My Plan is To……..


There is much discussion as to whether you can lead a balanced life and succeed in the higher echelons of leadership. In his excellent book Leaders eat Last, Simon Sinek points out that not it is only possible it is in fact desirable if you are looking for an efficiently run company.

A leader who uses the top down management approach these days looks fated for the scrap heap. During the GFC of 2007 to 2008 fifty percent of America’s banks failed mainly due to their culture being based on making the holy dollar to the point that they had made some very unwise decisions in chasing larger and larger profits. Businesses that were more balanced in their cultures were able to survive due to the loyalty of their staff.

So what does a balanced life look like, let’s mosey on down that trail:

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1. We create as much information every two days as we did in the entire year of 2003. I think this means that the chances of us doing everything have long gone by the way.

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2. The near first female POTUS points to your job title is not the be all and end all of what provides a satisfactory life: Get a Job.

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3. Love Thomas Merton, didn’t know he was a Catholic priest until just now. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion.

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4. What a living example Eat , Pray, Love is of this beautiful quote: I’m not in Love.

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5. Star of 9 to 5, what a way to make a living, don’t have this be the major focus of your life and forget your dreams.

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6. Number five seems a tad out of place from the rest: Who You Are!!

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7. For me being silly and letting loose would be challenging, how about you?

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8. Mindmapping , there are three or four for me that are not in balance at the moment: Mo Bounce.

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9. One of the greatest living philosophers, Ms. Unknown shows us a tactic to inner balance.

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10. Koan or meme, what will I call them today. But remember to watch and spend time in today’s beauty: You are so Beautiful to Me.

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11. Attitude: when someone makes a settled way of thinking or feeling about something. … For example: You can tell a person’s attitude just by watching his body posture if he likes something or not. Aptitude: It’s a natural ability to do something or a natural tendency.

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12. The greatest skill in  life one must get rid of if they wish to lead a balanced life: Confessions of a Perfectionist.

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13. We have all seen that cartoon  of life as we hope it will go versus how it actually occurs, we spend a lot of time undoing knots.

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14. SETH GODIN is the author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything: Holiday.

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15. I love this list, it has helped balance my life on a daily basis.

I actually have terrible balance on my left side, I can’t do the Tai Chi white crane at all, perhaps I need to look at what has it out of kilter.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends.

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To move forward, you have to give Back!!


So what do you think about others? Gabby Bernstein in her book May Cause Miracles wrote the following Morning Reflection: Inner Guide, I call on you for help. I know I have chosen separation over love. For today, I choose to see everyone as equal and release my fear to your care. I wholeheartedly welcome your guidance. I ask that you teach me to perceive everyone as equal, and to see everyone as love. Teach me love through every holy encounter.

I live from five core desired feelings, one of them is H.O.P.E. – Helping Other People Evolve, because I realised a long time ago that my life was a whole lot better with empowered people in it rather than disempowered people.

So has there been much said about the empowerment of others over the centuries, let’s journey down that path:

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1. Your acts of kindness may not make front page news, but for the person they are done for, they will always be remembered.

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2. HHDL, the man who lives this the best on the planet, gets our prime purpose down pat: He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.

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3. Didn’t expect ot see a POTUS making this list, but what a beautiful image.

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4. And how could I write about this subject without including the Queen of giving, Oprah Winfrey: Helping Others.

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5. When someone ask you to help them get to where they want to, and together you achieve that, the shared joy is palpable.

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6. And the rest of HHDL quote, don’t hurt others: Never going to give you Up.

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7. Jet Li, actor and martial arts practitioner calls to us to believe that we all are one family and our purpose is to help each other.

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8. Looking for your inner self, start doing things for others, the answer will come quickly: The best thing about me is You.

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9. Actress and Humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn appeared in fewer films as her life went on, devoting much of her later life to UNICEF. She had contributed to the organisation since 1954, then worked in some of the poorest communities of Africa, South America and Asia between 1988 and 1992. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1992. A month later, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63.

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10. Hang around with people who are up to making a difference with their lives, remember eagles fly above the clouds: Fly like an Eagle.

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11. The motto is, you can’t do it on your own.

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12. Prioritise your life, take with one, give with the other: Dancing on my Own.

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13. Powerful Image, says it all.

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14. Such a healthy lifestyle too: I was Here.

