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I can change; I have the will to change; I will change.

Habits in the BrainI am today the result of my habits. My destiny starts with my thoughts and is crafted by habits. My tendencies, moods and desires are born out of my habits. So are hopelessness, despair, failure, anger, fear and worry. And so is excellence.

I watch my thoughts carefully for they are the seeds of habits. And I know that each thought-habit is a mental magnet: Prosperity thought-habits attract wealth; poverty thought-habits draw scarcity.

I perform all actions using right judgment and choice of will and not by the force of habits. I replace wrong habits with right ones and water them with good thoughts and actions.  With tremendous commitment, I keep at it until the positive habit is deeply rooted in my mind.

I take time to consciously sow right habits and weed out wrong habits. And in time, I reap a rewarding destiny!

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Your brain carves patterns and searches for them endlessly – Thomas B. Czerner

The brain is constantly trying to automate processes, thereby dispelling them from consciousness; in this way, its work will be completed faster, more effectively and at a lower metabolic level. Consciousness, on the other hand, is slow, subject to error and expensive – Gerhard Roth

Today’s revolutionary advances in neuroscience will rival the discoveries of Copernicus, Galileo and Darwin – Paul Churchland

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit – Aristotle

Habits of thought are mental magnets that attract specific things relative to their kind and quality. Material habits will always bring material results, and spiritual habits attract spiritual results. – Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

Habits can be learned and unlearned. But I also know it isn’t a quick fix. It involves a process and a tremendous commitment. Habits have tremendous gravity-pull and breaking deeply imbedded habitual tendencies involves more than a little willpower and few minor changes in our lives. – Stephen R.Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or by emotional appeal. – Marilyn Ferguson

Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny – Charles Reade

THE HABIT POEM
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.

Half of the things you do you might as well
Turn over to me and I will do them – quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed – you must be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done
and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of great people,
And the regret of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine but I work with all its precision
Plus the intelligence of a person.

You may run me for profit or you may run me for ruin –
It makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me, and
I will place the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

Who am I? I am Habit.

Picture from Spacesuit Yoga

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I exercise my power of choice. I choose freedom.

Freedom

I am free neither in the past nor am I free in the future. My freedom is in the now. It is in the present. And no one can ever take away my freedom. Neither can anyone grant me freedom. For freedom is in my very nature. It is a part of me.

I may not have eternity in my hands but the sixty seconds I have, I am free to use them or lose them. I may not possess the wealth of the earth but I know that I have  free access to earth’s greatest treasure that lies in human personality**.

I may not be able to control the events that happen in my life or to me but I have the freedom to choose what I do with them. I may be bruised, battered or broken, maimed, mangled or mutilated, shackled, shocked or shot but this I know that it is possible to find freedom within oneself.

I know that my freedom is founded on the choices I make. I am therefore conscious that at every moment I am free to choose either a course of action or a decision or an emotion or a response. The choice I make is the price I pay for my freedom.

I have learned that none but I chain myself, that none but I free myself. I now understand that true freedom is the light of the soul. It always exists. All I need to do is to remind myself of it unceasingly.

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Freedom is like birth. Till we are fully free, we are slaves…Freedom of the individual is at the root of all progress. – Mahatma Gandhi

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I love everyone and everyone loves me.

I love* myself. I tell myself many times during the day ‘I Love You’. For this is the beginning of all my expressions of love. I love myself by accepting me as I am. This I do in the trust that God in His Infinite Love created me. And as His creation of Love, I am perfectly crafted. I am sculpted by Love Itself and after Its image. So, I am, by nature, love. Anything else is a graft on my being.

I love my family. By family, I mean, everyone in my home called Earth. Why? Because it is the nature of love to expand its reach. Love thrives in giving, in sharing, in caring, in bestowing. And when I give love, an equal amount of joy enters my being, a joy that is beyond all senses.

Above all, I love God. Because God is Love**. He is the Ocean of Love holding my little wave of love. I exist because He is thinking of me. And when I love Love, It energizes me, It enlarges the confines of my heart, It fills my life with meaning and purpose. I become whole.

And the definition of Life dawns on me: Love Is For Everyone.

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* Wikipedia has an informative article on Love at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love

** The more we express God’s Love, the more we meaning we find in life. By God’s Love I mean selfless love. In addition, Love also heals. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/healing-presence-gods-love.html

*** The picture is the traditional Chinese character for love (愛). It consists of a heart (middle) inside of “accept”, “feel”, or “perceive”, which shows a graceful emotion.

**** How Love Works at http://people.howstuffworks.com/love.htm makes for interesting reading.

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