Day 8: Divinity

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Sorry for those who are ready my blog for the delay. I have also been studying for a big exam so I will post when I can. I will eventually get all 60 days done!

According to Wikipedia Divinity is “In religious terms, divinity is the state of things that come from a supernatural power or deity, such as a god, or spirit beings, and are therefore regarded as sacred and holy.

What religious background or beliefs you hold are not important to me. How you live your life and treat other’s is.  I can recall back to my days attending a non-denominational church that use to recite the Prayer for Protection, which I feel embodies what divinity means to me

The Prayer of Protection
Written by James Dillet Freeman
  
The Light of God surrounds you.
The Love of God enfolds you.
The power of God protects you.
The Presence of God watches over you.
The Mind of God guides you.
The Life of God flows through you.
The Laws of God direct you.
The Peace of God abides within you.
The Joy of God uplifts you.
The Strength of God renews you.
The Beauty of God inspires you.
Wherever you are, God is!
And all is well. Amen.
This prayer has always guided me and helps me understand the power of God in my life. Whenever I get overwhelmed or frustrated I often think about the bigger picture and the presence of God in my life. I truly believe that one’s believe in a higher power is a great source of power to overcome whatever life brings for you. This post isn’t attempting to convert your beliefs, but simply send you a message of the importance of understanding how some people find peace though their belief’s. According to Wayne Dyer one can use the presence of their God to understand the magnitude of their thinking ability. “It is not the things, events, circumstances, and opinions of others that cause you to feel uneasy and unsettled, it is how you use the God within, your invisible source, to process those extremes that determines your happiness—and nothing more” (p. 33)!
I understand if you don’t agree with the information shared here, yet you must know that many people do believe in the power of God and all that encompasses having faith in God. It’s something that many people are passionate about, yet it is also something that cause so much hate and issues. In order to have peace in this world, we don’t all have to have the same set of beliefs, unlike many people believe. What I like to say about my religion is that my God doesn’t live in a box. I have many beliefs from a variety of religions. What is important is that I don’t let my beliefs get in the way of my ability to connect with people. So not matter who you are, what you believe, or where you are from I will love you, accept you, and be kind to you as long as you reciprocate the love, acceptance, and kindness.
Thanks for reading,
References
 Divinity. (n.d.). Retrieved January 6, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divinity
 Dyer, W. (2002). Wisdom of the ages: A modern master brings eternal truths into everyday life. New York: Quill
The Prayer of Protection. (n.d.). Retrieved January 6, 2015, from http://www.unitychurch.org/prayer-protection
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Day 7: Being Childlike

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One very important part of life is remember to be childlike. Never forget the child’s innocents that lives inside of you. “Except ye be concerted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven” (Jesus of Nazareth). Jesus tells us in this quote how important it is to continue to harness the child within each of us. Wayne Dyer reflects on Jesus statement by affirming “To me. this passage of Jesus’ from the New Testament speaks to the forces of forgetting about our bodies as our primary identity-forgetting about our ethnic identity, our spoken language, our cultural label, the shape of our eyes. or what side of the border we grew up on, then making the conversation to become as little children, who are impervious to such compartmentalization” (p. 28). I think that Jesus is reminding us how important it is to value the simplicity of thoughts that children have. A child that does not have a tainted idea about life that we as adult carry. They see life from a very clear vision that is so precious, nonjudgmental, and caring. Dyer suggests that the characteristics that we see in geniuses similar and/or “equivalent to the inquisitiveness of children. Geniuses and children share a willingness to explore without thoughts of failure or worries about criticism” (p. 29).

I suggest being as childlike as possible. Do things that are not childish, but in the sense of being fun loving, nonjudgemental, and caring. Do things without the worry of judgement or criticism, Know that you have great things within you that will prevail if you allow it. You can unleash this within yourself by listening to the wise works of Dyer. “Spend as much time as you can manage observing little children. As you do, recall the child in you who would love to play with them” (p. 29). Decide to never totally succumb to the mundane cycles of life as an adult. Remember to have fun and be childlike as much a possible. Don’t let the jaded world get you down. Walk with your head held high like a 2 year old that just accomplished a simple task.

