Saturday, December 14, 2013

Daily Inspirational Message for December 14, 2013

So there are people whom you are strongly connected to whom you’ve not met yet, but the chances are you’ll make all the right choices, and so will they, so that you will come into each other’s lives, where you’ll remain there for a ‘reason, a season, or a lifetime.’ The force of these connections can be strong, I believe, so that the effect is like a whirlpool in a river pulling your boat towards it. Chances are, wherever you paddle, you’ll end up there!
– David R. Hamilton

I have many times met someone and had that special feeling like I knew them from somewhere. I don’t always know if I am remembering them from a past life or if I am sensing that I am going to know them well and spend a lot of meaningful time with them in the future, I just know that something momentous is happening and that this person is going to prove important to my journey. To me, it’s really exciting to know that there are more of these people out there whom I’ve yet to cross paths with. There are new/old friends to meet, lovers to love, babies to embrace, pets to bond with, coworkers to laugh with, and kindred spirits to connect with. Every day, there is a chance that someone we are destined to know and love will reenter our experience.

Unwelcome Interruptions

You have great plans, and yet life is always getting in the way. You intensely wish to move forward, but all sorts of things seem to constantly interrupt and impede that movement.

But do those unexpected and unwelcome interruptions really have to hold you back? The fact is, you don’t have to let them.

Sure, you must regularly deal with the urgent, pressing matters that come your way. But that doesn’t mean those unwelcome interruptions have to take over your life.

Instead of seeing those interruptions as negative, distracting influences, you can just as realistically choose to see them as positive, empowering opportunities. Just because they weren’t in your plans doesn’t mean they have to upset your plans.

Decide that there’s something positive to be found, and you’ll find something positive in anything. Decide that the interruptions won’t really interrupt you, but will in fact provide you with additional ways to move forward, and that’s exactly what will happen.

Learn to welcome, embrace and empower yourself with the unexpected interruptions. They’re always going to come, so make the choice to make them work in your favor.

— Ralph Marston

Read more at http://www.greatday.com/#IDqjJBUl7Bllz66A.99

The Thinking Habit That Changed My Life

Writing out a gratitude list can be a simple, yet profound act. "It's interesting, because so much of our lives are spent in unconscious mental habits. Without knowing it, we complain, we nitpick, we stress about little faults; we see the bad in people and situations. Changing that doesn't happen immediately. However, you can change a little at a time. Start with a small gratitude session, and really be thankful. Really feel the happiness that something or someone is in your life."

http://www.dailygood.org/story/585/the-thinking-habit-that-changed-my-life-leo-babauta/

Friday, December 13, 2013

Daily Inspirational Message for December 13, 2013

Don’t mire up in self-despair of your losses, learn from them and move on to other good things in life. Don’t stop allowing the sunshine in because of the fear that winter will come and engulf the warmth. Hold it close to you to help you through those cold winter days.
– Belinda Taylor

There is a long winter ahead of us here, and though I’ve gotten better at enjoying it over the years, I still sometimes find myself dreading the cold, dark months ahead. When I catch myself staring sadly at the sun outside, longing to hold on to it, I realize that it’s pretty silly to squander the happiness available to me in the now by worrying about potentially darker days in the future. When I realize I’m dreading some inevitable unpleasantness, I try to remember that it is winter that makes summer so delicious; it is endings that enable new beginnings; it is cloudy days that make sunny ones feel so good.

Clear Direction

Decide where you will go, and then go there. When you live by intention, there is no limit to the rich rewards that life can bring.

To get somewhere, you must first know precisely where that is. To achieve, you must zero in on the specific details of your intended achievement.

Whether it is for an hour, a day, a month, five years or five decades, clear and purposeful direction makes a profound difference. The highest level of fulfillment comes to those who can envision precisely what that fulfillment looks like.

Yes, it’s difficult to hone your scattered ideas and desires into a positive, coherent direction. Yet you most certainly can do it, and each time you do the results will be amazing.

Give yourself a clear direction for this day, for this week, for this beautiful and unique life of yours. Give yourself a clear direction and you’ll have a workable path to your own special greatness.

In whatever you’re doing, choose a direction that will express your highest, most treasured values.

Give yourself a direction, and give your very best gifts to life.

