Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes How do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets In midnights, in cups of coffee In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes How do you measure, a year in the life?
How about love? How about love? How about love? Measure in love
Seasons of love Seasons of love
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes Five hundred twenty-five thousand journeys to plan Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes How do you measure the life of a woman or a man?
In truths that she learned Or in times that he cried In bridges he burned Or the way that she died
It’s time now, to sing out Though the story never ends Let’s celebrate Remember a year in the life of friends
Remember the love (Oh, you got to, you got to remember the love) Remember the love (You know that life is a gift from up above) Remember the love (Share love, give love, spread love) Measure in love (Measure, measure your life in love)
Seasons of love Seasons of love (Measure your life, measure you life in love)
A time comes in your life when you finally get it…
When in the midst of all your fears and insanity you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out - ENOUGH!! Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on. And, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears and through a mantle of wet lashes you begin to look at the world through new eyes.
This is your awakening.
You realize that it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change or for happiness, safety and security to come galloping over the next horizon. You come to terms with the fact that he is not Prince Charming and you are not Cinderella and that in the real world there aren’t always fairy tale endings (or beginnings for that matter) and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.
You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate, or approve of who or what you are…and that’s OK. (They are entitled to their own views and opinions). And you learn the importance of loving and championing yourself and in the process a sense of new found confidence is born of self-approval.
You stop bitching and blaming other people for the things they did to you (or didn’t do for you) and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected. You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that it’s not always about you. So you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself and in the process a sense of safety & security is born of self-reliance.
You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties and in the process a sense of peace & contentment is born of forgiveness. You realize that much of the way you view yourself, and the world around you, is as a result of all the messages and opinions that have been ingrained into your psyche. And you begin to sift through all the crap you’ve been fed about how you should behave, how you should look and how much you should weigh, what you should wear and where you should shop and what you should drive, how and where you should live and what you should do for a living, who you should marry and what you should expect of a marriage, the importance of having and raising children of what you owe your parents.
You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view. And you begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for. You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you’ve outgrown, or should never have bought into to begin with and in the process you learn to go with your instincts.
You learn that it is truly in giving that we receive. And that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a “consumer” looking for your next fix.
You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a by gone era but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life. You learn that you don’t know everything: it’s not your job to save the world and that you can’t teach a pig to sing.
You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO. You learn that the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake.
Then you learn about love. Romantic love and familial love. How to love, how much to give in love, when to stop giving and when to walk away. You learn not to project your needs or your feelings onto a relationship. You learn that you will not be more beautiful, more intelligent, more lovable or important because of the man on your arm or the child that bears your name.
You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be. You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes. You learn that just as people grow and change so it is with love… and you learn that you don’t have the right to demand love on your terms…just to make you happy. And, you learn that alone does not mean lonely…
And you look in the mirror and come to terms with the fact that you will never be a size 5 or a perfect 10 and you stop trying to compete with the image inside your head and agonizing over how you “stack up”. You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs.You learn that feelings of entitlement are perfectly OK…and that it is your right to want things and to ask for the things that you want… and that sometimes it is necessary to make demands.
You come to the realization that you deserve to be treated with love, kindness, sensitivity and respect and you won’t settle for less. And, you allow only the hands of a lover who cherishes you to glorify you with his touch…and in the process you internalize the meaning of self-respect.
And you learn that your body really is your temple. And you begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin eating a balanced diet, drinking more water and taking more time to exercise. You learn that fatigue diminishes the spirit and can create doubt and fear. So you take more time to rest. And, just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul. So you take more time to laugh and to play.
You learn, that for the most part, in life you get what you believe you deserve…and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy. You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen is different from working toward making it happen. More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance. You also learn that no one can do it all alone and that it’s OK to risk asking for help.
You learn that the only thing you must truly fear is the great robber baron of all time. FEAR itself. You learn to step right into and through your fears because you know that whatever happens you can handle it and to give in to fear is to give away the right to live life on your terms. And you learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom.
You learn that life isn’t always fair, you don’t always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people. On these occasions you learn not to personalize things. You learn that God isn’t punishing you or failing to answer your prayers. It’s just life happening. And you learn to deal with evil in its most primal state - the ego.
You learn that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you. You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls.
You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about; a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower. Slowly, you begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never ever settle for less than your heart’s desire.
And you hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind. And you make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting and to stay open to every wonderful possibility. Finally, with courage in your heart and with God by your side you take a stand, you take a deep breath and you begin to design the life you want to live as best as you can.
