One of our greatest fears is that where we are in life is where we are going to always be. That’s simply not true. Everything, including yourself, is impermanent! In other words, everything is changing. Did you know that about every 4 months you get new red blood cells, every 2-3 weeks you get new skin cells, every 4 days you get new colon cells, every 3 days new sperm cells and every year you get new white blood cells? Did you also know that every 7-10 years you become a new person on a cellular level? Here’s another interesting fact, you have more cells in your body than stars in the galaxy. To put this in perspective, you have 75-100 trillion cells in your body and there’s around 400 billion stars in our galaxy. That’s a lot of cells!! Think about it, every 7-10 years you’re a totally new person. Here’s my point, you are changing. Everything is in a state of flux. Science confirms for us that the cells in our body respond to the way we think. When we have positive, creative or loving thoughts, our body, immune system, etc., change and align themselves with those thoughts. The opposite is just as true. Negative thoughts birth suffering, depression, despair, etc. Our thoughts not only have a direct impact upon our lives, but they influence the universe as well. Each day offers you the chance to change in order to create the kind of life that you want. Stop making excuses and start creating your reality. Remember, everything is impermanent!! -obr

Sawdust or Oats?

An old farmer concluded one day that the oats he was feeding his mule for years were simply costing him too much.  So he devised a plan.  He decided to mix a little sawdust in with the feed, and then a little more the next day, and even more and more over the next several weeks and months, each time reducing the amount of oats.  The mule didn’t seem to notice the gradual change, so the farmer thought things were fine and kept decreasing the proportion of oats.  Weeks later, on the day he finally fed the poor animal nothing but sawdust, the mule finished the meal and soon after died.

This parable may seem like a silly tale, but it serves as a powerful teaching tool.  We know that our souls, our true nature, cannot live on sawdust, but in our life we live at times as if a little sawdust won’t hurt or harm us.  It does hurt!  It attacks our spiritual DNA, causing lots of complications in life.

Let’s define sawdust.

  1. Anger
  2. Fear
  3. Separation
  4. Lack of Love
  5. Ego

Let’s define Oats.

  1. Love
  2. Peace
  3. Unity
  4. Compassion
  5. Understanding/Forgiveness


What’s in your diet?

Are you fearful?   Sawdust or Oats?

Are you angry?  Sawdust or Oats?

Do you live at peace with all people, regardless of sexual orientation, race, or beliefs? Sawdust or Oats?

Do you see everyone as equal?  Sawdust or Oats?

Do you love everyone?  Sawdust or Oats?

If your life is on a downward spiral it just might be that your thoughts, emotions, words, actions and reactions are full of sawdust.  The good news is that you can change.

What’s for dinner…..Sawdust or Oats?