Daily Reflections – Week 51

I hope you enjoy reflecting on these passages. ~ Piero

December 18

December 18

Good morning!

Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it?

Look around and realize that there is more in the Universe than we are able to see with our eyes.

Be amazed! Be grateful! Be happy!

Today is a good day to look and see.

Namaste. ~ Piero

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

December 19

December 19

Good morning!

Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it?

We have so much to be grateful for, haven’t we?

Pause for a moment, and immerse yourself in the silence. Can you hear the humming sounds of the silence? Become aware of your breath, of your body, and of the world around you. Look near and far. See the big and the small. See unexplainable Magic, Mystery and Miracles happening all around you. Be grateful for this wonderful adventure we call life, for this opportunity to enjoy the gifts the Universe gives us.

Be amazed! Be grateful! Be happy!

Today is a good day to take another step, however small, to simplify your life. Today is a good day to do another thing, however little, that will bring you closer to living the life you are called to live.

Plan your work, and, gently, work your plan. Do a little bit everyday, and remember to do, whatever you may be doing, mindfully and gently. Free yourself from negativity. Whenever you catch yourself entertaining negative thoughts, acknowledge them, and gently release them. Become aware of the beauty of nature, find reasons to give thanks, and come back to the enjoyment of the present moment.

Today is a good day to rejoice with whatever progress, however tiny and trivial, you have made so far to simplify your life in order to live the life of your dreams.

Remember to be gentle with yourself. Love yourself. You deserve to be loved. Know that you are loved.

Namaste. ~ Piero

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. . . . In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

December 20

December 20

Good morning!

Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it?

Take in the beauty that is all around you. Be amazed! Be grateful! Be happy!

Today is a good day to have fun.

Decide to enjoy the day with a light and joyous spirit. Go do what makes you come alive, what brings a smile to your lips. Discard the routine and go do something unusual today. Get together with your friends, and go outside. Explore and play. Dance and sing. Run and jump. Laugh and love. Go play with your dog, and if you don’t have one, go play with your neighbor’s dog. Be creative. Write some poetry. Play an instrument. Draw and paint. Make a mess, get dirty, and laugh about it all. Allow the kid within you to come out and have fun.

Today is a good day to be happy and make others happy. Smile at everyone you meet. Make it your goal to bring happiness to world.

Be grateful and be happy.

Just do it!

Namaste. ~ Piero

December 21

December 21, 2015

Good morning!

Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it?

Look around and see all the wonder that surrounds you.

Be amazed! Be grateful! Be happy!

Today is a good day to reflect on the fundamental questions, “Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going?” or as Wayne Muller puts it, “Who am I? What do I love? How shall I live, knowing that I will die? What is my gift to the family of the Earth?”

When Mary gave me the stone, she solemnly deposited it in the palm of my hand, and while holding it with both her hands, and looking me straight in the eyes, she said, “May this crystal remind you of who you are and what you were brought here to do.”

I believe that we came here to learn. We came here to teach. We came here to work on our own selves, undergo radical transformations, and have those mystical experiences that make us feel that we, all of us and the entire Universe, are one. We came here to journey from the grounds of separation and exclusion to those places of unity and inclusion.

We came here to learn to see beyond what we see, and see all the magic, mystery and miracles that surround us. We came here to enjoy the splendor of this beautiful garden and have fun in this awesome playground that was given to us. We came here to walk the path from selfishness to selflessness, and learn that we have more fun when we share our toys. We came here to give our contributions to make the garden even more beautiful and the playground even more enjoyable.

We came here to live, love, laugh, listen, learn, lead, and leave a legacy.

We came here to understand — and to help others understand — that Heaven is here if we want it to be.

That’s what we came here to do.

What are you waiting for?

Just do it!

Namaste. ~ Piero

December 22

December 22, 2015

Good morning!

Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it?

Look attentively and deeply, and see all the Magic, Mystery and Miracles that surround you.

Be amazed! Be grateful! Be happy!

Today is a good day to practice to catch, acknowledge and release negative thoughts.

Whenever you catch yourself being pessimistic, envisioning failure, or doubting yourself, acknowledge what you are thinking, and without recriminating yourself for having such thoughts, release them. Do this with great gentleness. Say to yourself, “Here I am again, having negative thoughts. I already know where they will take me, and it is not a good place. I don’t need to think this way. I can choose to think differently. I can release these thoughts and choose to entertain more optimistic ones.” Then, return to the here-now, and mentally recite a series of positive affirmations that remind you of how wonderful you are and how good life is.

Relax. You don’t have to be right all the time. Failures are OK, because it is through them that we learn. So, don’t be too hard on yourself. No one is perfect. Remember that you don’t need to prove anything to anyone. Don’t depend on external approval to feel worthy. Don’t give others the power to determine your value. Be conscious of your own worth. Nurture self-esteem. Be happy with whom you are. Be proud of yourself. Love yourself.

Just do it!

Namaste. ~ Piero

“What advice would you give the younger you?”
“There’s no time I would go back and say, ‘Do this differently.’ Experiencing mistakes has been devalued in our culture. They want people to make the right decisions at all times. Well, there’s a saying in research science: If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not on the frontier of discovery. I’m the sum of the correct decisions I’ve made and the incorrect decisions I’ve made; each one of those shapes the wisdom that I carry today.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

 December 23

December 23, 2015

Good morning!

Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it?

Look around and see all the Magic, Mystery and Miracles that surround you.

Be amazed! Be grateful! Be happy!

Today is a good day to practice to catch, acknowledge and release negative thoughts.

Many times we get afraid when happiness arrives. We question ourselves: “I am happy now, but will I be happy in the future? Will this condition last?” We say to ourselves, “Happiness does not last forever; something bad is going to happen.”

It is not uncommon when everything is fine for us to allow doubt and fear to take over. Instead of enjoying the gifts that were given to us, we lose them in negative thinking, imagining the worst things that could happen. And, as self-fulfilling prophecies, when bad things start to happen, we don’t see that we were responsible; we fail to understand that we attract what we think the most. Our own thinking attracts all situations: the ones we want, and even the ones we want to avoid.

Don’t fall in this self-created trap! Realize that you are in control of your thinking, that you don’t have to think the way you are thinking, that you can decide to release the negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones.

How?

Practice mindfulness, the art of living mindfully. Apply the CARR method: Catch – Acknowledge – Release – Return. Catch yourself thinking negatively. Catch the negative thoughts. Acknowledge them. Release them. Return to the enjoyment of the present in the present.

Be here, now. Don’t let your mind drift away from the present. Don’t worry about the future because whatever happens, always happens in the present. Stay here, in this present moment. Accept all gifts that the Universe gives you. Enjoy the gifts that were given to you. Enjoy this present moment, and realize that it is a wonderful moment. Realize that you are a child of the Universe, that you are special, that you are a blessing to the world, and that you deserve to be happy. Joy is your birthright.

Don’t worry. Be happy.

Just do it!

Namaste. ~ Piero

December 24

December 24

Good morning!

Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it?

Look around and entertain the idea that there may be other realities beyond the one that is visible to you, and that if you look with extreme attention, you will be able to see beyond what you see, and see all the Magic, Mystery and Miracles. So, pay attention and be alert. Look and see the invisible, and be amazed by the splendor, grateful for the gifts, and happy.

Today is a good day to decide to be the hero of your own life.

Be the hero. Be the warrior. Don’t be the coward. Don’t run away, hide, escape, or numb yourself. Be present with everything that is happening in your life, both the good and the bad. Face your fears and solve your problems. Don’t let fear consume you.

Be not afraid. Be the hero.

Namaste. ~ Piero

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