QUOTES & COMMENTS (IV)

 

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“Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with,

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the gift of your attention.”

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Jim Rohn

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Commentary

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Pay attention to attention to take pleasure in the present moment and focus all your attention on what you are doing just now. With the gift of your complete attention, your action will be more successful. 

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When you give your full attention to the person or thing you are dealing with in the now, you are showing love, appreciation and care. With love and care you will “discover” more and more details enclosed in the now. The now is vast and potent, but we overlook its importance. Pay attention to the now. Look at the details. Enjoy the LITTLE DETAILS of life because they are the GREAT THINGS, in them happiness and wisdom lie. Stop looking for something more powerful than the now. There is only the now. The now is full of life, stop and perceive it. 

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When talking with anybody (partner, child, boss, neighbor, client), give him/her all your attention, while you stop your thinking. Do not reject, do not judge, do not resist, just listen.

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When you give the person in front all your attention you are offering love and acceptance. It does not mean you are going to agree. But you will limit yourself to the subject without projecting feelings triggered by emotions.

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Paying attention to attention is a mind training process by which you center yourself in the now and start acknowledging what goes inside yourself. You must know yourself, (feelings and reactions) to deal with the rest (things or people).

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Honor yourself, honor the one in front, honor life: PAY ATTENTION.

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firma

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“Let others live small lives, but not you.

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Let others argue over small  things, but not you.

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Let others cry over small hurts, but not you.

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Let others leave their future in somebody else’s hands, but not you.”

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Jim Rohn

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Commentary

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You can have a great life. If you are not having a great life right now….. you cannot change life….. but …. YOU CAN CHANGE YOURSELF. 

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If what you have done up till now has not worked…….CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE YOURSELF. Do not go on with the same old habits.

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Change unsuccessful habits for SUCCESSFUL ones.

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Decide to pay attention to every single of your seconds. See what you do, how you speak, the peace or lack of peace that you show yourself and the world. 

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Work on yourself every moment. Do not let anybody belittle you and if they do, never feel bad and remember  that “to belittle you have to be little.” When people act roughly or shout or misbehave in any way, they are showing their own level of personal evolution. Some people will not make the effort to change because CHANGE implies = HARD WORK. Habits have to be changed, actions need to be constantly checked and it requires paying attention to every moment. To become a MASTER of yourself takes time, but all is possible IF THERE IS A STRONG WILL.

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Dream big, dare, do. Start the long journey inside yourself for personal evolution. All the answers are within. The guru is within. Life will tell you if you always do your best. Train yourself to listen to silence. Silence speaks wisely. Stop the internal noise to listen to the wisdom inside yourself. Stop thoughts and LISTEN, OBSERVE and LEARN.

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Put aside the laptop, the TV, the book or the mobile phone.  More distractions? You do not need them. If you want to release stress or tiredness, breathe and concentrate on the present moment, LET GO your worries. To solve something you have to feel good because if not, your action will not be an effective action. 

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To feel comfortable with oneself,  one has to be aware of the goodness in one’s life. Is there anything good you can refer to?

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Be grateful, cheer up and live a great life. Be your owner. Decide for yourself. Solve issues. THIS IS LIFE. LIVE IT!

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“Unless one is happy,

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one cannot bestow happiness on others.”

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Ramana Maharshi

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Comment:

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Nobody can give what he has not. If I have a piece of bread I can share it with you or give it to you, but if I haven’t got bread I cannot give it to you. In the same way I can only share or give away whatever I have. If I am deeply unhappy, fairly unhappy or simply unhappy, that is NOT HAPPY =  I cannot make you happy. I cannot transmit a feeling of well being because for giving it away I must have it first. In this context it also means = not polluting the atmosphere around you with negativity. Convey, transfer a feeling of peace and quietness to the ones around you. 

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Some people think it is a question of money. No, it isn’t. Anybody who suddenly received lots of money would be facing the same problems in a different house, maybe a different place or with different people. But the deep-rooted anger, the fears, the dissatisfaction,  the resentments, the likes and dislikes, the level of non- acceptance, the rejections, the aggressiveness, the lack of forgiveness, the indifference towards anything  that is not himself/herself, would remain intact.

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Understanding, affection, warmth in relationships, tenderness, paying attention to the one in front, has nothing to do with money. Love is missing. Love in relation to all the people you interact throughout this life span has nothing to do with wealth. 

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A touch of love is a warm smile, “good morning” plus a smile, a little kindness in your speech, a grateful attitude.  You are not the only one to need love. We all need LOVE, LOTS OF LOVE. 

