i want to try and start one of the longer books on my list, hopefully this weekend i will have time for that.
here, some excerpts and notes i would like to remember from this book.
to the degree that we can embrace our mortality rather than deny it, we can live that much more completely and joyfully. when something profoundly shakes your worldview, it radically alters the preconceptions and paradigms of your life.
accepting death is intensely clarifying, helping us to know in every cell and understand in every fiber of our being, what matters and what does not, how we want to spend our precious time, doing what, and with whom.
Being fully alive has nothing to do with the presence or absence of disease.
Compassion and forgiveness frees us form suffering.
When we can apply that compassion to ourselves, shining a light int he darkness, letting go of anger and judgement, then it frees us and everyone else around us.
why waste time holding on to hurts and grievances…
live each day like its your last.
avoid nihilism…why bother, nothing matters, etc…
make a conscious choice to live as fully as possible.
an antidote to nihilism: create meaning in all aspects of our lives.
making every act sacred is what enables us to more fully enjoy life.
every day is precious, every moment.
its not just how long we live but how well we live that matters most.
fritz perls: i dont want to be saved, i want to be spent!
i no longer have a bucket list. i have love in my life.
Rilke: have patience with everyting unresolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves.
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. a man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain
Even, death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
** esophageal cancer
Every day for the last 20 years i have practiced gratitude. I start by thinking about the things I was grateful for on a daily basis, writing things down that i was grateful for on a nightly basis, reminding myself of how lucky i was. later i began to use gratitude in my meditation practice.
Gratitude is a vital part of savouring this sandwich of life.
Studying the science of yoga and meditation, my anxiety slowly began to fade. the less anxious i was, the more clearheaded and creative i became.
Exercise helps with sleeping better and thinking more clearly.
The goal is not int he doing buti n the being.
I needed to learn how to live within my daily routine with clarity and happiness and understand that the end result would be authenticity and a sense of connection w purpose and meaning.
Pay attention to your souls calling.
stress is just response to life’s events.
Stress was not something to be managed. Once it happens, it has happened.
Looking for stress creates stress!
How little control we have over life events…how sometimes, a curse becomes a blessing.
I learnt gratitude in light of adverse events or circumstances.
If each night I wrote down or told Kathy 3 things that I was grateful for, each day was filled with more fun and joy. Fear and anxiety began to fade.
My newly adapted practices of meditation and yoga changed my life and attitude. I was less grumpy, I yelled at our kids less frequently, I enjoyed work more, I no longer felt agonizing pressure of discord in my soul.
The greater our sense of peace, the better our hearts, brains, and immune systems.
Meditation works only if practiced on a nearly daily basis and practice takes time and commitment. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice practice practice.
We dont need to run out and do the bucket list of seeing and doing new things. We just need to sit, listen, and learn. This, over time, has become my philosophy of living. Pay attention to the good stuff that happens every day and enjoy what is, not what should have been or might be. Enjoy every sandwich. My life is my sandwich, and I might as well savour every bite.
Kundalini experiences. huge flows of natural energy, much like an electrical shock wave, that pulse throughout the body as the energy floodgates open wide.
Helen Keller: Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
fearing the unknown seems like such a waste of time and energy. knowing this may not be our last sandwich helps us not to regret that with each bite the sandwic slowly disappears.
we can create the world we live in by shaping our own reality in our minds, and in doing so, we can reconfigure the structure and function of our brains to match our new reality.
Reality is just a concept. Perception differs from person to person. based on peoples unique life experience…reality differs from person to person.
new experiences and the practice of new thoughts can re create our world.
New experiences actually physically enhance or diminish neural pathways overtime, neuroplasticity.
In the Native American tradition, the snake is the bringer of medicine, of healing.
I had a profound feeling that this life is not all there is…and this was liberating.
continue to strive to make meaning out of each moment and opportunity out of each obstacle.
living involves tearing up one rough draft after another.
Roberto Assagioli: psychosynthesis
as we are exposed to more life circumstances and people, we modify our behaviours to fit the environments in which we live.
All of our different subpersonalities.
Never hold onto anger and always have forgiveness, otherwise it can create havoc with our bodies…
to get to our passion and purpose we must be willing to shine the light of awareness ont he shadow parts of ourselves.
we can transcend anger and fear.
i have a body, but i am not my body.
i have feelings, desires, thoughts, but i am not any of these things.
i am the self, the center of consciousness.
having no control can be liberating if you can relax, accept this concept. living life this way, leads to wonder and curiosity. just live life, do your best, and enjoy the moments that life brings.
become more detached from day to day worrying, and you will be more open to change, creativity.
you get to choose the world you want to live in.
we all have the opportunity to remake our lives if we just remember what meaning and purpose we have already. we can simply reach into our pocket and find the pieces of our life that remind us that this is in fact a wonderful life.
no man is poor, who has friends. ( Clarence the Angel )
instead of looking for things that are wrong int he world, start focusing on things that are right. After doing this for 3 weeks you will note the difference. you are remodeling your brain to be grateful, even optimistic!
when you are inside a boksz, scratch away. depression, pain, self pity, get rid of it all, with prayer, meditation, yoga, exercise, laughter, art, movement, gratitude, acceptance, love.
there is so much more to life than what we imagine itt o be.