Today’s Extra: 8 Steps to Manifesting Your Desires

The ignorant man asks for material possessions, the intelligent man asks for enlightenment, but the wise man just loves and receives everything.

We all have desires. In fact, ideas of what you want and don’t want are regularly popping in and out of your head. But how often do you stop and ask yourself what you really do want—and even then, how much of the time are you really sure?

What you put your attention on grows. It’s a technique for manifestation that will be discussed later, so it’s very important to make sure your desires are in line with your life’s goals, or you just might end up with a lot of unnecessary things or uncomfortable situations.

An Example of Desire

There’s the story of the man who had everything materially, and one day decided that he needed to find God. His friends told him that he wouldn’t find God in the U.S., he would have to go to India. So he took a flight to Delhi, got off the plane, and told a taxi driver he was there to find God. The taxi driver said that God wasn’t in Delhi but he would take him to Rishikesh, that’s where the Beatles went.

When the man reached Rishikesh, he jumped out of the taxi and rushed up to the first holy-looking person he saw. “I’m here to find God,” he said.

“You’ll need to go up into the mountains,” said the holy-looking person. “That’s where God is; follow that trail.”

So off the man went, following the trail up into the mountains. As he climbed higher, the trail became narrower, the sun set, and it became night. The man struggled on in darkness, he had to find God. Then suddenly he stumbled, slipped, and began rolling down the mountainside, into the black abyss.

Fortunately, his coat caught on a branch and he hung there, dangling in the darkness. “Help, help,” he cried.

“Just let go,” came a loud voice from the darkness.

“Who’s there?” asked the man timidly.

“This is God, just let go,” replied the voice.

The man thought for a moment and then shouted, “Is there anyone else there?”

Do You Have Freewill?

If you ask people if they have freewill to choose the life they want, most of them will tell you yes. However, how much freewill do you actually have? How many of your desires are just repetitions of past memories or a result social conditioning?

Most people’s lives are governed by past actions and memories. You call this the software of the soul, the program that runs your life. You do an action, which creates a memory, which leads to a desire, and then a future action to fulfill the desire. Even though you think you have freewill, most of the time you are following these same patterns over and over again. You’re like the hamster on its treadwheel, running faster and faster, thinking it’s getting somewhere, when in fact it’s just going round and round. This is limited possibilities. The desires you have and therefore the life you create for yourself are limited by the past.

Meditation Frees You from Limitations

Meditation is the tool that allows you to escape from this self-created prison of the past. All memories are in the thinking process. Meditation allows you to transcend or go beyond thoughts. It gives you access to a field of infinite possibilities. Through a regular meditation practice, you can begin to step out of limitations so that you can desire and obtain the life you truly deserve.

What Is Your Soul Profile?

Knowing that you can desire anything is very freeing but can also be confusing. Now you’re spoiled for choice.

How do you know what is correct for you? I suggest finding somewhere quiet and answering the following questions, to create a simple profile of your deeper self, you can call this your Soul Profile. Some answers may change with time so look through the questions again, periodically.

  • What makes me joyful?
  • What is my purpose for being here?
  • What would I like to contribute to the world?
  • Who are my roles models?
  • What kind of relationships nurture me?
  • What can I offer others in relationships?
  • What are my unique talents?
  • What qualities do I admire in others?
  • How did I feel at the peak moments in my life?
  • What kind of world do I want to live in?
  • What can I do to serve humanity?

Of course, it’s still okay to have desires for material possessions, relationships, etc., but the answers to these questions will help guide you on your spiritual journey. You’ll also find that as you move forward with your spiritual goals, your other desires will automatically begin to support your journey. Your whole life begins to reflect your spiritual journey.

However, before you look at the steps to manifest your desires, the Vedas caution you not to be greedy or overindulgent, which it says leads to instability, chaos, confusion, delusion, mental weakness, addictions, and illness (mental and physical).

8 Steps for Fulfilling Your Desires

Try the following steps to help manifest your desires.

