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      I have learned so many lessons - sometimes very painfully - that I could probably write a whole book about them....I feel like I've lived and died a thousand times in my 29 years...but here are some of the things that I have learned.

      1. The main cause for suffering in life is our continual war with reality: this shouldn't be happening, this should but isn't, it shouldn't be raining, he should treat me with more respect, the dog should be quiet, my body should be thinner/stronger/healthier/better than it is, things should be easier, people should be kinder.....this perpetual war causes nothing but suffering. Acceptance of what is is the first step to peace I have found (although that doesn't mean you don't want to change certain things - but you're still at peace with how it currently is)

      2. The past and future don't exist. All that ever has and ever will exist is the present moment. I used to spend way too much time and energy in things that didn't even exist. Most people go through life out of touch with the only thing that is real, the only thing that matters - the present moment.

      3. Separation is ultimately an illusion, as Einstein said 'an optical illusion of consciousness'. I try to put myself in other people's shoes, realising that at a quantum and spiritual level, they are me...a droplet of water from the same ocean enclosed in an apparently separate vessel. If I had the same experiences and level of consciousness as that person, I'd probably behave in the exact same way that they do...that helps me to understand, accept and be compassionate toward others regardless of how they are behaving.

      4. Most of the time we don't think - our thoughts think us. By being more selective about my 'mental diet' and the thoughts I allow to pass through my mind, I can make myself feel happier and freer and can uplift my consciousness. Reading positive books, watching positive and uplifting films or TV and listening to beautiful music elevate my consciousness, while indulging in negative input makes me feel depressed and deflated. The choice is always mine.

      5. Too many people are trying to 'get' something out of life, but true fulfilment only comes from being able to GIVE something to life, to the world and other people. We are here to give, not to get. The world owes us nothing; we owe the world.

      6. I don't "have" a life...life is not something I possess...life is something I AM. I AM life expressing itself as a unit of consciousness. Words are kind of inadequate to indicate that lesson, but it was a profound shift for me.

      7. 'It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness'.

      8. Truth is a multi-faceted jewel...it appears in different ways to different people depending on where they are standing. One way of looking at something might work for a time, but as you move through life your perspective changes and what's 'true' might appear to be slightly different.

      9. A hard lesson has been to be more tolerant of intolerance and to allow people to be what they are, even if they are choosing to behave in ways that are unpleasant. It is their choice, their path, their growth and ultimately we are only responsible for ourselves and our behaviour.

      10. Developing awareness of my thoughts and emotional patterns helps to stop me from unconscious patterns of reacting. It is always better to consciously RESPOND to a situation rather than unconsciously REACT.

      11. 'It adds as much suffering to the world to take offence as it does to give offence.'

      12. We usually take life, others and ourselves waaay too seriously. By lightening up, life becomes much easier, smoother and more fun.

      13. I spent many years thinking I was somehow 'not good enough'...and I was kind of right. Because I was identifying myself as a little ego, a mind-constructed idea of who I thought I was...and the ego will always be inadequate because it's not real. I try to always embody my higher self, or the innate unconditioned consciousness that I truly am beyond all labels and fabrications of mind.

      14. In spite of what the world tells you, it's alright not to be like everyone else. Why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary??

      15. Most the time we spend way too much time chasing after 'things' that we think will make us happy (possessions, better jobs, bigger cars, better relationships, more power and prestige). But if we can't be happy right here, right now, with what we've got and with who we are...we never will be. Our fixation with 'there' being better than 'here' is sad because whenever we finally do get 'there', we'll just find another 'there' that seems better than our 'here'.

      16. It's all good. Even the bad stuff.

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      fantastic post Amoyan makes a lot of sense

      "mental Diet" love that phrase, that's what I need to do control my mental diet.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Amoyan View Post
      I have learned so many lessons - sometimes very painfully - that I could probably write a whole book about them....I feel like I've lived and died a thousand times in my 29 years...but here are some of the things that I have learned.

      1. The main cause for suffering in life is our continual war with reality: this shouldn't be happening, this should but isn't, it shouldn't be raining, he should treat me with more respect, the dog should be quiet, my body should be thinner/stronger/healthier/better than it is, things should be easier, people should be kinder.....this perpetual war causes nothing but suffering. Acceptance of what is is the first step to peace I have found (although that doesn't mean you don't want to change certain things - but you're still at peace with how it currently is)

      2. The past and future don't exist. All that ever has and ever will exist is the present moment. I used to spend way too much time and energy in things that didn't even exist. Most people go through life out of touch with the only thing that is real, the only thing that matters - the present moment.