— Ralph Marston

Read more at http://www.greatday.com/#hP2iHIB31sofxiZD.99

The Truth About Love & Vulnerability

"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable." See the words of C.S. Lewis come to life through the cartoons of Zen Pencils artist Gavin Aung.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=4409

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Daily Inspirational Message for December 12, 2013

Sometimes the door closes on a relationship, not because we failed but because something bigger than us says this no longer fits our life. So, lock the door, shed a tear, turn around and look for the new door that’s opened. It’s a sign that you’re no longer that person you were, it’s time to change into who you are. It’s going to be okay.
– Lee Goff

Imagine that you were still hanging out daily with your six-year-old pals from the playground, that you were still working in the first job you ever had, or that you were still dating the first boy or girl you ever kissed. When I imagine those things, it doesn’t feel great – it actually feels alarming – for that would mean that I didn’t get to meet all the new friends I’ve met, have the new experiences I’ve had, or love the new loves I’ve loved over the years. If there is some relationship or situation that isn’t working for you anymore, relax and let it go. It may feel a little scary, but doing so will free you to meet and love new people, explore new experiences, and bless yourself in all sorts of new ways.

Give Care

If all you care about is what’s in it for you, there won’t be much in it for you. If all you care about is what other people think of you, people won’t think very highly of you.

What you care about has a powerful impact on the way your life unfolds. So instead of caring so much about what you think you need, put your energy into caring for all that you have.

You have life, and great possibilities, and other people with whom to enjoy it all. You have a universe filled with beauty and wonder, and the opportunity to create new meaning and value.

Give loving care, attention, gratitude and support to the abundance with which your world is filled. Take good care of the good things, and they will grow even more beneficial.

Give care, focused thought, attention and awareness to whatever you’re doing, and whatever you’re doing will bring meaningful, valuable results. Give your care to making a difference, and continually put that care into action.

Lift up life by caring for it. Give true care, and the rewards are immense.

— Ralph Marston

Read more at http://www.greatday.com/#Wuqg5k19SidAHCfT.99

7 Lessons For Leaders In Systems Change

Creating systemic change is increasingly imperative in our times as we seek ways to improve the way that we live and relate to each other and to the earth. This large-scale thinking recognizes that, "Individual things - like plants, people, schools, communities, and watersheds - are all systems of interrelated elements. At the same time, they can't be fully understood apart from the larger systems in which they exist." What does it take to change the systems in which we live today? This piece offers seven lessons for community leaders, politicians, and teachers, and others vested in nurturing ecological conditions that are ripe for change and awakening.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/608/7-lessons-for-leaders-michael-k-stone-zenobia-barlow/

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Relaxation Techniques

“Guided imagery, autogenic training, biofeedback, and hypnotherapy are all techniques that can enable us to reach deep states of relaxation. It was once thought that the autonomic nervous system and things such as heart rate and blood pressure could not be voluntarily controlled. But it turns out that with proper training we can, for example, be trained to slow our heart rate and lower our blood pressure. We can dilate our peripheral blood vessels and make our cold hands warm. This type of training can also be used to control our response to pain and thereby change our experience of pain.”

http://kajama.com/relaxation-techniques/

Spirituality and Religion

“It used to be that the terms spirituality and science could not appear in the same sentence. There was no room in science for a spiritual self. However, some recent developments in science are changing this paradigm…Research shows that people who have a regular religious practice, regardless of which practice it is, live longer and healthier lives. We can suppose that the predictable aspect of a regular religious practice and the calm and meditative aspects of it are responsible for the health benefits. Other aspects of religion often included in the discussion of spirituality are more controversial, such as intercessory prayer, the practice of having people pray for the health of others.”

http://kajama.com/spirituality-religion/

Meditation

“There are many different types of meditation. Some use concentration: you focus your attention on only one thing, such as a sound or mantra. Some employ mindfulness: you quiet your mind by excluding outside thoughts and plans, and you focus on the awareness of everything you are experiencing in that moment and from moment to moment. People think of meditation as something they have to sit still for. That appeals to some, but others just don’t ‘have the time’ or ‘get bored.’ Some forms of meditation involve stillness and some involve movement. ‘The real meditation,’ says Jon Kabat-Zinn, ‘is how you live your life.’”

http://kajama.com/meditation/

Daily Inspirational Message for December 11, 2013

Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. We can love and care for others but we cannot possess our children, lovers, family, or friends. We can assist them, pray for them, and wish them well, yet in the end, their happiness and suffering depend on their thoughts and actions, not on our wishes.
– Jack Kornfield

There is nothing like trying to parent teenagers and young adults to drive home the truth that no matter how much we may long to save others from making decisions that will lead to very difficult life lessons and experiences, in the end, trying to rescue others from themselves does more harm than good. It’s not really helpful to prevent someone from experiencing the natural consequences of their choices, for that just slows their journey toward the wisdom they so clearly need. Having faith means trusting that everyone struggles, and that this is ultimately beneficial, for it’s how we all learn and grow.

Think Highly of Yourself

Very often, your biggest limitations are the limitations you put on yourself. What you expect has a profound effect on what you actually get.