1. Ask for Guidance

The heart is more refined and closer to your source than your mind, which easily gets confused and filled with doubts. This doesn’t mean you should abandon your commonsense and the rational mind, but always remember that first impulse from your heart, this is your Higher Self talking.

  • Sit quietly, close your eyes, and bring your awareness into your heart center, in the middle of your chest.
  • Ask, “What do I really, really want? What does my soul yearn for?” and then just listen. Try not to judge or evaluate, just listen to the message from your heart.

You can also ask for advice from friends and experts, but be careful to only ask those who can support your goals.

2. Focus Your Attention

Now bring your attention to the area you want to change or where you want the desire to manifest. By bringing your attention to something, you are focusing energy in that area.

3. Set an Intention

Here it’s important to make sure you are desiring what you want and not what you don’t want. Remember: what you put your attention on grows. For example, rather than desiring for the pain in your knee to go away and thereby focusing on the pain, desire to be able to run and jump and dance freely.

With your attention set, express your desire in a simple phrase or sentence. This gives direction to the energy, and it activates the energy to begin manifesting your desire.

4. Release Your Desire

The next step is to release your desire to the Universe. This is best done at the beginning or end of your meditation practice or just before you go to sleep at night. This is when you are closest to your source.

With your attention set, silently repeat the desire and then let it settle back into the silence. This is like planting the seed of the desire in the silent field of Infinite Organizing Power.

5. Detach from the Outcome

Now you let the Universe handle the details. If you remain attached to the outcome of a desire, you limit the possibilities to one outcome. Detaching is like saying, “This is what I think I want but, if there’s something better, please send that along instead.” The Vedas say, “Desiring for the fruit of an action implies lack of faith in the Divine’s willingness to give all.”

6. Practice Patience

In today’s world, it’s easy to want instant gratification but remember in your essence you are eternal. Nature moves in rhythms and cycles, everything has its season. By rushing things, you often end up with something of lesser value. Trust and allow the Universe to unfold its perfection. Again from the Vedas, “When we use our power righteously, all good things flow to us.”

7. Learn Acceptance

The moment is always perfect. Sometimes you have to accept that the Universe knows best and recognize that sometimes it has greater plans for you. Accepting the present moment allows you to see the opportunities and create your perfect future.

8. Find Fulfillment

Enjoy the bounty that manifests every day. Your ultimate goal is to be able to spontaneously fulfill all your desires. This can only happen when you enter higher states of consciousness. Here you are totally in harmony with all the laws of nature. There is no longer any need for desire as everything you could possibly want is presented to you at exactly the right time and place.

To return to the statement at the beginning of this article, when your life and motivation is completely centered around love, everything wonderful spontaneously flows to you.

 

About the Author

Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)

Chopra Center Educator
Born in Liverpool, England, Roger Gabriel spent his formative years in the United Kingdom and first learned meditation there in the early 1970s. It instantly became his passion and he soon trained to be a meditation teacher under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. After moving to the U.S., Roger began studying Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of health care. In 1985, while helping to establish centers for Ayurveda and meditation, he met and became friends with Deepak Chopra. Since then, Roger has assisted Deepak with numerous training programs, seminars, and workshops; taught thousands of people on all continents to meditate; and helped to train hundreds of people to become teachers of meditation, Ayurveda,…Read more
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The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Nov. 20: WEATHER ON THE FIRST THANKSGIVING

 

WEATHER ON THE FIRST THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving travel always makes weather a big concern, so I thought it might be fun to write about weather on the very first Thanksgiving. Ironically, we know more about the weather than the date itself!

We believe that first Thanksgiving feast held by the pilgrims of Plymouth colony in 1621 was probably in September or October, not the last Thursday in November. No exact date was every recorded, however, we know it was a harvest festival.

Celebrating a fall harvest was an English tradition at the time—usually lasting several days. The Plymouth area would be harvesting from September through mid-October.

As new arrivals, the Pilgrims frequently described the harsh local climate; weather conditions and weather survival were common topics for the colonists.

So, the fact that they only wrote about the harvest festival and not the weather indicates it was probably relatively normal. For New England in mid-autumn, that meant mostly sunny weather in the mid-to-low 60˚s.

