Feb 2 - Burning our ships of attachment

On this day in 1519 the Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortés fled Cuba with 11 ships, 500 men, and 15 horses to conquer the Aztecs. The Cortez story teaches us a great lesson about burning our attachments and making commitments. Upon arriving in Vera Cruise Mexico, he ordered his men to burn and or sink their ships, to make sure they were committed and did not surrender and leave the fight. In class tonight think of what ships you have in your live, that are life lines to the past that may need to be burned in your life to force you to move forward and not cling to the past.

“Close your eyes and inhale your essence.” David Scott

“In order to change, we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” ~Lao Tzu “The first step is the most difficult.”

Today, I close the door to my past, open the door to my future, take a deep breath, step through, and start a new chapter in my life.

"Your past may have shaped you, but it does not define who you are now. What defines you is what you do now, your actions now, and what you have become since the past you left behind." ~Kerry Campbell

“Nothing is forever except change.” – Buddha

“You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending.” CS Lewis

“Silence isn’t empty. It’s full of answers.”

"To successfully open the door to heightened awareness, we must open it inward." ~Wayne Dyer

“Get out of your head and get into your body. Think less and feel more.” ~Osho

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

"To the heart in you, don't be afraid to feel. To the sun in you, don't be afraid to shine. To the love in you, don't be afraid to heal. To the ocean in you, don't be afraid to rage. To the silence in you, don't be afraid to break." ~Najwa Zebian

“Determination is the wind in our sails, pushing us onward, over and through the waves of fear and doubt.” David Scott

The Dalai Lama was asked what surprised him most, he said “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” ~ Dalai Lama

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” ~ Buddha

“You could have grown cold, but you grew courageous instead. You could have given up, but you kept on going. You could have seen obstacles, but you called them adventures. You could have called them weeds, but instead you called them wildflowers. You could have died a caterpillar, but you fought on to be a butterfly. You could have denied yourself goodness, but instead you chose to show yourself some self-love. You could have defined yourself by the dark days, but instead through them you realized your light.” - S.C. Lourie