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15. My mum need her torch at night so she can read the clock on her wall, what will you use your torch of kindness for?

Kindness created me kind. I come from love and kindness and I know this is who I am. Today I choose to remember my truth and share it with the world. Today I will spread loving-kindness to all those I encounter.

This affirmation is to remind you of who you are, a being of love.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends.

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Thanks for your kind Words!!


Worship what you love and love what you worship – Danielle Laporte wrote this in her superb book, White Hot Truth my world vision is Love and Respect for All – Everyone Included. To achieve this I see the need for kindness to be part of our natural paradigm.

How do we define kind, here’s one version

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noun: kindness
  1. the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
    “he thanked them for their kindness and support”
    synonyms: kindliness, kind-heartedness, warm-heartedness, tender-heartedness, goodwill, affectionateness, affectionwarmthgentlenesstendernessconcerncareMore

    antonyms: unkindnessmeanness
    • a kind act.
      plural noun: kindnesses
      “it would be a kindness on your part to invite her”
      synonyms: kind act, good deed, act of kindness, good turn, favour, act of assistance, servicehelpaid

      “she has done us many a kindness”
      antonyms: disservice
 And here’s how they say it in Albanian, would you understand their actions?
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So how will the world include this to my recipe, let’s have a look:

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.1. I met one of  my best friends pretending to be a tree at a party in North Carlton in the 1980’s. Not to many trees at that party.

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2. Are we the only planet dwellers in this large universe, the only starseed that can think for itself, I don’t think so: Starman.

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3. If you don’t make the effort of kindness on a daily basis how many people will live in this space?

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4. There are 7 billion versions on the planet, some people seem to have forgotten though: You are so beautiful to Me.

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5. Today was the birthday of a friend of mine who passed tragically and unexpectedly last year, she was one of my kind and I miss her greatly. Happy Birthday whichever plane you are on.

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6. Try this, it doesn’t work: Put it Down.

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7. Remember that those not showing you love and respect: It’s their stuff not yours.

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8. I had a friend recently who has strong opinions about the danger of muslims in our country. So I asked him the question I always ask someone who makes this kind of statement: Have you ever met a muslim, the answer was no of course: Advice.

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9. I have 4,800 Facebook friends, a lot of musicians, american female life coaches, and the conscious movement of Melbourne but how did I get the CEO of Northern Airlines in the USA as one. I know this because I write each one of them a personal Facebook Birthday Card.

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10. Watch their actions, they speak louder than their words: Actions not Words.

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11. a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self, and the subject is released from the effects of karma and the cycle of death and rebirth. It represents the final goal of Buddhism.

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12. This form of kindness might just save the planet: Enough.

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13. You can’t read all the words, but you get the vibe of it.

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14. Snap: You just have to love Bollywood: Made for Each Other.

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15. I am part of a year long Activators training program and we are working on this theory, it takes something special, such as Love and Respect for All – Everyone Included.

So here’s to kind words to each other as a daily practice.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends.

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It changes the entire Conversation!!


I’m an one on one English tutor at Darebin Intercultural Centre in Preston, Victoria, Australia. My student didn’t turn up this morning and I had printed her a lesson called Making Contact. I put this in Google Images and it brought up hundred of quotes on making eye contact, transfiguration  by another name.

My friend Chris runs these amazing transfiguration events where you share eye contact with 20 different people over the evening and you finish with a I Love you Circle. This was not what I expected when I typed the words in so let’s have a look at some of these quotes and how they can be interpreted:

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1. Kids get it, but adults have had the joy and imagination beaten out of their imagination.

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2. Making eye contact with a total stranger was how I met my first true soulmate, on a railway station of all places: Soul on Fire.

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3. I heard about living your highest values from John Di Martini the other night but what I will remember most is the friendly single mum from Tasmania I met in the line when our eyes crossed.

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4. If you want what you say to land with the person you are speaking to make sure you have grabbed their attention: Don’t Look Down.

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5. I make Chai at Mojo dance once a month, I dance with a women who I have screamed at, we have serious trouble looking into each  other’s eyes, I hope she reads this.

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6. This has happened to me three times in the past month, one of them was 22 years old. What is my soul trying to tell me: Friends.

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7. I love the word lovely, Yummy.

