Saturday, November 23, 2013

Daily Inspirational Message for November 23, 2013

As you lie in bed preparing for your nightly slumber, remember that the last thought you have in your mind can last up to four hours in your subconscious mind. Create a reminder like a prayer or mantra to place by your bed. Read these words as you get comfortable.
– Wayne Dyer

What do you think about as you’re falling asleep each night? Do you endlessly review all you need to do the next day, or rerun the latest drama in your personal life? Years ago when I studied the Silva Mind Control method, and later when I trained to become a hypnotherapist, I learned that the thoughts we are thinking as we fall asleep are extra powerful. Indeed, as we enter into the alpha state as we’re falling asleep, we are in a highly suggestive state, so whatever we’re thinking is programming our subconscious mind. This means it is extra important to think about all we are hoping to create in our lives as we fall asleep, and to give thanks for all the blessings we already enjoy that we want to protect and cultivate even further in the future. Develop the habit of filling your mind with positive thoughts and your body with positive feelings as you’re falling asleep at night: it will promote happy dreams, empower you to create what you want in your life, and help you align with a full and restful night’s sleep.

More Than You Must

It is by doing more than you must that you make life exceptionally good. It is by exercising each small opportunity to go the extra mile that you create an incredibly beautiful journey.

When you’re making a difference, and you have some good momentum, keep going. When you’ve finished what you must do, keep going and discover the great value in what you can choose to do.

Even a small extra effort can make a big difference. A little bit bigger extra effort may just change the world.

Instead of fighting against the effort, enjoy it and celebrate the opportunity you have to make it. Instead of resenting what you must do, be delighted about all the great things you’re able to do.

Feel how good it feels to be effective, creative and productive. Keep that feeling alive even longer by making an extra effort.

Grab each opportunity to do more than you must. You’ll end up with treasures that go beyond anything you could have imagined.

— Ralph Marston

Read more at http://www.greatday.com/#cL8zATz4G842d1PQ.99

Artship in America

Slobodan Dan Paich's bold vision as an artist has taken him across many different countries, peoples, and cultures. Through a series of improbable events that led him to become a child radio and film star in his native Yugoslavia, Slobodan has had an unusual life. In this interview at his very small apartment in San Francisco, Slobodan describes his fascinating journey from architectural experimenting in the subterranean caves of the Byzantine monks in Italy, to teaching at an American university in London, to founding the ARTSHIP Foundation in California. A community builder wherever he is planted, Slobodan delves into being "totally responsible" to the people and the projects that bring them together.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/595/artship-in-america-richard-whittaker/

Friday, November 22, 2013

Daily Inspirational Message for November 22, 2013

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
– William James

Sometimes I get myself all worked up, thinking that some plan that is really important to me is not going to work out. The more I feel like I have to find a way to make it work, the more anxious I get. Eventually, I reach a tipping point where I just can’t take it anymore, at which point I stop caring and surrender the outcome completely. That’s the ultimate stress buster, for when I let go of needing things to be the way I think they should be, I realize that if things don’t go according to plan, I’ll just find a different – and hopefully easier – path. Maybe you will get something you’ve been longing for, and maybe you won’t. Maybe whatever you consider ‘a disaster’ will happen, and maybe it won’t. Either way, it can all be okay. When we shed the fear behind our attachment to certain outcomes, we align with a peaceful, easy feeling, and a more enjoyable journey through whatever life sends our way.

Helping Others

Helping others helps you, at the very deepest level. Giving real value serves to create real value in your own life.

By providing encouragement, you receive encouragement. When you teach, you learn.

Each day is rich with opportunities for you to make a positive difference in the lives of those around you. And it is through genuinely enriching the lives of others that you find true richness in your own.

Right here, right now, there is a beautiful way to give of yourself, and to make the world a better place. Choose to do so, and immediately feel the benefits begin to manifest.

You have the chance today to change lives for the better. It’s difficult to imagine anything that could be more fulfilling than that.

Reach out, give a hand, make a difference, and offer a kindness. The lives you lift will most certainly include your own.

