We have a choice about our beliefs, and by being aware of what shaped us, we can choose to become something different. Powerful book, although the autWe have a choice about our beliefs, and by being aware of what shaped us, we can choose to become something different. Powerful book, although the author's need to take credit for "discovering" this concept that many others write about, and do research on can get in the way a little bit of the content. ...more
This was a book many at our church were reading during a crisis of differences. It helped those who were atheists, humanists and those who were believThis was a book many at our church were reading during a crisis of differences. It helped those who were atheists, humanists and those who were believers in God to learn to speak more respectfully about our differences. ...more
This book is very enlightening about the details of the brain, and has practical advice on how to go about "changing it' through sound medical advice.This book is very enlightening about the details of the brain, and has practical advice on how to go about "changing it' through sound medical advice. As someone who had brain damage and has been consciously working to re-develop my whole brain function again, the book was helpful. It is also very helpful to people who suffer from ADD, anxiety, depression and other brain disorders and shares how the family dynamics can be changed by getting appropriate treatments. ...more
In Managing Transitions, William Bridges sets out to help managers and others who want to introduce change - be it a total organiaational restructureIn Managing Transitions, William Bridges sets out to help managers and others who want to introduce change - be it a total organiaational restructure or simply trying to get people to do things differently.
The book is very practical - both easy to read and to apply the key concepts. Divided into four parts, Bridges takes the reader through how to understand just what change is, how it affects us, and most importantly, how to lead change. The key concept of leading change in this book, whilst not new, is the best that I have seen it explained. That is, that leading a change process is a three step process - "getting people to let go", "managing the transition (between the old and the new)" and "launching the new beginning".
There is an article on Peter Drucker's non-profit website that summarizes Bridge's key concepts that is always worth reading again when embarking on any new adventure. I found the article on Drucker's site and then read Bridges whole book. The article covers the concepts well. -http://www.pfdf.org/knowledgecenter/j......more
In terms of the book, Sir John Templeton (a successful business man of investment fame) argues that agape love is not exclusive to any one religion, In terms of the book, Sir John Templeton (a successful business man of investment fame) argues that agape love is not exclusive to any one religion, but it is an underlying principle in all major world religions. By agape love, he means love that is unlimited, pure, and unconditional as well as altruistic.
Templeton argues that agape love expresses a unity of purpose that is common to all people. It holds within it the opportunity to transcend differences of religious beliefs and to live in joy and peace. Agape involves feeling and expressing pure, unlimited love for every human being, with no exception.
The author recognizes that all religions are not the same. And it is also not his goal to convert persons from one religion to another. "Rather, the purpose is to point toward the possibilities and responsibilities of love. It is to awaken people to the realization that despite the differences, all religions share some very important, fundamental principles and goals, the highest of which is the realization of agape love -- unconditional, unlimited, pure love" (5).
The eight religious traditions explored are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Native American Spirituality. The author concludes with these words: "The option to grow in agape is open to everyone on earth. It is an invitation to true happiness for you and others. May it become our aspiration, our expression of God's love radiating through us" (111)....more
In "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success", by Deepak Chopra, Chopra describes the fundamental principles of the universe and how we as part of the univIn "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success", by Deepak Chopra, Chopra describes the fundamental principles of the universe and how we as part of the universe can be successful. Concepts in the book I have learned elsewhere in more "scientific" or American texts, and the usefulness of the concepts for me are in how simply they are presented. Wayne Dyer's book on the Power of Intention is another book that speaks in great detail to what Chopra just lists.
Chopra explains that most people spend the majority of their energy connvincing or persuading others of their point of view. He asks the reader to understand that what they are feeling is not someone else's fault, instead one should take responsibility for one's own thoughts and actions.
Throughout the book he slows down and explain how he is using many of the words as we usually give them different meaning. Then there are a few times that he uses an Indian words instead of making up new ones. Many say he is based in Ancient Vedic concepts. The concepts are too simple to give the titles any meaning however provided here for my own reminder:
1. The Law of Pure The source of all creation is pure consciousness... 2. The Law of Giving The universe operates through dynamic exchange... 3. The Law of "Karma" or Cause and Effect Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind... 4. The Law of Least Effort Nature's intelligence functions with effortless ease...
5. The Law of Intention and Desire Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment... 6. The law of Detachment In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty... 7. The law of "Dharma" or Purpose in life Everyone has a purpose in life...
