Showing posts from September 29, 2013

Daily Inspirational Message for October 5, 2013

Whatever tragedy you imagine might befall you, there is no dress rehearsal to protect you from loss and pain. And in the interim, you’ve missed your chance for effervescent joy, radical presence, true bliss, and the health benefits that accompany joy. – Dr. Lissa Rankin   Given how much most of us tend to worry, you’d think that anticipating every little thing that could possibly go wrong was some sort of magical elixir for a charmed life. We know that’s not true, of course, yet knowing that doesn’t stop us from endlessly pondering every worst case scenario we can think of. We’ve all lived through painful losses, heartbreaking endings, sudden catastrophes and dark nights of the soul – and we’ve all survived them. When life is putting us through the ringer, it helps to remember that whatever happens, we will find a way to deal with it, just as we always have.

Offer Peace

Take what the world gives you and in return, offer peace. Let go of the wish that this moment could be different, and live it as it is, in your own sense of peace. Make the effort, but don’t make it a fight. Achieve all kinds of great, wonderful and ambitious things, and achieve them with a peaceful heart. What good is success if you must go against your own best nature to reach it? Work to succeed not through conflict, but through a peaceful, useful, helpful, loving presence. When you find yourself thinking angry, anxious, judgmental or fearful thoughts, make the choice to make a change. Challenge yourself to think from a more peaceful perspective. Offer peace to those around you, and most certainly to yourself. Experience the positive, highly effective power that comes from rising above the conflicts. In the big things, and in the small matters, offer peace to life. Experience the power that authentic peace can bring to every part of your world. — Ralph Marston

Death Cafe: Talking Tea and Mortality

"Do you have a death wish?" is not a question normally bandied about in seriousness. But have you ever actually asked whether a parent, partner or friend has a wish, or wishes, concerning their death? Burial or cremation? Where would they like to die? It's not easy to do. For the past few years, "death cafes" have cropped up organically in Great Britain, providing a safe and open space for people to speak about a topic that is normally a cultural taboo. Hundreds of people, often strangers, have sat in makeshift circles in dozens of gatherings, where issues such as the preciousness of life, what makes a good death, and the privacy and dignity of the dying are comfortably discussed over tea (and even scones!). With the goal of the death café movement -- to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives -- spreading, this article describes its origins and the importance of death in how we conduct our lives.

Daily Inspirational Message for October 4, 2013

Life has many twists and turns and sometimes what looks like a very bad day can just be clearing the way for good things to come. – J. Kim Wright   When things fall apart in dramatic ways, it’s often because we were stubbornly sticking to a path that didn’t lead where we really wanted or needed to go. This often happens in relationships in which we are determined that a certain someone is our one and only soul mate: if this relationship doesn’t work out, then surely we’ll be miserable and alone forevermore. It also happens with jobs, homes, projects and paths we cling to because we hope that they’re the answers to our prayers, or because we’re afraid if we give them up, we’ll never find anything better. When we ignore subtle signs and feelings that we’re heading in the wrong direction, we travel a long way down the wrong road, and the Universe has to create mudslides and avalanches and all sorts of other scary stuff to get our attention and motivate us to change course. This is why

Find the Good

It’s just as easy to choose joy as it is to choose despair. It’s just as easy to imagine the best that can happen as it is to imagine the worst. It’s really not so difficult to find the good in any situation. You simply have to make the decision to look with positive expectations. It is just as realistic to respond to life with positive enthusiasm as it is to respond with negativity. And it puts you in a whole lot better, more powerful place. Take a step back away from your ego. Look objectively and carefully at the way you live each moment. See that you always have a choice when it comes to your attitude, your actions, your assumptions and expectations. Then imagine arranging all those things into a highly effective positive perspective. Rather than living by habit and reaction, make the choice to live by intention. Decide that it will be a great day, a great year, a great experience, a great life, and then make it so. — Ralph Marston

Lessons In Living From A Cat Named Ali

At a recent retreat held in New Jersey, attendees were asked to think of a gift they had received that had a special impact on their lives. "One personal reflection of mine, took me down memory lane to about seven years ago, to a time when I was experiencing some hardships that wanted to come in a sequence of one after the other... However, a turning point came my way, by way of being given a gift and along with it, a feeling that was not only spirit lifting, but life changing as well. I was gifted Ali..." Read on as Anne-Marie Bauer shares the story of how a little orange-and-white cat taught her about the relationship between simple acts of giving -- and a life of true abundance.

