time you heal a dark part of yourself
you bring more light into the world.
believe fervently in our species and have no patience with the current
fashion of running down the human being as a useful part of nature.
On the contrary, we are a spectacular, splendid manifestation of life.
is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion;
it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the
great person is the one who in the midst of the crowd
keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of
must always remember that possessions have no inherent
value. They become what we make them. If
they increase our capacity to give, they become
something good. If they increase our focus on
ourselves and become standards by which we measure other
people, they become something bad.
Person's Garbage Is Another Person's Fortune
Do you ever
find yourself slightly depressed because your life isn't
working as you would like? Here is a wonderful story
that can help you to understand that life is always
presenting you with opportunities to succeed.
Kyuichiro is a Japanese man who went from being a complete
business failure, to becoming the president of a $100
million business empire.
in his early thirties, Horinouchi ran his family's business
totally into the ground. Bankrupt, shattered, and
ashamed, he got in his car, drove away, and deserted his
family and his creditors. For months he lived on the
streets amongst other homeless people, and spent many hours
pondering his seemingly sad fate.
of time to think, he came to realize three things:
previously had no concept of what would bring him joy in
2. "Quality of life" was a term he hadn't
understood. He had been obsessed with
"success" and he thought that with enough money to
spend, the quality of his life could be purchased.
3. The more he strove for material wealth, the more he
found himself to be spiritually bankrupt.
fast approaching, Horinouchi was wandering about aimlessly
one day and came upon a broken kerosene heater left in the
garbage. Horinouchi had always enjoyed fixing things
and he impulsively decided to take the broken heater back to
his car and repair it. By the time evening rolled
around a ration of kerosene had been bought and he and a
small flock of his homeless friends basked in the warmth of
the rejuvenated heater.
Horinouchi sat there, he realized not only that he had
enjoyed doing the repair work, but that he also very much
had enjoyed giving the heater a chance at a second
life. In that moment he vowed to give himself a shot
at a second life as well. Little did he realize that
his personal desire to start all over again would spawn a
wonderful rebirth for many others as well.
If you stay
in Japan for some period of time you will be amazed at the
quantity and quality of household goods that get
discarded. You can easily find working TV's, heaters,
toasters, CD players, and computers. People used to
believe that the Japanese would never buy such discarded
goods because they would feel that they smelled strange and
seemed dirty. Horinouchi proved everyone wrong!
rekindled his entrepreneurial spirit by focusing on doing
what he truly enjoyed--fixing things, and recycling goods
rather than adding to Japan's already huge mound of
garbage. This time around he realized that by focusing
on quality of life and job satisfaction, he would likely
achieve financial stability as well. Slowly, he built
up a business of collecting, repairing, and reselling
merchandise that had been thrown in the garbage.
would have it, Horinouchi established his recycling business
at the perfect moment--just as the Japanese economy began
its meltdown. As numerous businesses failed, "all
of a sudden" people became quite open to saving money
by buying second hand goods. With Horinouchi having
made the vow to reclaim his life, it seemed like the
Universe was pitching in to fully support him.
he was able to save enough to open his own store, and the
rest as they say, is history. Today he has more than
200 franchised stores, with gross sales of more than $100
million a year, and a whole raft of new businesses in the
early planning stages.
like to reprioritize and recycle your life by focusing on
what brings you the greatest joy?
If you stay
sensitive to ALL of life's offerings, you just might find
the key to your success lays hidden in a pile of high
Can a truly
happy person ever really be "unsuccessful"?
© Charlie Badenhop, from his newsletter "Pure Heart,
Simple Mind"® All rights reserved. Charlie
is the originator of the human potential discipline of Seishindo.
He is a native New Yorker and has been living in Japan since
1985. He is a fourth degree black belt and licensed
instructor of Aikido in Japan, a certified trainer in NLP,
and a long term practitioner of Self-relations therapy,
Ericksonian Hypnosis, and the Japanese healing art of sei
tai and seiki jutsu. You can visit Charlie's website
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the Past Go (an
not begin the new year by recounting to yourself or
others all your losses and sorrows.