Most history books record how difficult the previous year had been for the Pilgrims. After a much delayed, stormy sea voyage the colonists landed on December 21, the first day of winter. The harsh winter (45 of the 102 setters died) was followed by a rough spring, but the autumn brought a bountiful harvest. The arrival of Tisquantum (Squanto) had brought peaceable relations with Ousamequin, the Massasoit Sachem (great chief)  and his tribal confederation, including life-saving farming information, a trade treaty, and a military alliance.

What most books don’t record is how difficult times had been for the Wampanoag people. From 1616 to 1619, the confederation had endured an epidemic (smallpox or maybe leptospirosis, 7-day fever) that had wiped out an estimated 40% of the tribe. The remaining survivors found themselves militarily weakened and facing uneasy relations with their stronger neighbors. When the Pilgrims settled the decimated lands of the confederation’s Patuxet tribe and befriended the last Patuxet survivor Squanto, it seemed as if a new ally had arrived to strengthen the confederation. For the Wampanoag, 1621 was a time of healing, good hunting, good harvests and renewed strength.

History would disrupt the amity but for a moment, there was peace and plenty. For three days, the remaining 53 Pilgrims and over 90 Wampanoag feasted, had games and competitions, prayed and ate some more. It was a time of sunny weather and celebration.

May this holiday weekend give you, our readers, sunshine, peace and a reason to celebrate.

 

ABOUT THIS BLOG

Are you a weather watcher? Welcome to “Weather Whispers” by James Garriss and until recently, Evelyn Browning Garriss. With expertise and humor, this column covers everything weather—from weather forecasts to WHY extreme weather happens to ways that weather affects your life from farming to your grocery bill. Enjoy weather facts, folklore, and fun!

With heavy hearts, we share the news that historical climatologist and immensely entertaining Almanac contributor Evelyn Browning Garriss passed away in late June 2017. Evelyn shared her lifetime of weather knowledge with Almanac editors and readers, explaining weather phenomena in conversation and expounding on topics in articles for the print edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac as well as in these blog posts. We were honored to know and work with her as her time allowed, which is to say when she was not giving lectures to, writing articles for, and consulting with scientists, academia, investors, and government agencies around the world. She will be greatly missed by the Almanac staff and readers.

Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Nov. 20: SARAH JOSEPHA HALE: GODMOTHER OF THANKSGIVING

SARAH JOSEPHA HALE:

GODMOTHER OF THANKSGIVING

Happy Thanksgiving! While you are being grateful for your food, friends, and family, take a little time to remember Sarah Josepha Hale, who helped make this national day of thanks possible.

WHO WAS SARAH JOSEPHA HALE?

Sarah Josepha Buell was born on October 24, 1788, on a farm in Newport, New Hampshire. From a tender age, she was curious, smart, and eager to learn.

As a young girl, Sarah was taught by her mother about history and literature. Later, her brother Horatio taught her everything that he was learning as a student at Dartmouth College.

When Sarah was growing up, women were not accepted as teachers. However, this didn’t stop Sarah from founding a private school when she was 18 years old. She taught until she met David Hale. They married in 1813.

David encouraged Sarah to write short stories and articles. Many of these were published in local newspapers.

Suddenly, in 1822, David died, and Sarah Hale was left to care for their five children. To make ends meet, she first operated a women’s hat shop and later resumed teaching and writing. Soon, she published her first book of poems, including one that became the famous nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” In 1827, she published her first novel.

John Blake of Boston read Hale’s novel and asked her to work for him on Ladies’ Magazine. She accepted and became the first woman editor of a magazine in the United States. Hale introduced new ideas and a new title, calling it American Ladies’ Magazine.

Within a few years, Louis Godey of Philadelphia had bought Blake’s magazine and merged it with Godey’s Lady’s Book, keeping Hale as editor.

 

HOW DID SARAH JOSEPHA HALE START THANKSGIVING?

