Saturday, November 16, 2013

Daily Inspirational Message for November 16, 2013

You have the power to take away someone’s happiness by refusing to forgive. That someone is you.
– Alan Cohen

One of the most powerful steps in healing from hurt and/or betrayal is also one of the first: deciding that, however difficult it may seem, we’d like to try to find a way to let go of whatever happened and move on. I always wince inside when I hear someone say something like, ‘Are you kidding me? I’m not forgiving her. Do you KNOW what she did?’ It pains me because I usually do know what the person did, and I know how much it hurt the person I’m talking to, and I know that consciously deciding not to forgive someone means the person I’m conversing with will be stuck with his or her pain indefinitely. It may take years and tons of hard spiritual work to find our way to true forgiveness, but at least when decide we want to let go of our pain and anger, we begin the process of healing, and have only to keep trying to eventually find our way to peace.

Worth Every Moment

Some days will be joyful and other days will be painful. Through it all, life is worth every moment.

Some experiences will be frustrating and others will be exhilarating. Choose to see the positive value in all those experiences, and to grow stronger with each one.

On some days the sunshine will feel delightfully warm and on other days the wind will be bitterly cold. Yet every day, each feeling can make you feel more richly alive.

The future may at times appear bright and at other times seem to be deeply troubling. Whatever the case, you can always make the very best of the time you have, as it comes.

Life will always have its ups and downs. Instead of making a judgment about every experience, make the choice to embrace it all.

See each day as an opportunity to grow stronger, more capable and more thankful for life’s limitless possibilities. Use each day to bring the best of those possibilities into being in new, unique and meaningful ways.

— Ralph Marston


Best Foot Forward

"At a young age, Nicholas Lowinger learned not to take things for granted. When he was 5 years old and visiting a homeless shelter with his mother, he was excited for the opportunity to show off his new light-up sneakers to the rest of the kids. But his mom cautioned him against doing so, explaining that these children might not have such luxuries. Sure enough, when Nicholas met kids at the shelter, he quickly realized that they were living in circumstances that were very different from his own." He was deeply affected by that visit, and stricken with the desire to do something to help those children, and others like them. That selflessness fueled Nicholas, and he eventually started the Gotta Have Sole Foundation, which so far, has donated new footwear to more than 10,000 homeless children in 21 states.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Daily Inspirational Message for November 15, 2013

Do not resist events that move you out of your comfort zone, especially when your comfort zone was not all that comfortable.
– Alan Cohen

Years ago, I had a friend who despised her job. Every time we met, she talked endlessly about how much she hated it, and how desperate she was to leave it, and yet she never did a thing to try to make that happen. For more than a decade, she remained miserably stuck. Then one day, she told me the ‘terrible’ news that she had been fired! To my surprise, she was more distraught than ever as she wondered what she would do now. I told her the Universe had done her a favor that she had been unable to do for herself: Like a mother bird kicking her baby out of the nest, the Universe had forced her to find her wings. The next time I saw her, she had found a whole new way to make a living, and was happier than I had ever seen her before. In my view, there is a really sad aspect of this otherwise happy story: it’s the ten years she spent in misery that she could have been enjoying her life if only she hadn’t been afraid to let go of the status quo. Change can feel scary, but resisting change can be even scarier. If you haven’t been happy where you are for some time now, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by moving on.

Real, Fulfilling Life

Life gives to you what you give to life. The way you experience life depends on the way you choose to live it.

If you act according to your own greed, you will suffer from the greed of others. If you live with hatred you will be the recipient of hatred.

When you live out of a sense of authentic love, you will receive love from others. Live with true respect, and you will be truly respected.

You cannot possibly get the good things you do not wish to give. You cannot possibly avoid receiving in return whatever it is you offer to life.

A puzzle that is solved for you is really not any fun. A life that is lived for you is no life at all.

Make your own way, shoulder your own burdens, and give your very best in every moment. That is real, fulfilling life, and it is priceless.