“As we move forward in the months following New Year’s Day we find the biggest obstacle to growth is falling back into our old patterns of behavior. For this year I propose a new resolution to help us be more successful in fulfilling our dreams. The resolution we all should make is to forget the past.”—Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj (via oceanofmind)
More Real Food, Less “Food-like Substances”, More Fruit and Vegetables, Less Sugar, Wheat and Corn More Organic, Less Toxic More Chewing, Less Eating More Water, Less Soda More Recycling, Less Waste More Walking, Less Driving More Exercising, Less Watching TV More Outdoors, Less Indoors More Sleep, Less Worry More Calm, Less Chaos More Being, Less Doing More Consciousness, Less Ignorance More Smiles, Less Anger More Love, Less Hatred More Play, Less Serious More Letting Go, Less Holding On More Forgiving, Less Blaming More Generosity, Less Greed More Ubuntu, Less Me!
The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character;
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings…
As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become.
“It is impossible to be abandoned. In this Earth School everyone you meet arrives and departs on schedule to teach and mirror you. When someone moves away from your life experience the un-empowered perception is to choose to feel abandoned and victimized.
High self-esteem says to the other person, no matter what the circumstance, ‘Thank you for the gift of your presence and all that I have learned from you. I send you love and set you free right now.’”
“Do not fear. To fear is as foolish as if a small child with a rich father fretted about how rent should be paid, and what he or she would do about it. Is this work Mine or not? You need to trust Me for everything.”—Reminders from God (via oceanofmind)
“God doesn’t always answer your prayers in the way that you expect, but, if your faith in Him never waivers, He will grant you far more than you expect.”—Paramhansa Yogananda (via intrepidwanderer) (via oceanofmind)
I’m going to trust that focusing on the internal vibration of feeling good instead of any external things, people or situations will bring what’s truly best for me.
I’m going to trust that even if I think that many things seem to be going wrong, that maybe for the first time I’m actually feeling what it feels like for things to go “right”.
I’m going to trust that the ideas I have are great, the creative impulse I feel should be expressed and that no matter what - I will always be taken care of while I walk on the path of gratitude, forgiveness and love.
I’m going to trust that as long as I am walking a path in service that the right people, places and circumstances will always show up right on time.
I’m going to trust that some of the best things in life don’t show up with a grand announcement and flashy introduction but instead in humble packages.
I’m going to trust and be receptive to every situation or person that the Universe places in front of me.
I’m going to trust the Love that is trying to find me and embrace it no matter how scary it might seem.
I’m going to trust that my Creator and Source has my best interests at heart and I’m going to try my hardest to allow It’s will to be done, not mine. My mind is limited in comparison to the Source, so I’m going to get out of Her way and let all things be done though me instead of by me.
I’m going to trust to show up every day not trying to accomplish everything, but just to do the best I can each day.
I’m going to trust that taking care of and truly loving myself will be the gateway to creating fulfilling relationships and life circumstances.
I’m going to trust that by healing myself will be the best way for me to heal the world.
I’m going to trust that as long as I keep focused on feeling good and take actions that help the greater good I will always thrive regardless of what the stock market, financial markets or consumer confidence is doing.
I’m going to trust that my inner guidance is the only source of truth I will ever know and that what’s happening to anyone else has nothing to do with the world I am consciously creating around me.
And finally, I’m going to trust the things that bother me most for they are the true portals of discovery and the key to unlocking why I can’t just let things be.
The Great Spirit created a system of balance and justice. This law says, if you treat others with respect, you will be treated with respect. If you gossip about no one, no one will gossip about you. If you are fair in all of your dealings, you can expect the same. If you share with others, others will share with you. If you judge others, others will judge you. You will always get back what you give out. The original teaching talks about being a giving person. A giving person will constantly be on the receiving end.
“We suffer a lot in our society from loneliness. So much of our life is an attempt to not be lonely: ‘Let’s talk to each other; let’s do things together so we won’t be lonely.’ And yet inevitably, we are really alone in these human forms. We can pretend; we can entertain each other; but that’s about the best we can do. When it comes to the actual experience of life, we’re very much alone; and to expect anyone else to take away our loneliness is asking too much.”—Ajahn Sumedho (via nostalgicdreams) (via fuckyeahdukkha)
“I have now come to a stage of realization in which I see that God is walking in every human form and manifesting Himself alike through the sage and the sinner, the virtuous and the vicious. Therefore when I meet different people I say to myself, “God in the form of the saint, God in the form of the sinner, God in the form of the righteous, God in the form of the unrighteous.”—Sri Ramakrishna (via oceanofmind)
“The way you see the world changes after you start to become who you truly are. Seeking stops. Needing stops. You start to simply, be. A new veil is lifted and you begin to see clearly why things didn’t work out the way they did in the past, precisely because it would have prevented you from living your best life. When you go toward and become the things that you Love & Admire you begin to see the Oneness of all that is. No one is below you, no one is above you, everyone is one with the flow of Life. When you get to this place, all the chaos and struggle in your Life will make sense and you will be able to manifest your Heart’s desire without delay. To get there, let go of Fear and step into a life of Love.”—Mastin Kipp (via oceanofmind)
“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just the translations have gone wrong.”—John Lennon (via oceanofmind)