Throughout her time as an editor, Hale had written hundreds of letters to governors, ministers, newspaper editors, and every U.S. president with one request: that the last Thursday in November be set aside to “offer to God our tribute of joy and gratitude for the blessings of the year.”

Native American harvest festivals had taken place for centuries in North America, and there had long been colonists’ services to give thanks, but there had never been a Thanksgiving holiday.

In 1863, with the country torn by the Civil War, Hale’s campaign finally got people’s attention. That September, she put her thanksgiving message into an editorial and wrote to President Abraham Lincoln, urging him to make Thanksgiving Day a fixed national festival.

Lincoln liked Hale’s idea. On October 3, 1863, he issued a proclamation declaring the last Thursday of November to be National Thanksgiving Day. He ordered all government offices in Washington closed on that day.

Hale enjoyed many Thanksgiving celebrations. She died on April 30, 1879, at the age of 90.

THE FOURTH THURSDAY IN NOVEMBER

In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt was pressured by store owners to move Thanksgiving Day to the third Thursday in November. They wanted more shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. He did it, but millions of Americans continued to celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the last Thursday of November. In 1940, FDR realized his mistake. In the December 1941, he assigned the holiday to the fourth Thursday in November.

THANKSGIVING IN CANADA

Occasions for thanksgiving in Canada have been observed for hundreds of years. Thanksgiving became a national holiday in 1879; its date each year was determined by proclamation. In 1957, Parliament set the second Monday in October as the fixed date “for general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings with which the people of Canada have been favoured.”

 

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Nov. 20: WHEN IS THANKSGIVING DAY 2018 & 2019?

 

WHEN IS THANKSGIVING DAY 2018 & 2019?

THANKSGIVING DAY TRADITIONS, RECIPES, AND HISTORY

In 2018, U.S. Thanksgiving takes place on Thursday, November 22. (Canadian Thanksgiving was on Monday, October 8.) Learn the history of this all-important feast day, as well as why turkey is the traditional Thanksgiving fare—plus, see Thanksgiving trivia, folklore, recipes, and more!

THANKSGIVING DATES

Thanksgiving in the United States is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated the second Monday in October.

WHAT DAY IS THANKSGIVING?
Year U.S. Thanksgiving Canadian Thanksgiving
2018 Thursday, November 22 Monday, October 8
2019 Thursday, November 28 Monday, October 14
2020 Thursday, November 26 Monday, October 12

U.S. THANKSGIVING

Native American harvest festivals had been celebrated for centuries, and colonial services dated back to the late 16th century. In the early 1600s, settlers in both Massachusetts and Virginia came together to give thanks for their survival, for the fertility of their fields, and for their faith. The most widely known early Thanksgiving is that of the Pilgrims in Plimoth, Massachusetts, who feasted for 3 days with the Wampanoag people in 1621.

However, the first national holiday of Thanksgiving was observed for a slightly different reason—in honor of the creation of the new United States Constitution. In 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation designating November 26 of that year as a “Day of Publick Thanksgivin” to recognize the role of providence in creating the new United States and the new federal Constitution. Washington was in his first term as president, and a young nation had just emerged successfully from the Revolution. Washington called on the people of the United States to acknowledge God for affording them “an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.” This was the first time Thanksgiving was celebrated under the new Constitution.

While Thanksgiving became a yearly tradition in many communities—celebrated on different months and days that suited them—it was not a federal government holiday. Thomas Jefferson and many subsequent presidents felt that a public religious demonstration of piety was not appropriate for a government type of holiday in a country based in part on the separation of church and state.  While religious thanksgiving services continued, there were no further presidential proclamations marking Thanksgiving until the Civil War of the 1860s.

In 1863, President Lincoln made a proclamation marking Thursday, November 26, 1863 as Thanksgiving. Lincoln’s proclamation harkened back to Washington’s, as he was also giving thanks to God following a bloody military confrontation. In this case, Lincoln was expressing gratitude to God and thanks to the Army for emerging successfully from the Battle of Gettysburg. He enumerated the blessings of the American people and called upon his countrymen to “set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.”

