They often say “Comparison is the thief of joy.” In actuality, it’s an act of violence. We choose to believe that we are in lack and that others are living these amazingly abundant, kick-ass lives. But the truth is that we have no clue what’s going on behind their trendy Facebook check-ins and perfectly put together outfits. All we see is what others show the world, which is rarely their truth.
Generally, we put forward only the parts of us that we feel others will validate or think is best. (This is why you never see a Facebook picture of what people look like first thing in the morning!) We continue to propagate a vicious cycle where everyone fears vulnerability, comparing our real lives to the fake lives of others. We even go so far as to internalize “likes” as validation of our unreal life, telling us to “keep up the act.”
by Eva Ramirez
Spirit filled every atom and cell of my body with healing, radiant light, and I refuse to install a dimmer.
Spirit filled my mind with so many divine ideas, I have to give them away.
Spirit filled my heart with so much love, I’m starting to hug trees.
Spirit filled my life with so much joy, I laugh in my sleep.
IT IS POWERFUL, PERFECT, CEASELESS, CHANGELESS..
AND IT IS WITHIN US.
WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE THAT WE CAN BE HEALED; WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO HAVE FAITH;
WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO REFUSE TO BELIEVE
THAT ANY CONDITION IS BEYOND HELP OR HEALING.
Extra baggage as I go, only serves to make me slow.
I make the choice to let it go. The choice is up to me.
Hatred, discord now will be, changed to love and harmony.
In my hand I hold the key, the key that unlocks me.
Baggage I that left behind was filled with thoughts that were unkind,
I let them go to free my mind, became a lighter me.
We can grow by simply listening,
the way the tree on that ridge listens
its branches to the sky,
the way blood listens
its flow to the site of a wound,
the way you listen
like a basin when my head so full of grief
can’t look you in the eye.
We can listen our way
out of anger,
if we let the heart soften
the wolf we keep inside.
We can last by listening deeply,
the way roots reach for the next inch of earth,
the way an old turtle listens all he hears
into the pattern of his shell.
~ Mark Nepo
YOU CAN BE MORE…SO MUCH MORE. HERE ARE A FEW STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO EXPRESS MORE OF YOUR HIGHER POTENTIAL.
GET A HIGHER PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE.
No matter how lofty your present purpose, stretch a little further and find one that is just a little higher.
WHERE YOU ARE PUTTING YOUR FAITH?
It is good to have faith in your friends and your own human resources, but you must above all have faith in a higher power. You must have faith in the Spirit within you.
GET ABOVE YOUR TROUBLES.
Don’t remain stuck in your troubles. You must make up your mind that with the help of the Spirit within, you can rise above your troubles.
USE THE CREATIVE POWER OF YOUR IMAGINATION.
Use your imagination to picture the fulfillment of your dreams. See them whole and complete even as you take them into the silence.
He must have been a gambler on the Delta Queen,
knowing where the cards were placed before they could be seen.
With hands as fast as lightening, he’d deal a winning hand,
then stroll along the promenade and listen to the band.
He must have been a feline, all slick and glossy brown,
with tread so ghostly silent, he never made a sound.
He’d sit high on the alter where monks would come to pray,
and listen to their chanting till the break of day.
He must have had a kingdom, high upon a hill,
and servants who with speed of light would do their masters will.
He had three shiny mirrors and sandals made of gold,
and drank a magic portion so he never would grow old.
When you think of your money, which is visible, as something directly attached to an invisible source that is giving or withholding according to your thoughts, you have the key to all riches and the reason for all lack. Fillmore