Saturday, January 11, 2014

Daily Inspirational Message for January 11, 2014

The best you can do for anyone is to thrive fully and be willing to explain to anyone who asks how it is that you are thriving, and what it is that you’ve discovered – and then, just relax and trust that all truly is well.
– Abraham-Hicks

When we’ve traveled a long way down a conscious spiritual path, it can seem easy to see what others are missing. For example, I often observe people failing to live by the Golden Rule because they don’t yet understand that we get back what we give in life, and I wish that I could help them see how what they are doing to others, they are ultimately doing to themselves. Since trying to tell people what they’re doing wrong rarely works out well, I’ve learned to just smile on those folks and wish them well. I’ve also learned to treat those experiences as personal learning opportunities by asking myself how I may be like them, for we all have our blind spots. To accelerate our own spiritual growth and break free of limiting patterns of experience, we have only to look for people who are radiant with joy, health, prosperity and happiness, and then open our hearts and minds to what they may know that we’ve yet to understand.

Leave Excuses Behind

Excuses are the building blocks of failure. Actions are the building blocks of success.

At best, the energy you put into crafting a good excuse will merely keep you stuck where you are. Yet when you put the same amount of energy into taking positive action, you begin to move ahead.

When you notice yourself looking for an excuse, stop and ask this question. What action could be taken right now that would make the excuse unnecessary?

Excuses give you permission to give up. But that’s not something you really want to do.

Dig deeper, past the superficial impulse to make an excuse. Dig deeper, and connect with the things that matter most to you.

Make a new commitment to what really matters. Leave the excuses behind as you act to fulfill your best possibilities.

— Ralph Marston


Clear Skies & A Chance of Joy

Imagine a life filled with beautiful twists and turns that still leaves you unfulfilled. For Laura Lavigne, it felt like slow death until one day someone asked her, "If you could start any center, what would it be?" In that moment, the idea for the Anacortes Center for Happiness was born -- an organization founded with a mission to spread of joy, smiles, and a splendid sort of silliness. It was then that Laura realized her true purpose in this world. Read more to discover how one woman's quest for happiness has helped transform lives.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Daily Inspirational Message for January 10, 2014

One of the most important decisions you’ll ever make is choosing the kind of universe you exist in: is it helpful and supportive or hostile and unsupportive? Your answer to this question will make all the difference in terms of how you live your life and what kind of Divine assistance you attract.
- Wayne Dyer

Here’s something many of us forget a lot of the time: we don’t have to figure it all out our ourselves. We don’t have to come up with a brilliant plan and then diligently put one step in place after another; we can relax, ask the Universe to guide and carry us forward, and expect things to come together in a perfect, serendipitous way. This doesn’t mean we do nothing, of course; it just means that we can allow ourselves to enjoy a light and pleasant journey and still find our way to all we desire and more.

Peace On The Inside

You can choose to be active and involved on the outside while being fully at peace on the inside. It is a powerful way to live. 

You can let all the changes and dramas, the comings and goings, and the ups and downs inspire and inform you. But you don’t have to let it all get to you. 

There is a part of you that is whole and authentic and imperturbable. It is there that peace always lives. 

Let the outer part of you be enthusiastically involved in the brilliant, exhilarating confusion and complexity of what’s going on. Let the inner part of you put it all in perspective. 

It is authentic, deep-seated peace on the inside that enables you to be highly effective on the outside. Nothing can get to you or bring you down if you’re already filled with the best there is.

Choose to let a peaceful presence fill the deepest part of you. Allow that peace to give great power to all you do.

— Ralph Marston


Gaze Even Here

How do we look upon the brokenness of ourselves and the world, and in fixing our gaze, relinquish our desire to fix or change? Is it possible to just be with what is broken, to look, and in looking, come to love? Click here to walk with Trebbe Johnson through the clearcut forests of Vancouver, and journeys towards an acceptance of the world as it is.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Daily Inspirational Message for January 9, 2014

Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing.
– Leo Babauta

When I first learned about the law of attraction years ago, I was skeptical of the idea that the most important thing we need to do in order to align with the power to consciously create what we want in our lives is just feel good. In fact, pursuing endless bliss and joy seemed like a good way to make everything in my life fall apart. Like a swimmer dipping her toes in the water to test the temperature, however, I’ve experimented with this a lot over the years, and I’ve never had it go wrong on me. It really is safe to follow your bliss and do what feels good to you right now; indeed, it’s a powerful way to align with a pleasant journey to the fulfillment of your dreams.

Stop Waiting

Don’t wait to be inspired. Get busy, and find your inspiration in making something good and useful happen.

Don’t wait for the moment to be right. Go ahead and make the moment right by what you do with it.

If you wish for fortune to shine upon you, give it a good reason to do so. The reliable way to be lucky is to make your own luck with your own efforts.

The way to get what you want is not to beg for it or hope for it or demand it. The way to get what you want is to do what you must to make it happen.

You know that, so go ahead and put your knowledge to good use. Feel the irreplaceable satisfaction that comes from being master of your own fate.

Stop waiting for life to be the way you want. Start doing all you can to make it great. 

