Posts Tagged ‘honor’

Be Enthroned in the Castle of Goodness

January 8, 2017

This beautiful quote by Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, perfectly expresses the imperative of heeding the inner urge to lift your thoughts and your gaze heavenward.

Paramahansa Yogananda

Paramahansa Yogananda


 
 
 
 
 
 
Think that which is good; love that which is good. Be enthroned in the castle of goodness, and your memories will be like (more…)

The Salute

May 5, 2014



You wouldn’t expect a dialogue-free commercial for a supermarket chain to be so (more…)

Elizabeth Gilbert: Make Room

June 14, 2013

Elizabeth Gilbert





Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, posted this brief essay on her Facebook page today. It is an excellent reminder that every individual is complex and multifaceted. Just as you would not like others to reduce the fullness of who you are to one or two characteristics, it is vital to honor others for the fullness of their humanity.







THOUGHT OF THE DAY: MAKE ROOM
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Good morning, dear ones.

I went to bed last night—after a long visit with extended family this week—pondering this thought: The happiest people I have ever met seem to be the ones who are capable of holding two (or more) completely contradictory ideas in their heads at the same time.

They are able to look at a loved one and see how he is both marvelous and impossible (neither one nor the other, but absolutely both).

They are able to see their neighbors and friends as both generous and selfish, in equal measure.

They are able to look at a difficult situation and see that it is both painful and transformative, both a disaster and a terrific chance for a breakthrough.

They are able to regard their own lives as both noble and ridiculous.

They are able to see the world as both astonishingly benevolent and incredibly unjust.

The happiest people I know do not cling to one side of any duality, or draw firm lines in the sand.

They don’t render (more…)

Your Own Permission

October 15, 2010

If you are not living an abundant life, chances are that you do not feel worthy of abundance. You probably think you have committed too many mistakes, experienced too many failures and made too many poor choices to deserve God’s blessings. I can relate. Then, while walking along a tree-lined country road this morning, I realized there were three reasons why I needed to work through my resistance:

Self-worth comes from one thing—thinking that you are worthy.
Wayne Dyer

Personal (more…)

A Cherished Companion in the Winter of Your Life

September 28, 2010

Commit to a life of integrity, and you will consider yourself successful, regardless of whether you achieve career and financial goals, as long as you stay true to yourself and your ideals.

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein



You recognize that success is determined by the quality of your relationships—with friends and family, with colleagues, with yourself, with God, with the world at large, and, through your words and deeds, even with (more…)

The Only Thing Whose Value Increases With Its Price

September 27, 2010



True integrity is as tough as steel and as fragile as a snowflake. Tough because it is immalleable and unyielding, and fragile because one careless act can melt it away.



The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.
Japanese proverb

Preserving your integrity may come at a steep cost, but steeper (more…)

Success of a Truer Kind

September 21, 2010





True integrity does not so much as flinch at attempts to sway it, even if all the riches of the world were to be laid at its feet.

The test of character is the amount of strain it can bear.
Charles Houston








Hold on to your integrity and you will hold on to your peace of mind, even if all else appears to be lost.

It is possible that the scrupulously honest man may not grow rich so fast as the unscrupulous and dishonest one; but the success will be of a truer kind, earned without fraud or injustice. And even though a man should for a time be unsuccessful, still he must be honest: better (more…)

Flow With the Least Sound

September 20, 2010



When you dedicate yourself to living for God, you vigorously guard the integrity of your virtue and the virtue of your integrity. Relaxing your ethics, even for trivial matters, is unthinkable.



Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself—and be lenient to everybody else.
Henry Ward Beecher

You do not flaunt your integrity. By definition, integrity is (more…)

The Only Real Mistake

September 17, 2010



Embrace absolute integrity and you will find that guilt and regret are inevitably replaced by peace and serenity as naturally as winter gives way to spring.





Just as surely as distress must follow self-deceit, healing must follow self-honesty.
Vernon Howard

On those occasions when you do fall short of your expectations, you (more…)

Truth Is Not Afraid of Questions

September 15, 2010

A person of integrity honors other people’s perspectives and interpretations, never making the mistake of taking an opposing view personally.

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
Ralph Waldo Emerson





When someone challenges your statements or positions, you welcome the opportunity to clarify any misperceptions.

Truth is not afraid of questions.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Even if every choice you make is virtuous, your (more…)

Two Mistakes on the Road to Truth

September 14, 2010



Commit to a life of integrity and you recognize honesty as your best friend. You understand that telling the truth—or what you perceive to be the truth—is a sacred trust.




Truth is no theory, no speculative system of philosophy, no intellectual insight. Truth is exact correspondence with reality. For man, truth is unshakable knowledge of his real nature, his Self as soul.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Breathe life into a single lie and your (more…)

When Two Good People Argue Over Principles

September 10, 2010



Live with integrity, and though you consider your truths immutable, you recognize and respect that other people hold other truths that resonate just as deeply with them.



Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Trying to corner the market on truth is like trying to wrap (more…)

We Taste and See and Feel the Truth

September 9, 2010



Truth is a multi-sided gem that reflects the light of perception differently depending on how it is held and turned in your hand.



The truth is not simply what you think it is; it is also the circumstances in which it is said, and to whom, why, and how it is said.
Vaclav Havel

How do you know what is true? Divine intelligence speaks to (more…)

Truth Will Make Its Way to the Light

September 5, 2010






A truth is relative and open to human interpretation. A Truth is absolute by divine decree.





Every issue has its own levels of truth. Levels of truth move in a progression. As one grows and increases in awareness, his or her levels of truth move from the superficial to the more profound.
Anne Wilson Schaef

As you peel away layers of human perceptions, you discern the eternal Truths looming behind the more common truths that govern your daily life, which yields (more…)

To See Ourselves As Others See Us

September 4, 2010

When you live with integrity, you accept compliments gracefully, letting each one serve as a reminder to practice humility. A compliment then becomes useful and serves a greater purpose.

Humility doesn’t mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.
Ken Blanchard

You actively solicit constructive criticism in both personal and professional circles, viewing it as (more…)

As You Are, You Are

August 24, 2010



When you commit to a life of integrity, you are concerned with your integrity and yours alone. You are your own harshest critic as well as your most ardent supporter.

There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. True nobility comes from being superior to your previous self.
Hindu wisdom









Your sense of self is not affected one way or the other by what others may think or say about you.

Do not let your peace depend on the hearts of men; whatever they say about you, good or bad, you are not because of it another man, for as you are, you are.
Thomas à Kempis

Should circumstances besmirch your (more…)