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August 2012 Archives

The only truly worthwhile “accomplishment” — the one action that stands the test of passing time — is the interior work we do that allows God to accomplish His task in our soul.

Freedom follows the discovery that whatever it is within us that compels us to achieve can never itself be made content by achievement. *** Real Success in life is not determined by measuring up to some pre-set social standard of […]

Until our “defeats” in life are seen as being as valuable as our victories, then our moments in the sun must bring with them shadows yet to fall, taking us with them when they do. *** The victories, the defeats […]

If “winning” in life was only relative to achieving one’s desire through reaching some pre-determined end, then washing machines would cheer for themselves as they approach the rinse cycle. *** When we realize, at last, that there is no place […]

You teach others (and yourself) when you do not react in alarm to some potentially frightening news or event. The people around you receive the lesson that those events, of themselves, have not the power to make or break the […]

In this short talk, Guy Finley talks about what it means to be properly responsive to the present moment, as opposed to getting lost in worried thoughts about what action to take. Click here to listen to “Learn to Act […]

Question: How do we feel or acknowledge a negative state without giving ourselves over to it? When it is present, how can we not be affected by it? Answer: There’s an old Chinese saying, “The birds of sadness may fly […]

Question: My 15-year old stepson purposely causes trouble when he comes to visit. He has colored hair and chains around his neck connected by small locks. He smokes, and speaks in a stream of four-letter words. He says he hates […]

Question: How can you stay peaceful when you are with people whose lives are really in distress, especially when they are close to you? Answer: You must ask yourself a different question. I’d suggest the following: What could be more […]

What makes someone a master is not that he or she possesses some unattainable skill, but that these individuals have first realized the existence of, and then made contact with, a world above them that wants to pour its more […]