In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed Thanksgiving from the fourth to the third Thursday in November! It was the tail-end of the Depression, and Roosevelt’s goal was to create more shopping days before Christmas and to give the economy a boost. However, many people continued to celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November.

In 1941, to end any confusion, the president and Congress established Thanksgiving as a United States federal holiday to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, which is how it stands today.

CANADIAN THANKSGIVING

Note that Thanksgiving Day in Canada is celebrated on the second Monday in October and has different origins. The first Thanksgiving meal observed in what is now Canada occurred in 1578, when English explorer Martin Frobisher and his crew held a meal to thank God for granting them safe passage through the wilds of the New World.

Overall, the holiday is not as big of a deal in Canada. Canadians automatically get that Monday off in most parts of the country, but in Atlantic Canada (Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador), it’s an optional holiday. Many Quebecers don’t celebrate the holiday at all.

Today, Canadians often visit with family and friends—though they don’t tend to travel as much or as far. The food is similar with pumpkin pie for dessert. Football is on the television. Many Canadians get outside for a nice hike or ramble in the woods. And everyone is thankful for the harvest!

 

WHY IS THANKSGIVING CELEBRATED WITH TURKEY?

Turkey has become the traditional Thanksgiving fare because at one time it was a rare treat. During the 1830s, an eight- to ten-pound bird cost a day’s wages. Even though turkeys are affordable today, they still remain a celebratory symbol of bounty. In fact, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin ate roast turkey in foil packets for their first meal on the Moon.

THANKSGIVING WEATHER FOLKLORE

  • Turkeys perched on trees and refusing to descend indicates snow.
  • If the first snow sticks to the trees, it foretells a bountiful harvest in the coming year.
  • If sheep feed facing downhill, watch for a snowstorm.
  • Thunder in November indicates a fertile year to come.
  • If there be ice in November that will bear a duck, there will be nothing thereafter but sleet and muck.
  • As November 21st, so the winter.
  • When the winter is early, it will not be late.

THANKSGIVING POEMS AND QUOTES

Perhaps these poems and quotes will come in handy for your Thanksgiving card!

Over the river and through the wood—
Now grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun!
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin-pie
!
–Lydia Maria Child

Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway–
Thanksgiving comes again
!
–Unknown

Ah! On Thanksgiving Day, when from East and from West,
From North and from South, come the pilgrim and guest,
What moistens the lip, and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past like the rich pumpkin pie
?
J. G. Whittier

“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” –Irv Kupcinet, American columnist (1912–2003)

“Radical historians now tell the story of Thanksgiving from the point of view of the turkey.” –Mason Cooley, U.S. aphorist

 

We give thanks to you, our Almanac community, and wish you a Thanksgiving feast that is both filling and full of grace this year!

This Day in History: Oil Rig Accidentally Drains Lake Peigneur (1980)

Oil Rig Accidentally Drains Lake Peigneur (1980)

Lake Peigneur (pronounced [pɛɲœʁ]) is a saline[A] lake in the US state of Louisiana, 1.2 miles (1.9 km) north of Delcambre and 9.1 miles (14.6 km) west of New Iberia, near the northernmost tip of Vermilion Bay. With a maximum depth of 200 feet (61 m), it is the deepest lake in Louisiana.

It was a 10-foot (3 m) deep freshwater body, popular with sportsmen, until an unusual man-made disaster on November 20, 1980 changed its structure and the surrounding land.[1][2]

Drilling disaster

On Thursday, November 20, 1980, an oil rig contracted by Texaco accidentally drilled into the Diamond Crystal Salt Company salt mine under the lake. Because of an incorrect or misinterpreted coordinate reference system (the rig was positioned as if the coordinates were in the Universal Transverse Mercator coordinate system when, in actuality, they were in transverse Mercator projection[citation needed]) the 14-inch (36 cm) drill bit entered the mine, starting a chain of events that turned the lake from freshwater to salt-water, with a deep hole.[3]

It is difficult to determine what occurred, as much evidence was destroyed or washed away in the ensuing maelstrom. Eventually, it was determined that a miscalculation by Texaco about their location resulted in the drill puncturing the roof of the third level of the mine. This created an opening in the bottom of the lake. The lake then drained into the hole, expanding the size of that hole as the soil and salt were washed into the mine by the rushing water, filling the enormous caverns that had been left by the removal of salt since 1919.