— Ralph Marston

Read more at http://www.greatday.com/#wpbjHPidkvsS7T0o.99

What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work

What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress, meeting challenges, and feeling a sense of purpose. In this TED talk, behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents several eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3966

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Daily Inspirational Message for November 21, 2013

In terms of days and moments lived, you’ll never again be as young as you are right now, so spend this day, the youth of your future, in a way that deflects regret. Invest in yourself. Have some fun. Do something important. Love somebody extra. In one sense, you’re just a kid, but a kid with enough years on her to know that every day is priceless.
– Victoria Moran

A couple of years ago, my daughter came to her father and me and told us that she wanted to take a break from college and move to a tropical island. Since she was only a year away from graduating, we naturally questioned the wisdom and practicality of this decision. She was in her early twenties, however, so I told her that while she is young, she should follow her heart and go wherever she feels drawn to go. Later that day, I realized that we are ALL as young as we will ever be this lifetime, so that advice is applicable to all of us: whatever it is we’re longing to do, odds are good there will never be a better time to do it than right now.

Positive Approach

Conflict can be interesting and enticing, but is not particularly useful. Rather than giving in to the drama of conflict, choose to be genuinely helpful and cheerful, and make yourself much more effective.

Sure, you can get attention by being negative. But you can get much more done by taking a positive approach.

Instead of focusing on what’s wrong, offer some workable options for setting things right. When you feel like giving criticism, find a way to give it in the form of encouragement.

You don’t have to be nice just to be nice. Be nice, helpful, positive, upbeat and encouraging because that’s how you, and everyone else, will make the most progress.

You’ll never be able to get back the time and energy you waste on conflict. Yet when you invest your time and energy in being a positive influence, the rewards for doing so will expand exponentially as time goes on.

Your most effective, productive, profitable, compassionate and intelligent choice is to be positive in your interactions with others. It’s a choice that lifts the lives of everyone involved.

— Ralph Marston

Read more at http://www.greatday.com/#lg2hrJ3jTkjYygcE.99

Not More, But Better: The Story of Solutions

The final film in the 'Story of Stuff' series asks, "What if the goal of our economy wasn't more, but better -- better health, better jobs, and a better chance to survive on the planet?" According to Annie Leonard, we get better and better at playing the wrong game. See what game she suggests:

http://www.dailygood.org/story/598/from-the-story-of-stuff-to-the-story-of-solutions-annie-leonard/

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Daily Inspirational Message for November 20, 2013

You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living breathing screaming invitation to believe better things.
– Jamie Tworkowski
 
Sometimes, all I need is a chat with a friend to put everything I’ve been thinking and feeling in perspective. We all get caught up in strange moods, overblown concerns, and our own little worlds sometimes. We can get stuck there to the point where we forget about everything else that is happening in the larger world around us, and all the options we always have available to us. When I start to feel like life is a joyless chore, I remind myself of a sure remedy for my blue mood: I push away from whatever I’ve been doing and make plans to connect with someone who can help me put things in perspective. We all tend to see the same people very day, to perform the same tasks, and to go to the same places. It’s exciting to remember that at any moment, we can break out and break free: we can meet new people, explore new places, discover new ideas and dig into new adventures by simply heading out into the world with an open mind and heart.

Creating Fulfillment

Your fulfillment does not depend on getting others to think or act in certain ways. Your fulfillment does not depend on being impressive or successful in the eyes of the world.

Your fulfillment depends on you. It depends on how much of yourself you genuinely give and authentically express.

Governments, corporations, interest groups and institutions cannot give you fulfillment or keep you from it. Regardless of your situation, you are responsible for the fulfillment you experience.

People have all sorts of different abilities, resources, challenges, opportunities and circumstances. Yet every person, in his or her own way, has the possibility for true fulfillment at any time.

Don’t waste your time begging for help, assigning blame, or wishing that things could be different. Wisely use every bit of your time joyfully and gratefully creating the special fulfillment that is yours to create.

Stop imagining excuses and start experiencing the satisfaction of bringing real fulfillment to every day. Now is your moment, so fill it with delightful meaning.