Thank you for reading,

Rebecca Hunt, MS

Reference

Dyer, W. (2002). Wisdom of the ages: A modern master brings eternal truths into everyday life. New York: Quill

Day 6 after a short break for Christmas: TRIUMPHS

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A very purposeful topic! How does one seek triumph in their life? I would bet that many people do not seek triumph the way that our very brilliant ancestors did. I have to stay true to the writings of Wayne Dyer for this topic because it resonates so closely to the way I feel about having triumph. I will add my own thought and the thoughts of Dyer in relation to the excerpt from Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 B.C.-43 B.C) who developed the following six principles as a statement of  rebellion against the Roman’s ways by listing The Six Mistakes of Man

1)The illusion that person gain is made up of crushing others. It’s hard for me to fathom has terrible it is to seek enjoyment of taking advantage of others. So many people feel a false sense of triumph by putting other people down or feeling better than someone else. No one is inferior to the next person. Everyone has their own talents and abilities. I always tell people that everyone has their own niche in the world. Some people know a little bit about this and other’s know something about that. No matter what you know or who you are its essential to not gain triumph at the cost of others.

2) The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected. I can’t tell you how enriching it is to let go of things you cannot change and stop worrying about meanless things. Many people spend so much of their day worrying about this and that instead of enjoying the moment and relaxing. I understand the need to plan, set goals, and meet expectations. I’m not talking about that. What I am taking about is worrying about stupid stuff. I suggest living for the moment whenever possible.

3) Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it. “No one knows enough to be a pessimist”(Dyer, p. 23)! Just because we personally have not experienced something or don’t have the ability to obtain something doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Our ancestors could not have imaged all the great things we have today. One reason I love Walt Disney World is that they depict just that idea. People in the stone age could not have imaged having computers, email, or cars. We have created the modern comforts of today because brilliant people like yourself came up with that very idea.  Don’t sell yourself short on your cool idea and surely don’t shoot down someone else’s. Who know’s it could be the next big thing.

4) Refusing to set aside trivial preferences. One that I see so much in counseling sessions. So many people get caught up in what other people think of them. “We allow our precious life enemies to be spent on worry about what others think of us, petty concerns about appearance or what labels we are wearing” (Dyer, p. 23). So many of my families let minor issues become monumental concerns. We let such insignificant details about issues, trespasses, comments, and posts jade us to the core. Please tell me how this is helpful? If you answer it doesn’t, you are RIGHT! There is an old saying about DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF.

5) Neglecting development and refinement of the mind, and not acquiring the habit of reading or study. This is a big one for me, hence the reason I am doing this blog. I want to continue learning and growing to enhance my life not for the sake of impressing anyone else or because I have to . I am doing it to enriching my life and the lives of others. Dyer states that, “Too many of us believe that we are unable to make a difference on the large issues, so we immerse ourselves in our game of ego-sponsored trivial pursuit” (p. 23). I know that a friendly game of trivial pursuit can be fun as a board game, yet I wouldn’t recommend it in real life. So many of us are in pursuit of information that is generally irrelevant in the whole scope of life. Continue to challenge yourself to learn new things just for the sake of learning something interesting, not because you have to. Find things that are meaningful to learn about and know.

6) Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do. I know how easy it is to try to tell someone how to live their life or what decision they should make. But guess what? NO ONE LIKES TO BE ORDERED AROUND. This is something that I am still learning in my life. I can be quite bossy from time to time and thinking my way is the best. This is obviously a faulty way of thinking and limits other people’s autonomy. We all are full of good ideas.  What is most important in life is to know that we are in control of our own destinies. It’s sometimes helpful to offer’s one opinion to someone in attempt to better their life, yet imposing one’s values on someone, especially when it’s not warranted, is usually hurtful and damaging. Everyone has to experience their own journey’s and some people makes some incredible changes out of their worst experiences. My best advice it to let somethings be.

