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Thursday, October 30th, 2008
7:42 am
[samiraalthores]
how much is too much?
People who do too much usually consider themselves mistresses of the universe and kings of the world! (Aren't we?) We thrive on being busy. We equate quantity with quality. If you are feeling overwhelmed, you are doing too much. Ask yourself, in a moment of reflection, if you really need to be doing all the things you are doing.
Monday, October 20th, 2008
8:41 am
[samiraalthores]
wants vs. needs
People who do too much look to the world for satisfaction and happiness. Outward success displaces self-fulfillment. We concentrate on things that we want but might not really need. In order to redefine success, people who do too much need to reflect on self. Sometimes simplicity is the key to finding out what is really neceesary and really makes us happy not just exhausted, frustrated, and fleetingly satisfied. This self-exploration can be scary because we might have to give up some of our work, but it is worth the momentary discomfort.
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
7:07 am
[samiraalthores]
contentment
People who do too much often get so caught up with achieving our goals that we forget to be content with what we have. We tend to focus on our shortcomings rather than our accomplishments. Take time to appreciate what we have now. Gratitude and contentment will reinforce and perhaps refocus our goals. Contentment gives us peace and rest from our busy lives.
Sunday, September 7th, 2008
9:24 pm
[samiraalthores]
Action
People who do too much desire to minimize negatives and expand positives in their lives. We think about the change we wish to make. We talk about it. We make a plan. We re-think. We make a plan B.

There comes a time when we need to stop thinking, planning, talking and start doing. Thinking doesn’t create change, action does. People who do too much sometimes overthink a situation and do too little. I know it. You know it. We can act. We must act.

Thoughts. Actions. Change.
Saturday, August 2nd, 2008
12:11 pm
[samiraalthores]
mind like water
The zen master teaches, "Have mind like water"

Toss a pebble into a pond. Ripples occur, spread outward, and then the water surface returns to calm. Water reacts to disturbance in an appropriate way - neither underreacting or overreacting. Mind like water.

Water is the source of all life. Water can be soft and calm. Water can cleanse. Water can rage and destroy. Water can move mountains. Each an appropriate action in context and time. The floods recede. The river returns to its channel. The earth remains changed by its interaction with water. Mind like water.
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
8:37 am
[samiraalthores]
light in the soul

When there is light in the soul, there is beauty in the person.
When there is beauty in the person, there is harmony in the home.
When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation.
When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.

--chinese proverb
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
8:56 am
[samiraalthores]
zen master mantra
Thank you for everything. I have no complaints whatsoever.

More positive mantra:

Thank you for everything. I am satisfied with all that I have.
Tuesday, June 24th, 2008
8:11 am
[samiraalthores]
time enough for everything
Act as if you have all the time in the world. Stop trying to be productive. Let go of the entire notion of productivity. Do what you have to do. Each thing in its own time. Then do what comes next. And so on.
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
7:49 am
[samiraalthores]
nature
Talk of mysteries!
Think of our life in Nature -- daily to be shown, to come in contact with it -- rocks, trees, plants, wind on our cheeks. The Earth!


Henry David Thoreau
Saturday, March 29th, 2008
1:43 pm
[samiraalthores]
small changes = big impact
People who do too much know that a small change can have a big impact in our world. Identify one thing in your life that you would like to change - not the biggest and not the hardest, just the smallest and do it! Send out the ripples to a better world. Align the energy for a better tomorrow.
Friday, March 21st, 2008
10:07 pm
[samiraalthores]
...all we can...
People who do too much may enjoy reflecting on this gem:

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.
- John Wesley
Friday, March 14th, 2008
7:05 am
[samiraalthores]
clutter
People who do too much tend to accumulate a lot of clutter in their lives. We're too busy to throw anything away. Sometimes we spend a lot of time organizing our clutter to give ourselves the illusion of control in our lives but our newly created free space is then filled with even more clutter. Our clutter controls us. Ask this: Is this ((insert name of possession*)) helping me achieve my life goals? If the answer is, "no," then get rid of it. Donate it. Sell it. Trash it.

