Quotes on Judging Others… a nice reminder for those who care to care!

I know this is just a few quotes… but today is just a reminder to those who care to care. More original posts coming soon!

“We are all stumbling towards the light in varying degrees of grace at any given moment” – Bo Lozoff

“Time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain, therefore, awhile from setting yourself up as judge of the highest matters.” – Plato

“All we see of someone at any moment is a snapshot of their life: there in riches or poverty, in joy or despair. Snapshots don’t show the million decisions that led to that moment” – R. Baach

“Our senses don’t deceive us: our judgment does” – Johann von Goethe

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself as someone who needs to judge” – Wayne Dyer

“Our judgements judge us, and nothing reveals us, exposes our weaknesses, more ingeniously than the attitude of pronouncing upon our fellows” – Paul Valéry Flametree

“Scarcely any degree of judgment is sufficient to restrain the imagination from magnifying that on which it is long detained” – Sammuel Johnson

“Those that have done nothing in life, are not qualified to judge of those that have done little” – Sammuel Johnson

“God Himself, sir, does not propose to judge a man until his life is over. Why should you and I?” – Sammuel Johnson

“I know I’m not perfect, And I don’t live to be, But before you start pointing fingers, Make sure your hands are clean” – Bob Marley

“When we judge others we leave no room to love them.” – Mother Teresa

“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.” – Paulo Coelho

“Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that, who cares? He’s a mile away and you’ve got his shoes.” – Billy Connolly

“It is well, when judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality.” – Arnold Bennett

“Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“There is so much good in the worst of us, And so much bad in the best of us, That it hardly becomes any of us, To talk about the rest of us.” – Edward Wallace Hoch

Love you all! Now keep on loving your neighbor! <3 And remember Judging others is really just a way to avoid looking at ourselves!

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3 Simple Words

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC)

It is time that I write about this… maybe its taboo, maybe its touchy, but maybe it needs to be done. On June 8, 2006, exactly 4 years, 4 months and 21 days ago, I quit smoking cigarettes. It was a rather quick decision actually, coming to me in one instant like a lighting bolt down from the Heavens. It was 3 words spoken by a friend that hit me like a ton of bricks. See I started smoking at the ripe young age of, Ummm, 6? Yeah 6. I had my first cigarette at 6 years old and that might frighten 100% of us here, including myself. Its worse enough we need to keep an eye out for teenage girls wearing push-up bras and 16 year old boys driving automobiles, but looking out for a 6 year old child smoking cigarettes is just too much. Read the rest of this entry »

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Things I Love Thursday…

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“When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears” — Anthony Robbins

Positivity sure has an effect on our daily lives. Fear and love cannot exist in the same space at the same time, so what better way to start our day than with a list of things we love? That being said, I think its time we start participating in “Things I Love Thursday” around here, and so here it goes…

Things I Love Today

  • Puppies
  • Cold mornings w/ warm blankets and nowhere to go
  • The Mikey show in the morning -San Diego (always great laughs to wake up to)
  • Warm Earl Grey Tea w/ cream
  • Cuddles Read the rest of this entry »
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Non-Attachment vs. Detachment

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“Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” – Zen saying.

Article By Andrea

This to me has been an important concept lately, keeping in mind that we are always talking to ourselves anyway, right? So whats the difference? Being Non-attached means being detached, right? Not exactly, or at least not the way I see.

When I am detached from something, I do not care, at all… meaning I do not feel LOVE toward the situation, event, person, etc. I feel NOTHING at all. When I am detached from something, it is almost more of a defense mechanism to protect myself than a spiritual fruit of my practice. Anyone no matter how far along their path can feel detached… its built into the framework of the ego to detach in order to protect us. This is indifference, hidden anger, aloofness.

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5 Energy Rich Foods

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“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”
- La Rochefoucauld

Article By Andrea

In the hustle and bustle of today’s society, we ALL can use a little more energy. Why not get it from our foods? With the sale of “5 hour energy” and its myriad of derivatives on the rise, coffee as a daily staple, and over 25% of Americans consuming fast food regularly, I cannot help but think that the idea of “food as fuel” has been lost somewhere along the line. We are what we eat, and most of us are deficient is some vitamin or another.

