Thursday, May 6, 2010

Oh! this is so nice!

I found a beautiful game in a book I'm reading.

The book is "Ask and it's given" by Esther and Jerry Hicks, and the game is called the rampage of appreciation.

Actually it's something that I've always done, inconsciously, and it's why I love to surround myself with, and contemplate beauty, it gives me joy.

The purpose of it is to feel joyful, to feel well, and when I read it, I smiled and loved it immediately.

So here it is, enjoy:

This Rampage of Appreciation game can be played anywhere and at any time because it is a game that is easily played simply by directing pleasant thoughts in your mind. If you were to write your thoughts on paper, it would enhance this process, but it is not necessary.
Begin by looking around your immediate environment and gently noticing something that pleases you. Try to hold your attention on this pleasing object as you consider how wonderful, beautiful, or useful it is. And as you focus upon it longer, your positive feelings about it will increase.
Now, notice your improved feeling, and be appreciative of the way you feel. Then, once your good feeling is noticeably stronger than when you began, look around your environment and choose another pleasing object for your positive attention.

Ask and It Is Given – pg. 143

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The meaning makes the difference.

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How we see life, how we experience events, how we feel towards something or someone, it depends from the meaning we give to it.
And the meaning we give to it, depends from our previous experiences or from what we've been told, from what we believe.
Reality is as it is, but we attribute a quality to it, this is good, this is bad, I like this, I don't like that.
And often we judge, and we jump at a conclusion, without even being aware of it.
For example a person is ignoring me, I can think, he's annoyed with me (because I experienced a situation like that before).
Am I sure? or is this a meaning that I'm giving to the situation?
May be he has his own problems.
May be he wants to stay alone.
May be he's sad.
May be he's busy.
We don't know what the truth is.
When there is a situation, or an event that makes us suffer.
(or when we are aware that we are judging)
Ask ourselves, what is the meaning I gave to it?
What other possible meanings are there?
Eventually we can stop to give it a negative meaning.
Or we can stop to give any meaning.

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