Let the past go.
some good friend present you with material for a
lovely garment, would you insult her by throwing it
aside and describing the beautiful garments you had
worn out in past times?
new year has given you the fabric for fresh start in
life; why dwell upon the events which have gone, the
joys, blessings and advantages of the past!
not tell me it is too late to be successful or happy. Do not tell me you are sick or broken in spirit; the spirit
cannot be sick or broken, because it is of God.
is your mind which makes your body sick.
Let the spirit assert itself and demand health
and hope and happiness in this new year.
the money you have lost, the mistakes you have made,
the injuries you have received, the disappointments
you have experienced.
sorrow, the sorrow which comes from the death of dear
ones, or some great cross well borne, you need not
think of these things as sent to enrich your nature,
and to make you more human and sympathetic.
You are missing them if you permit yourself
instead to grow melancholy and irritable.
is weak and unreasonable to imagine destiny has
selected you for special suffering.
Sorrow is no respecter of persons.
Say to yourself with the beginning of this year
that you are going to consider all your troubles as an
education for your mind and soul; and that out of the
experiences which you have passed through you are
going to build a noble and splendid character, and a
not tell me you are too old.
Age is all imagination.
Ignore years and they will ignore you.
moderately, and bathe freely in water as cold as
nature's rainfall. Exercise thoroughly and regularly.
alive, from crown to toe.
Breathe deeply, filling every cell of the lungs
for at least five minutes, morning and night, and when
you draw in long, full breaths, believe you are
inhaling health, wisdom and success.
good health. If
it does not come at once, consider it a mere temporary
delay, and continue to expect it.
any physical ailment as a passing inconvenience, no
more. Never for an instant believe you are permanently
ill or disabled.
young men of France are studying alchemy, hoping to
learn the secret of the transmutation of gold.
If you will study your own spirit and its
limitless powers, you will gain a greater secret than
any alchemist ever held; a secret which shall give you
whatever you desire.
of your body as the silver jewel box, your mind as the
silver lining, your spirit as the gem.
Keep the box burnished and clear of dust, but
remember always that the jewel within is the precious
part of it.
of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled
whole, clear, glorious year lies before you!
In a year you can regain health, fortune,
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The need to
make wise choices encompasses every area of our lives.
Since we have time for only a limited amount of
we need to choose wisely what stuff we're going to
allow to take up that time.
Since we have only a
limited amount of time to spend with friends or to engage
in leisure activities, we need to choose our friends and
our activities wisely.
Elaine St. James
I firmly believe that I am a spirit, that there is a soul
that is with this body of mine. I believe this
because of the evidence that I've seen over the years that
tells me it's so. I've known things I shouldn't have
known, understood things that should have been
incomprehensible, and felt connections with people and
things that I know I had no previous contact with. I
don't feel like a tiny drop in a huge ocean--rather, I
feel like I'm a part of the entire ocean, that I'm unified
with all things and with all people and with God.
I'm not at all sure what form God takes, but I'm sure that
God is there and here, and that we are all a part of God,
just as God is a part of all of us.
What does this mean to me? It means that I can't go
on living my life like I'm just a person who's going to
live for a few years on this planet and then move on, no
longer existing, just a miniscule blip on the universe's
radar. It means that I have a responsibility that I
haven't considered before--as an eternal being in a mortal
body for a short period of time, it's important that I
consider myself as such so that I might be able to reach
some of the amazing potential that I obviously have.