Something that I try to keep with me is this portion of the book: "The operational software of your soul is karma, memory & desire". The chapter goes on to explain that everything is energy and information. Your attention to something energizes it, your intention transforms it. Therein lies the key, intent is desire without attachment to a particular outcome. A great quote from the book reads "The past is history, the future is a mystery, and this moment is a gift... that is why this moment is called the 'present'." So we must learn to accept the present and intend the future, for the future is created now in the present.
I have my intentions on my office door and try each day to keep centered on them, and not lose focus to the challenge of the day.
I read this book in high school, of my own violition. Thoreau's message about the satisfaction gained through living simply, and about the differenceI read this book in high school, of my own violition. Thoreau's message about the satisfaction gained through living simply, and about the difference between want and need was a message that I took into my life from not only Thoreau, but especially my father, who lived simply and turned down work promotions and other decisions that would have enslaved him to a life that was not worth living.
Thoreau, was a Unitarian by religious faith, and I learned in church today that he chose to come out of Walden Pond to fight for abolition. He treatise on civil disobedience was one that Martin Luther King had in his car as inspiration to help persist in his battle against Civil Rights.
Leadership is never an easy road, and there are times we are all called to higher levels of leadership. And as Thoreau exemplified, there are also times to rest and restore one's self to get clear about what matters. ...more
I learned the dangers of living the high life, versus focusing on what matters most. It changed how I communicated with my children about our life choI learned the dangers of living the high life, versus focusing on what matters most. It changed how I communicated with my children about our life choices....more
I learned that the course for life is a ongoing, reflecting process and that each of us chooses the path differently. And that is never too late to chI learned that the course for life is a ongoing, reflecting process and that each of us chooses the path differently. And that is never too late to change one's course. Her examples of specific people and their choices of paths was very helpful....more
I read the book since an X'er employee said he had a philosophy that "in every problem is a gift" and that was why he why he did not react to dramas tI read the book since an X'er employee said he had a philosophy that "in every problem is a gift" and that was why he why he did not react to dramas the way that everyone around us did. I read the book and that one quote was the one that stayed with me. That one piece of wisdom was worth the price of the book. It's about the law of attraction, in current spiritual terms.
To me, the spiritual aspect of it was not as important as realizing that it's my choice how I look at something and more importantly, how I view my reaction. This was my learning with Jonathon Livingstone Seagull, too.
Mike's example (the X'er employee) of peacefulness during crises was enough to convince me that choosing drama was not the way to go.
The Plot: In this story, "Richard" a biplane pilot, encounters a fellow barnstormer, "Donald", who happens to be a spiritual master and retired "Messiah". As they strike up a friendship Donald teaches Richard the lessons a Messiah must learn.
The plot requires letting go of all religious beliefs to connect with any of the messages. Most of us cannot filter out our own beliefs to get it, so miss the nuggets of wisdom.
"Most gulls don't bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight--how to get from shore to food and back again," writes author Richard Bach in"Most gulls don't bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight--how to get from shore to food and back again," writes author Richard Bach in this allegory about a unique bird named Jonathan Livingston Seagull. "For most gulls it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight."
Flight is indeed the metaphor that makes the story soar. Ultimately this is a fable about the importance of seeking a higher purpose in life, even if your flock, tribe, or neighborhood finds your ambition threatening. (At one point our beloved gull is even banished from his flock.) By not compromising his higher vision, Jonathan gets the ultimate payoff: transcendence. Ultimately, he learns the meaning of love and kindness.
I read this book when I was a teenager, it set the stage for a life of searching for a higher purpose and today, almost 40 years later, my life is heaven on earth.
In Abraham Lincoln's words...
"All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind." Abraham Lincoln
And M. Scott Peck's words...
"Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and to begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are inherent in each experience -- to appreciate the fact that life is complex." M. Scott Peck ...more
I found Gay Hendricks at a Business and Consciousness conference in about 2000/1, in a day long seminar.
Gay's example, stories and journey were an inI found Gay Hendricks at a Business and Consciousness conference in about 2000/1, in a day long seminar.
Gay's example, stories and journey were an inspiration to me on multiple levels. Meeting Gay personally and seeing that he lived his life as stated in the books were also life changing and affirming. His book, like my reading of earlier in my life, "The Road Less Traveled" provided another dimension of how to see what choices I was making, consciously and unconsciously.
In the book, Gay takes us from a great personal and historic introduction through the five required lessons followed by the inner shifts and outer moves that create a conscious life. The second half of the book deals with conscious solutions to some of the most crucial areas of real world life. After having experienced the Conscioius Loving course in Ojai, CA, I was ready for the next stage of learning that he shared in the book....more