The resultant whirlpool sucked in the drilling platform, eleven barges, many trees and 65 acres (26 ha) of the surrounding terrain. So much water drained into those caverns that the flow of the Delcambre Canal that usually empties the lake into Vermilion Bay was reversed, making the canal a temporary inlet. This backflow created for a few days the tallest waterfall ever in the state of Louisiana, at 164 feet (50 m), as the lake refilled with salty water from the Delcambre Canal and Vermilion Bay. Air displaced by the water flowing into the mine caverns erupted through the mineshafts as compressed air and then later as 400-foot (120 m) geysers.

Although there were no injuries and no human lives lost, three dogs were reported killed. All 55 employees in the mine at the time of the accident were able to escape thanks to well-planned and rehearsed evacuation drills, while the crew of the drilling rig fled the platform before it was sucked down into the new depths of the lake; a fisherman who was on the lake at the time was able to pilot his small boat to shore and escape. Days after the disaster, once the water pressure equalized, nine of the eleven sunken barges popped out of the whirlpool and refloated on the lake’s surface.

Aftermath

Texaco and the drilling contractor Wilson Brothers paid $32 million to Diamond Crystal and $12.8 million to a nearby plant nursery, Live Oak Gardens, in out-of-court settlements to compensate for the damage caused. The mine was finally closed in December 1986.

Since 1994, AGL Resources has used Lake Peigneur’s underlying salt dome as a storage and hub facility for pressurized natural gas.[4][5] There was concern from local residents in 2009 over the safety of storing the gas under the lake and nearby drilling operations.[6]

Salinity

The lake had salty water after the event, not as a result of salt from the mine dissolving into the water, but from the inflow of salty water from the Delcambre Canal and Vermilion Bay, which are naturally salty or brackish. The event permanently affected the ecosystem of the lake by changing the lake from freshwater to saltwater and increasing the depth of part of the lake.

See also

Notes

  1. Jump up^ albeit naturally freshwater

References

  1. Jump up to:a b c d e f “Lake Peigneyr TMDLS for dissolved oxygen and nutrients” (PDF) (Report). EPA. 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-24.
  2. Jump up^ “Lake Peigneur – Oil rig disasters – Offshore Drilling Rig Accidents”. Archived from the original on 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  3. Jump up^ Bellows, Alan (2005-09-06). “Lake Peigneur: The Swirling Vortex of Doom”. Damninteresting.com. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  4. Jump up^ Jefferson Island Storage and Hub Q & A AGL resources, 2007, (map of lake showing current and planned gas caverns)
  5. Jump up^ “AGL Resources Seeking Customer Interest in Project to Expand Jefferson Island Storage & Hub Facility; Two New Salt Caverns Could Almost Triple Capacity” (Press Release). 2005-10-27. Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  6. Jump up^ “Lake Peigneur Update”. WorldNow and KLFY. December 9, 2009. Archived from the original on March 7, 2014. Retrieved 2017-04-27.

The Daily Motivator for November 20: Put yourself out there

Put yourself out there

Don’t wait for the situation to dictate your actions. Take control of the situation and bend it in a positive direction.

Formulate your strategy and then execute your plans with discipline and persistence. Know what you intend to do, and do what you know you must do.

Don’t wait until you hear opportunity knocking. Prepare yourself long before the opportunity has gelled, placing yourself in the optimum position to seize that opportunity.

Dreams become reality not by waiting or wishing, but through preemptive, focused, ambitious action. Look ahead, think ahead, plan ahead, act with passion and purpose.

Put yourself out there, eager to give all you have to every moment of every day. The special greatness within you deserves to be expressed and fulfilled.