      3. Separation is ultimately an illusion, as Einstein said 'an optical illusion of consciousness'. I try to put myself in other people's shoes, realising that at a quantum and spiritual level, they are me...a droplet of water from the same ocean enclosed in an apparently separate vessel. If I had the same experiences and level of consciousness as that person, I'd probably behave in the exact same way that they do...that helps me to understand, accept and be compassionate toward others regardless of how they are behaving.

      4. Most of the time we don't think - our thoughts think us. By being more selective about my 'mental diet' and the thoughts I allow to pass through my mind, I can make myself feel happier and freer and can uplift my consciousness. Reading positive books, watching positive and uplifting films or TV and listening to beautiful music elevate my consciousness, while indulging in negative input makes me feel depressed and deflated. The choice is always mine.

      5. Too many people are trying to 'get' something out of life, but true fulfilment only comes from being able to GIVE something to life, to the world and other people. We are here to give, not to get. The world owes us nothing; we owe the world.

      6. I don't "have" a life...life is not something I possess...life is something I AM. I AM life expressing itself as a unit of consciousness. Words are kind of inadequate to indicate that lesson, but it was a profound shift for me.

      7. 'It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness'.

      8. Truth is a multi-faceted jewel...it appears in different ways to different people depending on where they are standing. One way of looking at something might work for a time, but as you move through life your perspective changes and what's 'true' might appear to be slightly different.

      9. A hard lesson has been to be more tolerant of intolerance and to allow people to be what they are, even if they are choosing to behave in ways that are unpleasant. It is their choice, their path, their growth and ultimately we are only responsible for ourselves and our behaviour.

      10. Developing awareness of my thoughts and emotional patterns helps to stop me from unconscious patterns of reacting. It is always better to consciously RESPOND to a situation rather than unconsciously REACT.

      11. 'It adds as much suffering to the world to take offence as it does to give offence.'

      12. We usually take life, others and ourselves waaay too seriously. By lightening up, life becomes much easier, smoother and more fun.

      13. I spent many years thinking I was somehow 'not good enough'...and I was kind of right. Because I was identifying myself as a little ego, a mind-constructed idea of who I thought I was...and the ego will always be inadequate because it's not real. I try to always embody my higher self, or the innate unconditioned consciousness that I truly am beyond all labels and fabrications of mind.

      14. In spite of what the world tells you, it's alright not to be like everyone else. Why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary??

      15. Most the time we spend way too much time chasing after 'things' that we think will make us happy (possessions, better jobs, bigger cars, better relationships, more power and prestige). But if we can't be happy right here, right now, with what we've got and with who we are...we never will be. Our fixation with 'there' being better than 'here' is sad because whenever we finally do get 'there', we'll just find another 'there' that seems better than our 'here'.

      16. It's all good. Even the bad stuff.
      Just wanted to send you a hug

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      Alot of people find their wisdom through their own experiences, and sometimes that might be the best way to really understand it fully, but I find myself more of an observer then a participator.

      I can look back at someone elses misfortune and see for myself I want to avoid it. But if wasnt for those who go through it, then I wouldnt know, so its funny how it all works out in the end.

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      when you trully realise your not the asshole people lead you to percieve yourself to be ..then just be yourself !! be TRUE!









      " BE PRESENT "

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      Life Lessons learned by Andy Rooney.

      Enjoy!


      I've learned ... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

      I've learned ... That when you're in love, it shows.

      I've learned ... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.

      I've learned ... That being kind is more important than being right.

      I've learned ... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

      I've learned ... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

      I've learned ... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

      I've learned ... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.

      I've learned ... That money doesn't buy class.

      I've learned ... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

      I've learned ... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

      I've learned ... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

      I've learned ... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

      I've learned ... That love, not time, heals all wounds.

      I've learned ... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

      I've learned ... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

      I've learned ... That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

      I've learned ... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

      I've learned ... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

      I've learned ... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

      I've learned ... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

      I've learned ... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
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      Well said!

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      Default Oh yes...

      .....but I need a life time to learn...

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      beautiful .. and refreshing ..









      " BE PRESENT "

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      That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain,
      but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

      One of the greatest lessons of life

      good post polly, well done

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      I'd like to add some things I've learned recently....

