"All words are not created equal. Some, like the words “peace” or “love,” can turn on genes that will reduce physical and emotional stress, while others can cause the release of stress-provoking neurochemicals in the brain. But there is one word that has the power to bring deep meaning, satisfaction, and fulfillment into your life, and if you meditate on it for just a few minutes each day, it can change the way you work and improve your relationship with others.
However, no one can tell you what that word is. You must discover it for yourself.
Close your eyes as you ask yourself this question:“What is my deepest personal value?” Keep your eyes closed for at least 60 seconds, and listen to the subtle inner voices that constantly flow in the background of your consciousness. Search for a word that captures the quality of your deepest personal value.
Our research shows that this is one of the most important questions a person needs to address if they want to find deep satisfaction in life. According to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, “reflecting on personal values can keep neuroendocrine and psychological responses to stress at low levels."
If you consciously adhere to your personal values when you speak to others, you will be perceived by the listener as being more empathetic.
A complete description of the Inner Values exercise, and it’s applications in personal, educational, and work-related environments can be found in Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies for Building Trust, Reducing Conflict, and Increasing Intimacy(Newberg & Waldman, 2012, Hudson Street Press)."
We all can observe how one thought can make us panicky or calm us down.
Once I was a catholic then I lost God, but what I remember from the catholic mass is this prayer: Lord, give me ONE word and my soul will be healed….
THAT speaks to me, I exactly know that deep desire, the hungry ghost in me, the black hole – longing for that ONE unknown word.
I have read many books, listened to many wise men and women speak, I surf cyberspace for hours much too long, but I have not found the word….
There is the most wonderful weekly radio program from Cologne in Germany Das philosophische Radio
Every time I listen to Jürgen Wiebicke interviewing different philosophers, I end up with many more questions on my mind as I seem to have had before.
I love that.
Several months ago I listened in the philosophical radio to the widower of the late German Lutheran theologian Dorothea Sölle.
I knew her name, as she was very famous in Germany, but I never really knew, what she said or taught. Theology was not so much my thing, or so it seemed to me.
Listening to her widower I understood the basics of Sölle´s teaching:
1. After the horrors of Hitler´s Third Reich God is dead
2. That is why we have to create God from scratch and all anew inside ourselves.
3. This is the only way to live a happier life and create a better world.
Suddenly this seemed so clear to me.
I would say: even if God or Goddess does not exist, I better invent him or her for me, because I live with a fuller heart and deeper love and trust than without him or her.
God does not exist like a personal entity in Buddhism, but Buddhists speak about the Good at the ground of being.
I like how in English the only difference between GOD and GOOD is a little "o".
If I cannot believe in the GOOD at the ground of being, I do not want to live this life and the only reason for not committing suicide is my terrible fear of death.
I also hope that in my last moment Jesus will appear or Buddha or an Angel or the Light. If that happens, I do neither need a drug nor a singer.
I wish this for all of us and work every day very hard at inventing and creating God - Good in myself....
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Art by Kiki ( "The Goddess And Her Daughters")