FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Just One One song can spark a moment One flower can wake the dream One tree can start a forest One bird can herald spring One smile begins a friendship One handclasp lifts a soul One star can guide a ship at sea One word can frame the goal One vote can change a nation One sunbeam lights a room One candle wipes out darkness One laugh will conquer gloom One step must start each journey One word must start a prayer One hope will raise our spirits One touch can show you care One voice can speak with wisdom One heart can know what is true One life can make a difference Author Unknown **************************************************What Exactly Is Reincarnation? Every night you sleep, and the next morning you wake up. If you had an argument with your friend yesterday, you will still have the consequences of that argument to face when you wake up. They don't disappear because you went to sleep. You will still be responsible tomorrow for what you did today. Re-incarnation is just like that. What you create will be there for you to face in your next life if you don't take care of it in this one, just like the consequences that you create today will be waiting for you tomorrow if you don't take care of them before you go to bed. You are always responsible for what you do, and your responsibility cannot be assumed by anyone else. When you die, you don't go to sleep. You go home, and you are very much awake. You are also a much larger you than you are now. That is your soul. The consequences that you created, but didn't experience before you died, do not disappear. They are waiting for you. You may think that you do not want to deal with them, but your larger you -- your soul -- does. In fact, it creates another lifetime just to do that. Once you start to look at things this way, you begin to do things differently. You treat people the way that you would like to be treated yourself. That is the Golden Rule. You don't have to be a Christian to appreciate the Golden Rule. Billions of Hindus and Buddhists, who believe in re-incarnation, understand exactly what it means. Reincarnation is a compassionate way of learning responsibility. You do not suffer for eternity because you do the wrong thing once, or twice, or even time after time. It is not possible to do a wrong thing. You do what you do, and you experience the consequences of it. It's that simple. If you don't experience those consequences before you die, your soul creates another life so that you can. That is re-incarnation. Eventually, you begin to treat other people the way that you want to be treated. That means you change in big ways. You put yourself in your brother's shoes before you speak or act. You let yourself feel your sister's pain. You become more tender and caring. You also become more wise. Maybe you will make those big changes in this lifetime. You can, if you want to. Maybe you will take many lifetimes. Sooner or later, you will make them. When you become completely loving and kind -- without fear and without thought of harming others -- you graduate from the Earth school. That is when reincarnation ends. About the Author Gary Zukav is the author of The Seat of The Soul, Soul Stories and The Heart of The Soul - Emotional Awareness. _________________________________________________________THE SIKH WAY = SEVA + SIMRAN + SANGAT ! ***************************************************The Vehicle Of Your Soul by Dr. W. Bradford Swift "Eating good food, exercising, mental stimulation, and rest are essential to the care of our physical being. When we breathe deeply and consciously, we take in and circulate life-giving oxygen, allow our bodies to function more smoothly. In the mental realm, flushing out old habits, thoughts, and attitudes can help to refresh our mind and allow our life to run more smoothly. Controlling knee-jerk reactions that limit our options to knowing the truth can give us an opportunity to more gracefully respond to circumstances and events." --Carrie Masters in Science of Mind Magazine. I love the clients I work with. They are so committed to making a difference in the world. Many of them are like high performance racing cars. They speed around the track of life at breath-taking speeds. Unfortunately, many of them have refused to make a pit stop or take a break between races and their bodies, the vehicles of their soul, show sign of severe wear and tear, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Just like it's necessary to take our cars into the shop for servicing, it's important that we stop driving ourselves with our to-do lists long enough to reflect on old habits and attitudes that can rob us of our joy and can lead to serious breakdowns. As Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz point out in their book, The Power of Full Engagement, we are like a complex engine with 4 different, but inter-related energy sources. Our physical energy may dictate how fast we can run around the track of life, but our over all happiness and balance comes from taking care of all four sources of energy ? physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Ignore any one of these for an extended period, and it won't be long before our performance in life is diminished. Are you willing to take a quick inventory of how well you are caring for the vehicle of your soul? PHYSICALLY, are you within your ideal body weight? Do you eat balanced, nutritious meals, and regularly perform the important exercise of pushing away from the table before you're stuffed? Do you schedule in regular time for exercise and keep those appointments with yourself? Do you go to bed at a regular time, sleep well, and awaken energized and inspired into the next day? Do you drink plenty of clean, life-giving water? MENTALLY, do you regularly flush out old habits, thoughts and attitudes that can serve to gum up the works of your mind, thus freeing yourself up for new ideas, new purposeful patterns that serve you, and new ways of being that are consistent with your life purpose? EMOTIONALLY, do you regularly catch yourself in those moments when fear, lack, and struggle are about to take over your life, and consciously pivot to love, abundance, and flow, thus allowing your true, divinely inspired purpose to direct your life? SPIRITUALLY, do you take time to connect with the source of all creation? Do you reserve time each day to connect with this source with the intention to raise your consciousness and awareness of your true purpose? Or are you like a high performance race car in dire need of a major check up and overhaul? Remember, without proper maintenance on the vehicle of your soul, you may find yourself in the pits with a blown engine well before the race is over.