Grow Grow – Day 196 of 365 Days to a Better You

The Talmud counsels the following. Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow, grow.”

I love the imagery of this quote. Blades of grass are ubiquitous and uncountable. If every single one has an angel pushing it to grow, what can we glean from that? I take three things from it. Firstly, the direction of the universe is growth not decay. Secondly, the universe has limitless resources to encourage growth in every living thing. Finally, if the universe invests that heavily in the growth of a blade of grass, how invested is it in your growth?

You might say, “Ray, the quote is just a metaphor not a reality.” I wonder.

Grass just grows. It has the confidence to be what is and grow into what it can be.It’s certainly as if there’s an angel whispering. What about us? Has the universe seen to the growth of grass, but not yours? No way! You’re growth is critical for the unfolding of what is to be. Trust me, there’s an angel there encouraging and supporting you to grow, grow too. You simply need to shut off the noise and listen for it.

Here’s to you growing, growing Here’s to you getting out of your own way and letting nature take its course. Your angel has your back.

Have an amazing Tuesday, my friends!

Ray

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Five Growth Affirmations

Good Thursday, my friends.

Growth is a perennial goal for many of us. While it’s a rather general term, it’s easily applied to specific areas of our lives. Examples might include.

  • I want to grow as a mom.
  • I want to grow as a writer.
  • I want to excel at my job.

Here are five of the best Growth Affirmations I’ve ever come up with.

  1. I am a work in progress, but WHAT a work I am!
  2. My way forward is paved with the strength of an open heart and the power of an open mind.
  3. Today what serves me stays and what fails me goes!
  4. Roadblocks are simply shortcuts to something better than I had planned!
  5. Today and every day, I do at least one thing that stretches me!

I hope these guide you on your way. If none of these quite hit the mark, you can see the master list of 49 Growth Affirmations here.

Ray

Return to Innoncence – Enigma – The Affirmation Spot for Friday July 31, 2009

I first experienced (and it always an experience) Enigma’s powerful music about 20 years ago. I just realized yesterday that they are the artist behind this astonishing piece of music and inspiring video. Sometimes we get so caught up in our lives that we forget the basics. Who are you? Why are you here? Why does it matter?

This song reminds us that there is something of immense value to be had when we return to our core; when we listen to the essence of our being. The wisdom, the knowledge, the remembering all right there any time we are ready to experience them.

May that experience inspire your day! May it stoke the fire of passion you once had for your life, your goals, and your dreams! May you truly return to innocence!

Original video:

Version with lyrics:

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

“This year I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be!”

Forgiveness Video – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday July 21, 2009

Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”

Forgiveness is about letting go, acceptance, and taking a risk. It is a process of letting go of toxins that accumulate within us when they are not regularly cleansed through release.

Forgiveness is a recognition that other people have failings just as we do. It is a recognition that they may not always act towards us to their highest capacity. We must accept this fact and them before we can forgive. Recognizing that they are in the same human situation that we are in is a great beginning point.

Forgiveness is a risk. We risk our forgiveness being rejected or taken advantage of. This risk creates fear when we think about forgiving. We can overcome this by understanding that forgiveness, for all the good it does others, is mostly about us and our growth. If the other person benefits, then that is a double bonus.

The other person’s acceptance or rejection does not matter. We get the benefit either way. Here is a nice little video with some wonderful thoughts around the concept of forgiveness. ENJOY!

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

“This year I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be!”


Reflections on 2007 – The Affirmation Spot for Monday December 31, 2007

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Today’s affirmation is:

“I give up the old and gather its wisdom as I pursue the opportunity of the new.” 

newyear.jpg2007 is about to pass away and give way to 2008. The passing of one year into the next is another manifestation of the eternal symbology of death being the source of new life.

New Year’s Eve is a day to look forward to a new year. Everyone is excited and filled with hope for a fresh start. It is also a day for reflection. In the rush forward, you may forget to appreciate the blessings and lessons gained in the passing year. I hope you will take a few moments today to reflect on the wonderful things that happened for you in 2007.

Here are a 10 ideas for remembering the good, the positive, and hopeful from 2007.

  1. Growth – think how you have grown as a person in the past year. Consider all the new things you have learned about the world, about yourself, and about this crazy journey called life.
  2. Challenges – think of the challenges you faced and overcame this year. Remember how courageous and strong you are when you need to be. Use that strength to face new challenges.
  3. Dreams – think about the dreams you dreamed this year. Continue pursuing the ones you have begun to follow. Renew your commitment to pursue the ones that never got started.
  4. Lessons learned – think about the life lessons learned or relearned in 2007. Be grateful for the benefits these lessons bring to your life.
  5. Entering people – think about the new people who came into your life in 2007. Be thankful the gift of their friendship and for the possibilities opened for the future. 
  6. Exiting people – think about the people who left your life in 2007. For whatever reason, your time with them is at an end or at least a standstill. Remember the joy of your time together. Use what you learned from the relationship to be a stronger person.
  7. Career – think of all you accomplished on the job this year. Think how your career moved forward in 2007. Think about the opportunities now open to you as a result.
  8. Spirituality – think of the spiritual growth you enjoyed this year. Forgive yourself the faults and focus on how you have improved. 
  9. Worries – think about the things you were worried about this time last year. How many of them actually happened? How many can you actually even remember? Let this be a lesson for the worries you hold going into 2008. Worries seem bigger than they really are. Many melt away in the heat of the day.
  10. Connection – think of the times this past year when you felt connection – to other people, to nature, to ebb and flow that is life. Remember the peace, the quietude, the knowing you experienced in those moments. Make it a goal in 2008 to bring more of those moments into your life.  

For good or ill, 2007 is the most recent foundation for the rest of your life. It now has the greatest influence on the path your life is following.  If it has launched you into a future that enthralls you, bless it. If it was a difficult year, mine its gold today and move on.

We humans have this tendency to speak of “the good old days”. Stripped of the struggles and stresses of the present moment, the past always seems golden. 2007 is about to join the ranks of “the good old days”. Why not remember the good while it is still new?

Be peaceful Be prosperous

Ray 

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