I really enjoyed the article. Last year, I started to forgive and forget the 'transgressions' my spouse had made (in my mind). Anyway, taking the lead and doing those things helped my marriage dramatically.
I have been trying to do that with our current president but find it difficult. I try to be positive but its hard to like someone who doesnt seem to value your opinion.
Through the years as I have tried to transform myself into a better version, I have used many of your ideas and it has helped me grow personally and professionally. It has helped my family and the people I supervise when I appear calm, positive and 'in-control'. I act like the leader I want to become.
I have never used the visualization at bedtime.
I will try that starting today. The bed has always been the place where doubts and insecurities have a way of grabbing hold and not letting go.
Another thing that helps me is prayer. Asking for strength to stay on course has helped alot.
I liked the insight on the internal issues while pursuing our dreams. I would add another hurdle is the outside ones. The "friends, family, co-workers" who seem so eager to dis-suade us from trying or starting the pursuit. Or who are quick to be-little and minimize.
I've learned to use that as fuel.
Anyway, I want to put two of your quotes on t-shirts!
"don't co-exist with anger and frustration"
"we are somehow more content within our discontentment to keep our pipe dreams alive and never truly test ourselves"
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thanks for your comment. keep in mind, regarding President Obama or anybody who you feel doesn't value your point of view or who has minimized or invalidated you: we let go of resentments and forgive others, ultimately, for our own peace of mind. the fact that you got results from releasing your resentments towards your spouse is great. but forgiving and forgetting isn't about changing other people's behaviors. it's nice when that happens, but the real rewards for forgiving and forgetting are releasing ourselves from the emotional prison that anger and resentments and withholding love and acceptance puts us in. additionally, since all minds are joined at some deep unconscious level, when we do forgive and let go of judgments and attack thoughts it does have an effect on others, we just don't always see it. also keep in mind: the process of transforming minds from a stance of attack and aggression to acceptance and peace is likely to take a while to manifest in physical terms when we're focusing our attention not on spouses or friends but on political leaders and the planet.
thanks for your comment. i appreciate the feedback, and i share your view that prayer is a valuable tool to help us cope, to help us release our fear and our confusion, to help us transcend the suffering, and to transform ourselves. prayer, for one thing, acknowledges that our ultimate strength and power lies not in our ego but in our connection to God, our Higher Power, our Higher Self, or however one might want to put it. i hope the visualizations help. the more we do them, the more we benefit from them. take care, be well. peace be with you.
Yes, people will say things that have the potential to derail us. It usually is a reflection of their own fear of change.
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