Tools for Intentional Living & Transformation

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Mantras are sometimes referred to as sacred utterances repeated frequently. This form of self talk is often a powerful influence in our thinking and being that nurtures our body, mind and spirit.

I often searching for new mantras at certain times in my life. Here are some mantras from Ruth Wilson:

Focus on beauty rather than profit.
Be serious about not taking things too serious.
Travel light; leave all the junk behind.
Cut the ropes that tie you down.
Hang out a welcome sign for new realities.

Here are some mantras I frequently use:

Speak the Gospel and sometimes use words (St Francis of Assisi).
Choose joy.
Connect the human story to the divine story.
What is God enabling and requiring me to do?
Imagine the possibilities.

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Ripening – Richard Rohr

Ripening, at its best, is a slow, patient learning, and sometimes even a happy letting-go—a seeming emptying out to create readiness for a new kind of fullness—which we are never totally sure about. If we do not allow our own ripening, and I do believe it is somewhat a natural process, an ever-increasing resistance and denial sets in, an ever-increasing circling of the wagons around an over-defended self. At our very best, we learn how to hope as we ripen, to move outside and beyond self-created circles, which is something quite different from the hope of the young. Youthful hopes have concrete goals, whereas the hope of later years is usually aimless hope, hope without goals, even naked hope—perhaps real hope.

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Peace of Mind? Richard Rohr

To be trapped inside of your own small ego is always to be afraid, seeking some kind of control to settle the dust. To not have Someone that you can trust deeply is necessarily to be a control freak. Thus, great religion tries to free individuals from the tyranny of their small and fragile selves and introduce them to Someone-They-Can-Trust. Only if you trust such a “Someone” will you eventually know that you do not have to create all the patterns nor do you have to solve all the problems. You are in fact being guided.

Also, you do not have to explain the failures or take responsibility for the fixing. Finally you know you are part of “the general dance,” as Merton calls it. What else would be the beginnings of peace? As long as you think you’ve got to fix everything, control everything, explain everything, and understand everything, you will never be a peaceful person. These things largely happen by endless ruminating and commentaries in the mind, which are usually negative.

The Enneagram taught many of us that “fearful people” are actually “head people,” which was a great surprise to most folks, as we would have located the fear in the gut. The common phrase “peace of mind” is a complete misnomer. When you are in your mind, you are never at peace, and when you are at peace, you are never in your mind, but in a much larger, unified field that includes body, mind, soul, and others all at once! We called it the “communion of saints.”


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