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Being Open

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. – Emily Dickinson

Is your soul open?

Are you ready for miracles in your life?

In a way, our lives themselves are miracles. The human body functioning, minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day is a miracle. So much has to go right for us to live.

So, if our human lives are miracles, how can we ensure that we’re open to other amazing experiences?

How can we think, act and feel in ways that allow our dreams and authentic goals to be possible?

Wouldn’t taking the first step towards what you truly want, even though you’ve been afraid to for a long time, be “miraculous?”

How could you be open to that?

How You Become

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way. You become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions. – Aristotle

What we do makes us.

The idea of “muscle-memory” applies to character and life skills as much as it does to playing tennis or baseball.

Our abilities to live well are native and resident but they don’t develop automatically.

What we focus on develops.

If our focus is worry and lack, we see the World as a scary place and develop skills of defensiveness and protection. We take fewer and fewer “risks.”

If, however, we focus on potential and our latent abilities,  and take small and consistent steps to develop ourselves we see the World as abundant and inviting. We take calculated, intelligent and worthy risks.

The former path makes us increasingly small and the latter increases us – and our access to our natural skills and abilities.

What to Do Today, and Every Day

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can. – Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama)

Today is, in the United States, Memorial Day. The day when we pause to remember those who gave their lives in the armed services.

I struggled a bit to find an appropriate quote, but thought the above as good a sentiment as any.

We are alive, let’s live.

The Power of Associating With Like-Minded Folks

There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others who have a large vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendship between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality impossible to describe. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

If you want to do better, to do great things in your life, you must hang out with people who want to do better too, who are doing great things in their lives.

Get around them. Find ways to be of service to those people – become part of their circle by earning their attention and good will.

Become one of those people.