      1. I've learned that I alone am responsible for my own happiness.
      2. I've learned that if someone I care about says something hurtful, it's not necessarily from something I've done.
      3. I've learned that letting go, although difficult, is necessary for personal growth.
      4. I've also learned that guilt is an incorrect way of thinking.
      5. I've learned that guilt can consume me and colour my daily thoughts about myself.
      6. I've learned that I must alter my thinking to not give others the authority to make me feel inferior.
      7. I've learned that there is a enormous difference between healthy sadness and destructive depression.
      8. I've learned that every time I put a hummingbird feeder out for my most favourite bird, every bird out there causes me whiplash.
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      Good one will keep this in mind.

      Better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for who you're not.

      I am strong and I dont need saving


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      Quote Originally Posted by Sphinx View Post

      That when you're in love, it shows.

      That being kind is more important than being right.


      That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.


      That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

      That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

      That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

      That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it. [/I]
      That's it...simple..

      That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
      I would like to be that goofy friend for anyone,anytime,anyday.....

      Thanks for sharing Sphinx

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      Quote Originally Posted by Shalott View Post
      I'd like to add some things I've learned recently....

      1. I've learned that I alone am responsible for my own happiness.
      2. I've learned that if someone I care about says something hurtful, it's not necessarily from something I've done.
      3. I've learned that letting go, although difficult, is necessary for personal growth.
      4. I've also learned that guilt is an incorrect way of thinking.
      5. I've learned that guilt can consume me and colour my daily thoughts about myself.
      6. I've learned that I must alter my thinking to not give others the authority to make me feel inferior.
      7. I've learned that there is a enormous difference between healthy sadness and destructive depression.
      8. I've learned that every time I put a hummingbird feeder out for my most favourite bird, every bird out there causes me whiplash.

      Very true Jenn and thanks for sharing honey

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      that the questions matter more than the answers

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      *Forum Moderator Mode* Don't mind me .... I'm just merging like with like .... please carry on!


      One thing I've learned ... is to not get at the when it says ... 'Server cannot be found' while in the midst of doing something ... ... ... ...

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      1. I've learned that a friend who only calls to cry on your shoulder and then end the call when she's done is not truly a friend.
      2. I've learned Caller ID is the most cheapest form of sanity money can buy.


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      1. I have learned: It is better to admit not to know something than it is pretending to know something and looking like a fool.
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      TIME GETS BETTER WITH AGE.

      Enjoy!

      At Age 5: I've learned ... that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night".

      At Age 7: I've learned ... that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either.

      At Age 9: I've learned ... that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back.

      At Age 12: I've learned ... that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again.

      At Age 14: I've learned ... that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up.

      At Age 15: I've learned ... that although it's hard to admit it, I'm secretly glad my parents are strict with me.

      At Age 24: I've learned ... that silent company is often more healing than words of advice.

      At Age 26: I've learned ... that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great pleasures.

      At Age 29: I've learned ... that wherever I go, the world's worst drivers have followed me there.

      At Age 30: I've learned ... that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it.

      At Age 42: I've learned ... that there are people who love you dearly but just don't know how to show it.

      At Age 44: I've learned ... that you can make some one's day by simply sending them a little note.

      At Age 46: I've learned ... that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others.

      At Age 47: I've learned ... that children and grandparents are natural allies.

      At Age 48: I've learned ... that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

      At Age 49: I've learned ... that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours.

      At Age 50: I've learned ... that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone.

      At Age 51: I've learned ... that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

      At Age 52: I've learned ... that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills.

      At Age 53: I've learned ... that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.

      At Age 58: I've learned ... that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.

      At Age 61: I've learned ... that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage.

      At Age 62: I've learned ... that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

      At Age 64: I've learned ... that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

      At Age 65: I've learned ... that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

      At Age 66: I've learned ... that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision.

      At Age 72: I've learned ... that everyone can use a prayer.

      At Age 82: I've learned ... that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

      At Age 90: I've learned ... that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch-holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

      At Age 92: I've learned ... that I still have a lot to learn.


      *And, who knows what other wisdom's are gained if you live to the ripe ol' age 140!*
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      To date I have learnt...

      That everything is ENERGY at different frequencies

      There is more LIGHT in the dark that you will every know about.....

      That there is much more than the eye see's ....

      The world before us is not what it seems.....

      "Love connects everything together"...

      There is more about the self that u learn about everyday...

      Pay attention...
      there are more clues about your existence right in front of you than you think...

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      This great, Supreme God of all the Gods is limited in one respect: He cannot take Himself out of you , anything or anyone else.You are the projector and the screen ...you are the movie and every player is you ....The Projector - The Bodys eyes ...the screen = the world and the universe you see...Know thy self ...

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