Living Inspired

2 Jan

“The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger, attachment, fear and suspicion, while love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness.” –Dalai Lama

The other day a man came into our store. Because it was the first of January, I said “Happy New Year” as I gave him his order. He responded by saying he hoped we had a better year this year. I said to him, “I had a great year.”

The man stopped in his tracks. He then proceeded to challenge me and proclaim that the world had a lousy year. Thinking of my marketing business, which had a year of continued increasing profits, I just smiled at him and answered that I certainly welcome an even better year – but the world just had a great year.

He looked at me like I was nuts and left.

Sometimes I find that I have to be really determined to stay the course with my own thinking because it just seems like others are hell-bent-for-leather determined to create misery around them.

In the bleakest of economic pictures, creative people birth businesses and even industries out of need – need of a service, a product, a way to help others become financially independent. We have to be careful to avoid the hype that bombards us daily from the media and even government sources.

It is a known fact that we become like the closest five people we spend the most time with. If those people are negative, angry and view themselves as powerless pawns and we buy their opinions, we buy their lifestyle and worse yet, their mindset.

We achieve victory or accept defeat in the space occupied between our two ears.

In transformation state you’re likened to the Butterfly!! So you are either having a wooley worm day, or you’re flying on colorful wings!!!! FLY -Pa’Ris’Ha

Daily living has its challenges. Every day we have to make choices, and those choices define and set the course for whether or not we experience ourselves as slaves to our own misery or Masters of our own destiny.

I have a second cousin who has had her share of what some would label family “tragedies” over the years. Yet, rather than become embittered and stagnant, she has chosen a path of giving to others. Every day she sends out several inspirational messages, jokes, poems and the like to a growing email list of friends and family members. She spends a portion of every day bringing light, hope, appreciation and love to others.

That’s a choice.

My spiritual mentor and Elder, Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha has spent a lifetime dedicated to helping others see the merits of bringing harmony and beauty to any given situation. In my travels with her we have experienced the value of preparing the spaces where we would rest our Body-Altars by cleaning beyond a hotel’s acceptable standard to transform it to a model of cleanliness and welcoming, a Temple. I’ve been part of countless beautification projects where we’ve built gardens or interior fountains that transformed their surroundings in a way that soothed and refreshed those who entered.

It all goes back to our own perceptions, our thoughts, which are under the control of no one other than ourselves.  If we see suffering and blight it is because we choose to dwell there. If we see an opportunity to transform, it is because we accept that we have the capability to do so.

“I love being inspired… Which means ‘in spirit.’ There in Spirit is what we as Cherokee call The Beauty Way.” – Pa’Ris’Ha

©2011 Deborah Adler. All rights reserved.

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