January 9

Motivation Monday: PERMISSION

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“Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.” Arnold Bennett

Motivation Monday: PERMISSION - Give yourself a chance
Motivation Monday: PERMISSION – Give yourself a chance

Nobody can hurt me without my permission. Mahatma Gandhi
Build your self-esteem by recalling all the ways you have succeeded, and your brain will be filled with images of you making your achievements happen again and again. Give yourself permission to toot your own horn, and don’t wait for anyone to praise you. Jack Canfield

Do you need permission from others to live your life? Of course not! It’s a simple question but, if we dig deep, other questions arise because so many of us live our lives in the shadow of our true selves. What stops us from pursuing a career path we love or starting a new way of living? If we were sincere about the limitations we see as impositions on our lives, we’d soon come to understand that they are self imposed. What? Yes they are… Sure, there are endless reasons we give for why we haven’t done A or why we settled for B but, once the dust clears away, if we give ourselves permission to face facts, we’ll see how we collude to keep ourselves down. With time, it will become apparent that our obstacles were strengthened by our resolve to stay in bondage to our fears and excuses.

Why? Because we are waiting for permission to be and our mind has convinced us that we are powerless. Sometimes, the fear we feel is because we have, inadvertently, given our power over to others, and while the permission we expect might not be overt or a direct command from someone in authority, we’ve internalized a message that tells us we can’t accomplish our dreams. We’ve developed an internal gauge that turns off and on and stops us in our tracks. It shows up in our actions and words to sabotage our efforts and discourage our spirit. We must pay attention to that gauge or critical voice and learn to become its master.
Permission by Pamela Rae via hellopoetry.com
I asked my angels
some time ago
how can I find happiness
from within?–
and they replied
and told me–
“As soon as you give yourself permission
your inner joy will begin…”
From that moment on
I began to see,
to understand
what they were saying to me–
and now it seems second nature
to almost always be
full of joy, delight and peace
straight from within
I live with smiles
embracing my heart and soul
and wish so much
I could just pass along to all
this beauty within
that I have come to know…


“If there is someone in your life who is not serving you or making you better, give yourself permission to move on.” Niecy Nash

Motivation Monday: PERMISSION - Give yourself a chance
Motivation Monday: PERMISSION – Give yourself a chance

As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others. Marianne Williamson
I gave myself permission to feel and experience all of my emotions. In order to do that, I had to stop being afraid to feel. In order to do that, I taught myself to believe that no matter what I felt or what happened when I felt it, I would be okay. Iyanla Vanzant

Why must we get on with our lives? Making choices that uplift us, and motivate us to achieve our goals, require our commitment and willingness to set aside excuses. They demand our attention and permission/approval and will nudge us as promptings of the heart until we respond. If we step back from claiming our responsibility to become masters of our own destiny, we are abdicating our right to joy, delight and success. Our sense of personal freedom depends on our ability to reclaim ownership of our choices, hopes and dreams. No one can give that to us and… no one can take it from us unless we turn it over to the care and, perhaps, mismanagement of others.

But how is that even possible? If you’ve ever had a hard time making a decision that could open new doors for you, contemplate the source of your fear and why you think it has merit.  Take a moment to acknowledge the fearful voices rising and falling as you inhale and exhale. Then focus on the task at hand. What obstacles need to be addressed? Address them. If we want to live full and productive lives, we need to stop worrying about what other people might think or say and just go for it. Make the decision to act and release yourself from the stranglehold of imaginary generals waiving red or white flags at you.  We must slay the dragon of fear and step forward fully ready to embrace life. Make the choice and stand by it.


