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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

December 21, 2023

The focus for today is:

I choose to see beyond my "ego self"
and find peace of mind.

Today's inspiration was written by Connie Zweig:  

We can cultivate a state of mind—pure awareness or nonduality—that opens an internal space where we can notice how thoughts come and go, how shadow characters come and go, and how bodily sensations come and go. Here, the ego has no agenda and no goal. It’s not trying to get anywhere, fix anything, or resist anything. Instead, we let go of the contents of the mind and rest in pure awareness itself.

As George Harrison sang to us (in Within You Without You), “When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.”

So, from a spiritual perspective, we can’t choose the circumstances of our age. But we can choose the quality of awareness we bring to those circumstances. We can open the portal to silent vastness and experience our thoughts and feelings as a quiet witness, freed of the grasp of the shadow.

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     Turning from Doing to Being
     Written by Connie Zweig, Ph.D.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of finding peace of mind (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
 We always have a choice. Choosing anger and turmoil, or choosing peace of mind. Even when people are stressed around us, we can remain as a calm witness, and cultivate peace of mind. 

Our focus for today: I choose to see beyond my "ego self" and find peace of mind..

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RELATED BOOK: The Inner Work of Age

The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul
by Connie Zweig PhD.

book cover: The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul by Connie Zweig PhD.With extended longevity comes the opportunity for extended personal growth and spiritual development. You now have the chance to become an Elder, to leave behind past roles, shift from work in the outer world to inner work with the soul, and become authentically who you are. This book is a guide to help get past the inner obstacles and embrace the hidden spiritual gifts of age.

Offering a radical reimagining of age for all generations, psychotherapist and bestselling author Connie Zweig explores the obstacles encountered in the transition to wise Elder and offers psychological shadow-work and diverse spiritual practices to help you break through denial to awareness, move from self-rejection to self-acceptance, repair the past to be fully present, reclaim your creativity, and allow mortality to be a teacher.

For more info and/or to order this book, click here. Also available as a Kindle edition.  

About the Author

photo of Connie Zweig, Ph.D.Connie Zweig, Ph.D., is a retired therapist, co-author of Meeting the Shadow and Romancing the Shadow, author of Meeting the Shadow of Spirituality and a novel, A Moth to the Flame: The Life of Sufi Poet Rumi. Her forthcoming book, The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul, (Sept. 2021), extends shadow-work into late life and teaches aging as a spiritual practice. Connie has been doing contemplative practices for 50 years. She is a wife and grandmother and was initiated as an Elder by Sage-ing International in 2017. After investing in all these roles, she is practicing the shift from role to soul.

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