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  • Today’s Prescription for the Soul – Prescription #122 – Getting to Know You

    I hope that my “365 Prescriptions for the Soul,” will be a welcome and healing addition to your day. The prescriptions I ask you to fill are designed for your total well-being. They come from hard-earned wisdom and experience with the difficulties of life. They are dispensed “as written” with love. At the end of each prescription is my “Soulution” to help you develop healthy self-love, self-esteem, and self-worth. Please take the prescription I have written for you here and fill it right away.


    The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.

    ~ Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881, Scottish Historian and Essayist

    Getting to know yourself better takes courage. It is far easier to hide behind a mask than to see yourself as you really are. There are many who think they are perfect and need not change, who think they’re the center of the universe, and they have a problem.

    If you wish to know yourself and change for the better, you need to accept your inadequacies, fears, weaknesses, mistakes, and more. If you need others present constantly to entertain and distract you, then you are afraid to be still and know yourself.

    So spend some time being totally alone and see how you feel. If you are comfortable, then I would say you are in the process of knowing yourself. Knowing yourself means being willing to be with yourself. Once you can do that, the frantic search for distraction and escape will stop ruling your life and you can choose to fill your life with the things that bring you joy.

    Soulution of the Day

    Even if it feels uncomfortable, go away with yourself
    and spend some time together getting to know yourself.
    You may find that you are great company.

    - Bernie

  • From the Heart

    Below is a quote I would like to share from Kristine Carlson, author of From Heartbreak to Wholeness: The Hero's Journey to Joy. I will share a new quote from her website each week.

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  • Meaning

    “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”
    ~ Buddha

    Anthropologist Ashley Montagu said it well:  “The meaning of a word is the action it produces.”  The meaning of your life is related to what you do and what you say.  If what you say does not lead to an action that is consistent with what you do, then your life’s message is not honest.  When you speak what you do not believe, you are being dishonest to yourself and others.

    We are predominately known by what we do.  However, our words can be just as powerful because of the effect they have on others and what they may lead them to do.

    What we say is not incidental.  It can hold great meaning, particularly if we are in a position of power or influence.  Knowing this, we must use our position to guide others through our actions and the actions our words produce.

    Make your life consistent in action and word.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Fortune Cookies

    What I found were “coincidences” which were connected so meaningfully that their “chance” concurrence would be incredible.
    ~ C. G. Jung

    The other night I needed a message to help me direct my life and picked out a fortune cookie for advice.  Well, it was very helpful. It made me wonder who had sent the cookie at that moment for me to read.  Is it all really chance, or is there an intelligence at work here?  I reflected on such happenings and how they end up affecting our lives.

    Sometimes what seems like a small or even upsetting event can end up saving your life.  I used to call these events “spiritual flat tires.” Even though they upset you when they happen, like the flat tire that makes you miss a plane that ends up crashing, they were ultimately there to help you.  I always say there is a schedule to the universe that we all need to get on and be in harmony with.

    We should look for the fortune cookies and seeming detours that are sent to get you on track for your true destination.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Recognizing the Miracles in Our Lives

    “There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
    ~ Albert Einstein

    While I was reading the other night, I came across this question:  What is a miracle?  It made me think about the things in our lives that my mother called “God’s Redirections.”  She used this term for the seemingly random incidents that affect our lives in a positive way.

    Maybe it is the person you happen to meet, what you accidentally pick up to read, the help that comes unexpectedly from strangers, or one of a million other possibilities that bring miracles to our lives.  Perhaps these seemingly random incidents are more than they appear to be.  Perhaps these are the real miracles!

    We should all try to recognize that the potential for miracles is present all the time.

    Peace.
    Bernie

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    Winter

    When Mother Nature has the stage as she has lately, she reminds us all that we really can’t control everything yet, especially when it comes to Planet Earth’s weather, but I believe we can control how we respond to adversity.

    Winter is a time to reflect, to accept, and to seek an understanding of what we can do for ourselves, others, and even the planet. It is a time to think about everything with the peace of mind that comes from the certainty that spring, and the renewal it brings, will arrive.  Here is a poem to help you use winter’s respite to heal, to recapture inspiration, and most of all to be hopeful.

    Winter is here,
    The trees huddle for warmth,
    Their arms intertwine
    They touch each other
    And become one family
    Living their true nature.
    Winter is here,
    People’s houses are dark,
    Isolated, alone.
    They do not reach out,
    And with closed blinds,
    They do not illuminate, see, or touch.
    It is cold and unnatural.

    Embrace others; don’t give the people in your life the “cold shoulder.”  Become a luminary for those you meet on the road of life.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Loneliness

    Dear All,

    As the December 2017 holidays come to a close, some of us begin to think about making changes in our lives for the New Year. I encourage you to make one change that is harder for a lot of people than the usual one about losing weight and getting fit.  The change I hope you make has the power to eliminate one the most vexing problems we humans grapple with as we travel through life—loneliness.

