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The Impartial Eye…

He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.

~ Siddhārtha Gautama

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What You Seek …

“What you seek is seeking you.”

Rumi

Photo Credit:  Barbara Fleming

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Freedom Lies In Being Bold…

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

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The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

Photo Credit: Oleg Gordienko

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The Truth About Truth

There is no Truth. There is only perception.

Gustave Flaubert

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The Winds of Forgiveness…

Two friends were walking  through the desert.

During some point of the journey, they had an argument and one friend slapped the other one in the face.

The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand, “Today my best friend  slapped me in the face”.

They kept on walking, until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath.

The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him.

After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone, “Today my best friend saved my life”.

The friend who had slapped and then saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?”

The friend replied “When someone hurts you write it down in sand, where winds of forgiveness can erase it away.

But, when someone does something good for you, engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it”.

Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve acts of love and kindness in stone.

~ Unknown

Appreciative Self-Inquiry:

Am I willing to forgive and release the wrongdoings of those who have slighted, manipulated or treated me in a harmful way?

Am I willing to forgive myself of my wrongdoings which have negatively impacted others?

Am I am willing to release all thoughts of guilt, blame and shame of myself and others?

How do I feel when I choose to forgive myself and others?

How do I justify not forgiving myself and others?

What burdens of the heart and mind do I carry around when I choose to not forgive?

What are the gifts of forgiveness?

The Forgiveness Experiment:

Think of someone you are willing to forgive today, to set free from their wrongdoing(s) and to release yourself from your prison of judgement.

Suggested Format for Your Forgiveness Statements.

(Person’s name) ___________, I forgive you.

I forgive you for not being the (parent, sibling, friend, boss, client…) ____________ that I needed/wanted/expected you to be.

I forgive you for (wrongdoing(s)) _____________________.

I forgive you. I release you with love. I let go with love. We are free.

Example:

Sophia, I forgive you. I forgive you for not being the sister that I wanted you to be. I forgive you for ignoring me and dismissing me when we were growing up.  I forgive you. I release you with love. I let go with love. We are free.

Ripples:

Sharing our triumphant stories of how we have succeeded in a personal or professional situation can positively inspire men and women to take action for themselves which in turn creates ripples of enlightenment, empowerment and transformation worldwide. In the comments section, I invite you to share your experience of forgiveness. Thank you for sharing and choosing to make a difference.

 Transformational Workshop:

When you completely forgive yourself and others, you transcend your inner prison of judgement, guilt, blame and shame. Through forgiveness you awaken to happiness, peace of mind, freedom, a deep sense of self-worth, wholeness and confidence. If you are experiencing challenges with forgiving yourself or others, or if you are ready to purge your judgements and enrich the quality of your life, contact me at juditszabo@quantumv.ca to inquire about your personalized, one-on-one, forgiveness workshop.

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The Dharma of Speaking

Before you speak, think…

Is it necessary?

Is it true?

Is it kind?

Will it hurt anyone?

Will it improve on the silence?

~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba


Appreciative Self-Inquiry:

Do I speak with intention and meaning?

When do I tend to speak incessantly and fill up the silent spaces?

Do I speak with integrity and respect?

When do I tend to gossip or speak critically of others?

Am I aware of the impact I have on others when I am speaking?

In what direction do I use the power of my words at home, at work, socially, in public and with myself?

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In The Summer Season of Life

In the summer season of life learn how to nourish and protect your crops all summer. Sure enough, as soon as you’ve planted, the busy bugs and noxious weeds are out to take things over. Here is the next bit of truth: they will take it, unless you prevent it.

There are two key phrases to consider with the third major lesson. The first is “all good will be attacked.” Don’t press me for a reason. I was not in on some of the early decisions, so I don’t know why. I just know that it’s true. Let reality be your best beginning. Every garden will be invaded.

The second phrase is “all values must be defended.” Social values, political values, friendship values, business values—all must be defended. Every garden must be tended all summer. If you don’t develop this skill, you’ll never wind up with anything of value.

But for those who make diligent efforts to plant, protect, and preserve there are not enough birds, bugs, or other obstacles to destroy all the efforts of last spring.

~ Jim Rohn

Appreciative Self-Inquiry:

What are my core values for my life, my work and my leadership?

How do my values guide me throughout the day?

How do I defend my values when they are being threatened?

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