— Ralph Marston


Ten Ways to Help Girls Transform the World

Imagine legions of girls confident in their creativity and wisdom; comfortable in their bodies and safe in their classrooms; and ready to take on the world. But we still have a ways to go to get there. In this article World Pulse asks women around the globe for their stories and compiles a list of the best ways to help young girls transform their lives and our world.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Daily Inspirational Message for November 14, 2013

Your body is the vehicle for your experience here. It is a part of your spiritual journey, and gives you clues all the time about what and how you’re thinking and feeling. Take care of it. Pay attention. Listen to it, and give it your gratitude.
– Teri Wilder

My husband and I raised five teenagers, and whenever they would sleep in past noon on the weekends, I would start worrying about their lack of get-up-and-go, whereas my husband would shrug and say, ‘They must have needed the rest.’ Since I was raised that it’s lazy to lie in bed all day, it took me a while to come around, but eventually, I began to appreciate the wisdom behind my husband’s perspective. Given that the modern world is constantly trying to get us to do more and sleep less than is ideal, it is up to us to love ourselves enough to honor our true needs. There is nothing wrong with needing to take a break or a nap or a day off to rest and restore our energy. Resting does does not mean we are soft, weak or lazy – it means we are wise and strong enough to resist outside pressure in order to preserve our health and sanity.

Beyond the Good Life

Sometimes fear doesn’t really feel like fear. Sometimes it feels very comfortable.

Sometimes the desire to remain comfortably where you are can prevent you from being the best you can be. Sometimes you might live with unacceptable pain just so you don’t have to make any changes.

Sometimes it is useful to remind yourself that there is more to life than just being comfortable.

Sometimes a change, though it may be intimidating, can do you a whole lot of good.

It’s great to appreciate and value where you are. Yet life will surely and eventually insist that you continue to move forward.

So make the choice to get a little bit beyond what you’re comfortable with. Feel true gratitude and
appreciation for life’s richness, and know that there is even more beyond the horizon.

Don’t let your comfort shield you from your best possibilities. Go beyond the good life, and make it even better.

— Ralph Marston


Today I Lived And You Did Too

"I'm going Hands Free. I want to make memories, not to-do-lists. I want to feel the squeeze of my daughter's arms, not the pressure of over-commitment. I want to get lost in conversation with my spouse, not consumed by a sea of unimportant emails. I want to be overwhelmed by sunsets that give me hope, not by extracurricular commitments that steal my joy. I want the noise of my life to be a mixture of laughter and gratitude, not the intrusive buzz of cell phones and text messages. I am letting go of distraction, disconnection, and perfection to live a life that simply, so very simply, consists of what really matters. I'm going Hands Free. I hope you will join me!" In this poetic blog post, "Hands Free Mama", Rachel Macy Stafford, shares her heart, and expresses how she chooses to live today.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dreams of the Other Side

“In May 2012, I started having dreams in which I was on the other side with my mom. Night after night, we would meet up with old friends of hers, as well as make the acquaintance of many new friends. At first I thought they were just dreams, but they started feeling more real. Even my waking hours were getting a bit strange. I felt like half of me was on the other side and the other half of me was here, trying to live in my body. ”

The Fence and the Slide

“In my work as a clairvoyant, I get my information in the form of pictures and visions. I’ve come to understand two different visions that I get when I’m working with someone who has been diagnosed with a serious illness. If I get a picture of the person sitting on a fence, I know they are in an exit point trying to decide if they want to stay or go. If I get a picture of them on a slide, I know they are in the dying process.”

Exit Points

“When I give lectures on dying and life after death, people often ask if the timing of our death is written in stone. The answer is: sometimes. Our astrological charts include what are called exit points…During exit points, the soul is taking an inventory of what it has accomplished so far and is trying to decide, with the help of the Elders on the other side, if it should continue on until the next exit point or if it wants to be done now.”

Daily Inspirational Message for November 13, 2013

When you learn to say yes to yourself, you will be able to say no to others, with love.
– Alan Cohen

My kids and I spent six years training to get our black belts. On the day of the big belt ceremony, it was deeply important to all three of us that my parents be there to cheer us on and help us celebrate this major achievement. My father was a lifelong hunter, however, and the date of the ceremony happened to fall on the opening day of hunting season. When my dad learned that, without a moment’s hesitation, he told us that he was really sorry, but he wasn’t missing opening day for anything. Since my father was extraordinarily loving and devoted, I was surprised and deeply disappointed in his decision, but he wasn’t budging. When his health failed a few months later, and that proved to be his last opening day of his life, I was glad that he had stuck to his guns. Looking back now, I can see how his refusal to give in has blessed me more than his attendance that day would have, for it taught me that a person can be truly kind, loving and caring, and still say no to the people he loves in order to be true to himself.

