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If…

1522519_10153461483304119_6484307179745866029_o If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

If, by Rudyard Kipling

Beautiful words to strive for…

Thank you Kat…I love you.

Realign and Lead

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“If in the ego’s world you feel like a tourist in a foreign land, it is because you are. You have volunteered to come and assist your brother and sister in remembering their true home/natural state by first recognizing it in yourself. When you are expressing your truth, your natural state will be joyful, peaceful, compassionate, and loving.

Others will feel this energy radiating from you, and remember it as a true part of them. When you’re expressing your natural state you will have a feeling of fulfillment, because in essence you are doing what you came here to do. If instead you’re invested in the ego’s thought system of anger, judgment, stress, and confusion, you will experience feelings of incompletion, separation, and emptiness within.

Today do not judge yourself for feeling lost, instead go within, realign with your internal compass, and through your example help lead your brothers and sisters back home.”

~ James Blanchard Cisneros, “You Have Chosen to Remember”

Alan Watts Teaches The Art Of Meditation

Do you meditate? I began practicing meditation a few years ago with varying degrees of success. That was my first mistake. I went into meditation with a purpose and certain level of expectation. I thought I was trying to reach a certain state or feeling. Turns out that is the exact opposite of what meditation is intended to present to your mind and explains why I had so much difficulty maintaining a consistent practice.

I came across this hour and half long audio session with Alan Watts teaching the Art of Meditation and it is the absolute best description of the practice I’ve experienced. If you have a desire to increase the value of your meditation time I’d suggest taking a listen. Like I said it’s a long session so to really get the full impact of the teaching I’d make sure you have a good, quiet, uninterrupted space to yourself before you begin.

I hope you find something valuable in this lecture.