A Story: Give Yourself Permission to Slay the Dragon of Fear
There was once a huge dragon in China who went from village to village killing cattle and dogs and chicken and people indiscriminately. So the villagers called upon a wizard to help them in their distress.
The wizard said, “I cannot slay the dragon myself, for magician though I am, I am too afraid. But I shall find you the one who will.”
With that he transformed himself into a dragon and took up position on a bridge so everyone who did not know it was the wizard was afraid to pass.
One day, however, a traveler came up to the bridge, calmly climbed over the dragon, and walked on.
The wizard promptly took on human shape again and called to the person,
“Come back, my friend – I have been standing here for weeks waiting for you!” via Zen Stories/Goodweb.cn

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for December ’16 and January 2017 are:

12/05   –    01 World AIDS day,  02 Intnt’nl Abolition of Slavery Day, o7 Pearl Harbor/Remembrance, 08 Immaculate Conception,
12/12   –    10 Human Rights Day, 12 Green Day,  16 Day of Reconciliation,
12/19   –    18 Intnt’nl Migrants Day, 21 Winter Solstice, 24 Start of Hanukkah,  25  Christmas Day
12/26  –    26 Start of Kwanzaa Day, 31 End of Year!

01/01   –   01 New Year’s Day, Hanukkah ends, 06 Epiphany, 06 Three Kings
01/08   –  08 Golden Globes Award,  11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day, 12 Full Moon
01/16   –  16  Martin Luther King Day, 18 Winnie the Pooh Day, 20 Inauguration Day
01/23 –   27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, 28 Chinese New Year
01/29  –   29 Inspire your heart with art

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2017?

– Join the Daily Post Post-a-day or Post-a-week Challenge.


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“Dream and give yourself permission to envision a You that you choose to be.” Joy Page

Motivation Monday: PERMISSION - Give yourself a chance
Motivation Monday: PERMISSION – Give yourself a chance

It is idleness that creates impossibilities; and where people don’t care to do anything, they shelter themselves under a permission that it cannot be done. Robert South
Parents must not only have certain ways of guiding by prohibition and permission, they must also be able to represent to the child a deep, almost somatic conviction that there is meaning in what they are doing. Erik Erikson


What more do we need to do? We must give ourselves permission to see the magnificence that resides inside of each of us. Often, we spend our lives envying other people and their achievements instead of putting energy into appreciating who we are and what we have accomplished. If the only beautiful form we see is outside of us, we will never be satisfied. While it is important to have a game plan,  develop our skills, and have goals that we aim for, we need to stay focused and release our desperate search for perfection. We shouldn’t waste our time looking over our shoulders, wondering what everyone else is doing or what they will think of our effort. Just get on with it. The perfect time is now. The perfect vision we wish for is here. Be present and live. The perfect image you seek is you … permit yourself to cherish it.

A Story: The Perfect Image You Seek Is You…
The master sculptor surveyed the different blocks of marble at the quarry. In his lifetime he had learned that there existed a “suchness” to every piece of stone. Finding that suchness and releasing it to its true life had been the secret of the sculptor’s success.
“Ah-ha,” he would say. “There is a heroic figure locked in that piece and a saint trapped inside that other one. But where will I find the stone from which I will sculpt my masterwork, a glorious statue of the Buddha?”
He had been searching for what he called the “Buddha block” for over forty years and now he felt his energies waning. He had traveled to the great quarries of the world: Italy where Michelangelo had mined his stone, Vermont where the stone glowed with light, and to obscure regions of the mountains of China.
Nowhere could he find that one perfect slab from which he knew he could release the most perfect likeness of Buddha. He consulted experts from around the world. He hired a specialist to scour obscure areas. No success. In search of consolation, he sought out a local Zen priest, who headed a small temple just at the end of his street. When he explained his fruitless search, the priest smiled and said, “No problem.” “Do you mean you can tell me where I might find the perfect material from which I can release the Buddha of my dreams??” said the excited sculptor.
“Of course.”
“Over there,” said the priest, pointing to a stone well in the courtyard. The excited sculptor ran to the well and looked down. There he saw his own image looking back at him.


Have a Happy, Healthy 2017!

Any Zen Antics stories via Goodweb.cn


Positive Motivation Tip: The perfect image you seek is you. Permit yourself to embrace it..

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Until Next Time…
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Elizabeth Obih-Frank
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