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    On Aug 3, 2011 Ricky wrote:

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    A quote from the Dalai Lama:  If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.  This can mean show kindness and empathy to others as well as yourself.  So, first of all, view your activities and your decisions in a way that stays away from judgment.  Do not judge yourself or others.

    Second, begin to spend time finding ways to give back.  In other words, try not to focus so much on what you don't have; just begin to give what you do have.  Example:  When you are feeling out of touch and lonely-spend time with people who have been abandoned by society through very little fault of their own.  The elderly, the disadvantaged, the disabled, the disenfranchised.  Give exactly what you believe you lack...develop friendships by being a friend. 

    Third, decide today that nurturing your soul is of great importance.  This takes a few moments several times a day.  When you feel that you are not enough, that you are lonely, that your thoughts are filled with rage, or sadness, or frustration, focus on breathing in deeply, and then slowly letting the breath go out.  Whatever was going on in your self talk comes to a halt.  It can immediately come back, but take a moment and celebrate that for a split second, you let go of that type of thinking and you found calm for a moment.  During these moments of stillness, you will gain clarity...clear thinking.  You will learn that the only change you will be able to make is the change within you.  You will begin to see your value, and you will start to connect to your gifts, your passions, your true desires, which may have nothing to do with acquiring more money.

    Finally, with this shift in thinking, you will notice that you will have many more moments throughout the day in which you sense being calm.  When we do this, we connect to our essence.  Paul Williams wrote "You are a source of warmth and light.  Children who are cold or lonely or unsure come to you for comfort, and you always have comfort to give.  Even at your moments of greatest doubt, when you feel totally closed down to the world and to yourself, the life still burns in you, and your essence remains pure and powerful and untouched." 

    n/a, this is essence of love.  Be kind to yourself and others.  Break out of the thinking that has gotten you to writing your comment here today.  We are all pulling for you.  Connect to what we offer you today.  We love you.  You are enough, just as you are.  Godspeed.

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