Allow confidence, courage, and achievement to grow upon themselves through your attitude and actions. Put yourself out there, and make great things happen.

— Ralph Marston

 

Source: Daily Motivator

Inspiration of the Day for Nov. 20: Humility

 

 

 

Humility

BY MADISYN TAYLOR

Practicing humility in life is important – while you may have a greater understanding in some areas, others will always be able to teach you something in other areas.

The notion of humility as a virtue brings numerous images to mind. We tend to envision those rare individuals who humbly bear life’s struggles while downplaying their own strengths. Yet humility is also associated with people whose insecurities compel them to judge themselves unfavorably as a matter of course. The true definition of humility, however, does not correspond precisely with either of these images. Humility is not passivity. Rather, it is an utter lack of self-importance. The individuals who embody the concept of humility appreciate that each human being on the planet occupies a unique place on an infinite spectrum of development. Though they can take pride in their own accomplishments, they also understand that the people they interact with each day are as valuable and have as much to offer the world as they themselves do.

To be humble is to accept that while there will always be individuals more and less advanced than yourself, those on all parts of the spectrum of development can provide you with insights that further your personal evolution. Recognizing these insights is a matter of opening yourself to the fact that not only do others think and feel differently than you, but their life experiences have shaped them in a very different way than yours have shaped you. This means that while you may have a greater understanding in some areas, others will always be able to teach you something. When you cultivate a genuine yearning to know what skills and talents those you encounter have been blessed with, you cannot help but learn humility. You instinctively understand that emotions like envy breed resistance that prevents you from growing, and that being flexible in your interactions with others will help you connect with unexpected mentors.

When you practice humility, you want to become as accomplished and evolved as you can possibly be, yet you are willing to submit to the expertise of others to do so. You understand the scope of your aptitudes yet you choose to eradicate arrogance from your attitude, and you can distinguish the value you possess as an individual while still acting in the interests of your fellow human beings. Humility, simply put, is a form of balance in which you can celebrate your own worth while sincerely believing that every other person on the planet is just as worthy as you.

Source: DailyOM

Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, November 21

 

Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..

Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, November 21

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
You may have encountered many defeats, but you must not be defeated Aries. You may not realise it, but if you take a little glimpse back, then you will soon see that you have what it takes to stand up to those you bowed down to last month.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
I know you say you are not taking advantage of a loved one, but have you looked at the evidence lately Taurus. Try to play fair and to treat those you love as you would wish to be treated. Life is waiting to be lived.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
There are several reasons for you to celebrate in the days and weeks ahead. You feel so much more aware of who is good and who is bad for you. In the process you decide who you want to separate yourself from.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
You are really struggling with some really important decisions you need to make with your life. This in turn could lead you to say and do things which you don’t really mean. Step back and do what you know is the right thing.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Even you have to admit that you have been acting out of character of late. I know you have dreams and ambitions, but I also see that you are not doing a very good job of sharing your visions. You are in fact keeping them very much under wraps.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
Many new interests open up to you and you begin to see who you have wasted your time and energy on and who you need to make more of a priority. Children bring good news and are the reason you feel your stress levels drop.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
I know you have felt neglected by the very people you respected, but what you have yet to learn (and will before this month is over), is that you have the power on your own to make your dreams come true. Who joins you to support you of their own choice follows soon after.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
Why are you wasting your emotions on those who would not do the same for you? Surely a sign such as yourself should have learnt by now that you are at your best when you give one hundred per cent honesty. Time then to say who you no longer have the time and effort for.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
You are approaching a new and really interesting phase of your life where you no longer worry about what others think of you but you act from the heart and only the heart. You’re about to make one of the best decisions of your life.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
I can see that you’ve had to take time out to look after everyone but yourself. What important lessons have you learnt in this process Capricorn? That if you don’t take care of yourself, others won’t follow.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
Little problems can turn into big ones if you don’t deal with them as they occur. There’s a lot of hard work ahead, but I know you have the ability to achieve more this week than you have all year.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
Work and play cross paths and you start to feel more positive about your future. You now see with ease what is possible and what you need to leave to time to solve. Arguments can’t be won with family now so bide your time.