It’s so important that we concentrate on ourselves and do what we can to improve our own lives. Do what you can be build other’s up without feeling the need to crush them or compete with them in anyway. Don’t focus so much attention on what we feel as though we must know, rather continue to educate yourself on the plethora of knowledge that you seek out. Always have a thirst for knowledge that will help you be a better version of beautiful you. Seek as many triumphs following these timeless principles.

Thanks for reading,

Rebecca Hunt, MS

Dyer, W. (2002). Wisdom of the ages: A modern master brings eternal truths into everyday life. New York: Quill

Day 5: Inspiration (Christmas Eve)

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I was really excited when I seen this topic come across the page. The topic of inspiration is on that is very important to me. I feel as though I have been inspired through the most difficult struggles in my life, which has lead me to help others and find my purpose in life. I am always interested in hearing about what inspires someone else and seeing the excitement on their faces. Although, many people lack the motivation and drive to put forth the effort to follow their inspirations. They allow fear and doubt to hold them back from exploring the things that inspire them or don’t know how to figure out what their purpose in life is.

Finding one’s purpose in life is a very unique experience that should be a natural process. Psychology Today suggests that, “Connecting with and living your purpose is a beautiful journey that typically unfolds in mysterious and surprising ways. It’s not something to be forced, or something to actively worry about “having to” find. I like to think of it as a treasure hunt, a perfectly paced adventure with your eyes and heart wide open.” I can think back to being a kid and everyone asking me what I wanted to be when I got older. Well, truth be told, many kids, especially young kids, have no idea what they want to do. People need inspiration before they can figure out what their purpose in life is. Wayne Dyer suggests when he found his purpose in life he notices a shift in his mind and a deeper connect. He states “I know that I am not along and that divine guidance is with me, and I speak or write effortlessly. It seems to me that the body and the mmd are in a state of harmony during those moments. Some have called this state “flow,” other call it “peak experience” (p.19).

So how does one go about looking for their purpose? Wayne Dyer suggests that one should consider When do I feel most fulfilled? When do I feel extraordinary, and life a great person” (p. 20)?  According to Psychology Today, in order to find one’s passion they should ask themselves the following questions “1) What do you love to do, that you would do even if you don’t get paid for it? 2) What do other people say you’re really good at? 3) What is the one thing you want to experience, or do, or accomplish, before you die, so that on your last day on earth you feel satisfied and have no regrets in that area?”

I think that inspiration and finding a purpose can happen in some of the most unpredictable times in someones life.  For instance, I didn’t want to be a therapist when I was a kid until the most difficult thing happen in my life. My father died when I was 11 and I was forced in to therapy. I did not like my therapist nor did I talk very much in my sessions. I was anger at the world and was grieving the loss of the most important person in my life. As therapy went on, I built rapport with my therapist, and started to think I could do this as a job. Now I get to inspire other to challenge themselves, educate people on how to live a healthier life, and ultimately help them find a greater sense of peace. I have one of the greatest jobs in the world and I thank God everyday for it.

Thanks for reading,

Rebecca Hunt, MS

Dyer, W. (2002). Wisdom of the ages: A modern master brings eternal truths into everyday life. New York: Quill

Helping You Find Your Life Purpose. (n.d.). Retrieved December 24, 2014, from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/prescriptions-life/201311/helping-you-find-your-life-purpose

Day 4: Patience


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Today we live in a world that patience it getting harder and harder to find. For instance, with the almost instant access to the Internet via our smartphones, tablets, and computers, we have full access to a plethora  of data. We are inundated with information and videos within the matter of seconds. Many people’s attention spans have diminished greatly due these advances in technology. We also live in an era were more and more of our children do not have the patience to be creative or harness a new talent because they are so enmeshed with video games, T.V., and social media. How will this affect the future of our society? What is the importance of allowing time to pass without needing to know what will take place, who we will meet, or how it will turn out? Wayne Dyer would tell you that learning patience is a very important trait that one should learn if they would like to live a life with less stress. He proclaims that, “Impatience breeds fear, stress, and discouragement.  Patience manifests in confidence, decisiveness, and a feeling of peaceful satisfaction” (p. 13). So the moral is that patience helps one to live a life that in generally happier and peaceful.