*5 year magazine collection
*bric-a-brac from 10 years of travel
*"skinny" or "fat" clothes
*broken furniture or electronics
*20,000 books that I might read or need in the future
*you get the idea
Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
9:14 am
[samiraalthores]
playing by the rules...or not
People who do too much are usually locked into a cycle we may have not made ourselves, but we certainly propogate it and even revel in it. Think on this: if you play by everyone else's rules, you'll never know who you are and what you are capable of becoming. Many "rules of the game" were establish to bring stability in an uncertain world - to gain a measure of control over the unknown. Don't let the fear of the unknown stop you from learning and changing.
Monday, March 10th, 2008
9:19 am
[samiraalthores]
balance and movement
People who do too much tend to move, move, MOVE! We strive for balance in and between our professional and personal lives but never seem to get there. One action takes the place of another action which initiates yet another action. Conscious awareness of movement is vital to attain balance in our lives. People who do too much benefit from the practice of satya (honesty). Take an honest look at what you are doing and check to see if it lines up with your goals. Or is it just creating chaos? Answer honestly and find balance in conscious awareness.
Friday, March 7th, 2008
7:23 am
[samiraalthores]
negative self-talk
People who do too much tend to engage in a lot of internal negative self-talk. When we fall short of our goals, we state "I am a failure" - an absolute, self-fulfilling prophesy. In our minds, "I am a failure" implies 1) "I always fail," 2) "I have failed in the past," 3) "I will fail in the future," 4) I fail at everything I do, and 5) "the universe has a horror at my failure and will consequently punish and damn me for my failure for all eternity." It's difficult to change one's thinking from time-dependent and complete finality in our negative self-talk. People who do too much should catch themselves when engaging in negative self-talk and substitute positive affirmations that acknowledge a short-coming but not project it into the past or into the future or onto other activities. Something like, "Well, that didn't go as well as I hoped it would. It doesn't affect anything else I've accomplished. Next time, I'll make more realistic goals and succeed. Now, what's next?"
Thursday, February 21st, 2008
2:08 pm
[samiraalthores]
"feminine" energy
People who do too much tend to think in terms of duality rather than continuum. It's much easier to get along in the world when we think and act in black or white rather than shades of gray. Feminine and Masculine are one such duality. It is neither right nor wrong, but people who do too much can benefit from looking inward. Today is a celebration of women in the Hindu philosophy. Manifest your "feminine" energy today.
Thursday, February 14th, 2008
8:34 am
[samiraalthores]
st. valentine
People who do too much sometimes treat their loved ones as an after-thought. Certainly not intentionally, but one does get comfortable in a relationship. Many people are celebrating this day as a special one in which to show a loved one that they care. People who do too much should strive to demonstrate their love more than once a year, but for now, do make an effort to show your beloved something special - not generic! Generic is candy, expensive stuffed animals, mass produced cards, and flowers by the bundle. Your loved ones are not generic, so the tokens of your affection shouldn't be generic. Find that special act to gift your loved one today and many days through the year.
Thursday, February 7th, 2008
8:47 am
[samiraalthores]
Gung Hay Fat Choy
Gung Hay Fat Choy means "Best wishes and congratulations! Have a prosperous and good year."

People who do too much sometimes don't make time for seasonal celebrations. However, there are small things that can be done, with mindfulness, to remember, honor and celebrate spiritual and secular events.

At the Chinese New Year, one can wear a bit of orange to symbolize good luck and joy. A small blossom, for longevitity and courage, can be pinned to the lapel or set in a small vase on your workspace. Poems or affirmations concerning prosperity and good health can be displayed.

For people who do too much, it only takes a moment of concentration to set in motion the universal energies.
Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
8:28 am
[samiraalthores]
psalm 51
Psalm 51 (modified for people who do too much)

Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy steadfast love;
according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Fill me with joy and gladness;
Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
5:39 pm
[samiraalthores]
Keep the hearth fire burning
People who do too much tend to focus on the action not the people involved in the action. Spend some quality, dedicated time with those you love: family & friends. Reflect on the quality of your relationships not the quantity. Let them know how much they mean to you - and put your words into actions.
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