Getting Out of the Grave

by Shelly O’Connell “A handful of dirt tossed on the coffin, that’s the image that has prompted this reflection. It started me thinking. For some time in the not too distant past, I was living in the grave. I didn’t quite know it, of course, but looking back, I see that is where I was: buried under mounds of dirt, barely breathing and constricted in my ability to move. That is, until I started digging my way out.”

Healing Takes Many Forms

by Shelly O’Connell “I want to take a closer look at what healing is, or what we think it is. Often we believe that healing means cured. Specifically, that the physical body is healed, cured, made well again. That does happen. I have seen it occur in traditional medicine and with alternative medicine or healing. But what about the times that the body is not made well? In order to better understand when this happens, we must shift our perspective on healing. ”

Spirit is Knocking

by Shelly O’Connell I’m going to go out on a limb here and presume that you are reading this article because some weird things have been taking place in your life recently. Maybe you have started dreaming and those dreams are coming true. Perhaps you have begun to see things such as colors around people, plants or animals. It could be that you hear someone calling your name but every time you look around for the identity of the person calling you, there is no one there. Possibly you suddenly sense or know some information about a person, place or event that just comes to you.

Daily Inspirational Message for October 3, 2013

Practice being more receptive in your daily life. Notice how life changes for you when you allow yourself to ask for help from others as well as from the power of the Universe. – Sandra Ingerman   Most of us who were raised in the West have been taught only half of the manifesting equation: we’ve been taught to struggle and strive, and when faced with failure, to assume that we’re just not working hard enough. When it comes to working with the law of attraction, however, struggling is like using a golf club to catch a butterfly: the harder we swing, the more frustrated and exhausted we tend to feel, and the more what we’re after flits forever beyond our grasp. When we finally give up and go take a nap in the hammock, we begin to dream sweet dreams again, and when we open our eyes feeling relaxed and contented, we discover the butterfly we’ve been chasing is resting right on the back of our hand. If you’ve been trying to manifest something and it’s just not happening, ask the Univer

Let in the Possibilities

When you can let go of the need for something, you are much closer to attaining it. Move beyond the need, and you move into the reality of whatever you desire. By very definition, as long as you need it, you don’t have it. More to the point, as long as you see yourself as needing it, you’re not seeing yourself as having it. Choose instead to see yourself as already living the reality of whatever you wish to have in your life. Then, choose to more fully implement and express that reality each day with your thoughts, feelings, words and actions. Realize that whatever you desire is already yours in many important ways. Understand that you do not have to need it because you can already begin to live it whenever you choose. To the extent that you feel need, you fill your mind with thoughts of lack and limitation. A much more empowering choice is to lovingly and gratefully accept each day as it is, and to open yourself to the countless possibilities for fulfilling your hig

Gandhi's Ten Rules for Changing the World

Change the world; we hear those words thrown around quite frequently, and to some, the notion seems incredulous. However, if we take an inner approach, rather than an outer one, and transform our individual selves into adopting the qualities we wish to see in the world, then the task at hand won't seem as daunting. In the wise words of Mahatma Gandhi, "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world -- that is the myth of the atomic age -- as in being able to remake ourselves." In this article, the Positivity Blog's, Henrik Edberg, addresses Gandhi's top ten fundamentals for changing the world.

How Is Your Leadership Changing?

Well-known author and organizational consultant Margaret Wheatley has written about a troubling trend: the movement of today's leadership toward a command-and-conquer model that stifles worker motivation and creativity. In this article she challenges readers to check in on their leadership styles and to consider moving toward a style that is more trusting and distributive of responsibility. To this end she offers up ten questions to help leaders assess their style of leadership.

Often Enough

Persistence is really quite simple, and extremely powerful. If you don’t get it right the first time, see it not as a failure but as an opportunity for another more informed and experienced attempt. The best response to a disappointing result is more effort. Feel the disappointment, let it make you more determined, and then move quickly to a highly effective state of taking action. Do what must be done, then do it again and again, and again. Even the smallest action can have enormous impact when repeated often enough. But how can you get back up when you’ve just fallen down? You do it by reminding yourself it’s clearly the best choice, and then making the choice to act in your own best interest. Persistence is not always easy, yet it’s not particularly complicated either. You’ve made the effort before, so it’s really not such a big deal to go ahead and make it again. Do that often enough, and your actions take on great power and effectiveness. Do that often enough,

Being Kind: The Music Video That Circled The World!