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Forgive, forgive yourself, forgive the ones around you, forgive the world. Forgiveness is a gift to ONESELF. If one cannot enjoy forgiveness inside one cannot give it to anybody else.  When one is able to forgive, one is liberated, one finds freedom.

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Our task is to look inside and see what prevents us from being happy. It is a long journey within (or very short because there is nowhere to go) to discover who you really are and find the real treasure of happiness and love inside.

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What is it in your vision that veils happiness? There is a cloud in front of you preventing from seeing Reality.  Which are the barriers, the stops, the contradictions?

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Change is possible. To change oneself, one must WILL a change. 

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The will to change is a personal choice. One is given the right to choose. Love is a choice, freedom is a choice. 

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To receive one has to give first. It is in giving that one receives. 

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Nobody will ever be poorer by giving love away or sharing love, giving love enriches ONESELF. It changes ONE’S LIFE.

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Protect yourself from unhappiness by giving love away.

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The world can give you NOTHING = NO THING . You are the world. Everything is within. Look within.

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firma

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“Let us rise up and be thankful,

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for if we didn’t learn a lot today,

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at least we learned a little,

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and if we didn’t learn a little,

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at least we didn’t get sick,

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and if we got sick,

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at least we didn’t die;

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so, let us all be thankful.”

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Buddha

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Commentary:

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Be thankful. Be grateful. 

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Why not try the benefits of feeling grateful for what you already have? 

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Why not live by gratitude?  WHY NOT BEING GRATEFUL FIRST before asking for more???

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WHY NOT rewire your brain for happiness, contentment, enjoyment by feeling grateful? Download a gratefulness program directly to your heart, it is free, any connection works and no special devices are required.

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Give thanks for every little detail in your life. Do not take anything for granted. Love the little things of your life, pay attention to them  and be thankful for them. Daily life is made of little details and each of them represent the “now”. By paying full attention to “now” one discovers the “details”.

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Be grateful without expecting or waiting for something “extraordinary and different” to occur.  What you already have is no small issue. Know that if one does not appreciate  what one has got one cannot be happy. If one does not like what one’s got, one cannot enjoy it. By being grateful one shows to ONESELF the degree of recognition for one’s achievements or little possessions. What you’ve got meant effort and resources, value them and feel fortunate for them. 

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LIFE is “NOW”, LOVE the “NOW”.

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Be grateful for the “now”, respect it, appreciate it and recognize that “now” is all there is. Move with the flow of “now”.

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 Honor every step by being grateful, honor the ones around you and honor yourself.

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Keep a grateful heart and feel how life loves you back.

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firma

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“Nothing ever goes away

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until it has taught us

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what we need to learn.”

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Pema Chodron

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Commentary

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Nothing will ever go away from our lives until we learn what’s needed. It is not easy to grasp the real meaning of this truth because we do not see ourselves as learners nor view all these “problems” as teaching aids for us to evolute.

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The lesson may change the form it takes but the essence remains intact. There are so many cases in any life situation of which we all have a few examples every day…Know that “life will not leave you in peace” until you learn. Life has infinite teaching resources to try with each one of us if one fails the exam. Do not tempt life to use them all with you…

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Accept what comes, peacefully. Learn and do not get unnecessarily tired by fighting against “what is”. Life is as it is.

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It is advisable (saves energy) to walk calmly and confidently.

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If I fuel the war within (of rejection and non-acceptance) I consume a lot of energy without positive results. Whenever I am angry I feel I am right and the “other”, or “the situation” or “whatever” is wrong. Every angry person thinks that way. Do always the best you can. But even if one does one’s best, one will have to settle the issue. Even doing one’s best sometimes one does not get the results required to solve the matter.  So one gets on working on what has to be done. Getting annoyed or worrying is useless, it serves no purpose and perseverance is needed.

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Act, but peacefully. Do what’s necessary, that’s all.

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If I accept that things are just as they are, I am only introducing a new thought (but a very powerful one, because it changes my perspective). And when I accept, I feel ready to search and find solutions for the situation. The situation is the fact, the emotion is the reaction to my own thoughts. That is why it is said that if you change your thoughts you change your life. Out of acceptance, right action comes. Acceptance requires a lot of PATIENCE , patience with oneself.

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Life is facing what comes, no use hiding or avoiding action. One is every day confronted with the unavoidable, the unpredictable, the constant element of “surprise” in this “now” that is impermanent. One asks for stability or security in a world of continual change, so one feels frightened and gets angry because things get “out of control” or are not as one expects them to be. The list is endless… Things very seldom are as we expect, anyway.

