Sunday, January 29, 2012

Quote of the Week

“You have peace," the old woman said, "when you make it with yourself.”  Mitch Albom

I know it doesn’t seem like it, but things really are this simple. We complicate life by caring more about the opinions of others, than our own internal knowledge and guidance. So often we judge ourselves based on the beliefs and opinions of other people, who do not know what’s best for us, and too often what’s best for them. We hold ourselves to unrealistic expectations that others hand over to us and embody them as if they are our own. But deep down we are the only ones able to determine what it takes to create the lives that are best for our own personal needs, and our inner being is all to aware of this. Our struggles in life usually come from us placing the ideals of others, over the universal knowledge we carry within us. Our inner beings consistently try to remind us of who we really are and instead we ignore the gentle guidance in place of our humanistic intelligence. Once we can learn to rely on the universal knowledge that we came here with, specifically to guide us through life, we can relax and let go knowing everything will be alright. If we can learn to trust and value ourselves, we can allow peace to flow into our lives. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Power in the Spoken Word… How Much is Really There?

It is often said (really harped on lots and lots and lots) that there is power in the spoken word. Regardless of how true people believe this statement to be, or not, how much power can there really be in words if/when the speaker does not mean them or believe in them? A lot of people are insistent that it’s the words themselves that hold the power, but I have a little trouble buying into that one.

People constantly toss words out all the time, or say things in a joking manner. I mean when the intent doesn’t match the words then those particular words lack power, or the power that people usually associate with those words diminishes or changes. Example, a person that knows me well may do something I hate and me being the sarcastic person I love to be could say something like, “I so love when you do that.” But, does that really mean that I love when they do that, or does my intent lean toward something else? Or what if I say, “I can’t stand you,” in a joking manner with a smile and laugh, but we both know I love you, what happens to the meaning of those words then? In my opinion and experience, the energy is no longer the usual energy that is associated with those words, which leads me to believe that it’s the intent and not so much the words themselves that hold the power.

Lastly, when words are spoken between two or more individuals, it’s the way in which the receiver of the words interprets them that will determine the effect of the words for them. If I express a thought to three different people, there is the possibility that all three people could interpret my words in three different ways, thus the words would have a different affect for each. Is their reaction a response to my words, OR a response to their interpretation of my words and perceived intent. Aaaaaaaah. Lots to think about.

My intent here is not to insist that words don’t have any affect at all. It’s just that at times; I notice a lot of people putting more emphasis on the details of the words being shared in a conversation, instead of focusing on what the other person actually means. Often getting caught up in the specifics of the actual words that are being said, leads to communication gaps, especially if we don’t share the same definitions for the same words. But if I pay close attention to the context the word is being used in, the body language and facial expression of the speaker I can better interpret/understand the meaning of their communication. I don’t think we should just ignore words all together, but pay more intention to the intent of our own words and the intent of others, as that is where the seat of power really lies. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Quote of the Week

"The best way to predict the future is to create it."  Peter Drucker 

This one can pretty much stand on it's own. We all have the power to create the lives we want, we just need to be disciplined enough, determined enough, consistent enough and open enough to allow the manifestations to occur. When we are able to focus our thoughts consistently only on what we want, there is nothing to block the creation of our desires. There will always be events, people and things that appear to be preventing our positive progress, but when we only allow ourselves to be immersed in the things we want, instead of wallowing and intensely focusing on that which we don't want, nothing can ever stand in the way.