My intention for the next 10 days is to dig into Cherie Carter-Scott's work, "Ten Rules for Being Human."I'm focusing on one rule each day! Today is rule 6:
by Cherie Carter-Scott
You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it's yours to keep for the entire period.
You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, "life."
There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The "failed" experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately "work."
Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.
Learning lessons does not end. There's no part of life that doesn't contain its lessons. If you're alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.
"There" is no better a place than "here." When your "there" has become a "here", you will simply obtain another "there" that will again look better than "here."
Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.
What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.
Your answers lie within you. The answers to life's questions lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
You will forget all this.
Sometimes, when I'm doing something, I'm not really paying attention--like, my mind is elsewhere (like, worrying about the past or the future, of course) and my body is going through the motions (of life). Sometimes, I catch myself watching me (Dana) in my own personal movie . . . I'm doing stuff but my mind is totally checked out. Like when I drive to work and have no recollection of my travels; has this ever happened to you? It's surreal! . . . this habit robs me of life cuz I'm not actually experiencing and focusing on what is in front of me (which is a huge gift!).
Go(o)D NeWs: we can choose our habits of thought---and, we can replace old habits that don't work anymore, with new and improved habits that make life even mOrE aMaZing!
So HOW do we beComE more pReSent? Here are a few iDeAs:
- breathe deeply (and pay attention while you do it . . .)
- hang out in nature--notice how amazing our world is!
- play with kids, animals, and babies--they require that you stay in the present!
- do what you love and live your passion! being creative is deeply engaging and takes us to a different state of consciousness . . . sometimes called a flow state...time drops off!
- try meditating . . . it really calms your mind.
More about peace tomorrow . . .
Have a beautiful day, and remember to
B r e a t h e !
Gobs of love and peace!