Monthly Archives: February 2018
Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.
— Phil Jackson
The way to work is to begin right where we are and, through
constantly applying ourselves to the Truth, we gradually
increase in wisdom and understanding, for in this way alone
will good results be obtained.
— “The Science of Mind,” page 271
Bud Greenspan was a
wisdom-keeper. He spent his whole
adult life documenting the world of sports, starting in 1947
when he became the sports director at one of the largest
sports radio stations in the United States at the age of 21.
He was a prolific writer, director and producer of documentary
films and works of spoken words. He won his first Emmy for
1976’s “The Olympiad Series,” a 22-hour-long documentary
special on the Olympics. It was broadcast in 80 countries.
Greenspan went on to create docudramas, Movies of the Week
and several vignette series. “Great Moments in Sport,” his first
spoken-word album, went gold and led him to produce 18 more
Three of my favorite Greenspan works are the books “The
Olympians Guide to Winning the Game of Life,” “Frozen in
Time: The Greatest Moments at the Winter Olympics” and “100
Greatest Moments in Olympic History,” two of which Bud autographed
and gifted to me when we worked together on several
projects. Greenspan was a humble genius. While he didn’t see
anything magical in what he did, he was an extraordinary writer
and storyteller. Many of the stories we know of Olympic athletes
over the decades would never have come to light without his
grace, charm and wisdom.
You have access to the wisdom of the universe. Take a breath,
and allow yourself to be consciously aware of that connection
that is always there.
I gently get out of my own way and know that the Divine is
communicating with me in a language I understand.
Daily Guide Saturday February 24, 2018 – Science Of Mind Magazine
I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel.
At just the right moment, I light the match.
— Mia Hamm
A habit is desire objectified — “the continuous character of
one’s thoughts and feelings” — desire for something that will
give satisfaction. At the root of all habit is one basic thing:
the desire to express life.
— “The Science of Mind,” page 22
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi recognized and named the
psychological concept of flow, a highly focused mental
state. His work also includes the study of happiness
and creativity. In an interview, he described flow as “being
completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls
away. Time flies. Every action, movement and thought follows
inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole
being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”
To achieve a flow state, a balance must be struck between the
challenge of the task and the skill of the performer. If the task is
too easy or too difficult, flow cannot occur. Both skill level and
challenge level must be matched and high; if skill and challenge
are low and matched, then apathy results.
Other research has shown us that habits are hard to change.
When we continually do something, we create new neural pathways
in our brains. As we walk to work or drive the cart along
the same 18 holes day in and day out, those pathways become
deeper. It’s like riding a mountain bike down the same, narrow
trail that thousands before have used. Suddenly, there don’t seem
to be too many other choices, and the one we have isn’t as satisfying
as it once was. Habits are just activities or actions until we
label them “good” or “bad.” Olympic athletes wouldn’t be where
they are without stellar training and dietary habits.
Take an inventory of your spiritual habits. What do you love
about your practice and what would you like to change, eliminate
I gently realign and release old habits to support the glorious being
that I am.
Daily Guide Friday February 23, 2018 – Science Of Mind Magazine
Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an
— Michael Jordan
No limit can be placed on the spirit of man. It merges with
the Universal Spirit for the two are really One.
— “The Science of Mind,” page 87
I love this quote by Dr. Ernest Holmes. It is simple, direct,
powerful and, most of all, true. What we know is that the only
limits we have are those we place on ourselves. It has been
my experience that I can clearly see when those around me are
limiting themselves in deed, action or thought; however, it is
more of a challenge for me to see when I’m doing it to myself.
I’ve always loved learning in all of its forms, including in the
classroom. After I completed all of the residencies and work for
my Ph.D., I found I couldn’t seem to get going on my dissertation.
Granted, a funny thing happened on the way to my doctorate.
I earned a second master’s degree and became a minister.
And yet, I thought I did everything I knew how to do to move
forward. I prayed; meditated; worked with my practitioner,
prayer partner, mentoring ministers, my Ph.D. committee and
almost everyone who would listen. I was doing everything
except my research and writing. Finally, in a conversation
with one of my academic advisors, I was asked to consider
if I had gotten everything I needed from the program and was
complete. As soon as my advisor gave me permission not to
finish, I jumped on the bandwagon and completed my research
and 130-page dissertation.
It might be helpful for you to engage those closest to you in a
conversation about the limits they see you imposing on yourself.
They may be big and obvious or small and nuanced. Your openness
to feedback may help you move through your perceived
I move beyond my perceived limits with power and poise into
Daily Guide Thursday February 22, 2018 – Science Of Mind Magazine