Listen to Martha Creek and her powerful thoughts about not expecting yourself to "work" or arrive at peace, if you're a human being. You don't need to love what is, or even like what is.
Friendships can be full of opportunity to be clear, be real, be loving and return to peace. Here's what I disocovered in one friendship-gone-sour.
In the 1980s I read the work of Scott Peck of The Road Less Traveled. Who would you be wtihout the story that something difficult happening in your life, is automatically a bad thing?
Grace talks with the delightful Barbara Winters about inner peace, especially for those who are self-employed.
It's a natural human reaction to want to push away or cut off everyone and anyone who scares you. But who would you be without the thought?
I keep noticing how everything is bearable, even when they hurt like hell. Who would I be without the belief I have to avoid pain, because it might not be bearable?
When you think money should move from over there to over here, you might want to question that painful thought.
The feeling of not being enough or receiving enough is very painful sometimes. It can make people feel sick. Who would you be without your thought?
The end of a relationship can feel so devastating. But if you ask yourself a powerful question about your stressful thoughts...you may be surprised: Is it true? Are you sure? Answer the question, you might discover you aren't the bad person you think.
Anthony DeMello, one of my favorite authors, speaks of three things that are possibly concerning us, every single time we're afraid or stressed out.
Chuck C, a famous AA member whose talks are compiled in a book called "A New Pair of Glasses" defined sobriety as peace, comfort and joy on the inside.
When I was in my early 20s, I had a great challenge thrown down. By my little sister, who wasn't supposed to dent my pride like that. I used competition to change my life for the better. You can do this, too.
What criticism really gets down to is a big sense of self, and needing to protect yourself, build yourself up, or maintain an ego. When this dissolves, criticism has less pain.
If you try to get people to like you, then one way that comes crashing down is for the one whose adoration you want to criticize you. It hurts, but then...you're far more free.