You Are Here To Risk Your Heart

August 18th, 2014

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted a many as you could.”
— Louise Erdrich

Anita Bergen — The purpose of life is learning how to love — and continuing to love, though you’ve been hurt, betrayed, or broken. Despite the risk and the wreckage, love is worth it. In the end, it’s the only thing that matters.

We Deserve Better

April 21st, 2014

“As human beings, not only do we seek resolution, but we also feel that we deserve resolution. However, not only do we not deserve resolution, we suffer from resolution. We don’t deserve resolution; we deserve something better than that. We deserve our birthright, which is the middle way, an open state of mind that can relax with paradox and ambiguity.”
— Pema Chödrön

Anita Bergen — Why must we limit our reality with absolutes? A black or white viewpoint can be very constricting. Perhaps, a gentler perspective, without sharp edges, a bit softer in color, would widen our panorama and open our world to delicious ambiguity and even greater possibilities.

Grief Never Ends

March 26th, 2014

“Grief never ends… But it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith… It is the price of love.”
— Unknown

Anita Bergen — If we have experienced true Love, the grief of losing a loved one will not pass. Grief is a process… it will change. The cold, numbing pains of grief evolve into the loving memories that warm our heart.

A Temporary Reality

March 17th, 2014

“People talk about the reality of their life as if it is important. And we want you to understand it’s only the temporary indicator. Do you go to the gas station-your gas gauge is on empty-do you go to the gas station and look at your gas gauge in horror? ‘How did this happen? Why, why, why did this happen to me?’ Do you lay your head on the steering wheel and just sob? ‘Oh, look what it’s come to. I’m finished. I’ve lived all of this life, and look where I am.’ Or do you just fill up?”
 - Esther Abraham-Hicks

Anita Bergen — Perspective is important; what you focus on expands… Why turn a temporary inconvenience into a permanent condition?

You Are Not Here Accidentally

March 13th, 2014

“Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny – he or she has something to fulfill, some message that has to be delivered, some work that has to be completed. You are not here accidentally – you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you.”
- Osho

Anita Bergen — You’re not just one of the crowd. You are universally unique. There is a divine purpose in your very presence!

The Easiest Thing

March 3rd, 2014

“The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position.”
— Leo Buscaglia

Anita Bergen — Be the authentic, genuine you that you came here to express. You can’t fail… there’s no competition. Nobody does it better!

Life Is Messy

February 26th, 2014

“It’s simple. Life is messy. Your dreams are real. Only you have to believe it. Excuses are non. You’re always taken care of. Your thoughts create your life. What’s happening to others has nothing to do with you. The future is not the past. Fear is an illusion. True love comes from within. The time is now. What are you waiting for?”
- Jackson Kiddard

Anita Bergen — At times, life can seem exceptionally complex. Always, truth is exceedingly simple.

Change Your Reality

February 16th, 2014

“The bad news: there is no key to the universe. The good news: it was never locked.”
 - Swami Beyondananda 

Anita Bergen — Everything depends on your perspective and beliefs. Change your beliefs and you change your reality.

Formula for Success

February 3rd, 2014

“The one thing all famous authors, world class athletes, business tycoons, singers, actors, and celebrated achievers in any field have in common is that they all began their journeys when they were none of these things. Yet still, they began their journeys.”
— Mike Dooley

Anita Bergen — The ‘Can’t Fail’ Success Formula: Take the first step, fall down, get up, persevere, be tenacious, hammer away, accept your accolades, trophies and awards, carry on, rinse and repeat.

Opposites

January 30th, 2014

“God turns you from one feeling to another
And teaches you by means of opposites
So that you will have two wings to fly,
Not one.”
 - Rumi

Anita Bergen — Happiness and Sorrow, Strength and Weakness, Day and Night, Prosperity and Poverty, Joy and Depression, Sunshine and Showers — All represent the Yin and Yang of life. We must know one to fully appreciate the other.