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8. Yahia Lababidi is an Egyptian-American thinker and Pushcart-nominated poet, whose work has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. To date,   is the author of 4 well-received books, in 4 different genres: Signposts to Elsewhere (aphorisms), Trial by Ink: From Nietzsche to Bellydancing (essays), Fever Dreams (poems), and most recently, The Artist as Mystic (conversations): Heart’s on Fire.

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9. I just had too because it is so silly.

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10. I have always had trouble reading Dostoyevsky, Hahaha: S.E.X.

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11. When you eye gaze with 20 different people it helps take this habit away, thank you for your ceremony , Chris.

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12. One of my best friends met his life partner on a bus to Sydney when this happened: I’m Into You.

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13. And, Yes I love Ram Dass, check him out. It’s not the christian God he is talking about.

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14. Sarcasm is a beautiful thing, shit women have to  put up with all the time: Stop staring at my Boobs.

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15. And then there are times this has to be the next action.

Well, Eye contact, AKA transfiguration is a very powerful tool for connecting with your fellow human beings, practice it as often as you can.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends.

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Life will love you Back!!


You may not have heard of Marc and Angel Chernoff, yet they are two of the greatest list writers on the net, their book 1,000+ Little Things Happy Successful People do Differently is a gem, their internet site http://www.marcandangel.com is amongst my top ten sites at the moment. I opened the book today and a list about loving what is came up. Byron Katie is probably better known for this phrase but for me Marc and Angel run a close second.

Let’s have a look at some of the copious quotes that exist on this empowering subject:

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1. Freedom and Happiness, I’ll take a dose of them anytime.

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2. Do you keep your promises in this area, not easy to do sometimes: Keep your Word.

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3. Are you following the where the love is path?

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4. How much do we love the art of Vincent van Gogh: Vincent van Gogh.

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5. It is hard to love your life without loving all stages of it, the past, the present and the future.

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6. Not what you would expect from a Rugby League coach, but gets to the point: If it’s lovin that you want.

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7. I’m part of a Facebook group called The Daily Gratitude Space, if you need a pickup or a place to express what you are grateful for , join us.

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8. Would a list on Loving what you love be complete without Wayne Dyer, I don’t think so: How deep is your Love.

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9. Anger is the root of misunderstanding between people, nations and species.

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10. When we have lost contact, this is a way to recall loving memories that we have experienced in our life: Photograph.

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11. My friend Tanishka finishes all her writing with blessings on your day, a beautiful practice for expressing loving what is.

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12. How do you continue when your mind and body want to toss it in? Your heart is still there rooting for you: Listen to your Heart.

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13. Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is well known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937) which is among the top 10 best selling self-help books of all time. Hill’s works insisted that fervid expectations are essential to improving one’s life. Most of his books were promoted as expounding principles to achieve “success”.

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14: The queen of Love What Is, Byron Katie has given love to countless people through her magnificent work: Relationships and Love

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15. My friend Vic used to say to his staff, Love what you do, and you will never work another day in your life, sage and healthy advice.

Marc and Angel Hack Life, get a daily dose of positivity from their site: link to website.

Namaste until next time, my dear friends.

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It’s not easy being a Goddess!


What is a mere male doing writing about goddesses? A story, in 2013, after getting over my latest mental health episode I saw that my friend Sun was having a Kirtan with a Kundalini dance session. I ended up doing the door for the event and met Nemone, the Kundalini Dance facilitator and signed up for her eight week course because I sensed it was a way to heal faster.

During this process Nemone mentioned she was going to a retreat in Byron Shire and that I should come along. With $50 in the bank this seemed an impossibility. On the night of the heart chakra dance we had to do it blindfolded and dance to fulfil an intention which seemed impossible, I choose, I will go to the retreat. Imagine my surprise when the sixth email I opened that night was the payment plan offer for the retreat. So I was off to the retreat.

I arrived in the shire and was introduced to the workshop leader, a woman  named Tanishka Tantrika, I felt like I had known her for lifetimes. Over the next 7 days my DNA was transformed. My favourite memory was one participant asked her to repeat something, Tanishka answered not really, her output was so fresh each time. I became and elder and took on personal vows over this period of time,

What I did not know about Tanishka was that she was The Moon Woman who had a 500,000 person following on Facebook. Two online courses later I find her knowledge of god and goddesses unique. She has just released a book on Hay House entitled Goddess Wisdom:  Where to get the book.

