A Fresh Start …

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It’s that time of year again when we have turned the page and are facing our year end schedules. But let’s not think that we’re stuck in this end-of-year drama …
What if, at any time we choose, we could have a clean slate – a brand new beginning?  What would you do differently if you gave yourself this gift of a completely fresh start?
This gift is available to every one of us any time we choose to receive it!  By letting go of our focus on the past, we choose to practice compassion with ourselves and allow new seeds to emerge.  Let’s not carry the weight of the past in the forefront of our minds, but instead consciously give ourselves the gift of a new beginning each morning.

Dignity in the Face of Diversity

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Abilene, the main character in the immensely successful book ‘The Help’ by Kathryn Stockett, is a black maid. She has endured many tragedies, including the death of her only child. Despite this she exhibits strength, dignity and kindness while raising other children – the children of her white  employers. While enduring so much discrimination, she still tries to remain non-judgemental, loyal and kind to not only her employer, but also their family and friends.

Like Abilene, how many ways can we show courage, dignity and wisdom as we face our challenges in life?

Transformation

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“All transformation begins with the courage to explore and examine those beliefs that do not support us. We can then reinterpret how we see ourselves, others, and the world from a new perspective marked by compassion, understanding, and hope. ” [Dr. Joe Rubino)

We’re now one month into the New Year. How are you coming along with your intentions to tweak the areas of your life where you would like to see transformations? If you’re feeling the need to refresh your inspiration or motivation, you might start by taking a look at the following areas …

What beliefs will you let go in order to fully support your deepest aspirations? And remember, you can begin by integrating compassion, understanding and hope into all aspects of your own life:

1) Health
2) Finances
3) Relationships
4) Family
5) Recreation and Fun
6) Spiritual Development

The Dalai Lama on Compassion

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I’d like to share with you my Sunday morning musings on the subject of compassionate communication, both what is said and left unsaid.

In the words of the Dalai Lama:

‘All individuals are equal in that every one of us instinctively seeks happiness and avoids suffering.’

‘I try to treat every person I meet like an old friend, and that gives me a real sensation of happiness.’

‘An authentic attitude of compassion doesn’t change, even faced with another person’s negative behavior.’

I know for myself the last quote can be a personal challenge, I shall make it the focus of my week.

What about you? What’s your personal challenge this week?

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