 

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Born on The Scorpio-Sagittarius Cusp

Discover the power of the Cusp of Revolution


If you were born on the Scorpio-Sagittarius cusp, from November 18 to 24, you are an incredible source of strength and power! You were born on the Cusp of Revolution, which makes you passionate, capable, and ready to stand up and fight for your beliefs.

Because you were born on this cusp, you are influenced by the planets Pluto and Jupiter — the ruling planets of Scorpio and Sagittarius. Pluto, the planet of death and rebirth, encourages you to right wrongs and embrace your personal power, while Jupiter fuels your optimistic outlook. It’s this combination of inspiration and transformation that makes you so revolutionary!

You are blessed with both the empathy of a Water sign (Scorpio) and the excitement of a Fire sign (Sagittarius), giving you a wide spectrum of abilities. There’s a combination of compassion and friendliness in you that makes you incredibly generous — just be wary of those looking to take advantage of your giving nature.

Born on the Cusp of Revolution, you’re action-oriented and strong, ready to lead and inspire! Your ability to stick to your guns alongside your outgoing, charismatic attitude will have you turning heads, making moves, and doing important things in this lifetime. One thing that’s sure to hold you back, however, is a lack of freedom. The more tied down you are the more stuck and frustrated you’ll feel. Seek opportunities that will allow you freedom and independence!

People born on the Scorpio-Sagittarius cusp are especially proactive and tend to be a bit wild or rebellious. You like to shake things up! However, this energy can be too much for some, and could make you seem intimidating or unapproachable. In fact, you may often be misunderstood by others, because they never know which version of you they’ll see: the fun, flexible, life of the party, or the fierce, complex creature with the sharp stinger.

Born on the Cusp of Revolution, you have strong values and beliefs and you aren’t afraid to speak your mind. You thrive around others who share your strength and vitality, and who don’t get rubbed the wrong way too easily — you’ve been known to ruffle a few feathers in your day! Your independence and intensity can lead you to do great things, but they can also cause power struggles in relationships and conflict with authority figures. Channel your ferocity into ambition instead of aggression, and there will be no stopping you.

Strengths:

Energetic, adventurous, powerful, accomplished, generous, passionate

Your combination of vision and determination gives you a competitive edge that will carry you far in life. The ability to think deeply as well as philosophically gives you a great understanding of who you are and where you fit into the world. The energy and intensity you feel fuels your desire to make positive changes for yourself and those around you. Your bright sense of humor, optimistic outlook, and willingness to interact genuinely with others will gain you fast, loyal friends.

Weaknesses:

Secretive, selfish, rebellious, wild, aggressive, blunt, misunderstood

With the fury of Scorpio and the fire of Sagittarius, your demeanor might seem aggressive or overwhelming to those around you. And since you always need to be on the move, you can get impatient if others get in your way or slow you down — be gentle with them, they could use your spunk! Your desire to fight for your beliefs is admired, but it can manifest as a rebellious and unfocused frenzy if your energy isn’t channeled properly.

Compatibility:

You’re a firecracker, and you need partners who respect your freedom and independence. Because Scorpio can be a very suspicious sign and Sagittarius prizes truth, honesty is one of the most important things to you in a relationship. You’re very attracted to anyone who is passionate about their work or talents, and you love cheering them on! Fire signs will mirror your intensity and will make fun life partners. A relationship with a Fire sign is full of steamy intimacy, but could have its fair share of explosive arguments, too! Water signs will provide the affection and connection you’re looking for in a committed relationship. They may be more emotional than you need, but their ability to care deeply and their efforts to understand you will make you feel loved beyond measure.

Advice:

Because you like to do things your own way, others’ feelings aren’t really a priority to you. But how long would you stick around someone who didn’t make YOUR feelings important? Hard as it may be, make an effort to put yourself aside once in a while and show the people in your life that they matter. Ask more questions, listen more attentively, and be more forgiving of mistakes.

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Miley Cyrus, Owen Wilson, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Calvin Klein

 

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