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Stop feeling exasperated, face the challenge and play. ( I can hear you laughing!) I laugh, too. But now I laugh at myself. Sometimes I feel the  strong pull of opposition : the “What???!!!  ( I realize I am in opposition to “what is”) and then …the “Ah! yes”… and I laugh at myself …Fighting against life again?  I feel life loves me because life wants me to improve, to get the best out of me, so life is testing me. I am in the perfect place to learn.

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When one plays one has fun, one enjoys. Love playing the game of life. This lifespan is so short after all, just live it. Forty, sixty, eighty, ninety,  a hundred years?  Not very long, anyway. Learn quickly. Until one learns, one feels “the burden” of life on one’s shoulders and one cannot feel happy that way and it is exhausting. Do you want to be happy? LEARN, be a good pupil, very soon life will give you another opportunity to test your progress, don’t you worry!

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Live fully and love the challenge, love the opportunity to get better, more skilled, more stout, more confident, absolutely fearless. Feel life running through your arteries and veins! Breathe and realize you are stronger than you think. Accept the challenge and see what happens….you will be surprised.

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Accept, surrender to acceptance, surrender to “what is”.

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“The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder.”

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Saint Augustine of Hippo

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Limit the number of thoughts to be really productive. Choose the ones which will be useful for your goal and discard the rest. Concentrate the mind in the attention to the positive thoughts that will help you. Ignore, disregard  the “noise” around, this is mind training and you can achieve it. Take “the chaos around” or outer or inner “distraction” as your “lesson”. Be a dedicated student and learn to concentrate on what’s necessary and elude the obstacles and barriers that you find on the way.

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The secret lies in paying attention to what you are dealing with “now”. Pay attention to attention. If every “now” is a success, your life will be a endless list of successes. Learning to avoid all the hindrances that you are faced with to distract you from your full attention to the “NOW”  is the lesson.

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Firmly decide to clean up the unnecessary thoughts, dismiss them swiftly, and live successfully in the “now”. (It is only through positive thoughts that one is successful, if it feels really  good in one’s heart, that is happiness).

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Look within and unclutter your mind. Tidy up the internal chaos.

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“There was never an angry man

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that thought his anger unjust.”

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Saint Francis de Sales

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Anger is an emotion that blinds understanding. It is important to acknowledge it so as not to fuel it. If you do not feed it, it will not grow. It is key to understand anger, to face it, to identify it because it destroys one’s peace of mind and does not solve things. Anger tires you out without any positive result.

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Anger is the reaction to something we are against, we reject or we oppose to. When we are angry we think we are right and maybe it is so. But it is key to act instead of reacting to the situation.

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Study patiently what goes on inside to realize what triggers the emotion. The fact provokes a thought, the thought gives rise to the emotion. We get angry. Do we feel attacked, confused, resisted to, undervalued, or is it the behavior of others that affect us, is it the constant interruption in our daily work?… What happens inside? What’s the threat, the peril, the menace, the danger? Are we afraid something will not turn out as we expect?  The answer is not easy.

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It takes time to face the resistance, the opposition, the lack of understanding, the negativity (of whatever kind) that arises inside. What is the root of that strong feeling inside? Why oppose to life? Understand what is going on and solve it if possible or start looking for solutions but do not fall in the web of negativity. Negativity is the hindrance. 

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Look within, each of us has the answer. Nobody can give us the answer. It is a long journey inside to know ourselves well enough to act instead of reacting to whatever comes to us. When one understands oneself life gets much easier.

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When one gets angry one is  playing against oneself. Feeding anger is the quickest way to unhappiness.

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firma

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“If there is peace in your mind you will find peace with everybody.

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If your mind is agitated you will find agitation everywhere.

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So first find peace within and you will see this inner peace reflected everywhere else.

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You are this peace! You are happiness, find out.

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Where else will you find peace if not within you?”

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Papaji

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Commentary:

\r\nSlow down, breathe and look within. Be the observer of your own mind. The moment you start paying attention to how you react  to what is happening outside yourself you realize you are not so peaceful as you believe yourself to be. \r\n\r\nPaying attention and staying silently observing what goes on inside as well as outside is the starting point. The more you pay attention the more you perceive. Nobody needs to tell you anything, you start discovering it all by yourself. \r\n\r\nThe only requirement is silence. Silently paying attention. Do not judge yourself, do not compare, do not condemn, do not reject. Just accept silently and see what happens inside. \r\n\r\nThe only lesson is oneself. It is oneself who must find out for oneself the anger, the rejection, the non-acceptance, the known fears and  the hidden ones.\r\n\r\nWhen you start seeing for yourself what happens inside and your level of awareness develops, you can check  your level of personal evolution. \r\n\r\nTo receive you have to give but to realize what you are giving you must come to know yourself. The quality of your giving goes hand in hand with the level of awareness. You cannot control what you ignore and every perception is subjective.\r\n\r\nKnow yourself without identifications, that is, not your name, not your age, not your address, not your studies, not you and your money, not your possessions, not what you have or you have not.  Just YOU. YOU: that unique human being that will never be repeated. You have a great potential. You are powerful. But all that has no meaning, they are just words, nice to the ear, that’s all, if you do not discover who you really are. \r\n\r\nStart paying attention to your own being to loose your fears and discover your own being. To know yourself you must be desperately wanting to discover the Truth. To do it become a friend of silence. Silence teaches if you are willing to listen. Just listen to the now, pay attention to the now and yourself, now. \r\n\r\nThe world can offer distractions and momentary satisfaction, but it will never give you peace of mind or joy. \r\n\r\nIf you are peaceful, you will sow peace. Conflict cannot survive without your cooperation. Take care of the atmosphere around you and keep it friendly and serene. Check your thoughts and be aware of feeding only the positive ones.\r\n\r\nfirma\r\n

