Beautiful Soul

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Beautiful soul pure and perfect
why do we turn from you?1795581_10152673624503345_527913389_n

When you shine with flawless beauty inside,
Why do we focus on the ugliness outside?

You sit quietly, patiently,
much like a parent with a fitful child,
waiting.

Why do we take on the garment of
anger, jealousy, judgement, greed?

No wonder so many of us feel awkward,
alone, out of place; we need no vestments.

Beautiful soul, perfect and worthy,
may we all know you at the lake of truth.

 

 

-Maria Baird

 

 

Thank you

blog_brain-sleeping-iheartgutsThank you to all who came to the seminar yesterday and helped make it a wonderful day. My brain hit creative overload yesterday and is taking a time out. I’ll be back next week on Small Changes for Life. If any of you are on overload for anything take the time needed to re-coup, you’ll be better off for it in the long run.

Happy resting,
Maria 🙂

Heaven or Hell

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With so many wonderful people credited with this quote; Buddha, Emerson, Lao Tzu, Beckwaith,and more, maybe we ought to heed it’s words.

“Watch your thoughts. They become words. Watch your words. They become deeds. Watch your deeds. They become habits. Watch your habits. They become character. Character is everything.”

Our thoughts are the beginning of our heaven or hell on earth. I know that may seem a bit strong, but take a look how they can be a benefit or reek havoc.

You’re heading to work to give a presentation to a group of twenty and on the way begin doubting yourself. Thoughts like; “I can never pull this off, why did they pick me to begin with, I’m not that good at this, they’re going to be bored, oh no maybe I should call in sick.” And on and on you go getting so stressed and worked up that your stomach is in knots and your legs shaky that by the time you get to work you’re a mess before the meeting has even started.

But what if you used it for your benefit? As soon as you hear those pesky doubting negative thoughts come in, stop yourself and make a conscious change. Begin thinking how your boss did pick you do give the presentation and wouldn’t have if she thought you couldn’t handle it. Think about the great ideas you’ve come up with in the past and were upset with because you did not get to make the presentation yourself and what a great opportunity you are now given. Add in some powerful affirmations and see yourself shining. By the time you get to work you’ll be excited and ready to go.

The next time you find your thoughts in darkness think about what it does to your character, if this is not who you want to be then quickly change your thoughts. It may feel fake, or like you’re telling yourself a lie, but always remember; an acorn is still a mighty oak.

The Monkey is here!

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My friend sent this to me so I thought I’d share, looks like we’re in for an interesting New Year!

Year of the monkey:
Let go or be dragged

http://www.earthhome.tv/blog/chinese-new-year-2016-forecast-let-go-or-be-dragged/

 

 

 

As you better yourself you better the world

One person, an army

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“What the world needs is people who believe so much in another world that they cannot help but begin the enacting it now” -Shane Claiborne

 

How easy it is to sit around complaining about the condition of our world, getting caught up in the unfairness of it all, that we forget to actually do something about it.

The problems seem so huge it can feel like there is nothing that only one person can do.spiritual

But this is untrue.

These people are only “one”;

Martin Luther King Jr.
Ghandi
Mother Teresa
Jesus

but also let’s not forget the unheard of “ones”

A teacher in New York’s tough South Bronx giving hope and teaching kids to grow lush gardens for food, greenery, and jobs…ONE
The friend you went to high school with who sees a need and flies into Haiti to bring food and clothes…ONE
Your spouse that awakens the minds and hearts of his community, literally keeping people from committing suicide…ONE

Don’t ever feel hopeless. One person can and does make a world of difference, a new world; and you can be that one.

 

As you better yourself, you better the world

 

What is your true joy in life?

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This is the true joy in life: The being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. The being a force of nature, instead of a feverish , selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
-George Bernard Shaw

You know how a bad movie over-explains something to the audience like everyone is stupid? Or a character keeps on talking even though the point is clear? With that said, I’ll leave Mr. Shaw to his direct point, have a beautiful week.

As you better yourself, you better the world.

What matters most?

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So often we get caught up in the little things of life, running around; “got to go here, got to do this, got to do that” But with all of this running around are you doing what matters most to you?

If writing your screenplay has been calling you, and it’s important to your life, but you don’t seem to have the time to accomplish it, ask yourself; do I really need to spend all this time putting up pictures on instagram or push the “like” button one more time on Facebook?

If spending time with your family is number one on your list, do you really need to take on a third volunteer job?

Why do we often seem to spend time on everything but what our heart calls us to do? Take a look at your life, ask yourself, “what matters most to me?” Are you doing this?

It would be a shame to look back on your life and know you were the queen of social media but never went back to school to become the nurse you’ve always wanted to be. Take a tip from Goethe and put the things that matter most, first.

 

As you better yourself, you better the world

Slow and Steady

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“You see, faced with a choice between two tasks, my tendency was to choose whichever seemed easier at the moment. I desired an immediate benefit over a future blessing.”   -Glynis Whitwer

Most of us love to check things off our list; reply to emails, check. Call Beth, check. Yay, look how much I did today! But deep down inside anxiety builds as you realize it would have been a much wiser choice to write a chapter for the novel you’ve been meaning to finish, or begin the report before the deadline is in your face.

Often we choose to do a task that gives instant gratification rather than doing the one that rewards us in the future.

But we all know the tortoise wins the race in the end. (if you’ve never read the The Tortoise and the Hare, I highly suggest doing so). I believe in this fast past world we need to take a look at the tortoise; how he slowly and steadily plugs along one step at a time. He seems to have much less anxiety in fact he seems to be enjoying his journey.

I definitely can’t say I have all the answers on this subject, but I do know if I just show up, and do a little everyday, my life becomes a lot lighter, I sleep better at night and I’m getting that much closer to the finish line.
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Seasons

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As I’m writing this, I’m looking out my window to the pond behind our house, all around it are trees with only branches sticking out and dead grass, but it’s absolutely beautiful. Sure it’s not springtime with the colors and leaves, flowers and greenery, but it has it’s own perfection.

Much like the Byrds song “Turn Turn Turn,” we can realize there are distinct seasons of our lives. If we are facing turbulent times we know spring is just around the corner. If we’ve had much fame and success and there seems to be a slowing down, much like an athlete out of his prime, an aging beauty queen, or a family who’s last child has left  the house, we can focus not only on the memories but on who we are in this season and how we can contribute with the wisdom we’ve gained. Your life may not look the same as it once did but like seasons show you, there is still much beauty and perfection to be had.

Turn! Turn! Turn!   -The Byrds

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
A time to gather stones together

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time of war, a time of peace
A time of love, a time of hate
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time of peace, I swear it’s not too late

 

As you better yourself, you better the world

 

 

 

Curator of life

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Happy 2016! My wish for you this year is to realize your happiness, your contentment is at your fingertips. I can’t remember where I found this quote, so apologies to the person who said this; 

“Become curator of your own contentment”

One meaning for the word curator is; a manager, a superintendent. You are the manager of your own contentment. Although it may look like “outside” things bring you happiness, it actually lies in your hands.

But what I really like about the word curator is it’s prime meaning; the person in charge of a museum, art collection, etc. Our contentment is like this art collection. We can choose everyday, every moment, what we want to feel, like this collection we can pull the ugly or beautiful pieces off the shelf to be displayed in our lives. Please realize though, you are the one pulling the pieces. It is you who chooses how to face the business meeting, it is you who can put an end to a fight with your sister, it is you who reacts to the driver that cuts you off. This is what will keep you in anger and resentment or move you in to a life of peace and contentment.

Many blessings for a new year filled with peace and contentment,
Maria

As you better yourself, you better the world.