Conflicts with the kids? Relax!
“Family life! The United Nations is child's play compared to the tugs and splits and need to understand and forgive in any family.”
-- May Sarton

Faced with a child (or a person of any age, for that matter) who is angry or rebellious? Consider the guidance from Vimala McClure:
“To discover what my child needed, a deep, yielding receptivity was vital. The temptation is to become more and more rigid, but the more you do, the less you understand. When faced with a child who is testing your resolve, relax and yield ….

“As a parent, the frustration of not knowing how to fill a need that cannot be articulated can be overwhelming. Often we direct the rage that stems from that frustration toward the child, which serves to distance us even further, making it impossible for the child to open up to us. To get to this type of receptivity, a practice of conscious relaxation is a must.”

“Those who have children can become masters of patience, endurance, and steadfastness, because children will test you at every turn. …The way to make our children patient and loving is to be that way ourselves.”
-- Eknath Easwaran

Old ones..........

When God greeted Thomas in heaven, he did not ask "'Why were you not like Moses?"
      but rather "Why were you not Thomas?"

Let not this life pass without bringing forth the song that lives deep within,
      for the ears of others and especially those of the 'composer'.

Be well.
Be before you do...

Live well.
Live the fire within...

It has been said that the only people really afraid of dying are those that have not yet lived.

Courtesy: The Inner Journey


Finding contentment
"When the sun rises, I go to work. When the sun goes down, I take my rest. I dig the well from which I drink. I farm the soil which yields my food. I share creation. Kings can do no more."
-- Chinese proverb
Do you sense the peace and contentment that can come from an appreciation of one’s place in the cosmos?
How do we get there with the complexities and pressures of our current lifestyles? Perhaps it’s a matter of becoming aware of what we truly have as opposed to what our egos believe we need. If we look closely, we may find that our ego ‘needs’ are just desires.
When you find yourself longing for something, stop and ask, "What is missing from my life? Is it a need? What are the essential qualities of what I seek? How can I experience that now?"
"If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot."
-- John Bunyan
"Try to be like the turtle -- at ease in your own shell."
-- Bill Copeland