So I have chosen 15 goddess quotes, let travel down the path:

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1. I think this is one of the most powerful things that taking on being a goddess allows women: The right to not have to apologize for it.

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2. How you treat a person is how they will relate to you: I hear you Calling

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3. I know many women who have reached this discovery. Thanks for the power you bring to womanhood.

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4. Pretty much sums up the goddesses I know, has anything been left out?: Shake It Off.

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5. And the people who know her knows that too, or face her wrath.

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6. Both men and women can do this as we both have masculine and feminine sides to our soul: You Sexy Thing.

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7. Goddesses can go from Femme Fatales to completely butch, there is no goddess look, it’s who you be.

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8. Written sometime in the 1700 or 1800’s by Goethe acknowledging the power of the goddess to empower the present moment: Song of the Goddess.

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9. Reading Tanishka’s beginning to her journey you would never imagine that she would end up writing a book called Goddess Wisdom.

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10. Goddesses know this to the bottom of their heart’s, the power of the circle: The Earth is my Mother.

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11. Frida knew that these people exist, it sometimes takes a while to find yours.

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12. I woke up like this, booya!: I am the Goddess.

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13. The role of the goddess; to empower people and the planet.

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14. Goddesses see the big picture, for them not the chauvinistic desire to rule the world, she knows better than that: Beltane Fire dance.

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15. Goddesses realise there will be scars along the journey, they triumph over them.

I have a lot to thank my friend Tanishka for, without having met her I would know little of the goddesses and how to recognise one. You have expanded my life tremendously.

Namaste until next time , my dear friends.

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The F Word!!


OK, fess up, who instantly thought of the four letter word when they saw the title of todays blog. That’s because the subject it is about is one that society has a total struggle with, forgiveness. A Course In Miracles says – …holding no prisoner to guilt, we become free. Maybe you can’t move along your career path because you haven’t forgiven yourself for a mistake you made in the past or maybe you remember the time you hurt somebody or they hurt you and you are afraid of being that intimate again.

There are oodles of forgiveness quotes, I put this down to the fact that society has such a quandary with it. What has been said over the years, let’s have a look:

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1. Perhaps the greatest example of this is when Nelson Mandela walked out of the  prison on Robben Island after 27 years.

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2. How beautiful is this piece of sage advice, locked in and noted: Heal the Wound.

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3. Revered the world over for his nonviolent philosophy of passive resistance, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was known to his many followers as Mahatma, or “the great-souled one.” He forgave one nation to create another.

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4. You don’t go to a gym to get this sort of strength, it is definitely on the inner plain: You Raise Me Up.

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5. You can use your memories to treat people harshly or perhaps you forgive them for being human.

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6. Because this is where not forgiving can take you. If you wish to see how poisonous it can be watch mainstream media: I have a Dream.

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7. I have a friend who has not spoken to his sister for 5 years over an  “incident”. They were over 30 when it happened.

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8. My mother once sent me a postcard with a ship on it asking if that was how I was returning to Australia. I don’t think I had seen her for three months. I didn’t realise she was that funny: Mother.

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9. Write out the apology you would like and then burn it so it is in the ether, you know you will never receive it in the  flesh, stop hurting yourself.

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10. A powerful lesson, think before you put your foot in your mouth, the repercussions are costly: Words.

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11. Bryant McGill is one of the most virally shared and read authors online in the world today. His articles have reached more people on social media than any top shared article, by any other writer or media outlet including the New York Times, Barack Obama, Huffington Post, or CNN.

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12. I remember a time in my life when if my mother said white I would say black. My sister pointed out that I still retain a little of this towards her, at 62 and 90 it is time to forgive her for what I think happened between us and hold on to the hope of tomorrow: Hold onto Hope Love.

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13. It’s a two way street.

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14. Can you smell it, remember to give time to smelling the flowers: Supermarket Flowers.

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15. Time to set yourself free, Unlock the door.

A morning reflection to end on from May Cause Miracles by Gabby Bernstein

For today I commit to letting go of my past. In this moment I choose to release all the pent-up anger and resentment I have placed on myself. I welcome even a moment of release. I forgive myself for my past, my present and my future. I trust that I am love and that all my life’s experiences have been divinely placed for me to learn and grow. I’ve done the best I can with my life’s circumstances, and today the best I can do is forgive. I forgive myself today.

Namaste until next time , my dear friends

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