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INFLAMING MIND AND HEART

Challenges For Developing A Radiant Personality

HEDWIG LEWIS SJ

 

 

 

 

Did anyone ever tell you,

Just how special you are?

The light that you emit

Might even brighten a star!

 

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This book offers reflections on various aspects of life, from a prismatic perspective. Each chapter works out a ‘theme’ with a collection of inspirational inputs from “unknown authors” that appear every now and then on the internet. These have been slightly adapted or edited. There are nine themes: Life, Personality, Perspectives, Attitudes, Influences, Convictions, Release, Relationships, and Life-Force.

As the title suggests, this book challenges you to set your mind and heart aflame. When there is fire within you, your life lights up. This book will charge your emotions and enlighten your mind so that you radiate happiness and excitement, qualities of a person who is fully human and fully. It will motivate you to reach out to others in love and service, with God’s blessings. [Back cover]

Inflame your mind and heart on a “slow fire”. That is, do not read the book at a stretch but take one unit at a time and – like a burning candle – use it for as long as it enlightens you. Hopefully, as you get more and more “enlightened” you will find yourself developing the qualities that make a person “fully human and fully alive”. Charged with emotions, you will feel motivated to reach out to others in love and service, by the grace of God. [Foreword]

 

 

 C O N T E N T S

 I. LIFE

1. Life is

2. Life is for Living

3. Live Each Day to the Fullest

4. Life is a Miracle

5. A Life that Matters

6. Opportunities for Life

7. Life Responds

8. What Life is Really About

9. A Jigsaw Puzzle

10. Train of Life

11. Moving Beyond

12. I May Never See Tomorrow

13. Two Days we should not Worry About

14. Painting Life’s Picture

 II. PERSONALITY

1. You are Unique

2. You are Special

3. Understand Yourself

4. Believe in Yourself

5. Affirm your Power

6. Recognize your Self-worth

7. Be Fully Human

8. You cannot be Someone Else

9. The X-Factor

10. Self-revelation

11. Acknowledge your Influence

12. Be a Life-learner

13. Stay Young

14. Be a Fighter

16. You Are

17. Remain ever Youthful

III. PERSPECTIVES

1. Look for Good

2. Focus on the Lesson

3. Be Understanding

4. Judge Judiciously

5. Adopt Basic Attitudes

6. Be Thankful

7. Be the Light

8. Grow in awareness

9. Nurture values

10. Manage your Life

11. Face Facts

12. Strength and Courage

13. Never Forget

14. Before I Go

15. Essentials for Contented Living

16. The Power of Silence

17. Unconditional Love

 IV. ATTITUDES

1. Attitudes Do Matter

2. A Happy Attitude

3. Allow Happiness

4. Recipe for Happiness

5. The Sculptor’s Attitude

6. Enjoying the Journey

7. Today

8. The Size of your Heart

9. Your Comfort Zone

10. High Expectations

11. Varied Attitudes

12. Positive Approaches

13. Goodness Attitudes

14. Measuring a Person’s Worth

 

V. INFLUENCES

1. How we Affect Others

2. Words

3. The Boneless Tongue

4. Gossip

5. The Power of Habits

6. The Boomerang

7. Living and Giving

8. Acknowledge Praise

9. You Never Know

10. A Smile is Contagious

11. Ten Little Candles

12. Polluters and purifiers

13. Little Beginnings, Great Endings

14. Power-starters

15. The Ripple Effect

16. Treasure Every Moment

17. One baby step

 VI. CONVICTIONS

1. Inner Power

2. Trust your Beliefs

3. Simply Decide

4. Only You

5. Affirming your Worth

6. Honest Living

7. Seek the Best

8. Challenges

9. No Loopholes

10. The Optimist’s Creed

11. Just Because…

12. Risk is Freedom

13. Failure Boosters

14. Dangerous Acquirements

15. The A to Z of Constructive Convictions

16. Don’t Quit

 VII RELEASE

1. Letting Go

2. Just Let Go!

3. Thorough House-cleaning

4. Forget

5. Ten Commandments to Remember

6. Helpful Resolutions

7. Go Gently with the Flow

8. Start Over

9. Tension Free

10. Resentment

11. Forgiveness

12. Humour

 VIII. RELATIONSHIPS

1. Persons are Gifts

2. Accept Me

3. Heartprints

4. Love is Sharing

5. Reaching out

6. Beatitudes for “Carers”

7. Love is…

8. Give it away

9. Portrait of a Friend

10. The Friendship Creed

11. Experienced Relationship

12. Lessons on Listening

13. Gift of Words

14. Three Little Magic Words

15. Those Who Love You…

16. I Know Something Good About You

17. The Mirror

18. Empathy

19. Others

20. One Small Rose

21. Confidants

22. The ABC… of Friendship

 IX LIFE-FORCE

1. Every Day…

2. God Loves You!

3. God Cares

4. My Needs, God’s Deeds

5. God’s Mission

6. Security in God

7. Trust in God

8. Guidance

9. The Divine Perspective

10. Forgetting God

11. Meaningful prayer

12. Steps for a Blessed Day

 

Prayer for a Radiant Mind and Heart

 

An excerpt

 

Understand Yourself

 

            Everybody knows…

You can’t be all things to all people.

You can’t do all things at once.

You can’t do all things equally well.

You can’t do all things better than everyone else.

Your humanness is showing just like everyone else’s.

            So

You have to find out who you are and be that.

You have to decide what comes first, and do that.

You have to discover your strengths and use them.

You have to learn not to compete with others.

Because no one else is in contest with being you.

            Then

You will have learned to accept and love your own uniqueness.

You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.

You will have learned to live with and possibly surpass your limitations.

You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.

And you will be a most vital mortal.

            Dare to Believe

That you are a wonderful, unique person.

That you are a once-in-all-history event.

That it is more than a right, it is your duty to be who you are.

That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.

And you will be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.

 

 

 

PERSPECTIVES

 

 

I've been reading the book you sent me. So good and soothing to my soul! Thanks again!

Candida Rose.Urrutia, Puerta Rico, 23 June 2010

 

I enjoyed reading the book "Inflaming mind and heart." The book is very inspiring and challenging. The topics too are relevant. It makes one truly human and vibrant.

Sr. Mercy, Provincial of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary of the Angels, Mhow, Indore M.P.

16 September 2010

 

I found your book very inspiring and also very suitable for Initial Formation of our young Sisters here in Kenya, Zambia and Africa. We have a common Novitiate for them in Lusaka, Zambia. The book is a great help for prayer, for building up a healthy self-esteem and for living a good, balanced life. Thank you.

Sr Ferrera Weinzierl OP, Prioress General of the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

15 September 2012

 

 

 

 

 

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