Patience is a virtue that I have continued to struggle with at various times of my life. At times I can be very demanding and wanting to see instant results regarding customer service or the newest information. Although, in some instances I come to understand that letting things be is sometimes the best method to live by. For years  I thought of myself as not having very much patience, yet since becoming a therapist and working with children, I have been told countless times that I am very patience. I can’t tell you the exact time that I learned the importance of letting things happen in the nature state and that being impatient only causes a great deal of negative emotions. That is not to say that I don’t have my days just like everyone else. I think what is important is that we realize how impatience only makes matters worst no matter the circumstance. I leave you with the mantra that Alcoholic Anonymous uses as a way to teach them patience.

The AA Prayer of Serenity

God, give us grace to accept with serenity
The things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Amen.

Happy Holidays to you all,

Rebecca Hunt, MS

References

AA and The Alcoholic Anonymous Serenity Prayer. (n.d.). Retrieved December 24, 2014, from http://addictionrehabnow.com/aa-alcoholic-anonymous-serenity-prayer/

Dyer, W. (2002). Wisdom of the ages: A modern master brings eternal truths into everyday life. New York: Quill

Day 3: Leadership

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The topic of leadership is one that I find very intriguing. Throughout the years I have always questioned what makes someone a good leader. I’ve always thought that a good leader is someone that helps people grow and be better,  is kind and courteous to the people that follow them, and a good role model. According to Forbes the top 10 qualities that people look for in a leader is the Ability to Inspire, Intuition, Creativity, Positive Attitude, Commitment, Confidence, Sense of Humor, Communication, Ability to Delegate, and Honesty. Surely these are great qualities to have in a leader, but does that really make someone a leader? Take a moment to reflect on the “leaders” in our society today. As Wayne Dyer points out “many contemporary politicians refer to themselves as “leaders” by virtue of the fact that they hold public office” (p. 9). It is clear that just because someone has a leadership role does not mean they have what it takes to be a leader.

I think that many people that gotten away from leaderships styles that help foster growth in their followers. Dyer discovered a keen difference in the qualities in he leaders of the Renaissance era vs. now. He discovered that the leaders of that era were “artists, writers, and musicians.” These individuals differed in their leadership skills from today because through their expression of heart and soul they were able to help others “discover a resonating voice within themselves”  (p. 9-10). I find this information interesting because I would bet that these individuals did not consider themselves leaders nor did they ever hold the title of a leader, yet somehow they became leaders without ever trying.

True leaderships are not based on power and greed. “True leaders enjoy the trust of others, which is very different from enjoying the perks and flattery and power that ego insists are the signs of being a leader” (Dyer, p. 10).  So many people are misguided about effective leadership skills. Many leaders get so caught up in the power that one holds in a leadership role. They tend to dictate how things are run, make unrealistic expectation of their followers, and take majority of the credit for successes. Dyer makes it clear that this style of leadership is wrong and that, “The true leader acts in such a way as to be hardly known in the entire process. This leader offers trust, encouragement, and congratulations as others find their own ways” (p. 10).

Becoming a true leader sounds so much more gratifying and meaningful. Offering others the opportunity to foster their own ideas, be free of being micro-managed, and have the trust of their leader sounds pretty amazing. I can only image how this style of leadership increases morale, one’s self-efficacy, and overall production. If you are interested in becoming a true leader follow these simple rules when leading “before acting stop and ask yourself if what you are about to say is going to create hate, fear, admiration, or self-awareness. Choose to nurture self-awareness ” (p. 11).

Thanks for reading,

Rebecca Hunt, MS

References

Dyer, W. (2002). Wisdom of the ages: A modern master brings eternal truths into everyday life. New York: Quill.

Top 10 Qualities That Make A Great Leader. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2014, from http://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyaprive/2012/12/19/top-10-qualities-that-make-a-great-leader/