One-Sided Visions: The Dream Crusher

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Have you ever had a vision for something? Like a great project for the yard or maybe you were planning a fun get-together at the office? You get so darned excited about it that you can’t keep it to yourself and you share your ideas with others.

Then the dreaded happens… They start giving you their ideas.

How dare they steal your thunder?!

And let me guess, you said something along the lines of this:

"Yeah, that's sounds great! Maybe next time! 
"You, know. I already have everything planned, but thank you."

Or maybe you’re not even that polite about it.

"That's stupid." 
"Just let me deal with it." 
"Why don't you just leave it to me, ok?"

breaking-up-with-your-girlfriendIt took me a long time to realize those last few were my reflexive answers to anything my family suggested. Then one day I paid attention long enough to see their reaction after I said what I had said, and what I saw were fallen faces. They were disheartened. My one sided visions that brought me so much excitement crushed their dreams and made them feel valueless in an instant.

Once I saw these faces, my heart broke. I had been causing this kinda of pain and disappointment?  Along the way, I became the bully out of sheer ignorance and I never wanted to make anyone feel that way again.

So, yeah, maybe their ideas aren’t what you want(Or to put it more blatantly, they suck!), but you know what? All they want is to be considered and feel included. Something we may so easily head shake away could actually make another person’s day and boost their confidence.

For today, think about the other person.  I’m not saying you are responsible for any persons sense of value, because we all have to find that for ourselves against all odds of negativity this world may create, but wouldn’t you want to help if you could?  I would.

I think I would sleep better, too.

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Week 2: Loving-Kindness Meditation

 

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This one sort of speaks for itself, but I think it’s important to add a little direction into its practice. The purpose is what is clearly in the title: To send love and kindness. Not just to others, but also to yourself. It’s about thankfulness yet also forgiveness; it is a practice of benevolence.

It’s particularly useful when there is something in your mind that you just cant stop thinking about. It allows you to focus on the subject matter without judgment and with acceptance. You can begin by closing your eyes, bring to front a person or situation, and then speak with it.

I Forgive You.

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Week 1: Guided Meditation

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Guided Meditations are a great option when you need to take the guesswork out of meditating. They provide instruct and help by reminding you of the breath, in the process of training you to let go. Some even take you on a journey, which can be fun. I have some pretty visual memories of strolls through the forest and exploring meadows in my mind.

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Remember to Look Up

It’s Labor Day and Fall is on the waylookup

The sun gets a little further and soon we’ll be back to sweater weather and Netflix binging.  Autumn air is just the welcome wagon to yet another cold lonely winter.

So what should we be doing to break this cycle?  With heads down at full speed ahead, its hard to interact and build future friendships.  Remember: Keep your head up and put that phone away!

Look Up.

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