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Mojo Monday ~ Unresolvable Dilemmas

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“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.” 

~ Mother Teresa




Learning 
to live with
unresolvable 
dilemmas

Those 
tug of wars
that pull
you this
way
and then
that way

Unresolvable 
dilemmas

Freedom or
commitment
free spirit or
responsibility
striving or
letting it be

Unresolvable 
dilemmas


Desire to control or
desire to surrender
wanting to play it safe or 
wanting to risk it all
desire to connect or
desire to separate

Unresolvable 
dilemmas


Mind’s eye or
mystic’s eye
trust or 
doubt
being alone or
being together

Unresolvable 
dilemmas

Sometimes
there isn’t 
really
a perfect
choice

Unresolvable 
dilemmas

Spiritual life or
material life
part of a team or
independent
taking action or
letting things happen
planning or
spontaneity

Unresolvable 
dilemmas

Life
is
full
of 
paradox


by Michelle Fairchild


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Learn more about paradox and learning to live with unresolvable dilemmas in the book Unflappable: 6 Steps to Staying Happy, Centered, Peaceful No Matter What by Ragini Elizabeth Michaels.




Mojo Monday ~ All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten

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My twin daughters started Kindergarten this morning. Such a milestone for us all that they are starting school.  Various emotions fill my heart and complicated thoughts fill my mind.  I am excited for them, as well as a little scared and sad.  They are entering a more public world.  Our well protected daughters will be going on field trips without us sometimes.  They have moved beyond their small homey daycare to a more demanding and sometimes challenging endeavor of learning more and expanding their social circle.  They are ready in so many ways, but I also sense that there will some difficulties to be faced.  That is the way of life. 

It seemed fitting to share a wonderful piece written by Robert Fulghum called All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. What we are taught as children applies to our adult lives.  Fulgham pulled it all together quite nicely for us as a wise reminder.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
(a guide for Global Leadership)

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school.

These are the things I learned:

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don’t hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don’t take things that aren’t yours.

Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.

Flush.

Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.

Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.


And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk at about 3 o’clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

You can visit Robert Fulgham’s web site at http://www.robertfulghum.com/

Mojo Monday ~ Literature

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 “Books are carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. They are engines of change, windows on the world, lighthouses erected in the sea of time.” ~ Barbara W. Tuchman

I am a lover of books. My love affair started when I was a very small child. Trips to the library thrilled me. Immersing oneself in other worlds, seeing new perspectives through either a writers’ or a characters’ point of view and learning about the real world or even an imaginary universe is, I believe, one of the most valuable educations anyone can attain. Introducing a child to the wonder of books is one of the greatest gifts you can give to her.
Some people love novels. Others are drawn to non-fiction. Some readers love particular genres like science fiction or even self-help.
Do you have a favorite genre? What about a favorite book or books? Is there one on your shelf that you will never part with or that you have given as gifts to family and friends?
Here is a short list of books based on categories that I have enjoyed.
Relationships: If the Buddha Married: Creating Enduring Relationships on a Spiritual Path by Charlotte Kasl, PhD
Creativity: What We Ache For: Creativity and the Unfolding of Your Soul by Oriah Mountain Dreamer and The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
Parenting: Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children and Becoming A mindful Parent: Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children both by Sarah Napthali
Health and Wellness: Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness by Kathy Freston and A Woman’s Book of Strength: An Empowering Guide to Total Mind/Body Fitness by Karen Andes
Personality: Strength Finder 2.o by Tom Rath
Wisdom of our elders: Grandmothers Counsel the World by Carol Schaefer
Spirituality: The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark by Sera Beak
Self-Love: When I Loved Myself Enough by Kim McMillen
“When I loved myself enough I quit wishing my life looked some other way and began to see that as it is, my life serves my evolution.”

“When I loved myself enough I no longer needed things or people to make me feel safe.”

“When I loved myself enough I began to feel a divine presence in me and hear its guidance. I am learning to trust this and live from it.”