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“Millions of people are suffering:

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they want to be loved but they don’t know how to love.

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And love cannot exist as a monologue;

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it is a dialogue, a very harmonious dialogue.”

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Osho

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Love is the only law of the universe. Love is giving, appreciating, finding happiness in the well-being and development of the ones around you. We all need to be loved, love is our essence.

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To receive you must first give. Just look within to find love because you cannot receive what you are not giving. Why are you unable to love, to offer love or to give love?   What are you afraid of?  You are stopping yourself from loving and being lovable. You are constructing thick walls and building barriers to prevent suffering. But realize that those armors or shields that you use to protect yourself from whatever are also preventing love and new possibilities to enter into your life. To love yourself is to open yourself to the world and new or fresh opportunities.

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Love is not a bargain. Love is not give and take. Love is the simple act of being happy appreciating what you are, who you are (that is why it is fundamental to discover it)  and what you have. Love is being grateful. Love admits no “ifs” or “buts”. Love is sharing your love. Your love is a warm smile, a “thank you, dear”, your healthy laughter. Love is your company. Love is simple. Do not complicate it. See it this way:  There is either love or lack of love.

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First of all: love yourself.  To love oneself is to be generous enough to admit one’s own drawbacks or flaws and be willing to get better in every way moment to moment. Accept yourself first to be able to improve. To love oneself is to forgive oneself and let go of so many grievances that are already past. Love is positive thinking. Love is saying “YES” to life instead of “I do not know”… Love is your hand in somebody else’s shoulder saying “Yes, you can.” Love is teaching with your example that love is possible and making it possible. Love is getting up every morning to make it happen. The miracle is your shift to the love mode. Abandon any doubt mode, grief mode, abandon all negative modes.

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LIFE IS NOW. LOVE yourself only this “now”, every now. You cannot give what you have not, and if you do not love and respect yourself, you will not be able to love, respect, accept and forgive the one in front.

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We all need to be loved, to be cuddled, to be hugged and to be told that we are able, that we are valuable, that every step is just another step after so many already walked. Love is showing that “problems” are just “lessons” that when learnt, disappear.  

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Breathe and feel generous: love yourself first to be able to share that love with others and start the harmonious dialogue. Harmony requires a lot of love on your part. Feel at ease with yourself and start the dialogue.

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“Nearly all mankind is more or less unhappy

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because nearly all do not know the true Self.

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Real happiness abides in Self-knowledge alone.

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All else is fleeting.


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To know one’s Self is to be blissful always.”

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Ramana Maharshi

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COMMENTARY

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Throughout history so many have stated : Know Yourself, Know Thyself, Self-Knowledge. All mystics transmit the same message: unless you know yourself you cannot be happy. Unless you know yourself you cannot see  that ALL IS WELL.

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“One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life

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is because we become ungrateful …

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we let what was once a miracle become common to us.

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We get so accustom to his goodness it becomes a routine …”

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Joel Osteen

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Today let us be grateful for everybody and everything in our lives.

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I hear you say : “Everybody?”  …. “Everything?”  Yes, everybody and everything. You’ve got it right. 

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Beware  that “the suffering” in your life is only an unresolved issue. When you solve it, the gift you get is your own happiness.

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You can only make yourself happy. If you are not happy, start looking within and find remedy. Do not make “others” responsible for your “problems”. YOU are the problem, YOU are the solution. Or “The problem is YOU, the solution is YOU.” The sooner you face it the better.

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Be happy, life is teaching you a lesson, learn it quickly. Be thankful for the opportunity to improve  in your level of awareness.

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So, TODAY, LET US ALL BE GRATEFUL and let the light of enthusiasm shine through us.

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firma

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♥♥♥♥♥

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