Positive Ways to Live

The alphabet is a good way to itemise and list aspects of our lives and how we live them (or perhaps how we may be able to live them). Let’s try here to create a list that may be good for remembering in times of inner reflection.

A … (a) is for adventure: Adventure is the opposite of sitting and watching television.  Adventure is the experiences of new things, sights, sounds, feelings, people, environments.

B … (b) is for balance: As human beings we understand things as opposites: Yin and Yang, good and bad, up and down, day and night.  Balance is the tension between opposites: rest and activity, conversation and silence, sociability and solitude, love for another and love for oneself.  Every moment your life should be in balance.  Be aware of yourself and seek balance in all you do.

C … (c) is for compassion: Compassion means to live with and within love.  It can mean caring for the sick ~ and the healthy, too.  It means being kind to the needy ~ and those who need for nothing.  Compassion is an equal opportunity emotion. To make others happy, to treat them with compassion.  To make yourself happy, treat others with compassion.

D … (d) is for daring: Daring is to be doing. Daring gets things done.  Every great achievement begins with daring.  Every great person first dared to be great.  What will you dare to do, to be, today?

E ... (e) is for enthusiasm: For enthusiasts, life is an adventure, a playground, a theatre, a movie film-set, a laboratory, a love story, a test track, a roller-coaster, a dance, a gift, a blessing, a blast, a thrill . . . Let enthusiasm lift you higher than you are right now.  Wherever it takes you, it will be the right place.

F … (f) is for friendship: Friendship is cheaper than therapy and very often deeper.  Feed your friendships and they will sustain you.  Love your friends and you will be loved.  Watch their backs and they will watch yours.  If life’s a game, your friends are your team.  Choose them (your friendships) carefully and nurture them and cherish them for they are so very precious.

G … (g) is for gratitude: Gratitude grows wherever it’s planted.  Gratitude is more than saying thank you for dinner, it’s saying thank you to life.  When you give thanks, thanks will be given back.  So be grateful for what you have, and you’ll have everything you need.  The first sign of greatness is gratitude.

H … (h) is for hope: There is one thing sure in this life: this too will pass.  No matter your situation, it is certain to change.  However dire things may seem, there will always be a new day, a new way.  Hope helps us.  Like a rope, it can pull us out of a hole.

I … (i) is for imagination: Imagine what’s possible, then go make it happen.  A cake isn’t a cake until it’s cooked.

J … (j) is for joy: Happiness can be found deep within us.  It comes from our soul ~ not from external things.  So look inside and feel the joy there.  Soon those around you will feel it, too.

K …  (k) is for knowledge: As we are trying to do with you visiting our site and reading our blogs, pass it on.

L … (l) is for love: In life, we lose our youth, our strength, our influence, our memory, even our bladder control.  In the end, all we have, and all we will be remembered for, is the love that we give; not just to one person, but to everyone we meet.  Remember this ~ and you will be remembered.  What is there to say about love that has not been said before, except “I love you”.  Love is a four-letter word.  Swear by it.  Love is the most powerful emotion, be positive and accept it.

M … (m) is for meditation: Meditation is a vital form of medication.  When your soul aches, take a moment out.  The more you get into meditation, the more you will get out of it.  So be mindful ~ sit in stillness and silence, watch those thoughts, empty your mind ~ and live a full and conscious life in the ‘now’.  Because right ‘now’ is where it’s at.  Learn to listen and very soon the truth will be whispered in your ear.

N … (n) is for ‘Now’: It really is ‘now’ or never.  Life is so fleeting.  Miss the moment and it’s gone for ever.  To make the most of life, make the most of every moment.  Forget the past, ignore the future, be present to and in the present. Look around you.  Where are you?  How do you feel?  Notice your breathing.  The sounds all around you.  Your thoughts as they pass through.  What can you see that you’ve never seen before?  It doesn’t matter where you’ve been.  It doesn’t matter where you’re going.  It only matters where you’re at right ‘now’.

