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7. A most Extraordinary Garden
‘In the fable, the garden is a symbol for the mind,” said Julian. “If you care for your mind, If you nurture it and if you cultivate it just like a fertile, rich garden, it will blossom far beyond your expectations. But if you let the weeds take root, lasting peace of mind and deep inner harmony will always elude you.”
Worry drain the mind much of its power sooner or later, it injures the soul.
Julian added: “The sages taught me that on an average day the average person runs about sixty thousand thoughts through his mind. What really amazed me, though, was that ninety-five percent of those thoughts were the same as the ones you thought the day before!”
Yogi Raman put it this way: ‘There are no mistakes in life only lessons. There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self-mastery. From struggle comes strength. Even Pain can be a wonderful teacher.’
“All I’m saying is that to liberate the potential of your mind, body and soul, you must first expand your imagination. You see, things are always created twice: first in the workshop of the mind, and then, and only then, in reality. I call this process ‘blueprinting’ because anything that you create in your outer world began as a simple blueprint in your inner world, on the lush picture screen of your mind.
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master. If you become negative thinker, its because you have not cared for your mind. Winston Churchill said that ‘the price of greateness is responsibility over each of your thoughts.‘
8. Kindling your inner fire
You will recall that in the middle of the garden stood a magnificent lighthouse. This symbol will remind you of yet another principle of the enlightened living: the purpose of life is a life of purpose. Those who are truly enlightened know what they want out of life, emotionally, materially, physically and spiritually. Clearly defined priorities and goals for every aspect of your life will serve a role similar to that played by the lighthouse, offering you guidance and refuge when seas become rough.
9. The Ancient Art of Self-Leadership
You practice the art of Kaizen by pushing yourself daily. Work hard to improve your mind and body. Nourish your spirit. Do the things you fear. Start to live with unbridled energy and limitless enthusiasm. Watch the sun rise. Dance in a rain shower. Be the person you dream of being. Do the things you have always wanted to do but didn’t because you tricked yourself into believing that you were too young too old too rich or too poor. Prepare to live a soaring, fully alive life. In the East they say that Luck favors the prepared mind. I believe that luck favors the prepared mind.
10. The power of discipline
Through the steel of discipline, you will forge a character rich with courage and peace. Through the virtue of will, you are destined to rise to life’s highest ideal and live within a heavenly mansion filled with all that is good, joyful and vital. Without them, you are lost like a mariner without a compass, one who eventually sinks with his ship.
11.Your most precious commodity
You must be ruthless with time. Learn to say No. Having the courage to say NO to the little things in life will give you the power to say Yes to the Big things. Shut the door to your office when you need few hours to work on that big case. Remember what I told you. Don’t pick up the phone every time it rings. It is for your convenience, not the convenience of others. Your time is precious value it.
12. The ultimate purpose of life
Realize the noble thing to do is to give to others. The sages of the east call it the process of ‘Shedding the shackles of self. It is about losing your self-consciousness and starting to focus on a higher purpose. This might be int the form of giving more to those around you, weather this means your time or your energy; those two are your most valuable resources.
13.The timeless secret of lifelong happiness
Do not be denied your destiny. For what lies behind you and what lies in front of you matters little when compared to what lies within you.