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February 2006

Having the Right Attitude

by Swami Sukhabodhanda

The greed for name and fame is a juvenile tendency. In one of my workshops the husband of a woman told me, "When my wife gets angry, it is like the rage of a thousand flames. How do I deal with it?"

Can you see your expression very closely? It is a product of your imagination. One of the teachings of George Gurdjieff is …. ‘‘There is an imaginary self in all of us. If one is not watchful, it creates its own world of reality. In a relationship, we have to observe how our imaginary selves operate, and learn how to handle them with maturity."

If you catch yourself in a negative frame of mind, remember the following:

Negativity is not inherent in a given situation; it is more likely to be in us and we project that on to the situations we encounter.

For example, when we say, "Our picnic is spoiled because of rain"… a negative feeling is generated – is it in the rain or in us?

Do not identify with negative feelings. Feelings are like clouds, which come and go in fleeting moments; but you are like space, which is lasting. Do not identify with clouds; but be centred in the space of consciousness. This process is called detachment. When you are attached to your negative feelings you become a prisoner to them. Attachment creates hell. Reflect on this anecdote. Long ago, there was an interesting method for trapping monkeys. A huge jar with a narrow neck was used. Nuts were dropped into the narrow-necked jar even as a monkey was in sight. When the monkey tried to grab the nuts from the jar, it would get caught, because its fist which clutched the nuts, would get stuck in the narrow-necked jar. If it dropped the nuts, it could free its hand from the jar. But the monkeys were very greedy and could not let go of the nuts. So they got caught with their hands stuck in the jar. Are we also attached like that to the object of our greed? Do we feel puzzled when we see some people creating their own world of hell? This feeling of puzzlement relaxes our being.

The point here is that change has to happen within us first, then only can we motivate others. "If you feel good, you will experience that the world is right. But ignorant people believe that only if the world is right can they feel good."

Learning from the mistakes

Living successfully is not about avoiding mistakes, it is about learning from them. Making a mistake once is, in the long run, a blessing for what it teaches. Making the same mistake again and again -- now that's what you want to avoid.

To not learn from your mistakes is usually worse than to make them in the first place. And the learning starts with accepting responsibility for your errors. Laying the blame on others will serve no useful purpose.

From the moment you're born, life is a learning and growing experience. Today you are more intelligent than you were yesterday. Today you are more mature than yesterday. Today you are more caring, more loving, more effective than ever before. You have grown and you continue to grow every day. The poor judgment you exercised yesterday is in the past, and you are the wiser for it.

Feb 28, 2006 Quotes for the day

Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail Quotations
- Ralph Waldo Emerson.
There is nothing so annoying as to have two people talking when you're busy interrupting. Quotations

- Mark Twain.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Quotations
- Anne Frank.

"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."

Thomas Edison – Inventor

"Action on the move creates its own route, creates to a very great extent the conditions under which it is to be fulfilled and thus baffles all calculation."

Henri Bergson, philosopher

What is your worth today?

A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $100 bill.

In the room of 200 people, he asked the audience, "Who would like this $ 100 bill?"

Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this note to one of you but first let me do this."

He proceeded to crumple the note up.

He then asked, "Who still wants it?"

Still the hands were up in the air.

"Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. "Now who still wants it?"

Still the hands went into the air.

"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson.

No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $100/-.

Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless.

But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. You are special. Don't ever forget it! Never let yesterday's disappointments overshadow tomorrow's dreams.


Law of Abundance

By: Brian Tracy

The Law of Abundance- there is ample money for everyone who knows how to acquire it and keep it. We live in an abundant universe in which there is sufficient money for all who really want it and are willing obey the laws governing its acquisition.

You Can Have All You Want
There is plenty of money available to you. There is no real shortage. You can have virtually all you really want and need. We live in a generous universe and we are surrounded on all sides by blessings and opportunities to acquire all we truly desire. Your attitude, of either abundance or scarcity toward money, will have a major impact on whether you become rich or not.

Make A Decision
The first corollary of the Law of Abundance says that, “People become wealthy because they decide to become wealthy.”

They become wealthy because they believe they have the ability to become wealthy. Because they believe this completely, they act accordingly. They consistently take the necessary actions that turn their beliefs into realities. And you can always tell what your beliefs really are by looking at your actions. There is no other way.

The second corollary of this law says: “People are poor because they have not yet decided to become rich.”

Examine Your Own Thinking
In the book, The Instant Millionaire, by Mark Fisher, the old millionaire asks the boy who has sought his advice about becoming a millionaire, “Why aren’t you rich already?”
This is an important question to ask yourself. However you answer this question will reveal a lot about yourself. Your answers will expose your self-limiting beliefs, your doubts, your fears, your excuses, your rationalizations and your justifications.

Review Your Reasons
Why aren’t you rich already? Write down all the reasons you can think of. Go over your answers one by one with someone who knows you well and ask them for their opinion. You may be surprised to find that your reasons are mostly excuses that you have fallen in love with.

Whatever your reasons or excuses, you can now get rid of them. The world is full of hundreds and thousands of people who have had far more difficulties to overcome than you could ever imagine, and they’ve gone on to be successful anyway. So can you.

Action Exercises
Here are two things you can do to apply this law immediately:

First, imagine that every experience you have ever had with money contained a special lesson that was designed just for you to help you to ultimately become financially independent. What are the most important lessons you have learned so far?

Second, analyze yourself honestly and determine your biggest block, your major self-limiting belief that holds you back from becoming more successful financially. Resolve to act from now on as if this block no longer exists.

Feb 27, 2006 Quotes for the day

Feb 27, 2006 Quotes for the day

"Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work."

– Peter Drucker, management consultant

"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them."

-Ann Landers, Columnist

"Intense concentration hour after hour can bring out resources in people they didn’t know they had."

– Edwin Land, inventor, entrepreneur

Actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.
George Washington, 1732-1799, 1st President of the United States

In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
– Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, 16th President of the United States

There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.
– Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, 26th President of the United States

Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it... that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear. Quotations
- Dale Carnegie. 

Feb 25, 2006 Quotes for the day

Feb 25, 2006 Quotes for the day

"I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: “Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.” I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have – When he gives everything that is in him to do the job he has before him. That is all you can ask of him and that is what I have tried to do."

– Harry Truman, 33rd US president


"What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning - and some of them many times over - what do you find? That you can swim? Well - life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!"
-Alfred Adler
Every new day begins with possibilities. It's up to us to fill it with the things that move us toward progress and peace.
– Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, 40th President of the United States

Feb 23, 2006 Quotes for the day

Feb 23, 2006 Quotes for the day!
"I learned about the strength you can get from a close family life. I learned to keep going, even in bad times. I learned not to despair, even when my world was falling apart. I learned that there are no free lunches. And I learned the value of hard work."

– Lee Iacocca, executive
Doubt can only be removed by action. Quotations
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Integrity and Success

"Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not".

– Oprah Winfrey, American Television Talk Show Host/Actress/Entrepreneur

"Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means".

– Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-born American Physicist

"Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity."

– Lou Holtz, American College Football Coach