Go with the flow

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Sometimes we just have to be wise enough to go with the flow. 

We have to put our trust in life and let the current carry us.

That doesn’t mean we should take our focus off where we’re going.

-Brahma Kumaris

 

The Color of Flowers

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Leave worries aside and you will be surprised by the beauty of the sky and the color of flowers, of the freshness of the breeze and the generosity of the sun.

You will feel you are part of creation, and life will start to make sense.

The greatest wealth is to appreciate what we have and what we are.

-Brahma Kumaris

 

Serve others in everything you do

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There is a concept in hinduism called SEVA, and it means selfless service, to offer a service with a good intention at heart, just because you want to give.

Personally I have always felt the need and the desire to help others and to give, I have been involved in various activities that involve teaching, collecting money for causes, delivering food to communities in need, delivering groceries for relief after hurricanes, growing an interactive garden..etc.

Lately I’ve been wanting to get involved in more projects as a volunteer, there is always something going on that you can help with.

But more recently I have remembered that to serve others you don’t need to be “doing” something, you can serve others and give a positive feedback to their lives simply by listening, by smiling, by accepting, by practicing your patience and tolerance. Simply by offering the best of you to every being that you encounter in your daily activities.

That way you can always be offering a selfless service everywhere you go.

We should try it more.

Becoming my best friend

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The mind is one of the most powerful tools for human beings.

It can help to build and create great things but it can also become one person’s worst enemy.

It’s such an interesting practice to observe how you own mind works, step outside the routine for a little and listen to what that inner voice tells you with everything you do…is it encouraging me? is it bringing me down?

Most of the time we treat others with respect and love but we don’t treat ourselves like that, our mind is extreme and not balanced, either it treats your self with a lack of love and trust producing negative thoughts such as “I can’t do this”, “I’m so dumb”, “I hate this”, “why me?”, and all sorts of cursing or it can go to the other extreme where in order to abstract from reality the mind produces thoughts like “I am never wrong”, “Everything I do is perfect”, “If people don’t agree with me that’s their problem, they’re wrong, I’m always right”.

Treating ourselves with love is more work than it appears to be, it starts with the recognition of our true being: We are just us, without any titles, degrees or bank accounts.

When we are in love we tend to give the person we love everything, we pay attention, we take them out, buy them gifts, ask how they are, how they feel, tell them we love them, but we don’t often do that with ourselves.

Whenever people get lonely (and it happens a lot) it’s not because other people don’t show love, appreciation or support, it’s because we need to become our best friend, we need to recognize the qualities and values in ourselves, love ourselves, be proud of ourselves without having to win anything, listen to ourselves, take care of ourselves.

How often do we find ourselves living a life we didn’t want? Like I wish I was healthier but I can’t, I try and I can’t. We need to support ourselves and be teach that voice in our head to love, respect, give and serve.