Beautiful Reality

Act not out of judgment, but out of love. Live not from a position of fear, but from a perspective of joy.
Let go of the need to prove how good you are. Live in such a way that real goodness, joy and generosity flow naturally from all you do.
Instead of seeking to gain more advantage, discover new ways to give more value. Instead of worrying about what might be, live the immense treasure of what already is.
Don’t waste your time looking for happiness in this thing or that. Let happiness always find you right where you are, doing whatever you are doing.
See life not as a contest where some must lose in order for others to win. See it as an opportunity to lift yourself higher by lifting many, many others through your unique gifts.
Let go of the illusion that you must struggle. And let in the beautiful reality of how very good life can be.
— Ralph Marston


Teenage Football Players Conspiracy of Kindness

Without telling their coaches, the football players of Olivet Middle School conspired to execute an extraordinary play at their next home game. Actually, it was two plays. The first was to get as close to the goal line as possible without scoring. And the second? Well, you'll just have to watch the video to find out. The most remarkable effect of the play? Says one team member, "I went from being somebody who mostly cared about myself and my friends to caring about everyone and trying to make everyone's day and everyone's life." Watch what this group of middle schoolers conspired to do...

Monday, November 11, 2013

Daily Inspirational Message for November 11, 2013

Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
- Mary Manin Morrissey
We all have things we hope for in the future that we expect to finally make us happy. Some are looking for a perfect lover, others are longing for more money, a whole lot of people are waiting for that far off day when they will be able to retire and at long last be free to really enjoy their lives. When I catch myself longing for a somehow better future, I remember my husband’s uncle, who worked and saved his whole life for the day he would sell his business and finally be able to travel the world: He died of a brain tumor a few months before his retirement date. If we’re going to make the most of the time, love, freedoms and other blessings we’ve been given, we must start really living and enjoying our lives now.

Experience the Richness

You put a lot of energy and effort into living. So on a regular basis, take time to fully experience your life and the world in which you live.

Spend some time that has no purpose other than to take in all the richness of which you’re a part. Let go, for a while, of the need to analyze, to criticize, to judge and react.

Allow your thoughts to be still. Feel the wonder, the goodness, the beauty of simply being, and knowing that you are.

Experience life, not in order to gain any advantage or to impress someone. Experience life because the depth of its richness has no limit.

The more fully you experience and appreciate life, the more you’ll find yourself needing less and having more. Experience life, and you’ll clearly see how truly rich you already are.

Life is a gift so precious that it has no equal. Experience life, and give that gift to yourself and others.

— Ralph Marston


How to Make Giving Feel Good

"On a fine summer morning in Vancouver, British Columbia, a graduate student approached passersby with a box of envelopes and an unusual request: "Are you willing to be in an experiment?" If people said yes, she asked them how happy they were, got their phone number, and handed them one of her mysterious envelopes. When people opened the envelope, they found a five dollar bill, accompanied by a simple note. For some of them, the note instructed: Please spend this $5.00 today before 5 pm on a gift for yourself or any of your expenses (e.g., rent, bills, or debt). Others found a note that read: Please spend this $5.00 today before 5 pm on a gift for someone else or a donation to charity. In addition, some people got similar envelopes, but with a 20 dollar bill rather than a five. Armed with this extra bit of cash and their instructions about how to spend it, people went on their way. That evening, they received a call asking them how happy they were feeling, as well as how they had spent the money. How did their purchases affect them? This article shares the answer...

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Daily Inspirational Message for November 10, 2013

If you feel like you don’t fit in, it’s probably because doing the right thing is more important to you.

There are many times on every spiritual journey when we must pull away from certain people or endeavors in order to do what feels right to us deep down inside. Indeed, the more we aim to hold ourselves to high spiritual standards, the more alone we may tend to feel when the people around us are caught up in fear and negativity, or are simply mired in mundane concerns. Though it can be lonely, standing apart like this is not a bad thing: it’s a sign that we’re really awake, and are willing to forego the crowded, well worn path in favor of a more rare and beautiful journey.

Estonia's Bank of Happiness

Estonia's capital, Tallinn, is considered to be one of the world's leading technological cities - a city in which the majority of transactions occur online. But nestled deep within the constructs and limitations of this digital world, there resides one group -- whose sole purpose it is to harness the true power of the Internet for good. This "Bank of Happiness" doesn't transact in currency or credit, rather, it utilizes the good energy of over 2,000 like-minded, people from all over the word to connect or to offer services free of charge. Read more from NPR ...