On Valentines day we are reminded about how fortunate we are to have someone in this world we love and hopefully loves us back. The traditional buying candy, flowers and gifts for each other or just a greeting card is wonderful as long as we remember to express our feelings through words and actions as well. Today is a good day to forgive your significant other for their mistakes and shortcomings as well as forgive ourselves for our own.
Most people do not realize how rare and wonderful it is to have someone to take this journey of life beside us, to walk alone is not a easy task in life and to walk beside another though challenging is far more wonderful than going it solo. Remember your Love one is also your friend and as such you need to build a great relationship full of understanding and compassion between you two. Work together not against each other and seek out a harmonious partnership if it possible.
Also on Valentines day you need to Tell those friends that are there for you through life how much you appreciate them as well. They play an important part in your life and sometimes fill the gaps in your life that your special someone may not be able to do all the time. Someone to lean on, to talk to and just be yourself with.
Blessings and Love be yours
Sometimes we seem to be our own worst enemy, we tend to judge ourselves by impossible standards and with a harsher eye. We allow the opinions of others to influence our self-image, which if its positive is a good thing but unfortunately people are quicker to point out the flaws and mistakes in others than the good points. WE ned to learn to accept our own imperfections as a part of who we are now, if we don’t like them then we can change them as time goes by. But no reason to be down on yourself for being human and being imperfect, it’s all a part of life and growing as a person.
By understanding this about ourselves we also to accept the imperfections etc. in others as well. This is good for it will foster a friendlier atmosphere be it at home, work and when we are out having fun. Life is way too short to be a perfectionist and one who can’t be forgiving of themselves or others.
Sometimes we get so caught up in our own emotions, thoughts and ego that we overlook the fact that the other person in front of us has feelings of their own. We allow our own pain and frustration cloud our vision of what is really going on. We all suffer from loneliness, self-doubt and emotional pain in life. No one has a monopoly on such things and we should try to be more understanding and compassionate towards others, because they too suffer as we do in life.
Forgiveness and empathy are keys to a happy relationship, the understanding of the fact we all are the same far as what we suffer in life opens up the door to forgiveness. Remember we all are human therefore we shall make mistakes, we all feel similar feelings and experience very similar hardships in life. If you look at it like each one of us are a part of a whole, then you will see that if one piece of the whole is broken the whole suffers. So to be compassionate, forgiving and empathetic towards the other pieces is beneficial to the whole as much as it is to the individual.
Mind Exposure 03-01-16 was originally published on Mind Exposure
Walking while looking behind you only makes one trip on what’s in front of them. So best to leave the past in the past and focus on what is both immediately in front of you and that which is ahead of you in life. The present is where you should be focusing and never hurts to prepare and plan for the future a bit as well. But just like the past, the future can cause you to miss what is right in front of you.
Celebrate, Embrace and Cherish whom and what you have here and now in your life, for it all can easily slip away in flash. Hold on to who you have to love, let them know how you feel daily, for life is short in time and we should be thankful for the blessings we have.
Mind Exposure 2-27-2016 was originally published on Mind Exposure
Each morning we wake with yet another chance to change our lives and the world we live in. Yesterday and the mistakes made within it are gone, though we still may feel their effects we do have the power to make up for them and choose differently today. Make amends for your past mistakes and move on, for looking backward will only lead to you tripping up in the present.
Now you have awoken to a new day and received yet another chance to get it right, go forward and do so with all your heart and with the best intentions you can muster. For what you do here and now will determine what tomorrow will bring. Make you choices wisely and be not quick to judge others, for we all have fault within ourselves regardless of how hard we strive to be fault free. Look not for fault in yourself or others, instead look for the flicker of hope and goodness within each person you meet. Build upon that which is good and kind within yourself as you do your best to oppress that which is not.
The world revolves around us as a whole, not around us individually. All life is sacred and all of us are equal in the grand scheme of the universe. No part is considered lesser or greater in the eyes of creation, so embrace the part you have and live that part with all of your being. Also remember what part you play today may morph into a new one tomorrow, no path or part is 100% set. That grand randomizing effect of freewill allows each of us to change our paths in life, though it seems a balance is always maintained within change itself.
Walk the path you choose full heartedly and without any doubt, be a force of good and a heart full of compassion and forgiveness.
Mind Exposure 2-25-2016 was originally published on Mind Exposure
In life there are many ups and downs, sometimes you may even hit rock bottom and lose all that you had worked so hard to get. It not so much the material possessions themselves but the security you once had that is the greatest loss in such situations. The loss of a place to lay your head down at night and place that you can be at home. Being without a home is not an easy thing at all, though a home is not four walls and a roof either. I myself had experienced living on the streets for a short time, I ate in a soup kitchen or two as well. I was amazed to see how many people did live in the woods and alleyways, I was also astonished by their sense of community within their groups. Tell you, I would not suggest living on the streets for anyone, but it is a humbling and mind sobering experience.
To this day, I truly believe my experiences with being homeless was something that God wanted me to experience, having multiple perspective views on life is a great gift. During this period of time I was homeless I had met some really great people whom just either got dealt a bad hand in life or made one bad choice in their life. Though I doubt any of them will ever see this post I want to say thanks to all of them that helped me during that period for without them i am not sure if i could have survived during that period of my life.
