Hi Everyone,

I don't think there is anyone I admire in the world more than Dr. Maya Angelou. Her story is truly a testament to how far confidence and courage can take you. She has been everything from a dancer, singer, and prostitute to a world renowned author, speaker and activist.

There is absolutely nothing this woman can't accomplish, and it all because she has the courage to move forward. So many people are crippled from taking action due to fear. If they could only learn to overcome their fear or move on in spite of it, they would be amazed at what they could achieve.

In the Dune series by Frank Herbert (my fav sci-fi author), the main character Paul Atreides recites this to himself everytime he feels afraid.

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer.

Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.

I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me.

And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.

Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
...Only I will remain. "

I recite this to myself as well everytime I feel afraid (I know, I'm a big sci-fi geek! lol) But it does help. I think it would help you also if you're able to find something to say to yourself during those fearful moments. It may help calm you enough to move on in spite of it.

There are 3 books I've read in the past couple years that helped me learn how to deal with fear. They are:

Conquer Fear by Lisa Jimenez

The Essential Laws of Fearless Living by Guy Finley

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers (currently reading this one now)

If you trouble accomplishing goals or taking actions because of fear, I HIGHLY reccommend you read at least one of these great books. They can all be found on Amazon at a reasonable price.

Talk to you guys soon,

mshomewardbound

 
 
Hello Everyone!

Hope all is well. I wanted to take some time today to discuss meditation. It seems that many people don't understand it's significance.

Meditation is very important for our evolution. Prayer and meditation work hand in hand. Many people claim to pray, but few meditate. In my opinion, prayer is when you communicate to God, and meditation is quieting your mind enough to hear God communicate back to you. I try to take some time everyday to quiet my mind and be at peace. Task #5 each day of the 21 Days of Action with Self-Image Master program has been asking us to take time out to meditate. Here's what it says

"5) Spend 10 minutes in as relaxed a posture as you can get into without falling asleep. If you do this regularly, follow your routine and do what works. If not, lay still and become conscious of your body, sense the rhythm of your breathing and the flow of your blood…become completely present and feel/hear your breathing. Contract and release your toes, fingers and any other muscles you’d like. When you sense calm relaxation, settle into it and just be completely still. [gently - very gently push thoughts to the side as this is NOT a time to be wrapped up in thinking and planning]"


Here's why it's important.

Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom." -- Buddha

"Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world." -- Hans Margolius

These are from a newletter from Higher Awareness. This newsletter was on reasons why we should meditate. Go to their website and sign up for their newsletter to receive other great quotes like these.

Blessings,

mshomewardbound

 
 
Hello Everyone,

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet. My accountability partner for the 21 Days of Action with Self-Image Mastery program sent me this wonderful parable entitled "Nails in the Fence". The author is unknown, but it was so touching I wanted to share it with you.

"The Nails in the Fence

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.

He said, 'You've done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there and a verbal wound is just as bad as a physical one."

Gives you something to think about. Have a great day ;-)

Blessings,

mshomewardbound