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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Have You Chosen Your Attitude?


Having the inner wherewithal to choose your attitude at all times is a recipe for well-being. If you know that no matter what the circumstances, you will be capable of choosing an attitude that maintains your own inner well-being or balance, you know that nothing - but absolutely nothing - that comes your way will have the ability to throw you.

But most people can't do this. The main reason is because very few people in our culture tell us about this way of living when we are growing up. And then, of course, once we have grown up, we are convinced that it is otherwise. In other words, that our attitude is determined by our circumstances. If things are gong well, we are happy. If they are not, we are most definitely not happy. And that's it.

But there are those others, over the millennia, that have propagated another kind of thinking. Not everyone is aware of them, not everyone has paid attention to them, but they are out there and have been out there for those whose eyes are open since the beginning of time. Here is their message: being conscious and aware of yourself at all times, as well as accepting responsibility for yourself and your inner state at all times, allows you to choose your attitude in the face of any kind of situation at all. 

You'll need to have a brief dialogue with yourself if you wish this to take root in your life. The brief dialogue needs to be held when a situation falls into your life that would normally render you unhappy, fearful, stressed, frustrated, angry, or impatient, judgmental, critical or self-aggrandizing. Add to that list any other descriptive that you care that lies on the negative side of the emotional continuum we are all subject to, and then realize that whether or not you go in that direction - will from now on depend entirely on you and not on your circumstances - if you practice being so. The dialogue might go like this:
  • such-and-such has happened
  • this normally makes me feel unhappy or have this __________________ attitude
  • but I have a choice about how I feel
  • do I wish to feel unhappy or have this ________________________ attitude about it?
  • no I don't
  • so if I have a choice, what might be a better attitude or feeling to have?
  • I could choose to remain calm
  • I could choose to find a place of inner balance before I decide what to do
  • I could choose to look at this as a learning experience
There are many variations on this theme, but they all come down to one common denominator: it is up to you. It is your choice. And that is how simple it is. Obviously it requires practice - but then so do most things that are worthwhile attaining.

It was Victor Frankl who said: the last of the human freedoms is to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances. And he said this after having survived Auschwitz ...
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For more about being aware of your choices prior to deciding on an attitude or feeling, and of making conscious choices that will enhance your life and promote greater inner peace and freedom, have a look at my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self (paperback or Kindle).

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From the Description on Amazon:

Ask anyone, whatever their circumstances, if their life is vibrant, fulfilling, harmonious and happy. An honest reply is likely to be 'no', because to answer a truthful 'yes' is no mean feat. Only to grow psychologically and emotionally is not enough. And only to grow spiritually is not enough either. All three dimensions need to be developed in order to realize your full potential. If you are willing to assume total responsibility for the self and to start what is an on-going journey, you will quickly begin to glimpse the first fruits of the ultimate goal: inner well-being, freedom, peace, harmony and joy. This book sets out the pathway to self-mastery and self-discovery and walking that pathway will be the most exciting adventure of your life.





My new book The Tao of Spiritual Partnership is now also available in print and Kindle formats.

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From the Description on Amazon: More exciting than any other kind of relationship you have ever known, spiritual partnership is a path, a Tao, available to you so that you may transform your life. Spiritual partnership becomes background music to daily life allowing you to enhance the process of your growth and evolution.

This ground-breaking book addresses:

• relationship patterns that hold you back from a truly fulfilled life
• the strong connection between sexuality and spiritual partnership
• communication leading to true connection & lasting transformation of your relationship

It is precisely at the problematic crossroads so often encountered in relationships that we are offered the opportunity to create a new foundation based on mutual complementarity rather than need; a free relationship between two people who want to be together, rather than two people who need to be together. Needing another, we are told, is the measure of love, but for a fully conscious individual nothing could be further from the truth. And therein lies part of the secret and healing power of spiritual partnerships. 


Praise for The Tao of Spiritual Partnership 

“All humans seek the illusive touch of another's Soul, which opens us to the sense of belonging to something bigger than the self. Dr. Kortsch has given us the true "tao" of relationship in this brilliant exploration of emotional tapestry. We will be grateful for this illumination of spiritual partnership for generations to come." 
Chris Griscom: Spiritual Leader, Author 

“Eloquently and comprehensive, showing how your primary love relationship may be a sacred vessel that transports you and your partner to a place of mutual healing and expansion.” 
Robert Schwartz: Author of Your Soul’s Gift: The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born 

"The Tao of Spiritual Partnership is a unique blend of wit and wisdom; Dr. Kortsch encourages us to take responsibility for our relationships, while recognizing and seizing the opportunities for our own personal spiritual growth." 
William Buhlman, Author of Adventures Beyond the Body 



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