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Day Thirty-Nine: Evolution Through Education-How Learning Enhances the Soul

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Funnily enough when I was researching this topic I found nothing that

fit what I wanted to express and explore. I could find no articles or videos

directly connecting learning to soulfulness. So here goes…

The world has always been a jungle gym of learning for me. I am a

knowledge addict. Prior to the birth of the internet I spent much of my

time perusing the plentiful shelves of books that sit there welcoming

me at the various libraries in my vicinity. I ‘dated’ all the libraries at

the same time with wild abandon and no regard for loyalty. They

embraced and accepted me unconditionally and invited me into the

cult of free learning. When plonking my teetering stack of books

onto the librarian’s counter I would laugh and ask if they had

initiated a library gold card membership yet. While reading I could

connect with the internal souls and minds of the authors I read. See the

world through their eyes-open new doors, outlooks, possibilities…

Of course becoming a teacher bloomed so naturally out of my

adoration for learning. After I overcame my fear of standing in

front of a sea of 30 skeptical pubescent critics, I began to release

my passion and love for whatever topic I was teaching. My

students were ignited and my learning revolution exploded.

My students were partners in learning teaching me just as much

as I relayed to them. Watching them take steps on the teeter

totter of learning was as thrilling as seeing a toddler take its

first steps.

The thirst for knowledge crosses all boundaries or race, religion,

age, gender etc. It is there for the sharing. It is when we are isolated

from new and exciting learning experiences that our life becomes

stale and stagnant-limiting our body, mind and souls evolution.

Learning thrives on being spread contagiously.

As hard as I may try to just be in the moment-my addiction for

knowledge is always tugging away at my coattails, whispering

for me to come and play.

It keeps me well

It grounds me

It fills me with wonder

It is unconditional

It is evolutionary

It is the air that I breathe

It is freedom

It is the broken loaf of bread I share

It is evolution…

Learn for life

Learn for love

Learn for passion…

~E.Lutze

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Today’s focus is to embrace learning as a tool to 

open our souls and assist us in evolving as people.

Morning Meditation:

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Journal Entry: Write about the last time you learned

something new that you were passionate about? Have you kept

nurturing that skill? Now make a list of things you would love

to learn.

Self Care Ritual: Take one hour per day to learn something

that you have been dying to learn.

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The Ultimate List of Educational Websites

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/85005511690874636/

An Interesting Outlook on the Pace of Learning

Evening Meditation:

Peace, Love & Namaste Em

Day Twenty-Five: Is Too Much of Anything A Bad Thing? The Downside of Fundamentalism, Extremism, Fanatical Thought & Gluttony

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Have you ever loved something sooooo… much that eventually it ends up chocking

the life out of you; making you feel trapped by the lure of it? Can anything overdone

or over believed damage us or close us off from being truly free? The whole concept

of addiction makes us think of drug addicts shooting up on a crusty mattress in

a dank house with a flickering light bulb dangling side to side on a frayed wire.

Yes, addicts are trapped, but does the person who has an extreme view of

anything also have no chance at true freedom?

When you have tunnel vision about anything, good or bad, it can end up

harming you or closing you off from anyone or anything that does not

fit into that vision. You can end up with a ‘holier than now’ attitude,

poo pooing others who you see as ‘less evolved’ or below you on the

evolutionary ladder. What is the positive in that? If your belief system

creates a barrier between you and a majority of the population

you may want to consider if it is benefiting you or narrowing your

opportunities to connect with others.

People can sense when you ‘feel’ superior to them and it harms them

deeply when you shove your ideals down their throat. In doing that

you are disrespecting their freedom to define what is meaningful

to them.

Having a mutually respectful conversation about what you hold

dear is less damaging and judgmental.

If you leave the theoretical door open and accept and embrace

the differences in others it will enable you to feel less restrained.

Even good things can harm us if we become obsessive about them.

