“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – which you can never afford to lose – with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” – Admiral Jim Stockdale – the highest ranking United States military officer to be a prisoner of war during Vietnam (8 years). He shouldered the burden of command during his captivity so that he could create conditions that would increase the number of prisoners who would survive unbroken. After release he said, “I never lost faith in the end of the story. I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade.”
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“Even in the midst of the necessary hard work or restraint, you can access joy. When we do what must be done with a full heart, that full-heartedness leads to results we can love. The surest sign that you’re working with the life-affirming kind of discipline, rather than the spirit-depressing kind, is that you don’t complain very much about doing what it takes.” – Danielle Laporte
“Have you ever brought home a treadmill and let it gather dust in the attic? Ever quit a diet, a course of yoga, a meditation practice? Have you ever bailed out on a call to embark upon a spiritual practice, dedicate yourself to a humanitarian calling, commit your life to the service of others? Have you ever wanted to be a mother, a doctor, an advocate for the weak and helpless; to run for office, crusade for the planet, campaign for world peace, or to preserve the environment? Late at night have you experienced a vision of the person you might become, the work you could accomplish, the realized being you were meant to be? Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a painter who doesn’t paint, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what Resistance is.”
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Building on last Friday’s message, (if you missed it, please go back and read it) I can’t emphasize enough that “living in the present moment” will lead to peace and joy and getting into the natural “flow” of life. If only it were easy. It’s not. In fact it’s tough. If you’ve ever tried practicing mindfulness, or meditation, yoga, tai chi, or some form of martial arts, you know what I mean. It’s hard to keep the mind from drifting and distraction even longer than a few seconds. This is because our minds are undisciplined, and these practices above are designed to give you mental strength and the ability to bring yourself to the present.
Eckhart Tolle in the Power of Now says, “Many people live with a tormentor in their head that continuously attacks and punishes them and drains them … Read More »
“It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking versus think your way into a new way of acting.” – Robin Sharma