A dear friend of mine (hi Lucia!) shared with me this quote, one that couldn’t be more correct:
“There are four questions of value in life: What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.”
-Don Juan DeMarco
Love really is what life is all about. Loving ourselves, loving others, loving life. To me, finding love in all these things is about finding peace within ourselves, and respect for all. But finding the path to this place, since that is the journey, is the most difficult part.
I guess just practicing love gets you closer to this, right? Start everything you do with love. Bring love with you everywhere you go.
This includes making sure you are doing things you love. Reading, cooking, talking with friends, exercising, maybe even working. Whatever it is, try to take a few minutes (if not all of the minutes spent) appreciating the act of [fill in the blank]. Enjoy the paper filing you are doing. Enjoy and accept the pure difficulty in lifting that barbell. Finding the love, the peace, the acceptance of your actions may be the best practice in finding that love for living.
Another dear person in my life, and wise, wise woman (hi Mom), gave me a series of questions to look at every morning and every night. These questions are reflections that you ask yourself and to answer honestly. Recently, asking myself these questions have actually helped me feel better (since lately I have been feeling a little down- damn cold weather).
These questions have also literally changed lives, just by giving yourself permission to love yourself; or at least finding ways to acceptance within your life. So I wanted to share the questions with you. Answering them couldn’t hurt, could it?
The SUCCESS CONDITIONING SYSTEM RESULTS RITUAL
by Brian Taylor, Life Coah: Evolve YOUniversity
The Morning Power Questions
1. What am I or what could I be most happy about in my life
What about that makes me happy? How does that make me feel?
2. What am I or what could I be most excited about in my life now?
What about that makes me excited? How does that make me feel?
3. What am I or what could I be most proud about in my life now?
What about that makes me feel proud? How does that make me feel?
4. What am I or what could I be most grateful for in my life now?
What about that makes me feel grateful? How does that make me feel?
5. What am I or what could I be enjoying most in my life now?
What about that do I enjoy? How does that make me feel?
6. What am I or what could I be committed to in my life now?
What about that makes me committed? How does that make me feel?
7. Who do I love? Who loves me?
What about that makes me loving? How does that make me feel?
8. What questions can I ask that will add value to the lives of people I interact with?
What about that adds value to me? How does that make me feel?
1. What have I given today? In what ways have I given today?
2. What have I learned today?
3. How has today added to the quality of my life?
4. How can I use today as an investment in my life?
That’s it. Try them out, see how you feel after answering these questions. For me, I find that I feel happier and more content with myself, which I can definitely improve on… loving myself.
“Love yourself, for who and what you are; protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent.”
-Joan Benoit Samuelson