Books That Changed My Beliefs: Peace Is Every Breath by Thich Nhat Hanh

Books That Changed My Beliefs: Peace Is Every Breath by Thich Nhat Hanh

I haven’t written about meditation before because up until now I believed that I couldn’t meditate (in the traditional way I’ve read about). I have mastered silence in my mind and being silent, but I haven’t mastered ‘being still.’ For this reason, I worked on it, like I worked on trying to develop my visualization skills, but neither have materialized!

But just as I learned that my gratitudes were prayers, now through this book, I have learned that they are also meditations, and so is conscious breathing without sitting still.

So, if you’re like me and can’t meditate in a traditional way, then this book is for you. The medical, mental, psychological, spiritual, and vibrational benefits of meditation have been well documented, even among the western medical community. It has healed illnesses and disease, isn’t it worth another try?

 

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My Intro to Philosophy – Part Two

My Intro to Philosophy – Part Two

Today I continue my exploration of Stoicism and A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy. Mr. Irvine explains Stoicism and then modernizes it to make it more palatable for today’s human. His goal is to try to resurrect a promising philosophy for living a good life.  

Negative Visualization Continued:

It is generally done only a few times a day or a week. I don’t think a few times a week is enough. I express my gratitude many times a day. I currently have 5 daily gratitudes, not including all the spontaneous ones! I believe in trying to stay in a perpetual state of gratitude.

“…recognize that every time we do something could be the last time we do it and  this recognition can invest the things we do with a significance and intensity that would otherwise be absent.” This is a productive strategy for appreciation, for understanding and accepting non-attachment and impermanence. The intention of this strategy is to minimize or eliminate negative (painful) emotions that disturb tranquility. I can see how it would lessen grief.

So overall, I think negative visualization can be a very effective technique if you are looking to:

  • minimize or eliminate your negative emotions
  • learn to appreciate what you have instead of stressing over what you don’t have
  • improve your relationships through increased appreciation
  • minimize the grief due to inevitable loss

Great goals!

 

Control and Desires

The next point of discussion in the book is about control and desires. Stoics believe that we have a choice when choosing our goals and desires; that we should choose goals and desires we have control over achieving, either all or some control, to ensure our tranquility.

Choosing internal vs. external goals; in other words, seek that which is easily obtainable. This doesn’t mean not going for your dream, just keep your goal to what you have total or some control over, and that is your behavior, your thoughts, your effort, and your best.

External circumstances can’t predict happiness; only we ourselves can ruin our lives, by not “living in accordance with correct values.” It is in our control to choose our values, and to choose what we value.

To be continued…

May you perceive and receive all your blessings.

With Much Love,

Rev. Michele

Copyright © 2013 Indigo Sky, LLC; All Rights Reserved

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My Intro to Philosophy: A Guide to the Good Life by William R. Irvine

My Intro to Philosophy: A Guide to the Good Life by William R. Irvine

A while ago I left a reply to a comment on a website recommending focusing on what they have, not on what’s missing or wrong. Someone replied to my comment and told me it sound like I’d enjoy reading A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William R. Irvine because my recommendation sounded like Stoic philosophy. The main title was enough to spark my interest. I wrote this book down on my wish list and finally got to it.

 

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Books That Changed My Perception: The Celestine Series by James Redfield

Books That Changed My Perception: The Celestine Series by James Redfield

Since I stared my spiritual journey, I have read very few fiction books. But I consider this series to be spiritual guidance wrapped in fiction.

This series is great for both people who are not ready for or don’t enjoy non-fiction spiritual guidance books, but are looking for spiritual guidance, and for anyone who likes good adventure/thriller novels.

To me, these books are a cross between The Di Vinci Code and Lost Horizon.

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Books That Can Change The World: Creating True Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh

Books That Can Change The World: Creating True Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh

This was not the book I was working on this week, but after Friday’s events I felt compelled to spread the word of peace and recommend that everyone on the planet read this book. It is also my deepest hope that every family will read and work on it together. Bring it to book club! Share it with everyone you know. Let’s be part of the movement towards peace!

Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community, and the World is a manifesto, a workbook and a spiritual guide to peace.

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Books That Changed Me: Every Word Has Power by Yvonne Oswald

Books That Changed Me: Every Word Has Power by Yvonne Oswald

There is no one thing that changed for me to put in the title. This book changed my beliefs and understanding which changed my perception. It also, and maybe more importantly, changed the way I thought and spoke; it changed my behavior. It made me conscious of my choice of words, both spoken silently to myself and aloud to others.

Every Word Has Power is a transformative tool that teaches us how to reprogram our unconscious mind. The unconscious mind is “…designed to give you what you focus on.”

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Books That Changed My Perception: A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

Books That Changed My Perception: A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

By the time A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles came to me, it served as a validation of what I had come to believe. When I started this site, I felt the need to re-read it, as it is the inspiration for the site’s name.

While the first reading was great, the second reading was amazing. I was so much further along than I realized and so much more of it became part of my consciousness.

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Must Have Reference Books #2: Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith

Must Have Reference Books #2: Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith

I’ve already spoken a lot about the importance of listening to your bodies’ messages. Interpretation of the messages isn’t always easy though. I already recommended Louise Hay’s Heal Your Body which provides the affirmations that will help clear the mental and emotional issues that cause the physical manifestation (the message).

But that only clears the issues temporarily, unless worked on.

All emotional issues must be resolved. All negative and limiting mental patterns must be changed. So, there is no substitute for understanding how your body really works and learning the language of your body. With this wisdom your body becomes your guide to a healthy, productive and fulfilling life.

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Books That Changed My Beliefs: Life on the Other Side by Sylvia Browne

Books That Changed My Beliefs: Life on the Other Side by Sylvia Browne

For a lot of people, fear a death is a pervasive force in their lives. Some people are uncertain of what happens after we die and others believe that it all just ends, that it all goes black.

What do you believe about “Heaven?” What do you believe happens when you cross over? Do you believe in it at all? Whatever your beliefs, Life on the Other Side: A Psychic’s Tour of the Afterlife by Sylvia Browne will change or confirm them. This book will answer all your questions and give you a personal tour of the other side. And it includes illustrations, which for me, who has no visualization skills, was priceless.

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