Today: “Approach your relations with joyful enthusiasm and kindness.” – From the I Ching

Approach your relations with joyful enthusiasm and kindness.  People will take up tasks and endure hardships willingly.  It is a solid formula for success.

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#58

The joyous mood is infectious and therefore brings success. But joy must be based on steadfastness if it is not to degenerate into uncontrolled mirth. Truth and strength must dwell in the heart, while gentleness reveals itself in social intercourse. In this way one assumes the right attitude toward God and man and achieves something. Under certain conditions, intimidation without gentleness may achieve something momentarily, but not for all time. When, on the other hand, the hearts of men are won by friendliness, they are led to take all hardships upon themselves willingly, and if need be will not shun death itself, so great is the power of joy over men.
Knowledge should be a refreshing and vitalising force. It becomes so only through stimulating intercourse with congenial friends with whom one holds discussion and practices application of the truths of life. In this way learning becomes many-sided and takes on a cheerful lightness, whereas there is always something ponderous and one-sided about the learning of the self-taught.

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Today: “In meditation you begin to realize that there is a world of you” – Yogi Bhajan

“In meditation you begin to realize that there is a world of you. There is a world of your mind, and a world of you. In the world of you, in your basic elementary situation, in your identity, your mind is your servant not your master. That is why we do Kundalini Yoga. That is why we do sadhana.” Yogi Bhajan

 

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Today: “Push has come to shove and you must move.  You cannot stay where you are. ” – From the I Ching

Push has come to shove and you must move.  You cannot stay where you are.  In a time of uncertainty and insecurity do not look to anyone to bail you out.  Rely on your own resources and strength.
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#28, line 5, #32

The Flood rises above the tallest Tree:
Amidst a rising tide of human folly, the Superior Person retires to higher ground, renouncing his world without looking back.  Any direction is better than where you now stand.
Several high-priority concerns demand immediate attention.  All are crucial.  None will be denied.  Yet some demand the denial of others.  Like two atoms seeking to occupy the same space, these irresistible forces and immovable objects threaten to ignite a cataclysm that could irreversibly alter your world.
This is no time for fatal heroics.  You are at Ground Point Zero.  Remove yourself from this situation without delay.  Find sanctuary.  Later you may deal with these concerns on your own terms, from a position of strength.
A withered poplar that flowers exhausts its energies thereby and only hastens its end. An older woman may marry once more, but no renewal takes place. Everything remains barren. Thus, though all the amenities are observed, the net result is only the anomaly of the situation.
Applied to politics, the metaphor means that if in times of insecurity we give up alliance with those below us and keep up only the relationships we have with people of higher rank, an unstable situation is created.
The Superior Person possesses a resiliency and durability that lets him remain firmly and faithfully on course.
Endurance is the key to success in this situation.
However, durability is not synonymous with stone-like rigidity.
True resilience requires a flexibility that allows adaptation to any adverse condition, while still remaining true to the core.

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Today: “If you choose to live in your excellence, then you must take responsibility for your self” – Yogi Bhajan

“If you choose to live in your excellence, then you must take responsibility for your self. You must recognize the capacity of your mind, acknowledge your self, and direct that relationship. We all want to live with excellence and experience love, happiness, and the ecstasy of life. How can we get there? You need a simple mind. You need the capacity for innocence before your own soul. You need the warmth of the heart and the clarity of the head. It is something you cannot buy in the market nor get by holding on to some belief. It only comes to you when your mind has become pure and most simple.” Yogi Bhajan
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