My disclaimer of course is that I feel its important to take a multivitamin everyday that is packed full of minerals as well as vitamins. Which brings me to disclaimer number two, hydration. Its important to drink several glasses of water everyday. A large percentage of people are dehydrated which leads to fatigue, weakness, headaches, and joint & muscle pain. If that’s not a solid case for drinking more water, I don’t know what is.

That being said, here are 5 foods that will help fight fatigue, keep your immune system in tip top shape, and get you back on the top of your game: Read the rest of this entry »

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Stress & the Mind Body Connection

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Article By Heidi Rushforth

We’ve all heard that stress can be damaging to our health. Most people think that the symptoms of stress are acute; high blood pressure, sleep problems, inability to focus. But I would argue that stressful states of mind (including depression and chronic anxiety) are the culprit of many long-lasting and more serious illnesses.

How does stress lead to serious illness? Dr. Sapolsky, a leading neuroendocrinologist who studies stress and neural degeneration, describes the effects of stress like this: if you’re a zebra, and a hungry lion is chasing you, the adrenaline makes you run faster, think quicker, and helps you remember how you saved your skin the last time.

However, zebras, and most other mammals for that matter, don’t suffer chronic stress the way humans do. Once the zebra escapes, his stress is over, and he goes back to living life in the present-because he knows no other way. Zebras don’t have mortgages, traffic jams, or unpaid overtime. Read the rest of this entry »

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One Reason Diets Don’t Last

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Article by Nonamae Satya

What stands in the way of consistency is not that we don’t know what to do…we do. If I asked you right now what you could be doing to improve your health I’m sure you’d rattle off a list of should’s. So the problem isn’t what we don’t know…

Part of the problem is what we do know, on a deep heart level, but don’t want to fully face.

We haven’t yet dealt with the mental/emotional blocks or life circumstances that keep us eating unconsciously or emotionally.

As a society we’ll do just about anything to not think or feel, and we do this to the point where we weaken our will, we weaken our personal power, and we weaken our bodies. Read the rest of this entry »

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How To Be Healthy During These Tough Economic Times

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Article by Heather Cozen, MS MFTI

A few years ago, I composed a list titled “Resources for Living Cheaper, Greener, Happier and Sexier in Los Angeles.” It is my belief that to be a balanced individual, we must nurture our minds, bodies and spirits. Never has there been a more important time, with the economy as it is, to pull out this awesome list and put it to great use. While many of us are out of a job, looking for jobs, fearing we may lose our job or working really hard so we won’t lose our jobs, it detrimental that we strive for balance so we don’t lose our minds!

Because some of you reading this article will not live in Los Angeles, I will make my suggestions more general so that these things can be found in most cites. However, if you are interested in reading the Los Angeles list, visit my blog at http://heathercozen.blogspot.com/ where you will find my full list. Below are just a few ways to maintain balance in a cost effective way.

FOOD:

Cook! Cooking can not only save you money, but can also be fun, creative, and allow you to feel more connected to what you put in your body. Also, it can really impress someone you are dating or in a relationship with if you have some sweet cooking skills! Read the rest of this entry »

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Happiness 101

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“Seek not to change the World, but choose to change your mind about the World” – A Course In Miracles

Article By Andrea

We’ve heard it before right, that happiness comes from the inside. That money and fast cars won’t make you happy. But how do we know? I mean I FEEL happy when I get that new car, or when all my bills are paid and there’s still some money left over, don’t I?

Of course I feel good…but when we talk about happiness, we don’t really mean fleeting happiness. When we think about happiness, we mean lasting happiness; the kind of happiness that doesn’t go away when you lose everything. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cleansing is MORE than a body journey…

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Photo Credit: Bruce Rolff

Article by Nonamae Satya
http://www.HolisticApproachToWeightLoss.com

Cleanses are spiritual in nature…

We need awareness and space in our spiritual lives to thrive and develop. Cleansing provides one platform in which to explore space and spirituality.

A cleanse will give you the physical benefits of clarity of mind and body, increased energy, possible jump start to releasing unnecessary weight, etc. It will also, if you allow it, gift you a greater sense of self, closer relationship with your body, and increase your spiritual awareness.
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