    The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his or her loneliness. When you know yourself, you will never be lonely because you will always have yourself to be with.  When you achieve this state of self-awareness you will also realize that there is a greater awareness, the universal consciousness that is aware of you and with you at all times.  One of the ways to connect with this consciousness is through prayer.  It can connect you with all things.

    You have to be willing to see beyond yourself for this to happen.  If you blame others for your loneliness or the lack of attention you receive, things will not change.  Then loneliness will prevail.  But if you focus on getting to know yourself and your Creator, you will always have company.

    Take some time to get to know yourself better. Keep a journal, meditate, pray, and listen.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Gatherings

    Dear Everybody -

    Merry Browne once wrote: “Expect people to be better than they are; it helps them to be better. But don’t be disappointed when they are not; it helps them to keep trying.”

    Often we are required to participate in gatherings. From holiday and office parties to family reunions, these can be difficult. The expectations we have before we go will color our experience when we get there.

    When you expect to bee loved, you behave differently. Think about going to a family affair where you expect everyone to praise and love you. Now think about going to an event where everyone will be critical of you and your behavior. Feel the difference in your body and attitude.

    Go expecting to be loved, and you will be. Because of the love of my parents, wife, and family, I anticipate that people will love me. I have found myself laughing when I go to a meeting where I expect to be loved and am instead criticized. When my critics ask why I am laughing, I explain the problem is I feel loved and expected them to love me too. The meeting always goes well after that.

    So I recommend that you always expect the best and see what happens.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Question

    I break the word question into multiple words, because these words reflect what my questions are about.  Who am I?  Where am I going?  What should I be doing?  They speak to me of my life and future—what quest am I on? They speak to me of having a calling.

    The word calling speaks to me of a voice calling out to help guide me through the troubled waters of life.  The words voice and vocation speak to me of the same search.  Hopefully I will hear my true calling and not be misled or distracted.

    Keep listening for the voice. Guides surround you and are speaking to you. When you hear a voice, do not be afraid to question it to be sure it is guiding you on your true quest.

    Ask yourself the important questions of life, because as Mother Teresa said, “We all need to find our Calcutta.”

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    The News

    No news is good news!
    ~Anonymous

    Hello All,

    It seems important to prescribe something for you that will help the Holiday Season be what it should be—heart-healing.  This “medicine” is easy to take each day until you have restored the sense of inner peace, goodwill, and gratitude that should be yours all year ‘round.

    Never watch the news before you go to bed, after you wake up, or during the day, and you’ll live a longer, healthier life.  If you don’t believe me, give up listening to, watching, and reading the news for one week and see how you feel.  And think of all the free time you’ll have to enjoy yourself!  Don’t worry:  you’ll hear about anything really important from someone in our life.

    Why can’t we have a good news station telling us about all the good deeds that people do?  Occasionally if the kindness shown is really off the chart it does make the news, but only rarely.  Think of what it does to our children to be exposed to the horrors of life every day.  How will they act, and what will they believe when they get older?

    So try no news for one week.  If by accident you hear or observe it, do not discuss it.  Take note on how you feel, sleep, and what you accomplish that week.

    And let me give you a bit of news.  God loves you, and so do I.  Now spread that news.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Consciousness and Time

    It struck me today as I was out walking the dog that when I have lost track of time due to the activity I was involved in.  I was totally unaware of my body as well.

    It reminded me of my childhood NDE and the time when back pain made it difficult for me to stand up, but I could stand for hours when in the operating room or painting a portrait and be totally free of pain, until the activity ceased.

    Consciousness does not require a body to exist, and what the loss of the awareness of time indicates is that we are in a state free of our bodies. So find those activities, pursue them, and live your longest and healthiest life.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Good Friends

    Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the                                                   doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
    ~ Cicero

    Dear Everybody,

    What is a friend?  To me it is someone who knows our faults and still sees the divine in you.  A friend will love you despite your imperfections.  A friend is someone who is there for you when you have the courage to ask for help.  A friend is also someone who can say no to you and still remain a friend.

    A friend points out your imperfections, not to blame you for them but to help you become better at what you are doing, just as a coach would talk to an athlete.  A friend always answers your calls even when you are driving them crazy.

    A friend never talks about who is right but rather listens to how you are feeling.  A friend will not judge without taking the time to understand and can forgive, let go of the past, and continue to love.  Probably the most important thing a friend does is never to abandon you, no matter what you do. Do something to acknowledge a good friend today, and remember to be one as well.

    Since the Thanksgiving holiday is traditionally about sharing a meal and time with family and friends, remember that for many people, friends ARE the family in their lives.  So remember to be thankful for your friends, too, this coming holiday week, and all year long.  I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and hope you make it a time of real reflection on everything in your life that you are grateful for, your friends among them.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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