Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Darkness

If only it were so simple,
to cruise through life smelling roses;
but the obstacles blacken the countryside,
and we unwittingly crush them beneath our boots.

Dreams sustain us through the madness;
goals give a finish line to our race.
Yet they change with every turn, around every wall,
and remain elusive throughout the quest.

Mistakes are made, and regrets are our luggage;
we will drag them with us to slow us down.
The victories are flashes of light, sudden and unlasting, which allow us
to glimpse the road ahead before darkness descends.

Love is bitter, yet it is the bread that keeps us.
Over and over it fills us up, only to starve us.
The people whom we love shape our destinies and our strengths,
yet leave us cold and alone in the darkness.

There are others trying to race to the end;
occasionally, we bump into one or two.
The bonds we form help us down the path less lonely
but eventually, we lose each other in the darkness.

Alone is not a bad way to be;
it clears your head and focuses you on the journey.
Cherish the short intervals during the quest you have with others,
but be prepared to walk alone in the darkness.

by Christinia

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Firm, like a rock.....

"If your mind becomes firm like a rock
And no longer shakes
In a world where everything is shaking,
Your mind will be your greatest friend
And suffering will not come your way."
- Theragatha

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Which One Do YOU Feed?

"One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’
The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’"- From 'Begin Within'

Monday, January 31, 2011

Happy Monday! Unlock your potential for today........

"A new door will appear for you today. It may be wide open, like a job offer or an invitation, and you can just walk through it. Or perhaps it is open just a crack, and you'll have to make an effort to enable yourself to peek inside. It may be a smile from someone who has been distant or an opportunity to learn something new. Look ...for the opportunities, expect them, make a choice. It's all up to you! Enjoy the possibilities!"

Don't Rush....

"Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save." ~Will Rogers

Sunday, January 30, 2011

REALLY loving....

"It is easy to say, 'I love you.' It is more challenging to actually love, because when times get hard, or people behave in ways that hurt or disappoint us, or they continue to make bad choices and hurt themselves, that is when our love is put to the test. True love is forgiving, encouraging, patient, helpful, empathetic and enduring. These are the actions that give real meaning to, 'I love you.'" - Regina, from Romancing Your Soul

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Choosing "Not".....

"There is nothing positive to be gained by allowing our ego to box with other people's egos. The truth is we cannot control or change anyone but us. Therefore, it is not in our best interest to base our behavior on what other people say, or believe, or how they choose to behave. Rather it is OUR choosing NOT to allow ego to lead that is most important to our happiness and satisfaction."` Regina Cates

Making the Positive Bloom....

"People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong.
Why not try and see positive things,
to just touch those things and make them bloom?"

- Thich Nhat Hanh

The Beauty of Life........

"The beauty of life is, while we cannot undo what is done,
we can see it, understand it, learn from it and change.
So that every new moment is spent not in regret, guilt, fear or anger,
but in wisdom, understanding and love."

...- Jennifer Edwards

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Way to View Problems.....

"View all problems as challenges.
Look upon negativities that arise as opportunities to learn and to grow.
Don't run from them, condemn yourself, or bury your burden in saintly silence.
You have a problem?
...More grist for the mill. Rejoice, dive in, and investigate."
- Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”
Mary Manin Morrissey

Looking Again...

"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." ~Kahlil Gibran

Monday, January 17, 2011

On This New Day......

"On this new day, this new beginning... remember always that if something is important to you then you will find the way to achieve it. Look for the opportunities... the bridge, the light guiding you, the people providing support. They are all there waiting for you. When you focus on the possibilities you can turn your dream into your reality. It's all up to you!" from 'Simple Steps, Real Change

Let's Pretend....

"The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be." ~Socrates

Becoming the Warrior....

"Regardless what happened to me in the past I have not been a victim for a long time. I realized choosing to remain a victim was choosing to continue reliving the pains of life and it was continuing to allow those people who hurt me to have power over me. Instead I chose to be a warrior and take my power back. I chose to forgive my p...ast and to use it for my benefit.

I am not special. Each of us has the same choice to either remain a victim of our past or to be a warrior and use the past to make our best life NOW!"~Regina Cates

Saturday, January 15, 2011

My Big "A-ha" Moment......

"One of my most liberating aha moments was realizing the only love I can ever really feel is that which comes out of me. This understanding caused me to stop going into relationships seeking something from others and to concentrate completely on what I give."`Regina Cates

Creating the Life I Want.....

"At one time in life I felt unworthy. I now admit those feelings were justified. At first I thought my unworthiness came from outside me; how other people judged me or what I was taught to believe about myself. But the truth is I felt unworthy because I was not behaving in the positive and responsible ways necessary to actually create the life I said I wanted. Now is the time to start creating........."~Regina Cates

Sunday, January 9, 2011

On Laughter......

"Laughter is an instant vacation." - Milton Berle

On Protection....

"Teach a person to shoot, protect one person. Teach a person compassion, protect all people."

First Thought=Best Thought

When we trust with our open heart, whatever occurs, at the very moment that it occurs, can be perceived as fresh and unstained by the clouds of hope and fear. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche used the phrase, "first thought, best thought" to refer to that first moment of fresh perception, before the colorful and coloring clouds of judgment an...d personal interpretation take over.

"First thought" is "best thought" because it has not yet got covered over by all our opinions and interpretations, our hopes and fears, our likes and dislikes. It is direct perception of the world as it is. Sometimes we discover "first thought, best thought" by relaxing into the present moment in a very simple way.

Jeremy Hayward

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

On not being miserable.....

‎"There was a time when I was miserable. So, I wanted other people around who validated my suffering and supported my feeling bad. Yet, when I honestly looked at my relationships I realized I detested being around miserable people.

One day I decided to actually heal, to be happy and to have a peaceful life, what I needed was to surroun...d myself with people who were creating happy, balanced and peaceful lives. Wow! What a difference that made.

Surround yourself with happy people. People who are creating their lives with positive purpose are everywhere. They are eager to support our healing. All we need to do is seek them out. Then be quiet about our miserable suffering and listen, watch and learn how life works best." - Blessings, Regina