(Contributed by Rehana)
….If you cannot laugh, how can you weep? how can you cry? Both become impossible. When laughter and crying are impossible, your heart is completely dosed. You don’t have any emotions, you start living only in the head. Your whole reality consists of thoughts. Thoughts are dry – they cannot bring laughter, they cannot bring tears. Tears and laughter come from the heart. And clarity is not of the mind, clarity is of the heart. Confusion is of the mind.
….. Laugh more, cry more, become a child again. Seriousness is your disease: drop seriousness.
And never be confused between seriousness and sincerity – seriousness is not sincerity. Sincerity need not be serious; sincerity can have laughter, can cry, can weep. Seriousness is a blocked stage of mind, a stage where you cannot flow. A state of unflow stagnancy. Serious people are ill people.
The flow of abundance can get blocked at any one of six steps:
- Clarify your purpose. Have a clear sense of what your life is about and what you value most.
- Look for lessons in your areas of shortage. The aspects of your life where there is a lack exist to teach you something.
- Learn to be grateful for what you do have. Move beyond distorted perceptions and see clearly the parts of your life where you are greatly blessed.
- Give what you can. By joyfully and freely giving, you redefine yourself as someone whose life is abundant.
- Expect and accept the good that comes to you. Be alert to the necessary resources in whatever form they may come—expected or unexpected.
- Giving and receiving build community. Be open to building or reinforcing interpersonal relations based on mutual care.
Look over the list of six points. Which one of them seems weakest in your life? That is, which one is most in need of further application? Make a personal commitment to do something about it and follow through with your resolution.
–Mark Thurston from Edgar Cayce Handbook of Creating Your Future
This Story is a tale of an old woman who bought a parrot to keep her company and for entertainment, but she returned it the very next day of the purchase.
“This bird doesn’t talk”, she told the owner.
“Does he have a mirror in his cage?”, he asked. “ Parrot love mirrors. They see their reflection and start a conversation.” He replied.
The old woman bought a mirror and left in the cage. The next day she returned back and inform the shopkeeper that the bird still wasn’t talking .
“How about a ladder? Parrot loves ladders. The happy parrot is a talkative parrot.”
The woman bought a ladder and left it in the cage, But the next day, she was back.
“ Does your parrot have a swing? No? Well, that’s the problem. Once he starts swinging, he’ll talk up like a storm.”
The Old lady reluctantly bought a swing and left. When she walked into the store next day, her countenance had changed.
“The parrot died”, She said.
The Pet store owner was shocked. “I’m so sorry. Tell me. Did he ever say anything?”, he asked.
“Yes, right before it died” , the woman replied.
“In a weak voice, it asked me, ‘ don’t they sell any food at that pet store?”
Sometimes we forget what’s really important in Life. We get so caught up in things that are good while neglecting the things that are truly necessary.
Take a moment to do a priority check and strive for what is most important today.
“What we leave behind is not what is engraved on stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
“Our death is not an end if we live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Your conflicts, all the difficult things, the problematic situations in your life are not chance or haphazard. They are actually yours. They are specifically yours, designed specifically for you by a part of you that loves you more than anything else. The part of you that loves you more than anything else has created roadblocks to lead you to yourself. You are not going in the right direction unless there is something pricking you in the side, telling you, “Look here! This way!” That part of you loves you so much that it doesn’t want you to lose the chance. It will go to extreme measures to wake you up, it will make you suffer greatly if you don’t listen. What else can it do? That is its purpose.”
(Recommended by Dharshi)