A Few Thoughts on Suffering

“Suffering is a law of life, and it is essential during this step to acknowledge our own pain or we shall find it impossible to have compassion for the distress of others.”  – Karen Armstrong, 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life Suffering is a term I have always had trouble understanding. In my limited reading on Buddhism, I read a quote from somewhere, that “pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.” Since then I have […]

Being “On Fire!”

Give a man a match and he’ll be warm for a night, set a man on fire and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.   ~Jed McKenna, The Theory of Everything Have you ever been “On Fire?” I don’t mean it in the literal way as in, as in being engulfed in a blaze. I mean it in the sense of, Have you ever felt that conviction that something had a higher […]

Staying in Pain-Stuck in the Mud

This is something we say we don’t want ever, yet we seem to not be willing to let go of our stories easily. “He did this to me and my life is over” or “she/he cheated on me and I’ll never find another love” or “the bank turned down my loan, and now I’ll be ruined!” We create unnecessary pain for ourselves by wallowing in our stories and making the story our life, when it’s […]

Learn to play the hand that’s dealt you.

“When you believe that your problem is caused by someone or something else, you become your own victim.” – Byron Katie Every Day we make choices. Those choices have consequences. They may be good or they may be bad. Where we seem to fall short is when our choices go bad. That’s when we seem to start the blame game. It wasn’t my fault, it was so-and-so’s. Or, the tool was faulty or the engine […]

Peeling away the layers

When I’m peeling an onion, I often think about the phrase, “peeling away the layers,” which, of course, is what we do. I heard that often during my college career, again in my banking career, and even later, when I was a contractor, I used to peel back the layers of a house I was renovating to reveal the underlying skeleton of the structure to get a true picture of how to begin a project. […]

Are you a victim?

When something doesn’t seem to go the way you had thought it would, do you adjust and forge ahead, or do you succumb to victimhood.You can move out of “your Story” and empower yourself by changing your course course slightly and moving ahead in a new direction. ~revjim -Spirituality Online#aworldthatworksSpirit Education is a CSL Authorized Virtual Education Providerhttps://spirit-edu.com

Fall down, get up! Fall down, get up!

Eventually we learn to be more careful, more discerning. Then we put one foot in front of the other and realize we’ve changed a faulty pattern, and maybe, just maybe we don’t keep kissing the pavement. We have choices in everything we do. ~revjim -Spirituality Online#aworldthatworksSpirit Education is a CSL Authorized Virtual Education Providerhttps://spirit-edu.com

Embrace Life and Live It, No Matter What!

This life is finite and goes from “dust to dust” as Kathleen Dowling Singh, the author of “The Grace in Aging” shares. She also calls it, “Diapers to diapers.” We can’t escape it. We can suffer through it or move beyond the fear, accept and embrace the period we have left to us, and live it to the fullest. Live beyond the fear of dying, of being in-valid. “To ripen into an elder, into a […]

Take charge of your life

Imagine if today you could start your life all over again and you knew everything you did today. What would you do given the circumstances of your former life, and all you knew that happened then? Would you start by taking your own advice, that advise that’s like a voice from within you? Or, would you listen to everyone around you who may be struggling, working hard and getting nowhere and think that is the […]

It’s a Choice.

Everything we do, everything we engage in, is a choice for each of us. How we act. How we “re-act.” Who we choose to be with. What we wear. What we read. Nobody has put a gun to our head to help us “choose” and no one is going to take responsibility for the things we do. Life is about choices. We make them every day from the time we get up in the morning […]