Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Find the love...

On October 19th, 1979, Mother Theresa of Calcutta earned the esteemed Nobel Peace Prize for the work she did for the destitute of India.

She continues to inspire all of us to do good, for ourselves and each other.

However, sometimes it seems daunting to 'give back.'

Sometimes, we can barely give to ourselves and those we love around us.

There is so much to give to, so much that is needed and so many ways to find out more about who and what needs are out there.
It can be overwhelming.
And many of us can't dedicate a life of service. We may not have means, time or money.
As the holidays swiftly make there way into our laps, its impossible not to think of the wonderful ways we could use our personal abundance in service to others.
Don't allow yourself to be overwhelmed.
It's like coming to the mat for your yoga practice. Sometimes you know what's coming and sometimes you are surprised. Arrive from a place of peace and gentleness so that you can deliver peace, goodness and gentleness to your mind and body. If you can do that, it will be effortless for you to find the time and energy to give to others, because you have looked out for yourself first. Nurturing oneself is a challenge.
Make that your effort - before you leave for the day, come to the mat, get into the car, prepare a meal, come from a place of love, gratitude, peace, kindness and all words positive and nourishing.
If you don't sufficiently know how to DO for yourself, the DOING for others will be subpar.

Mother Theresa did not expect others to live her life, nor did she expect praise or prizes for the life she was led to do.
We all have the paths we are on. We use each other to inspire and fuel ourselves towards our goals, on our own and with each other.
Good for ourselves, our loved ones and those that extend beyond.
Mother Theresa said, "I have found the paradox - that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt - only more love."
I love that.
And I have to be reminded every day that a life, even partially in service, has to start with yourself.
Find the love, in yourself, in your practice, in your postures. And let it radiate beyond into your work, passions and relationships.
If you focus on frustration, 'not getting' something or negative emotion, it will only keep you down. These days, we barely have time. And we certainly don't have time to waste on negativity. So if you feel it, smoosh it with love. If you think it, say, no thank you, not right now.
Or as a great teacher friend of mine says, "cancel, clear!"
Love that.
Find the love and you'll find the time, to love and to give.
Find the love and all the rest will drop away.

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

Let s always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand.

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.

I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Live simply so that others may simply live.

It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.

God doesn't require us to succeed. He only requires that you try.

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.

Prayer in action is love. Love in action is service.

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has yet to come. We only have today. Let us begin.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it
Life is beauty, admire it
Life is a dream, realize it
Life is a challenge, meet it
Life is a duty, complete it
Life is a game, play it
Life is a promise, fulfill it
Life is sorrow, overcome it
Life is a song, sing it
Life is a struggle, accept it
Life is a tragedy, confront it
Life is an adventure, dare it
Life is luck, make it
Life is too precious, don't destroy it
Life is life, fight for it
~~Mother Theresa~~

Finding the love,

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