Posts Tagged ‘learning’

Taking Tests, Learning Lessons

July 21, 2013

college-student-upset-desk
In church this morning, the minister used a nice analogy within an analogy. Life, he said, is like a school and we are constantly being tested.



Comparing life to school is a common comparison, but what made me laugh was when he added that when we were in school and had to take a test, we didn’t (more…)

It Is God’s Kindness to Terrify You

October 21, 2011



The moment you recognize the blessings inherent in your suffering, the greater your capacity to transcend your anguish, even as grief and pain threaten to consume you.

Whenever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves, after the first suffering, how we can turn it into good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers.
Leigh Hunt

No matter how lost, scared, vulnerable, or powerless you feel, you can treat this very moment as a portal to peace, wisdom, and healing.

This place where you are right now, God (more…)

Your Biography Becomes Your Biology

October 20, 2011

Many reject the notion that illness often has an emotional root, complaining that they should not have to feel guilty for becoming ill. True enough; guilt is irrelevant because they did not intentionally, consciously get sick.

If you want to see what your body will look like tomorrow, look at your thoughts today.
Navajo proverb

Yet it is inescapable that your life history—the cumulative and synergistic blending of your (more…)

Do Not Wax Indignant

October 19, 2011

When you live inauthentically, when you do not heed the urgings of your heart, when you live somebody else’s idea of what your life should be, the unavoidable clash between your true self and the life that you lead cannot help but wreak havoc on your physical health.

When one is pretending, the entire body revolts.
Anaïs Nin

Gaining clarity about the emotional root of an illness, and tending to it as well as to your physical symptoms, often accelerates healing.

You can’t recover from (more…)

In the Difficult Are the Friendly Forces

July 29, 2011


Though adversity may scramble the puzzle pieces of your life, it arrives bearing a gift—a shift in consciousness that deepens your understanding and appreciation of Universal forces.

In every crisis there is a message. Crises are nature’s way of forcing change—breaking down old structures, shaking loose negative habits so that something new and better can take their place.
Susan L. Taylor


The value of adversity has long been the stuff of legend. In the Bhagavad Gita, Kunti, mother of heroic (more…)

We Are All Failures

July 26, 2011


Even the gravest of mistakes can be a blessing if you use it as a key to unlock inner storehouses of fortitude and resolve.


Failure is God’s own tool for carving some of the finest outlines in the character of his children.
Thomas Hodgkin

Behind every successful person is a trail of (more…)

Are You Asleep at the Wheel?

May 5, 2011

If you’re like me, you probably thought when you were younger that you were as fully conscious and aware as you were ever going to be. Ah, the innocence of youth. Then, as the years rolled by, you realized that you had been just self-absorbed enough to not realize that you were sleepwalking through life. As you gradually “awoke in the dream” and learned how to become a conscious witness to your own life, you marveled at how clueless you had been.

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
Lao Tzu

That’s the Catch-22 of life. You don’t have a clue (more…)

Teachers: The Decisive Element

April 11, 2010

Haim Ginott






I just came across this wonderful quote by teacher and child psychologist Haim Ginott from his book, Teacher and Child.







I have come to a frightening conclusion.
I am the decisive element in the classroom.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
As a teacher I possess tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides (more…)

Relish Today, Be Excited for Tomorrow!

January 2, 2009

starsThe quest for enlightenment is a wonderfully exciting journey. The more consciously you live, the sweeter life becomes.

Ironically, as you expand the scope of your awareness, the scope of your non-awareness expands as well. You glimpse the vastness of how much there is to know and humbly realize how little of it you comprehend.

If answers to crucial questions continue to elude you, do not despair. Rather, be excited that there is so much yet to learn!

I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try and love the questions themselves as if (more…)