Friday, August 12, 2011

Regina Brett's Fifty Life Lessons: The Thirty-Fifth Lesson

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Lesson Number Thirty-Five: Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

Do we become strong simply by trying? Or just by thinking? Nope. We become strong when we are tested. We could not be strong by our looks alone. Strength is inherent inside of us. A strong person is the one who has been through life's thick and thin. 
Thus, when we are tested by life's vicissitudes, let us not complain. As long as it is not killing us, let us welcome trying times with open arms, hearts and minds. The actual reality of this event in our lives may be difficult and hard to accept, yet it is in this times that we could grow stronger. 
We always fall when hit by life's strongest slap. As a reaction we have two choices: we could either lie where we fall and cry forever accepting our dreadful fate, or we could choose to stand up, cry for a time for the painfulness of the unexpected event and move on with our lives until time heals it deliberately. If we choose the latter action, we would emerge as victors in life and stronger than ever before. 

Which one would you choose?

Get happy!

Regina Brett's Fifty Life Lessons: The Thirty-Fourth Lesson

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Lesson Number Thirty-Four: God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

Correct me if I'm wrong but most children born before the nineties are afraid of the God who punishes. These are the children who are disciplined out of control. We could not blame the parents of these children because they are raised by their parents in this way too. I happened to be one of these children, but as much as possible, now that I am a parent, I do not intend to leave this kind of legacy to my children. 

The easiest way to control a child is to instill fear in his mind. Are you one raised this way? Shake that off now because that is so untrue. While God is the highest power, it is easier to picture Him as a God who hates evil doing. Thus, children grow with fear of God in their hearts. They love God not because He is a lovable God, but because He is a God who punishes those who do not love Him. Even until now there are people who still use this kind of theology to others and to children most especially. Thereby creating fearful followers of God instead of being loving people.

For those who want liberation; for those who want to hear the GOOD NEWS; for those who want to love unconditionally --  GOD is a loving God. He could not unlove because to love is his nature. God is a loving power. The more we come nearer to Him, the more we feel closer to Him, the more we realize His loving power, the more we become more like Him. 

It is not what we do that makes God, God. it is not what we did not do that makes God, God. GOD IS. Period. Therefore let us stop feeling guilty for crucifying Him on the cross. Let us stop feeling guilty for not being as perfect as God. We are just humans. Yet, God loves us no matter what or who we are. By believing this, we are saved from the hell of negative thoughts and wayward beliefs. By living this way, we are bringing heaven on earth. By realizing this, we are making God alive in our lives and those around us.

This is my belief. What is yours?

Get happy! 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Regina Brett's Fifty Life Lessons: The Forty-Seventh Lesson

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Lesson Number Forty-Seven: Take a deep breath.  It calms the mind.

There is no other way to calm the mind and relax the spirit than taking slow deep breaths. It helps much if you are with nature. However, if your circumstances do not allow you to be in the heart of nature, you can then just retire to a solitary place -- your room is the best place, and do the exercise there.
Due to our busy lifestyle, we often forget to do the proper way of breathing. In my experience, one factor that leads me easily to fatigue is my inability to breath properly. From then on, I start to become aware whether I am breathing properly or not.

If you want to be refreshed on how to breathe properly, here are some tips:

    Basic Breathing Exercise
  1. Inhale deeply through your nose, keep your mouth closed, and hold it a few seconds. You will feel your chest (or, even better, your belly - if you're breathing through your diaphragm) expand.
  2. Release it by blowing it slowly out through your mouth.
  3. Do this a few times and you will be amazed to have a feeling of being relaxed.
    Belly Breathing
    1. Inhale through your nose at an even rate and allow your stomach to push-out, thus relaxing your diaphragm, and allowing more air to enter your lungs. You can place your hand on your abdomen and feel it being pushed away as your abdomen rises.[1]
    2. Exhale slowly through your mouth and allow your stomach to return to its normal position. Exhaling should take double the time it took to do the inhale.
    3. Repeat.
    4. Note this method of breathing is said to allow the accumulation of chi energy in the 'tan t'ien', a point an inch and a half below the navel.[2]

Regina Brett's Fifty Life Lessons: The Thirty-Third Lesson

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Lesson Number Thirty-Three:  Believe in miracles.

I do believe in miracles. I believe in miracles happening everywhere. 

The fetus developing inside a mother's womb is a miracle. The flower that slowly opens its bud and greet the day with its beautiful petals is a miracle. The soft raindrops that gently fall on the swaying leaves are miracles. The minute sands along an unending shoreline that bathe the sunshine is a miracle. The sweet smile of a baby that quickly eliminates away the tiredness of his mother's body and mind is a miracle. Oh, miracles are happening everywhere.

Sadly, most of the time, we forget all about these miracles. Because the miracle we are waiting to happen, is the time when we will win the lottery, or when we get our desired ipads, or dream car, or dream house. 

You know when we know how to pray and tune in to God's power inside of us, we can make miracles happen. Try this, it's true.

Believe in miracles and soon your life would be filled with miracles.

Get happy! 

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