It means that I have to start relating to other people as
they are in their depth--fellow spirits--and not just as
other "people." I need to start connecting
with people in different and deeper ways, even though they
might not be ready to do so. I have to be careful in
doing so, of course, because I may frighten them away or
make them think that I'm so weird that they won't take me
I had an interesting talk with a friend recently who's on
the same wavelength as I, and a question that came up that
kind of encapsulated this idea was "What do you want
to do after you die?" We just assume that we'll
be shuttled somewhere and told what to do, but what
happens if, as eternal spirits, we'll have a choice of our
afterlife? Will we be able to go and explore planets
and suns? Will we be able to come here again in a
different body with different experiences? Will we
be able to rest in a type of paradise that we can't even
imagine with the limitations that the human brain puts on
So I face a challenge that I don't know how to meet
because I've never tried before. How do I address
you as a fellow spirit? What do I say to you?
Is it even necessary to speak to you at all, or will just
addressing a topic in a spiritual way be enough for us to
understand each other? And what is a spiritual
way? How will I have to look at something in order
for it to be spiritual in nature?
This is the task that I'll be taking on, and I hope to
make it valuable for all of us. You are a spirit,
spending time in a human body. That's not how people
tend to treat us, though. We're treated with the
limitations of the human experience. I don't want to
do that to you. I want to treat you like the spirit
you are, an amazing being who is here on this planet for a
short time in order to learn what you need to learn.
And when we're done here, you and I will feel the unity
that we experienced before we came here. You and I
will lose the shackles and the blinders that the human
experience has provided for us, and we'll see clearly once
more. This is what the spiritual teachers of the
world have taught for so long, but what we've ignored
because of those same limitations. It's time for me
to work past the limitations and move forward into the
world of the unlimited, and I'll be doing it right here
every week or two. I want to invite you along on
this journey of unity rather than separation, peace rather
than strife, and hope rather than despair. Please
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Pythagoras used to say that life
resembles the Olympic Games: a few people strain their
muscles to carry off a prize; others bring trinkets to
sell to the crowd for gain;
and some there are, and not
the worst, who seek no other profit than to look
show and see how and why everything is done; spectators
of the life
of other people in order to judge and regulate
The life in us is diminished by
judgment far more frequently than by disease. Our own self-judgment or the judgment of other people can stifle our
life-force, its spontaneity and natural expression. Unfortunately,
is commonplace. It is as rare to find someone who loves us as we
as it is to find someone who loves themselves whole. Judgment does not only take the form of criticism. Approval is
also a form
of judgment. When we approve of people, we sit in judgment of them
surely as when we criticize them. Positive judgment hurts less
than criticism, but it is judgment all the same and we are harmed by it
in far more subtle ways. To seek approval is to have no resting
no sanctuary. Like all judgment, approval encourages a constant
striving. It makes us uncertain of who we are and of our true
value. This is as true of the approval we give ourselves as it is of the
we offer others. Approval can't be trusted. It can be
withdrawn at any
time no matter what our track record has been. It is as nourishing
real growth as cotton candy. Yet many of us spend our lives
me explain what we mean by compassion. Usually, our
concept of compassion or love refers to the feeling of closeness
we have with our friends and loved ones. Sometimes
compassion also carries a sense of pity. This is
wrong--any love or compassion which entails looking down on the
other is not genuine compassion. To be genuine, compassion
must be based on respect for the other, and on the realization
that others have the right to be happy and overcome suffering
just as much as you. On this basis, since you can see that
others are suffering, you develop a genuine sense of concern for
As for the
closeness we feel toward our friends, this is usually more like
attachment than compassion.
compassion should be
unbiased. If we only feel close to
our friends, and not to our enemies, or to the countless people
who are unknown to us personally and toward whom we are
indifferent, then our compassion is only partial or biased.
compassion is based on the recognition that others have the
right to happiness just like yourself, and therefore even your
enemy is a human being with the same wish for happiness as you,
and the same right to happiness as you. A sense of concern
developed on this basis is what we call compassion; it extends
to everyone, irrespective of whether the person's attitude
toward you is hostile or friendly.
The Dalai Lama
Life is made up not necessarily
of great sacrifices or high-level duties
but of little things. The smiles, the kindnesses, the
obligations and responsibilities that are given habitually and
are the blessings that win and preserve the heart and bring comfort
to one's self as we as to others. This is the ministry
of service performed by every useful life.
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