If you think of yourself as too old, too inexperienced, uninformed, dull or ordinary, those negative expectations influence the way you live. When you think of yourself as creative, passionate, interesting, valuable, unique and genuine, those positive expectations will be expressed in your life.

Thinking highly of yourself doesn’t mean you have to be arrogant or elitist. When you truly think highly of yourself, you’ll end up living your life so as to genuinely prove those thoughts accurate.

You can be held back by your expectations, or encouraged forward by your expectations. Make the choice to be encouraged, inspired, motivated and compelled by the positive things you expect of yourself.

Sure, there are many difficult challenges you’ll face in living a fulfilled, successful life. Don’t add your own negative expectations to those challenges.

Instead, expect the best of yourself in every moment and in every situation. And ride those expectations forward to a life of true fulfillment.

— Ralph Marston

Read more at http://www.greatday.com/#tHZJlZoEI8ZlslLE.99

The Healthy Way To Forgive Yourself

"The ability to forgive oneself for mistakes, large and small, is critical to psychological well-being. But self-forgiveness has a dark side. Research suggests that while it can relieve unpleasant feelings like guilt and shame, it can also reduce empathy for others and motivation to make amends. Is there a healthy way to forgive yourself?" Read on to learn four ways you can forgive yourself without compromising your ability to take responsibility for your actions.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/604/the-healthy-way-to-forgive-yourself-juliana-breines/

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Daily Inspirational Message for December 10, 2013

The purpose of life is to familiarize oneself with this after-death body so that the act of dying will not create confusion in the psyche.
– Terence McKenna

While I don’t believe the whole purpose of life is to get ready to die (that makes no sense at all), I do believe that we can do much while alive to facilitate a positive death experience. If, like nearly everyone alive, you’re afraid of dying, you can begin to dissolve your fear and align with a positive death experience by exploring life beyond your body now. There are various ways to do this, but one of the most powerful is by engaging in astral travel. There is nothing like finding yourself out of your body and still very much YOU to dispel the notion that the death of the body is the end of everything. Indeed, your first out out-of-body experience could prove to be one of the most powerful, transformational experiences of your entire life. Why not initiate it now, so you can enjoy the rest of your days on Earth relatively free from fear?

Do Yourself a Big Favor

You don’t have to beg or wish or hope for favors from others. You can do yourself a big favor today.

You can use the moments of this day, the moments available to you right now, to create value. You can choose to take the specific actions that will bring new, meaningful richness to your world.

Even though you may be burdened with challenges, obligations, limitations, frustrations and other factors pushing against you, still you can move forward. You can choose to achieve something valuable in spite of whatever might be working against you.

What really matters is not your situation, but your attitude, your intentions and your commitment to make positive things happen. When you’re truly committed to making progress, you will find a way.

Reach into your most sincere, authentic self and connect with what matters most to you. Have the courage to admit what you love, and to do something about it.

Do yourself a big favor and live this day with purpose, intention, passion and relentless energy. You can do it, and you’ll feel amazing when you do.

— Ralph Marston

Read more at http://www.greatday.com/#DjLhKRPfP6thZH7M.99

What School Doesn't Teach You: How To Learn

At school, work, and at home, we are continuously learning. But how do we learn, and are we going about this essential life skill effectively? Educational psychologists are beginning to examine these questions, and the answers that have come up so far may be surprising. It turns out that learning in ways that are engaging and that involve critical thinking are more effective overall compared to techniques such as highlighting and re-reading text. In an information world where facts are abundant and easily searchable, this article probes us to take a step back and evaluate what we are learning through questioning and spreading things out rather than cramming. Check out this article to see if your approaches to learning make the grade -- and how you can improve!

http://www.dailygood.org/more.php?n=5549

Monday, December 9, 2013

With Whom Are You Most Compatible?

Does anyone read horoscopes?  How about the section where it shows each astrological sign and which sign they are most compatible with, each day for Love, Friendship and Career.  I’ve done some analysis for the last 100 days and the results are a bit surprising and at the same time predictable.

Here is an example for Gemini on December 9th, 2013.

  (21st May - 21st Jun)
Your Compatible Sign today for
Love: Pisces                       Friendship: Virgo               Career: Sagittarius

The following table shows for each sign, which is the most compatible sign.

