Posts Tagged ‘self-improvement’

Before the Sun Sets

July 5, 2014


Do not let another day go buy without doing something . . . anything . . . to become a better human being.

That is worth (more…)

Self-Improvement . . . Emphasis on “Self”

July 1, 2012

In church this morning, the minister told of a woman who had filled out an application for the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons for Home Study. In response to the question, “What effort are you making at self-improvement?” she wrote, “I’m divorcing my husband.” After the laughter died down, he commented that people who find fault with everyone except themselves should look at their own behavior instead of constantly blaming everyone else.

It’s so true. Take a look at the patterns in your own life. If you have a history of relationships ending badly or if you run into the same kinds of problems at (more…)

Until Your Last Breath

August 9, 2011

In a talk this week at the Self-Realization Fellowship World Convocation in Los Angeles, a monk recalled how more than thirty years before, the senior monk in charge of training the new monastic initiates inspired him with these words:

I pray with all my heart that with my last breath I (more…)

The Only Path to the Unknown

July 21, 2011

Let go of the belief that success is measured by specific results and you awaken to a wondrous new world bursting with adventure and opportunity.

When the outcome drives the process, we will only ever go to where we’ve already been.
Jean Meltesen

Fixate on outcomes and you risk stagnation. Dedicate yourself to (more…)

If Today Were Your Last Day on Earth . . .

October 27, 2010

If today turned out to be your last day on earth, did you spend it wisely?

Were you kind to others or so wrapped up in yourself that you didn’t even notice how you could have comforted someone in need of an encouraging word?

Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Did you make someone else’s life better? Reaching out to others through generosity of spirit is perhaps the greatest gift we can give to each other and to ourselves.

Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.
Rabbi Harold S. Kushner

Did you try to (more…)

Remove the Rock From Your Shoe

July 15, 2010

Journey within, and your enthusiasm builds as you glimpse the infinite beauty and joy that await you just beyond the far reaches of your consciousness. You are no longer satisfied being dissatisfied. You embrace continual self-improvement instead of constant self-criticism.

Remove the rock from your shoe rather than learn how to limp comfortably.
Stephen C. Paul

You praise rather than blame. You look for solutions instead of excuses. You see opportunities instead of obstacles.

A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s (more…)

It Shall Be Done, Sometime, Somewhere!

February 24, 2010

Teressa was beautiful and accomplished but there were many nights when she cried herself to sleep, wondering if she would ever find her soulmate. My friend Frank was also going through a difficult time; his wife had announced she wanted a divorce and he was still reeling from the shock.

A couple months after Frank’s separation, he received a Facebook friend request from the girlfriend who broke his heart at nineteen. It was Teressa. She had (more…)

What Are You Getting Out Of It?

February 12, 2010

Everybody wants to lose weight, quit smoking, worry less, find a better job, leave a bad relationship, or improve their life in some other way. In an earlier post, I asked, “How bad do you want it?” But there’s another, more important question that typically remains unspoken:

What are you getting out of it?

If all you do is hope and wish and never get around to making your hopes and wishes come true, then you are clearly getting something out of staying exactly the way you are. Ask yourself the above question, and with all the honesty and courage you can muster, dive deeply into yourself until you discover the answer. Rest assured, you do know the answer, whether or not you want to be aware of it.

For instance, your answer to “What am I getting out of being overweight?” may be:

• Members of the opposite sex don’t (more…)

My Video Interview With Victoria Baum

August 8, 2009

I enjoyed visiting with Victoria Baum, an author, speaker and licensed clinical professional counselor. Victoria is also a Disaster Mental Health Supervisor for the American Red Cross. We discussed a variety of topics, including the key to transforming your life, the value of persistence, the need for enlightened self-care, and the illusion of external security.

Click here to visit Victoria’s website.

Click here to visit Victoria’s blog, Positive Adaptation.

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