Well I guess what I am getting at is home isn’t a house, possessions don’t make one happy and the fellowship I found during that period was the thing that helped me through it all. Friendship, companionship and family are the greatest treasures we have as humans. Be that the companionship is found with another human or with a furry companion such as a dog or cat.
Any material possession can be replaced but a true friend, companion and family member can not. They are once in a lifetime gifts we receive and because they are we should cherish them greatly.
Mind Exposure 2-21-2016 was originally published on Mind Exposure
In modern society one can easily lose touch with who they are, lose their true identity. With the overwhelming amounts of information, social customs, common core beliefs and experiences going on around a person its hard to hold on to what is truly yourself. Most of us never give our minds a rest from the hectic modern world, our minds become overwhelmed and even somewhat impaired from lack of rest.
Simple things such as camping, hiking and yes even taking a long scenic drive can help relax the mind so can meditation and even listening to some relaxing music. It basically boils down to what they call some ME time, time for you to be alone and let go of the stress of modern society and life. Time to be just yourself and enjoy the simple fact of being alive itself.
Find you the time and find you that special place where you can just sit and relax. Even if it is just on the front porch watching the birds in the trees or feeling the soothing breeze. Its your life, your world to embrace and you have the right to be happy within it.
Mind Exposure 2-20-2016 was originally published on Mind Exposure
Love, something that everyone seeks and each of us has within ourselves to give. Love is one of those things you must give in order to truly receive and appreciate. Love can not be limited only to those we know or just our family. Love must be unconditionally given and received or it is not love in its truest form. Many religions and philosophies point to the value of love and its necessity in our world. Selfishness, fear and hate seem to be more common place in humanity. Love and compassion are looked down on as if they are properties of the weak and/or meek.
We have a choice to make in our lives, we either can be compassionate, forgiving and loving beings or we can follow the path of greed, anger and fear. One brings you the riches of this world, which is temporary and that can be taken from you by another. The other offers the riches of the heart, which can not be stolen but can be shared freely. Do not get me wrong, we all want nice things and we should have what we need. But to put material possessions above the well-being and happiness of others is selfish.
Love starts within yourself, you must learn to love yourself and others unconditionally and be open to accept the love of others. Get over and let go of this worlds labels that separate us all, for no man nor woman is greater or lesser than another. If we be different in beliefs, sex, nationality or color it is unimportant. We all come into this world the same way and in the end we leave it through the same avenue. We all have hopes, dreams and we also all experience fear, anger and disappointment. The only thing that divides us is the belief we are different. Sure we are diverse in beliefs and looks but the core of each person is the same. We are alive, we are human and we all are in this life together.
Alone one person can make changes in the world, but collectively there is very little that humanity can not achieve and/or overcome. Until we learn to put aside our differences of opinion and beliefs and learn to accept unconditionally those differences we will remain being our own worst enemies.
Mind Exposure 2/11/16 was originally published on Mind Exposure
In life there will always be conflicts of interest, differences of opinion and clashes of cultural ideologies. To put it bluntly, we will always have to deal with the fact we all think and feel differently than one another. The key is to embrace the fact we are different, enjoy the diversity within the human race. If we all had similar thoughts and carbon copy emotions , then this would be a very boring robotic life.
It’s best to avoid conflict by being understanding of the differences between us, but sometimes I is unavoidable. When you unable to avoid the conflict, you should always remain respectful and embrace the differences between you and your adversary. No reason to take anything personal, even if it is directed at you personally. If you take everything personally, you only give the other person power over your emotions and you diminish your ability to reason. It best to take what is aimed at you objectively, keep your emotions and your ego out of the equation. Emotions will come in to play later after you have had plenty of time to process the conflict in whole.
Be positive, be yourself without regret, fear of rejection and expectation of acceptance. The only reward one should seek is the satisfaction of being true to yourself and to your nature. Plus by being true to who you are, you can see yourself more clearly. The more you accept the good and bad within who you are, the easier it is to improve the amazing and complex person you have become.
Mind Exposure 1-17-16 was originally published on Mind Exposure
Serving Humanity, Something most of us rarely think about or we leave it others to do. Doing such things as feeding, clothing and help find housing for the needy or just showing kindness and hospitality towards strangers, visitors and others in general are all part of the territory of helping / serving fellow human beings. Why stop at humans, stray, abandoned and abuse animals also need compassion and food. A heart that is compassionate towards all life is a healthy heart. To put aside our own egos and our nature to be self-serving and to embrace a compassionate and humble mentality is quite honorable. It’s easy to be like the majority and worry only about oneself and those whom one loves and knows. It may a bit hard to be humble and dedicated to serve others, but the rewards are great. The satisfaction of helping others is just one benefit, the other benefit includes the friendships that will e forged in the process along with the creation of better self character. You will become more positive through doing positive and compassionate works. Though it is said one can not get into heaven on good works alone, that implies good works are one of the requirements one needs to enter. Good works are a reflection of ones heart and spirit, this is what makes the works truly good.
This Post Made me think of Matthew Vs 34-40
34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35For I was hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Matthew 34 -40
Mind Exposure 12-31-2015 was originally published on Mind Exposure