Lars Toomre

Some Personal Thoughts and Trivia

Grand Teton

Daily Reflection: Child Thinks Of Adult

Oxbow Bend in front of Mount Moran in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

What would the child you once were think of the adult you have become?

Thought for Today: Self-Control

Old Mormon Barn peaks through winter mist at Grand Teton National Park

When things go wrong, our first thought is often about controlling the situations or people involved. But since neither the situations or people are in our hands, there is no success guaranteed with this way of thinking, which only increases the negativity. Instead of trying to control something I have no control upon, I need to start with myself. The more I am able to control myself with constant attention, checking and changing, the more I will have everything under control.

Thought for Today: See Heaven

Sunny day at base of the mountains of Grand Teton National Park

"Hell is other people," so said Sartre. What a way to start the day! If this is our perception of others, even if it is just one other, then we can expect both the people and the day to be hell. We all know how fast expectations can become self-fulfilling prophecies. We seem to forget that other people are always in two places at once — out there and in our heads. And if we decide others are hell we therefore create hell for ourselves in our own heads. So let's do a little work, not too much, and transform our own vision. What do you prefer hell or heaven? When heaven is other people we will know our transformation is complete. Remember, everyone has a little piece of heaven inside their heart. Have you found yours? If not then start in your head, practice perceiving heaven in other people and let the day be heavenly. You will be amazed what comes out of your heart when you make this little effort with your head.

Daily Affirmation: Letting Go Of Past

Winter panorama of the Grand Tetons mountains

All things happen for a purpose. My past experiences also had purpose. I have learned from my past and am now free from it. I choose to release the past and live in the now. I completely release the past and live in the now.

Daily Reflection: Give Without Calculation

Sunset over Oxbow Bend in Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming

When I give without 'calculation' or thought of what I may receive in return, there is beauty in bestowing positive energy into the world.

Daily Affirmation: Thoughts of Pure Health

Quaking aspens at the base of Mount Moran in Grand Tetons National Park

I send out thoughts of true love and pure health for others.

Secrets Will Be Revealed

Grand Teton mountains soar near Jackson, Wyoming

If we can stay awake when our lives are changing, secrets will be revealed to us — secrets about ourselves, about the nature of life, and about the eternal source of happiness and peace that is always available, always renewable, already within us.

American co-founder of Omega Institute

Thought for Today: Power To Tolerate

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park against a very blue sky and lake

You have the power to tolerate anyone and any situation. But tolerance is not just suffering in silence. It means going beyond any personal discomfort you may feel, and giving a gift to whom ever you would tolerate. Give your time, attention, understanding, compassion, care - all are gifts, which paradoxically, you also receive in the process of giving. And, as you do, you will experience your own self-esteem and inner strength grow. In this way you can turn tolerance into strength.

Thought for Today: With Love

The setting sun just beyond the peaks in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Teaching others is best done with love. Once the heart has understood the mind opens.

Thought for Today: Just Having Fun

Bright fall colors blanket the hillsides at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Work without happiness is like a burden that you have to endure, but when you are internally happy it becomes a game, and you're just having fun.

Thought for Today: Changing Times

Old Mormon Barn under blue skies of Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

It is wise to bend rather than to break. Those who change will get spiritual wisdom. Conversely, those who have wisdom will decide to change. Change is the first law of Nature. In fact, change is the mark of Time.

Thought for Today: I am Love

Fence and field near Grand Teton National Park

We seek it here, we seek it there, we look for love everywhere! We expect it to come to us, usually through another person. All our conditioning says it is something that happens to us. The mythology of our fables, legends and modern day entertainment industries say it is something we 'fall into'. And yet...and yet real love cannot be acquired, possessed or accumulated. It cannot be known when we think it comes from outside ourselves. The ultimate paradox is we are it. We are love. Each one of us is a source of love that has forgotten that 'love is what I am'. Say it now "I am love". Doesn't feel right does it? That's because its been so long since we knew and experienced ourselves in this true way. And yet we all know that the deepest trust and the purest love is known and experienced only when we give it, not take it. As we give love in whatever way is appropriate, we are the ones to experience it first, on the way out. Falling in love is impossible. It is only infatuation, obsession with an external object which appears to fill a gap in ourselves. As soon as the object or person is remembered when they are not present and when they do not need to be remembered, it is simply attachment which, if sustained, will become a dependency. And attachment and dependency are not love. But you already know that...don't you?

Thought for Today: Happiness

White puffy clouds dot the blue sky above Grand Teton peaks in Wyoming

You are a fortunate soul who realizes that the path to happiness cannot be walked in someone else's shoes. Your happiness fits you alone — perfectly.

Thought for Today: Thinking In The Right Way

Winter view from Oxbow Bend toward the mountain peaks in Grand Teton NP

Everything depends on our thinking. If I think in the right way I will be light. If I think in a wasteful way, I'll be heavy. Waste thoughts are dangerous. They waste my time. They allow the past to come alive, then I forget the present and question the future.

Thought for Today: Humility

Sunset amist storm clouds above Teton mountain range in Wyoming

Humility puts a hand out to nothing extra, but simply takes what's there. Whether that be food or clothing or understanding. Sometimes there is a lot available and sometimes only a little. It doesn't matter. Even when you understand nothing, there is no worry, for in humility there is the trust that if a person feels themselves to be a child of God, everything will come anyway at the right time.

Thought for Today: Give To Others

Sunrise above the Snake River and Grand Teton mountain range

Instead of waiting for others to give to me, I need to think about what I can do for others. Today I will think about being less dependent on other people and contemplate the talents that lie within me. The more I give to others, the more I will grow.

Thought for Today: Busy People

The red light of a winter dawn above the peaks of Grand Tetons National Park

We live in the age of ‘busy’. Busy people not only do a lot, they think a lot. Being lost in thought, is not only tiring and a brilliant way of waste energy, it’s as if we have forgotten the very ground of our being which is still and silent. Learn to meditate and turn the eye of your attention and awareness within, let your mind be quiet and allow your being to be still. You will realize outer space is but a reflection of inner space. Both are vast and infinitely spacious.

Thought for Today: Smile and Say "Hello"

Wild flowers bloom under pink sky at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming

In life you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say "hello".

Thought for Today: Open Heart

John Moulton Barn at the base of mountain peaks in Grand Teton Natl. Park

The heart is like a flower — unless it is open it cannot release its fragrance into the world. The fragrance of the heart is made up of the qualities and virtues of our spirit. Most of us have learned how to keep our heart closed in a world that would trample all over us if we let it. Being open hearted today seems to require tremendous courage. It is a courage which comes only when we realise that no one can hurt us, no matter what they say or do. They may hurt our body, but if we have realised we are spirit, nothing outside can touch us, if we so decide. Little by little, practice opening your heart to those you think have hurt you. Realize it wasn't them that hurt you, it was yourself. And it taught you not to trust and you closed your heart. A closed heart is in need of opening. And when you do, you will have begun to heal yourself.