O … (o) is for optimism: Optimism put man on the Moon and food on the table. Optimism looks for the best in every situation. The upside of every downside. The yes in every no.  Cultivate it.  Nurture it.  Cherish it.  Optimism will bring you friendship and success, health and wealth, love and laughter.  It’s that kind of word.

P … (p) is for passion: Passion has the power to transform your life ~ to reveal your purpose, your reason for being, your life’s work.  To find out what your passion is, ask yourself:  ‘What would I do if money was no object?’  Paint?  Write?  Teach?  Dance?  Open a vineyard, start a charity, even found a bank?  The trick is to think big, then begin by taking small, steady steps towards your dream. Mark Twain said: ‘The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.’ What would you do if you could do anything at all?  Passion makes anything possible.  Think about it, write it all down, then plan your route, your life pathways to achieving your dreams, through your passions

Q … (q) is for quiet; Do you know what ‘quiet’ is, what it feels like?

R … (r) is for reconciliation: You can NEVER undo the past.  But you CAN change the future.  To reconnect with someone, first forgive yourself.  This is so crucial you wouldn’t believe.  FORGIVE YOURSELF first and foremost.  You are a human being, you do, can and will mess up.  If you do, forgive yourself.  Then forgive the other person (if others are involved).  They are human, too.  If you do mess up, hold your hands up, admit, confess and apologise.  Saying sorry goes a long, long way.  Meaning it goes even further.  Remember: the sooner you can laugh about it, the sooner you can laugh about it together.

S … (s) is for smile: Unleash the power of a smile.  Smile at strangers.  Smile at the trees. Smile at misfortune.  Smile at yourself in the mirror in the morning.  Smile just for the sake of it.  Soon fortune will smile back at you.  It takes less effort and less muscle movement to smile than to frown.  So SMILE.

T … (t) is for trust: Trust is the bedrock of love, the mattress of marriage, the cradle of childhood, the foundation of friendship.  Trust in the truth and, the truth is, you’ll be trusted.

U … (u) is for universe: When things are looking down, look up.  Sometimes realising our cosmic insignificance can put our troubles in to perspective.  Have faith, trust in fate, be free. The Universe is there to support you.  Climb on board, the life ride is and can be fun.

V … (v) is for vision: To understand what your vision is, ask the Big Questions.  What am I? What are my values?  What do I want to teach, to pass on?  These are the beginnings of a vision.  One day you will ask yourself: ‘What kind of life have I lived?’  What will your answer be?  Hmmm ???

W … (w) is for wisdom: Just knowing isn’t wisdom. Knowing yourself is.  There is more wisdom in contentment ~ accepting life and everything in it ~ than is contained in all the libraries in the world.  Your soul is a book ~ study it carefully.  Share what you’ve learned.  If you go out looking for wisdom, it won’t know where to find you.

X … (x) is for a kiss: A kiss shows love and intimacy, tenderness and desire.  It can say hello or goodbye, good luck or good riddance, adoration or adulation.  It can say things that can otherwise never be said, it’s communicating without sound.  What will you say with a kiss today?  And who will you say it to?

Y … (y) is for You: To live a full and satisfying life, think with your heart, be loyal to your dreams, engage your emotions, respect your relationships, defy your fears, pursue your passions, find your flow, express your energy, enjoy the moment, contribute to your community, feed your mind, your body and your soul, leave a legacy and live … oh live with love.  Be happy.  Be honest.  Be hopeful.  Be yourself.

Z … (z) is for Zen: You may recognise the word of Zen from so many esoteric and etheric things that have been and are written in today’s modern world.  But it isn’t to be scoffed at.   It’s because it is where the negative and the positive meet.  It’s a neutral state of being.  Of silence.  Peacefulness. Tranquility.  Wakefulness. Mindfulness.  Balance your being and your life will be in balance.  Live right and everything will be in balance.  Sit in stillness and silence.  Turn your eye inward and see, really, really, really see.

Emotional intelligence is all about ‘being’ and knowing that ‘being’.  If you would like any further advice, support, guidance or even teaching, get in touch with us very soon.

Michael


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