In this week's talk, Dr. Patrick focuses on Zen Buddhist practices from the books The Practicing Mind by Thomas M. Sterner and Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza.
The four "S" words are: Simplify, Small, Short, and Slow.
I live to be the message that I long to see.
I long to be the way that I am looking for.
I need to shine the Light that I long to see. -- Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith
In Latin, the word community means the coming together in the performance of services. In other words, community is a call to action.
The Second Coming is an awakening to our own state of Christ Consciousness. We become the place where it happens, or not.
The invisible embrace of beauty: Love changes the way we see ourselves and others. We feel beautiful when we are loved. And to invoke an awareness of beauty in another is to give them a precious gift that they will never lose. When we say to someone, "You are beautiful", it is more than a statement or platitude. It is a recognition and invocation of the dignity, the grandeur, and the grace of their spirit. -- John O'Donohue
Once we become aware of the patterns that we have formed, we can revisit them and make new choices.
As we surrender more and more deeply to the transformative process through our spiritual practices, we realize that we cannot expect the outer conditions of our lives to change while we remain inwardly the same.
The foremost challenge for leaders today is to maintain the clarity to stand confidently in the abundant universe of possibility, no matter how fierce the competition, no matter how stark the necessity to go for the short-term goal, no matter how fearful people are, and no matter how urgently the wolf may appear to howl at the door. It is to have the courage and persistence to distinguish the downward spiral from the radiant realm of possibility in the face of any challenge. -- Benjamin Zander
In life, should we stay or go? Inner turmoil. Forces within us. Asking us to do something different.
There's a challenge that we face in this supposed "real life". These are the control measures that we allow to become a part of our daily expression. But are we truly creators of our own experience?
We bring to our lives ourselves, our own personal reflection of what we believe to be true. We get to design how we react to that. We are all individual expressions of an Infinite Creator.
A conductor allows each member of the orchestra to become powerful. Are we leading in our lives? What is ours to do? Transformation happens when we shift our view of the world, when we see that what we have been doing is hiding, taking ourselves away, not participating, not engaging, not taking risks, and sitting in the back row of our lives.
According to Benjamin and Rosamund Zander, "enrollment is about giving yourself as a possibility to others and being ready to catch their spark. It's about playing together as partners in a field of light..."
Too often we hide and "take ourselves away" from life. We hide out in the back row of our life.
"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way to avoid the trap that you have something to lose. You are already naked; there is no reason not to follow your heart." -- Steve Jobs
Wherever authentic love is present, healing takes place.
Today's talk is about living our lives in the art of possibility instead of living in survival mode.
Others may show us how they did this, and may even suggest how we can proceed, but there is a path that every person must walk alone. Yet not alone, because forevermore there is a Spirit that beckons, a Presence that feels out towards us as we feel out towards It. Yet, in the discovery of the self, to the self, and by the self, there is no delaying, no use waiting for something to come along or someone who can do this for us, for no such person exists.