Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Science of Happiness

Did you know you can take a class from UC Berkeley which teaches how to be happy? 

"Created by UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, the course will zero in on a fundamental finding from positive psychology: that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social connections and contributing to something bigger than yourself—the greater good." 

"The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society." 

Sign up to join GGSC in bringing happiness techniques to your life. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Trained Thought Sunday Service

Right now, I review the biggest challenge in my life. I demand to know the good in it, and give thanks for that good being so.

And So It Is!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Your Heroic Story

What is the story of your life? Is it one that you would want your great-grandchildren to remember? Have you been living your life fully? 

Sometimes I have good ideas and I procrastinate before I put them into action. I get busy and find so many other things to do instead of beginning a new project. I tell myself I am not ready, but if not now, when? 

Julia Cameron in The Artist's Way says that procrastination is simply fear disguised.

If this is so, what could I be afraid of? What am I afraid of? Could I be afraid of feeling great? Of looking good? Of loving myself?  Could I be afraid that I won't keep going and that I will quit or be not very good at it (whatever the thing I am thinking about starting is.)

Perhaps I am afraid of my own magnificence, the heroine within. 

Marianne Williamson's quote comes to mind:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ― Marianne WilliamsonA Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"
What insight this quote has for us! Being liberated from our own fear, allows us to step forth as the heros and heroines that we really are! Some of us have been taught that we should be polite, not hog the spotlight, not to talk to loudly or stand out from the crowd. Yet if we really knew who we were, we would be happy to let our unique light shine.

Jason Silva, a modern-day mystic, discusses the Hero's Journey in his Shots of Awe:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Do You Hear Voices?

Ya, okay. I hear ya, man!, Okay, Gotcha!, Sure thing. Ya-ya-ya!! Sure man! uh-huh. Yes. I hear you.
But do we really hear?  And what are we listening to in the first place that we are saying yes to?

Check out the smile on the face of this seven week old hearing the external world for the first time! 

It's time to start paying attention to what we are listening to and what we are saying yes to! There is so much noise in our lives and much of it is background - other people's conversations in restaurants, shops, in the office next door, there is our music, our kids/colleagues music and even the music in the car passing by. There is the noise of the media- both audio and written that we are being "gifted" with and, there is the noise of the voices in own head judging, doubting, complaining, praising, evaluating, and the list goes on and on.....

So how are we supposed to hear the true voice, the internal voice of God that speaks just to me, just to you and leads us perfectly, competently, safely on this journey of life?

What if we just close our eyes and listen to the stillness, the peace of true contentment for the voice of Truth. would we hear it? I say yes!

What if those very voices that are seemingly drowning out our peace and well being are actually Voices of God?

This week at the Wednesday Wisdom Service at our center my talk is titled The Voices of God. I invite you to join us for a beautiful service that will include some talking, some listening, beautiful music provided by the talented Rick Dale and lots of insight into the wonder and joy of hearing the voices all around us.