sometimes I experience success in my life; sometimes my success is a work in progress. I choose to remember that success like life is a journey and not a destination. 

As I remember the words of each of these great people I daily grow in my greater success. 

I wish for you the same, and, ‘may you too receive your grouse this week’.

In Love and Light,

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