— Ralph Marston

Read more at http://www.greatday.com/#ofuqkY47Dc2LXY4o.99

How To Think Like A Wise Person

"If I asked you to judge how smart someone is, you'd know where to start. But if you were going to assess how wise that person is, what qualities would you consider?" In this compelling article, Dr. Adam Grant discusses the latest research on determinants of wisdom and some of the outcomes of living a wise life.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/607/how-to-think-like-a-wise-person-adam-grant/

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Daily Inspirational Message for November 19, 2013

The thing about old friends is not that they love you, but that they know you…They look at you and don’t really think you look older because they’ve grown old along with you and, like the faded paint in a beloved room, they’re used to the look. And then one of them is gone and you’ve lost a chunk of yourself. The stories of the terrorist attacks of 2001, the tsunami, the Japanese earthquake always used numbers, the deaths of thousands a measure of how great the disaster. Catastrophe is numerical. Loss is singular, one beloved at a time.
– Anna Quindlen
 
There are some losses we never really get over. We go on with our lives, we love others and we create new happiness, and yet that hole is never filled. At unexpected moments, we find ourselves thinking of that special person and missing them as much as ever. We’re told that time heals all wounds, and I do believe it’s true to the extent that we manage to feel happy again even though we may have once believed that would be impossible. Being happy again doesn’t mean we stop missing that special person, however. Continuing to miss them isn’t a bad thing; indeed, I think it’s part of what makes love so beautiful and life so precious. That ache we feel in our hearts when we think of someone dear to us who has left this world is one way we honor how precious they will always be to us. There’s a poignant beauty in that feeling that is rooted deep in the soul. While I don’t enjoy feeling sad any more than anyone else, I hope I never stop missing those I’ve loved deeply, and that I am always able to shed a tear when I think about how wonderful it would be if they were here with me today.

Energized By The Possibilities

Acknowledge and accept what is, but don’t settle for it. You can take what is, whatever it may be, and add great value to it.

If you’ve allowed yourself to fall behind, or if events beyond your control have held you back, you don’t have to stay behind. You can fully embrace where you are, and then begin to step solidly forward.

It is never too late to experience the true fulfillment of making a real difference in life. No circumstance is ever too burdensome to separate you from your authentic purpose.

Don’t let yourself get caught up in judgments or comparisons. Instead, let yourself be energized by the positive possibilities of right now.

Whatever has happened, has happened, and now the thing to do is move forward with renewed energy. You can do it, not because of where you’ve been or what you have, but because of who you are deep inside.

Take this day, this moment, this unique place and time, and give it the best you have. There is greatness within you, so let it come flowing forth right now.

— Ralph Marston

Read more at http://www.greatday.com/#RRp6D9jMtwcgYRAu.99

Maya Angelou On Resilience and Children

"If children are given the chance to believe they're worth something-- if they truly believe that-- they will insist upon it. That is in Rome, Italy, or Rome, Arkansas; in Paris, France, or Paris, Texas. Children don't have to be born with a silver spoon in their mouths, but if they can be convinced they're the best, they become resilient. They themselves will resist any attempts to belittle them. But it's also a bouncing forward, going beyond what the naysayers said, saying, 'No, it's not true that I'm nobody. I know that not only is that not true, but I'm more than you can imagine!'"

http://www.dailygood.org/more.php?n=5720

Monday, November 18, 2013

An Easy Way to Detach

“Detachment is a valuable practice. Detaching from other people’s energy can free you to move forward in life. Since the word ‘detachment’ can be confusing, let me explain what detachment is and provide an easy way to detach from someone. We all know what attachment is. In love relationships, two people are attached, connected, bonded. When that relationship ends, the two people naturally detach. They move away from each other, disconnect, and separate mentally and physically. The problem comes when one person chooses to end the relationship but can’t seem to get away from the other person mentally and/or emotionally.  ”

http://kajama.com/easy-way-detach/

Sifting: A Means to Cleanse Yourself of Another’s Energy

“Many times we run across people who have negative energy, are angry, or are harboring hatred. I suppose if people want to be this way, it is okay. However, their negative energy often rubs off on those of us who don’t want it! If you are a highly sensitive person like I am, I’m sure you’ve noticed that once you’ve been around someone who is angry, you get a bit irritable yourself, and then you may pass that along to the next person you are in contact with, who passes it along to someone else, and so on. Once you become aware of this cycle, there is something you can do to get other people’s gunk out of you.”

http://kajama.com/sifting-means-cleanse-anothers-energy/

Becoming Conscious of Thought Energy

“If you have a connection with someone, whether it’s a casual friendship, a deeply loving relationship, or something in between, there is always an overhead cloud of the thoughts and feelings you exchange that encompasses the two of you. Let’s say you’re a woman, and we’re talking about your relationship with your husband. Your thoughts/feelings about him he ‘gets’ on some level, whether he is conscious of that or not. Similarly, on some level, you can feel his thoughts and feelings about you. What you are sensing is what I call ‘thought energy.’”

