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Truth is what happens while you’re making up your own story up about it. Where you see grey, your friend sees light blue. What feels like an overwhelming crowd for one person, is an enjoyable party for someone else. Coming to terms with the inevitability of varying perspectives without giving in to the impulse to make others wrong will improve the quality of your life. There is no absolute truth, there’s just ‘what is’ before you lay your opinion on it.  But, of course, this isn’t…

Absolutely true.  

Steve and Jarl

 

Dark psychological states are clouds that dampen the light of your clear awareness. Just as blue skies always exist above clouds, peace lies beneath the stories that bring you down emotionally. Pay attention to your mental activity and notice which stories cause suffering. Ask yourself if you can know for sure whether any of these narratives are true. Most troubles don’t hold up under the light of conscious scrutiny. The more false stories you lay to rest, the more you’ll live…

In the light.

Steve and Jarl

The events and experiences that fill your life result from choices you’ve made. Whether or not those choices are conscious, everybody ends up spending some time enduring things they’d prefer not to. It’s liberating to remember that you have control over a very large percentage of what happens to you. Take a look at any part of your life that isn’t going the way you want and ask yourself what choices you’re making that allow it to happen. When you trace details of your life back to your own decisions, making new ones…

Isn’t so hard.

Steve and Jarl

Have you ever met someone who talks incessantly about themselves? When you try to join in they get bored and redirect the conversation back to themselves. They so desperately need attention that they’re loathe to lose it for even a moment. It’s ironic that this need to be the center of attention makes them tedious and moves them further away from healing their void. The only way to do that is to stop trying to get it from others, turn within and acknowledge the emptiness and truly feel the hole. Then, fill it with…

Self-love.

Steve and Jarl

Part of the joy of being human is your virtually limitless ability to grow. Sometimes growth happens as an unintended consequence when things don’t turn out the way you want. Those experiences can result in more insight and expansion than the immediate attainment of what you seek ever could have. This all points to the fact that the juiciest part of life doesn’t actually lie in getting what you seek, but rather…

The dance itself.

Steve and Jarl

There’s a place within you that’s perfectly at peace with all that is. It knows that what happens in the world is the result of an amalgamation of the sum total of the thoughts, emotions, vibrations and actions of everyone on the planet. It realizes that the output of these factors changes every single moment. Even though your personality may have preferences and reactions to what’s happening in the world, the wiser part of you, that resides in this permanently peaceful place, is just enjoying the play. When you’re stressed or unhappy remind yourself…

Of that place.

Steve and Jarl

Everything that happens to you can potentially serve you. When you encounter something unpleasant, you can either resist or remember that it contains both positive and negative aspects. Anytime you categorize something as all bad, you inhibit yourself from perceiving the possible benefits. Even if the upside is simply a reminder to set appropriate boundaries or avoid particular situations, there’s always something positive to be gained. When you look for the gift in everything, you spend your whole life…

Opening presents.

Steve and Jarl

People employ a wide variety of strategies to get acknowledgment from others in order to grow their sense of self-worth. Everyone has their preferred techniques for getting attention. You may even have a few of your own. You probably also know that basing your self-esteem on external acknowledgment can’t sustain you. The only thing that will work is developing a regular practice of self-acceptance. Live up to your own standards, but also know that you are enough right now. Your worthiness is…

Unconditional.

Steve and Jarl

When problems arise, so do solutions. That’s why worrying about the future is pointless. It’s like trying to cook a meal before you’ve gone grocery shopping. If you turn your awareness to your breath and bask in the glory of this moment, you’ll see that all is usually well in your immediate surroundings. If it’s not, you generally know what to do. Make a decision to trust that life will give you the information you need to solve challenges as they arise. Peace can always be found in the same place and time…

Within you now.

Steve and Jarl

Hope is a positive perspective, especially when you remember it’s just a step in the right direction. Hope is located on the continuum of contentment before belief, trust, acceptance and peace. Hope promotes a better outcome than doubt and fear. When you believe in the goodness of life and trust that life wants you to have what you want, hope becomes irrelevant and you see that what shows up…

Is perfect.

Steve and Jarl  

Your perspective influences not only what you look for, but also what you see. Everyone is trying to understand the world through their own lens. While no single version of reality completely captures the truth, each person’s filter ensures that their beliefs get reinforced. Redefining others with divergent opinions as different rather than wrong helps to relax righteousness, increase acceptance and end rancor. It reminds you that each person shines their light onto a different facet of reality and sees a unique reflection. They’re neither wrong nor right…

Just different.

Steve and Jarl

Before society can achieve new levels of harmony and understanding, it has to come to terms with the dysfunction of what exists now. It often requires hitting bottom before motivation is strong enough to take action. Sadly, situations sometimes need to go very far out of balance in order for opposing forces to be rallied to correct the issue. As the consciousness of individuals and their societies evolve, transgressions seem ever more intolerable. Widespread outrage over violence and cruelty is a very positive sign that things are about…

To evolve.

Steve and Jarl

How many times have you continued to torture yourself over something unpleasant that happened in the past? If you’re like most, the answer is many. Left unattended, the mental habit of recycling past wrongs will constantly run in the background while you go about your day. It’s like drip feeding yourself a slow dose of emotional poison. It prevents you from fully enjoying the good that’s happening to you now. Go through your mind and think of the wrongs you’re holding onto. Now, forgive yourself and all involved. Your well-being…

Hangs in the balance.

Steve and Jarl

Anxiety is the by-product of repressed feelings. When you’re uncomfortable or afraid, it’s common to repress or distract yourself from them. This might work temporarily, but they’ll eventually resurface in the form of an uneasiness. You can take medication or numb yourself with drugs, but the discomfort will persist. The only sustainable way to free yourself is to face them head on. Do it by feeling them as physical sensations in your body. Keep your attention there, just noticing what comes up until the discomfort passes. Something beautiful awaits you on the other side of this work…

Peace.

Steve and Jarl 

Do you have a habit of dwelling on things that dissatisfy you? Are you preoccupied with physical issues or health challenges? Do you judge yourself harshly when you compare yourself with others? If so, consider that it could be your incessant focus and self-judgment that’s keeping the situation the way it is. The energy of your frequent attention actually feeds what you don’t want. Try shifting your focus to what you like and appreciate. It will change the way you feel, and that…

Will change what shows up.

Steve and Jarl

Stress inhibits you from thinking clearly. It raises your blood pressure and makes you anxious. It causes tension and dis-ease in your body. Next time you’re wound up like a spring, stop what you’re doing, take a deep breath and remind yourself that nothing is more important than your health. Find some time to sit quietly just paying attention to the air going in and out. If it’s too hard to do when you’re excited, try it when you’re calm. A few minutes everyday will work wonders in your life. When you’re relaxed…

You do everything better. 

Steve and Jarl

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