If the ‘good thing’ is consuming your every thought and action,

taking you away from being grounded, then it can flip itself

into a harmful addiction.

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Today’s Focus will be centered around discovering if there are beliefs,

judgements or addictions which are holding you hostage and closing you off. 

How can you release those thoughts/beliefs and what would your life look

like if you could let them go. Write this discovery down in your Journal.

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Morning Meditation: Positive Change for Recovery and Addiction

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Informed Reading: Beyond Fundamentalism-Reza Aslan

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Here is an interview on C-Span with Reza Aslan about his book:

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Positive Music to Clear Negative Blocks:

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Dr.Wayne Dyer of Kindness:

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A Thought Provoking Video that illustrates the harm in making

snap judgements.

Evening Meditation: Gain Clarity and Deep Peace: Doreen Virtue

Peace, Love, Namaste

Em

Day Nine: The Language of Letting Go

Now today is New Years Eve; a time where we think of resolutions

and have high hopes that this next year we will make the changes

necessary for us to be the ‘us’ we’ve always visualized being.

Remember to not be so hard on yourself because it is when we

fail that we learn the most about life and ourselves. If everyday

was a peach we would live a linear existence, which in and of

itself, may end up being very unsatisfying. Living life as a

perfectionist has made me very self abrasive; which resulted

in so much self defeating behavior and self talk. I would never

speak to anyone else in my life the way I spoke and continue to

speak to myself.

A wise woman-my student teaching mentor-told me something

so memorable after my worst day teaching. I was in tears and

exasperated and she was smiling. She said “let’s talk about your

lesson today.” I responded by saying, “It was horrible, the worst

one ever, they were so out of control.” She responded saying that

it was fabulous and we talked about how I could change things the

next day to overcome those problems. It was as though the world

just opened up and I started to see problems as challenges that were

set in place to help me grow and learn as a person. I think that has

helped me teach my young students to also embrace mistakes and

failure rather than seeing them as hopeless and insurmountable.

Today’s focus will be centered around Letting Go of the past and

embracing tomorrow.

This morning when you wake up, think about something 

significant in your life that has been weighing you down.

What would your life look like if you let that thing go?

Morning Meditation: Jason Stephenson-Youtube-Letting Go

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SuH5LlrAm8

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Journal Entry: Write about a time when you let go of something

that was damaging to you. How did you find the strength to let go of it?

What changes occurred in your life afterwards?  Now what currently is

holding you back? How can you find the strength to let go of that and

what would your life look like after the change occurs?

 

Music to Inspire and Guide you in Letting Go:

Pandora Journey-Youtube: 2 Hours of Epic Music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guXMb7zLblM

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Create: Write a poem about what things you need to let

go of. Free write using a stream of conscious style: this is a 

style where you just write for 20 minutes without censoring

yourself.

Here is a sample poem from Rebelle Society.Com

http://www.rebellesociety.com/2014/01/10/the-art-of-letting-go/

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Self Care: Declutter Your Life-Cleanse your life of any activities

or obligations that are keeping you stagnant or holding you back.

Remember, you have the right to say NO! The more you practice

saying this tiny yet powerful word the more free you’ll become.

Consider each obligation and activity and ponder whether it

is necessary or is adding more weight to your already full life.

When you purge, you leave room for something new and exciting.

 

30 Minutes of Physical Activity: Renee’s 30 minute Pilates Class

Youtube: eFit30

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv1q-jpa5uM

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Inspired Listening:

Letting Go: Lama Choedak Rinpoche-Youtube-Dharma Teachings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Rt8uK0UZP4

Inifinite waters

How to Let Go and Move to the New: Youtube-Infinite Waters (Diving Deep)-He has

so many inspired and uplifting videos on his youtube channel! You will see more

here for sure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAwmYOv4aRw

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Evening Meditation: Mindful Marin-Lori Granger LMFT-Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CDZGXlHYp8

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Enjoy Your Process

Happy New Year

Peace, Love & Namaste

Em