We are expected to seek refinement. The way G-d created us demonstrates that. Refinement is a soulful life in a body as opposed to a bodily life with a soul.
BEGINNING WITHIN PODCAST
The Beginning Within Podcast is all about repeatedly asking ourselves the one question that always matters, “What can I do about this situation?” Beginning within is about changing the one person we can change. Beginning within is about learning that by transforming ourselves we transform the world.
We all live in a paradigm. When something challenges our paradigm, it offers us an opportunity, to learn a new paradigm or be more resolute in our current one. Only the liberal-minded have the courage to take a close look.
It is worth asking ourselves whether what we're about to say or do is dignified or not. If it isn't, we probably shouldn't say or do it. Acting without dignity is not a sign of authenticity and realness. It's a lack of respect and unwillingness to control our instinctual selves. We must pursue dignity.
Trendy and hip platitudes have a strong pull but they aren't always accurate. People like talking about the universe supporting them. Does the universe have consciousness or free choice? It's authentic confidence based on a reliable source that supports us, not the universe.
There's a simple way to get more of what we want. Focus on it. This always works because what we focus on grows.
There's only one person you need to influence and lead. Yourself! We follow you because of who you are, not because of what you tell us to do.
Some say the letter Y is a crooked later, a cute way of shutting down the question, why. I say that why has straightened many a crooked path. Asking why, questioning our answer and once again questioning our next answer is a very clarifying process.
Problems are easy to point out. No genius there. Do you have a solution? That's where the genius is. Practice being a source for solutions, for uplifting and for light. Look forward as to how it should be done, not backward as to how it was done.
There are those things we want and the things wanted from us. Liberating ourselves from the servitude to our wants frees us to be dedicated to what is wanted from us.
Two stories demonstrate how the choice is in our hands as to whether our circumstances will define our reality or whether we will define our circumstances. It's the difference between enslavement and freedom.
The difference between an issue and non-issue person is one thing. What is the objective? The issue person always makes themselves the objective. The non-issue person remains focused on the true objective.
When our relationship with another, with our religion or with G-d is shutting us down and not expanding us, it's an unhealthy relationship.
Discipline is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. As long as it's given lovingly. Don't shy away from creating rules, responsibilities, and structure. Do make sure you do so from a place of love, not negative emotion.
The only thing between our current reality and a more expansive one is a thin veneer. It looks fearfully large and intimidating. Yet, it is nothing more than a veneer.
There is a simple thing you can do to turn around your marriage. You can even do it without your spouse's participation. Yes, it feels magical and works wonders.
"We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world."
What we see in sports players are individuals who refuse to play it small. There's a deep yearning within each and everyone one of us to do the same.
Optimism isn't a fantasy hope for a better future. Optimism must be grounded in the reality of your circumstances. US Navy Admiral Jim Stockdale taught this in what has come to be called The Stockton Paradox.
We have all been violated after sharing a piece of our inner world. We must not let that stop us from sharing our true selves with others. This is the only path to deep and meaningful relationships.
Trying to warm up the outside world on a freezing cold day would be very foolish. Warming ourselves would be the wise thing to do. Trying to change someone else is just as foolish. Changing ourselves would be the wise thing to do.
Have you ever caught yourself saying, "This is not what I signed up for." This statement comes from a perspective of entitlement. The more we embrace a life of responsibility over a life of rights, the happier we become.