The 21-Day Kindness Challenge launched on September 11th. 98 countries. 6000 people. And a collective tidal wave of good that inspired many -- including young rapper-activist "Nimo" Patel at the Gandhi Ashram in India. Nimo wasted no time channeling that inspiration into an infectious music video. "Being Kind" was created on super short notice by an intercontinental crew of volunteers working out of their living rooms. It features footage from all over the world and heart-melting appearances by the children Nimo works with in the slums. Watch, listen, and prepare to smile big at this lyrical reminder that kindness really is "all we can leave behind."

Be Glad You Did

Before you do anything, ask yourself a quick, simple question. A week from now, or a year from now, will you be glad you did it? It may right now seem to be a lot of trouble and expense and inconvenience. And yet it may also be a one-time opportunity that you’ll always be thankful you acted upon. Will you later be glad you did it? Then go ahead and do whatever it takes to make it happen. Or, by the same measure, will you soon come to regret what you are about to do? If that’s the case, then find something more productive, more creative, more life enhancing. You have the ability right now to determine exactly how you will feel when you look back on this day. So now, while you have the chance, make this day one that you can look back upon with great fondness and gratitude. Live this day fully in the beautiful present moment, while also keeping the future in mind. And you will indeed be glad you did. — Ralph Marston

Can You Run Out of Empathy?

"It is impossible to empathize with seven billion strangers," argues psychologist Paul Bloom in his essay, "The Case Against Empathy." And though, the immense power of empathy has been demonstrated time and time again, Bloom's statement poses an intriguing question -- why do we not respond equally to all stories? For example, why are we more likely to respond to the tragedy at Sandy Hook, than to the fact that 'twenty million American children go to bed hungry each night'? Bloom refers to the 'single identifiable victim' theory -- suggesting we are more likely to respond to stories which have been personalized. "Our hearts will always go out to the baby in the well," offers Bloom. But does this mean that empathy is limited? Author C. Daryl Cameron could not disagree more...

Set the Direction

What you think of yourself has a major impact on what you do with your life. Think more positively about yourself and your world, and every area of your life will reflect it. All day long, every day, your mind is active, with one thought after another. Instead of making those thoughts judgmental or despairing, choose to make them thankful, loving and accepting. It’s really very easy to aim your thoughts in a positive direction. Just remind yourself to do it, and it’s done. Think more highly of yourself, and you’ll soon find yourself living up to your improved self image. Expect the best in every situation and you’ll uncover new value wherever you look. Just one simple, positive thought can turn your life in a more productive, effective and fulfilling direction. Imagine what a continuous flow of positive thoughts can do for your day. What you think sets the direction for where you’ll go. Make the commitment to think the best, and enjoy reaping the rewards of a more

Elizabeth Gilbert: Beyond Eat, Pray, Love

"I think I have more compassion than if I had led a life where everything worked out exactly as I had planned or if I had never been wounded or if I had never been betrayed or I had never been harmed. I don't think I would be as good a person. I'm still aspiring to be a better and better person, but I think those disappointments have made me gentler with other people and their disappointments, the stuff that they have to carry around and endure." In this interview Elizabeth Gilbert discusses her life, her writing process, her new book and the importance of "stubborn gladness".

Daily Inspirational Message for September 29, 2013

Your life is your practice. Your spiritual practice does not occur some place other than in your life right now, and your life is nowhere other than where you are. You are looking for answers, insight, and wisdom that you already possess. Live the life in front of you, be the life you are, and see what you find out for yourself. – Karen Maezen Miller Time after time, I have noticed perplexing patterns in my life. For example, I will have a personal experience or lesson, and right after that, I’ll get a question from a reader of my advice column that perfectly correlates with whatever I’ve just learned. I will find a way to make peace with some challenge, and right afterward, I’ll get a number of spiritual counseling clients who are seeking guidance on similar experiences. This has led me to believe that our deepest problems and challenges happen for good reasons; they not only teach us what we most need to learn, they also empower us to help others. The more we are committed to doi

Mark Twain's Top 9 Tips For Living An Awesome Life

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, the man better known as Mark Twain gifted the world timeless literary classics like Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. His storytelling genius, coupled with his wit and wisdom have made him one of America's most beloved writers. This piece compiles 9 of his most quotable quotes on life.