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The Farewell – Robert Burns

The Farewell – Robert Burns The Farewell
To the Brethren of St. James Lodge, Tarbolton
Robert Burns Adieu ! a heart-warm fond adieu !
Dear brothers of the mystic tie !
Ye favour’d, ye enlighten’d few,
Companions of my social joy !
Tho’ I to foreign lands must hie,
Pursuing fortune’s slidd’ry ba’,
With melting heart, and brimful eye,
I’ll mind you still, tho’ far awa’. Oft, have I met your...

Finding Meaning In Suffering

“Man is ready and willing to shoulder any suffering as soon and as long as he can see a meaning in it.”  – Victor Frankl It is difficult to find the meaning in pain and suffering when we are in the midst of it; however, when we have periods of comparative ease we can reflect on it and attempt to understand the meaning in it. It takes considerable time and effort to find the meaning in pain and suffering, but the...

The Power of Surrender

Everything that happens is an opportunity for growth.  By surrendering to our circumstances, we are creating the space for this growth to occur. “Surrender is faith that the power of Love can accomplish anything even when you cannot foresee the outcome.” – Deepak Chopra True surrender is a process of discovery.  When we surrender, we discover who we really are. There is a freedom in surrendering.  Trying to control...

Superman (Ubermensch)

And Zarathustra thus spoke to the people: “I teach you the overman.  Man is something that shall be overcome.  What have you done to overcome him?” “All beings so far have created something beyond themselves; and do you want to be the ebb of this great flood and even go back to the beasts rather than overcome man?” Friedrich Nietzsche, “Zarathustra’s Prologue,”Thus Spoke...

If – by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise; If you can dream – and not make dreams your...

You Can Awaken Your Heart

Face the pain Face the fear Don’t numb yourself Face the pain Don’t distract yourself Face the Fear Don’t overindulge Fill the void with love and compassion Stop Don’t Act Out Don’t Repress Don’t blame it on anyone else Don’t blame yourself Everything has fallen apart There is no escape You have run out of options You can shut down and feel resentful Or You can awaken your...

Ho’oponopono

My friend Eri shared this tradition with me a while back and I thought now would be a good time to to practice it. Ho’oponopono means to make right.  It is the Hawaiian Code of Forgiveness.  When we forgive others, we are also forgiving ourselves.  We need to make right with the people with whom we have relationships. One of the primary principles of neuro linguistic programming is that  “people are doing the best...

Facing Fear

The following blog entry incorporates thoughts from “When Things Fall Apart:  Heart Advice for Difficult Times” by Pema Chodron “Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” – Pema Chodren Getting to know fear involves a complete undoing of old ways of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and thinking. We have a natural tendency to dissociate from fear.  We usually try to deal with fear by distracting...

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. (...

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. –  Friedrich Nietzsche This is probably one of Nietzsche’s most famous quotes and there is a great truth in it, should we seize the opportunity. When patients come to me with a lumbar spinal sprain, they receive tremendous benefit from the care I provide; however, they have to take an active role in their own health care to rehabilitate the region and make themselves...

Happiness

It is human nature to desire happiness.  Happiness does not have to be some elusive concept.  It is a condition towards which we can strive.  We can cultivate the factors that lead towards happiness.  We can nurture those factors and move away from the states of mind that lead to unhappiness.  In order to do this, we must first explore just what those factors are.  With this blog post, I intend to do just that.  We can...