I tend to collect phrases that inspire me or reveal some truth to me or help me along my life's journey. Some I collect in a bound book, jotting down a phrase or a writing that I want to be able to reference again later. Others find their way onto the chalkboard closet doors in my office where I can see them each day and be reminded. Scraps of paper on my desktop or in my purse capture phrases, too, for those moments when the book or the chalkboards aren't handy.
Zen Habits and The Happiness Project have posts about writing your personal commandments. Mine aren't exactly commandments; maybe more like reminders or philosophies I want to reflect on. They're ever-changing, ever-evolving, so I can't really write a definitive list of personal commandments. For instance, like most people, I'm constantly striving for self-improvement: learning greater patience, practicing detachment and simplicity, slowing down, living in the moment and being fully present. I make progress, often slowly, but I keep learning and refining the lessons.
Some random thoughts/guidelines for my personal reflection as we ease into 2009:
Live in Harmony ... with others, with the earth, with nature, within myself
Move with the rhythm; let it flow
Practice ahimsa/non-violence - in thought and deed. No evil thoughts, no anger against others; learning gentleness and forgiveness. Avoid anything that's destructive instead of nurturing and gentle. Think Kwai Chang Caine (King Fu)
See the Divine in all things.
Be comfortable with the chaos.
Practice aparigraha/non-attachment - letting go, releasing, non-clinging, without fear of loss or change. "...the yogi makes his life as simple as possible and trains his mind not to feel the loss or the lack of anything. Then everything he really needs will come to him by itself at the proper time." (B.K.S. Iyengar) Also Matthew 6:25-34.
Worrying about tomorrow squanders the joy of today. Don't give energy to anything that you don't want to manifest in your life.
Be a better friend.
Remember that the world sparkles and dances with the Light of the Divine. We all carry that Light within.
Live simply. Give more. Expect less.
Have a sense of wonder! Be ready to be surprised.
Laugh more; don't take it all so seriously.
Live and dance to your own music. Sparkle. Spin with your arms wide open. Embrace all the love in the world.
Happiness is a choice in attitude; it does not require things or others.
Receive what you have been given.
Be fully present to now. The next thing will happen when it happens. (The next thing always happens.)
I do not have a soul; I have a body. My soul is forever, my body only temporary. This is important to remember.
Learn to hold loosely all that is not eternal. - Agnes Royden
Know that you are totally and fully loved. The energy of love is already manifested by anyone who has ever loved you, anyone who loves you now and anyone who will ever love you.