Love Poem by Robert Smith (The Cure)

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For this second of your life,
Tell me that its true,
Waiting for a sign,
That’s all I want of you.
Your heart hides a secret
A promise of what is,
Something more than this.
Just a second of your time,
Any one will do,
Taste of any other,
Is all I want from you,
You offer me the world,
And how can I resist
Something more than this?
Make believe in magic
Make believe in dreams
Make believe impossible,
Nothing as it seems
To see touch taste smell hear
But never know if its real
For this second of your life
Tell me if its true
Anyway we are
Is all I want of you
Your lips lies a secret
A promise of a kiss
Something more than this
Just a second of your time
Any one will do
To know any other is all I want for you
Giving me the world
Now I can’t resist
Something more
  The Cure
 Lyrics by Robert Smith
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Miracles

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Miracles happen not in opposition to nature but in opposition to what we are conditioned to believe. The universe cannot help unless you hold strong intention and focus. Believing is Seeing. 

From somewhere inside you hear a call. The hearing becomes a feeling connecting you to truth and this is when Miracles appear. Although you may not be able to say why you feel something is so, your knowing is true for you and that truth is your foundation for Miracles. Knowing is experiencing.

Love is the key and truly the only thing that really heals. Let go of what you think . Trust and know who you are. Leave the driving to your higher Self. Release your Ego to a higher power. Remind yourself you are supported continuously and unconditionally. 

Open yourself to a miracle on its way. Imagine a miracle. Ease into the harmony and beauty all around you.

What’s in your Power?

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Much wisdom to be gained  about Power  when delving into the philosophy of Stoicism.

Stoicism is a brand of philosophy that focuses almost exclusively on the areas of ethics, virtues, and the very difficult task of living a good life. Stoicism as a way of life would originate in Greece, as most philosophy does, in the later years of the Hellenistic age and would gain momentum right up to the height of the Roman Empire.

The founder was Zeno of Citium, a Greek philosopher who began his lecturing days not long after the death of Aristotle in 322 BCE. While Zeno was the founder of the Stoicism, he is often eclipsed by some of the more prolific stoic authors of the Roman empire. Among these are Epictetus, Seneca the younger, and the emperor Marcus Aurelius.

You may know it as the Serenity Prayer, now popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 step programs:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

What is interesting is that it almost perfectly summarizes our first rule of Stoicism. The first thing we have to do is recognize what we have control over and what we do not.

Let’s say you are stuck in traffic, the cars are stacked one on top of the other for miles. Now, you could very easily become disheartened by such a situation. Perhaps the stress could get to you and you could start tearing out your hair. But now let’s ask another question.

Do you really have any control over the traffic?

Of course you do not. There is nothing in your power that you can do. You cannot split the traffic as if you were Moses splitting the Red Sea. You cannot fly out your window and escape. We must recognize that the situation is out of our hands, there is nothing to be done.

We can apply this principle to all sorts of things. Whenever you are in a stressful situation, we must ask if we have any meaningful control. The answer, very often, is no.

The stoic philosopher, Epictetus said as much as this within his Discourses. The philosopher suggests that much of our anxiety stems from our desire to have things that are not within our power to give.

“A lute player when he is singing by himself has no anxiety, but when he enters the theatre, he is anxious even if he has a good voice and plays the lute well; for he not only wishes to sing well, but also to obtain applause: but this is not in his power.” -Epictetus (Discourses)

So we are often wracked by anxiety when encountering situations whose outcome we cannot control. Will we ever escape the gridlock on the freeway? Will the lute player receive an applause after playing the lute?

We don’t know. More importantly, we can’t know. All we can do is manage our reactions and maintain our stoic demeanor. Oh, and we could just try to play the lute as best we can.

Again, in the words of Epictetus:

“Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. Some things are up to us and some things are not up to us. Our opinions are up to us, and our impulses, desires, aversions—in short, whatever is our own doing. Our bodies are not up to us, nor are our possessions, our reputations, or our public offices, or, that is, whatever is not our own doing.”

So for yourself, take a moment to analyze what causes stress in your life – and then ask whether you have control over it. If you don’t have power over it, find ways to accept it. If you do have, then perhaps it’s time to come up with a plan… But remember – one thing you always have control over, is your reactions to things outside of your control…