http://kajama.com/becoming-conscious-thought-energy/

Daily Inspirational Message for November 18, 2013

Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.
– Eckhart Tolle

Every time we start feeling bad, upset, anxious, bored or frustrated, we can be sure we’re NOT saying yes to the present moment. We may be caught up in fear that whatever is happening won’t work out okay, or we may just be wishing that we were somewhere else, doing something we believe would be more enjoyable. We all have tasks we must perform and problems we must solve. Unexpected developments regularly jar our expectations and mess up our carefully planned schedules. When we energetically resist whatever is happening in the moment, we naturally feel upset, stressed out and frustrated. When instead, we say yes by smiling upon whatever is happening in the moment and going with the flow, we bless ourselves with a relatively pleasant and effortless journey through whatever life sends our way each day. I know that when I make my first aim to simply enjoy each moment, everything else seems to take care of itself.

Taking action

You can plan and prepare and talk about it for weeks or months or years, but that’s never enough. Action is what will make it happen.

A verbal commitment is good and a written commitment can be powerful. Yet there is no true, effective, life-changing commitment until there is action.

When you take action, there is no guarantee of success. Yet when you do not take action, there absolutely is the guarantee of failure.

Act early, act often, act intelligently, act with persistence, and be willing to adjust your actions based on the results they bring. The only way to achieve the goal is to get in the game and make the effort.

Right now you have the time in this day. Fill it with effective, directed, focused, positive, purposeful action, and you’ll always be thankful you did.

Action will take you from here to there, from nothing to something, from dream to reality. Get up, get going, take action and make your reality the best you can envision.

— Ralph Marston

Read more at http://www.greatday.com/#BTgvwM25OiK1TldQ.99

21 Blessings in Disguise

"It's easy to give thanks for the blessings that we do have. Love, family, friends, bounty. These are the hugs and warmth and praises analogous to a soothing back rub or an aromatic cup of tea. For these, we are thankful daily. They make us feel good and we expect and receive them with little to no toll." But then there are the things that do take a toll -- like our insecurities, flaws, sadness, and even the flu. In the haze of these difficult moments it can be challenging to see the blessings, but they are there. This article prompts us to develop clarity and be grateful for the opportunities that are presented to us -- beginning with a list of 21 things for which to be thankful.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/555/giving-thanks-for-21-blessings-in-disguise-belinda-munoz/

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Daily Inspirational Message for November 17, 2013

It doesn’t make sense to call ourselves ugly, because we don’t really see ourselves. We don’t watch ourselves sleeping in bed, curled up and silent with chests rising and falling with our own rhythm. We don’t see ourselves reading a book, eyes fluttering and glowing. You don’t see yourself looking at someone with love and care inside your heart. There’s no mirror in your way when you’re laughing and smiling and happiness is leaking out of you. You would know exactly how bright and beautiful you are if you saw yourself in the moments where you are truly yourself.
– author unknown

On a physical level, most of us judge ourselves so much more harshly than other people do. I certainly don’t expect anyone to look like a supermodel, yet when my skin breaks out or my thighs dimple or I catch sight of one of my many scars, I often feel inadequate and wish I was somehow better than I am. I don’t do this with anyone else, mind you: I embrace people as they are, and when they are kindhearted and friendly, I find them attractive regardless of their actual physical features. When I start to feel bad about my appearance for some reason, I try to remember that we are all like this: no one else is going to care if I’ve put on a few pounds, if my skin is scarred or my shoes are scuffed; they just care that I’m good company, and if I’m feeling ugly and unlovable, odds are good that I won’t be. To be extraordinarily attractive, we have only to smile and love ourselves and everyone around us just the way we are.

Top 30 Innovations of the Last 30 Years

"Imagine this is 1979: If you were reading this article back then, chances are you would have read it on paper -- with a printed newspaper or magazine in your hands. Today, you are probably reading it on a desktop computer, a laptop (or as a printout from either of these), or perhaps even on your Blackberry or iPhone. The pace of innovation has been so hectic in recent years that it is hard to imagine which innovations have had the greatest impact on business and society." Hard to imagine, but from among more than a thousand submissions, a panel of judges from Wharton business school selected the top thirty innovations from the past thirty years that have fundamentally changed the way we live. Read on to discover which innovations they selected and why.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/590/a-world-transformed-what-are-the-top-30-innovations-of-the-last-30-years-knowledge-wharton/