Your Astrological Sign
Love
Friendship
Career
Aries
Capricorn
Leo
Libra
Taurus
Aquarius
Virgo
Scorpio
Gemini
Pisces
Libra
Sagittarius
Cancer
Aries
Scorpio
Capricorn
Leo
Taurus
Sagittarius
Aquarius
Virgo
Gemini
Capricorn
Pisces
Libra
Cancer
Aquarius
Aries
Scorpio
Leo
Pisces
Taurus
Sagittarius
Virgo
Aries
Gemini
Capricorn
Libra
Taurus
Cancer
Aquarius
Scorpio
Gemini
Leo
Pisces
Sagittarius
Cancer
Virgo

It’s hard to believe any two people are completely happy based on the analysis.  It highlights that each day is a choice.
The other view is it over simplifies relationships, by far.  As of 2012, there are 7.046 billion people on Earth.  Assuming there is a equal distribution to each astrological sign, there should be 587.1 million people in each sign.  I can’t remember knowing more than 5 people that think and like the same things let alone 587.1.  Guess we are all safe from astrological stereotypes.

I challenge you as readers to read the traits for your compatible signs and determine if those traits are the ones you most desire.
Joe Michael Kulbago

Daily Inspirational Message for December 9, 2013

It can be difficult to accept others and to accept ourselves. ‘I should be better. I should be something different. I should have more.’ All of this is conception; it’s all mental fabrication. It’s just the mind churning up ‘shoulds,’ ‘ought tos,’ and ‘supposed tos.’ All this is conceptual rubbish, and yet we believe it. -– Thubten Chodron

I think we all tend to think of spiritual practice as something far more esoteric, sophisticated and beyond us than it really is. Every time we stop and question that inner voice that judges ourselves or others harshly, that wants to react in anger or impatience, that starts to spin off into endless worrying, we are engaging in spiritual practice. Every time we grab ahold of our stream of thought and aim it in a more positive direction, we are engaging in spiritual practice. Every time we choose to stretch ourselves to be more upbeat, kind, loving or tolerant than we feel like being at that moment, we are engaging in spiritual practice. We are all engaging in spiritual practice every day, and doing a fine job of it, too! Just as the Grand Canyon grew breathtakingly magnificent one day at a time, we are all growing toward deeper personal strength and divine wisdom one little spiritual effort at a time.

Start The Ball Rolling

Motivation leads to action, and action leads to more motivation. If you’re not motivated to do anything, do a little something anyway and start the ball rolling.

Even the smallest positive step can begin to create positive momentum. Take that small step, feel the tiny wisp of motivation and momentum, and let it carry you to the next modest step.

Even if it doesn’t seem to accomplish anything, a small, initial positive action does in fact achieve something of great consequence. It gets you going.

Once you’re in motion, you’re much more likely to stay in motion. The longer you stay in motion, the more likely you are to keep going.

The best thing to do when you don’t feel like doing anything, is to do something. Remind yourself that although you may be severely unmotivated, you can take a small action anyway.

No matter what your situation or level of motivation may be, there’s some little something you can do. Do it now, get the ball rolling, and let the power of positive momentum push you forward.

— Ralph Marston

Read more at http://www.greatday.com/#kwCjU5l3y3PkhmyT.99

Bertrand Russell's 10 Commandments of Teaching

Philosopher, mathematician, historian, and social critic Bertrand Russell is one of the most intellectually diverse and influential thinkers in modern history. Writer Maria Popova, founder and editor of Brain Pickings, summarizes Russel's remarkable vision for the responsibilities of a teacher, touching on the purpose of education, the value of uncertainty, the importance of critical thinking, the gift of intelligent criticism, and more. The beauty of these principles is that they can be applied to daily life and other relationships as well.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/591/bertrand-russell-s-10-commandments-of-teaching-maria-popova/

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Daily Inspirational Message for December 8, 2013

So, the truth is, there’s not only one right path. The truth is, all paths can be made to be the right path. The truth is, that every individual has a different path. And that different path that every individual is launching incrementally – and amending constantly – that true path is known by Source and is guided by Source if you will pay attention to the way you feel. -– Abraham-Hicks

It’s okay if other people don’t understand you or agree with you. It’s even okay if they think you’re a little weird or crazy. Only you can hear the voice of Spirit whispering within you; only you have had the spiritual experiences you’ve been blessed to have; only you know the right path for you, for that is not something that can be worked out intellectually, it’s something you find by feeling and intuition. I hope you are able to make peace with feeling different, with potentially being misunderstood, and with being whoever you really are deep down inside, for it is only when we are okay with finding our own way in life that we are able to clearly hear and honor Spirit’s guidance.

The Art of Constructive Daydreaming

Our culture tends to be highly goal-focused, and even when we are not pursuing our goals, we distract ourselves with all sorts of media and entertainment. This article discusses the value of creating space to allow our minds to wander. The payoff of daydreaming can be immediate, in the form of a pleasant thought, memory, or insight, or it can be more long-term, in the form of understanding one's purpose or place in the world. Research shows that daydreaming and imagination are important facets of a healthy, satisfying mental life. Read on to learn more.

 http://www.dailygood.org/story/587/the-art-of-constructive-daydreaming-maria-popova/