— Ralph Marston


Transformative Organizing: A Labor of Love

Elizabeth Flores played a pivotal role in the quest for equal rights of undocumented workers. Her passionate work helped persuade Governor Jerry Brown to sign the "California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights" into law. Flores' approach was one of 'transformative organizing' -- a way of combating injustice, that emphasizes creating change through how we are as individuals, how we relate to one another, and how we structure society. Ultimately its aim is to transform the ways in which people care for one another Read more on the success of this efforts, and the tools for engaging a true social change.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Daily Inspirational Message for January 8, 2014

A Buddhist Prayer on Forgiveness:
If I have harmed anyone in any way either knowingly or unknowingly through my own confusions, I ask their forgiveness. If anyone has harmed me in any way either knowingly or unknowingly through their own confusions, I forgive them. And if there is a situation I am not yet ready to forgive, I forgive myself for that. For all the ways that I harm myself, negate, doubt, belittle myself, judge or be unkind to myself through my own confusions, I forgive myself.

Difficult Circumstances

Don’t let your situation determine how you are. Let yourself decide and determine how the situation is. 

Your attitude is never forced upon you by outside circumstances. On the contrary, your attitude is based on the way you choose to respond to whatever may come your way. 

You can have a great day by choosing to be the person who will have a great day. You can live this day based on a strong, solid inner intention that never wavers. 

What you encounter is important. Yet what’s much more important and influential is the way you encounter it. 

It’s easy to blame difficult circumstances for a difficult day. It’s far better to live each day based not on what it brings, but rather on the positive value you choose to give it. 

Instead of complaining or bragging about the difficulties, transcend them and live beyond them. Use the power you surely have, to make the best of even the most difficult circumstances. 

— Ralph Marston


Cultivating Compassion

So here is the situation: the brain we have inherited from millions of years of evolution is both a gift and a curse, if not understood and used wisely. But if we can come to understand why and how to cultivate compassion within us, we can begin to become the people we want to be. In this article, discover how you can make a commitment towards becoming more compassionate.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Daily Inspirational Message for January 7, 2014

It’s time. It’s time for you to make a tough decision. Take a deep breath. Get still. Visualize the worse case scenario. After doing that, see yourself having made the decision and stepping into your personal power…becoming more courageous and stronger. It’s time! You can do this! See it done. You are now operating from a higher place of integrity and personal power, and going to the next level in your life.
– Les Brown

There is a law of attraction teaching that is really helpful to remember whenever we’re caught up in indecision: make a decision, and then make it right. It reflects the truth that there is tremendous power in deciding not just what we really want, but what we are going to do. We have only to decide that we’re going for it – we’re moving, we’re quitting, we’re signing up, we’re committed – for new potentials to open up. Once we wholly commit to a new path, goal or dream, that’s when we begin to find a way to make it work for us.

Enjoy Looking Forward

Expect a positive outcome, and then go make it happen. Expect a fulfilling experience, and then go get it.

A positive expectation doesn't guarantee a positive outcome, but it sure does make it more likely. When you expect the best, you give yourself many distinct advantages.

A positive expectation enables you to see more positive, workable possibilities. A positive expectation gives you a solid reason and a powerful motivation to push forward.

When you wish to go in a particular direction, it helps to first turn and face in that direction. By expecting your most highly desired outcome, you can vividly envision and focus on a path that will get you there.

Your efforts impact the quality of your life, and your expectations impact your efforts. It just makes sense to make those influences as positive and affirmative as possible.

Enjoy looking forward to a positive, fulfilling future. Expect the best, and do the work to make it so.

— Ralph Marston


The Profound Act Of Talking To Each Other

One of the paradoxes of our times is the fact that many people would like to simplify their lives, yet the world grows only more complex. Complexity has taken over how we attempt to get things done in organizations, communities and governments. We can't seem to do anything simply anymore. Yet real change is possible, and it begins with the simple act of people talking to one another about what they care about. Author Meg Wheatley shares more...

Monday, January 6, 2014

Steve & Susie Bear: A Story of Love, Loss and Learning

"Susie Bear was with me for thirteen years. And during that time, the relationship I had with her broke boundaries of what I thought relationships were about. There is a connection you make with an animal that goes beyond words, a power, a communication like a mother has with her infant. It's the communication my mother had when we were upstairs playing, and she would yell up the steps, "Okay kids, you better stop what you are doing because in two minutes someone is going to start crying." And two minutes later, someone hit their head or would start crying. How did she know that was going to happen? My mother would always do stuff like that. She primed me for listening to the intuitive ways of seeing things." Steve Karlin has been working with animals all his life. His remarkable journey has spanned unusual friendships with wolves, mountain lions, anteaters, sloths and so much more. But the great love and foremost teacher of his life will forever be a 330-pound black bear named Susie Bear. Read on to learn about Susie Bear's incredible encounter with a 5th grader, and the baffling and beautiful lessons she taught Steve about the interconnectedness of all life.

Yoga On and Off the Mat

“During class you will experience profound moments of stillness, even if only for a few seconds at a time… The internal awareness and mental clarity cultivated in yoga help you realize certain things about yourself and your life. Over time, you become skilled at recognizing that which no longer serves you — the relationships, default tendencies, reactions and other thought patterns, and roles that don’t contribute to your overall happiness. ”

Practice Yoga with Intention: A Guide to Choosing the Right Style for the New Year

“Whatever style of yoga you choose, being clear on your intention for practicing will help you get the most out of your time spent on the mat. And don’t beat yourself up if you fall out of practice from time to time; most of us do. Unlike resolutions, which by definition are rigid, intentions are softer, more fluid. They are riverbanks on your path, helping guide you in the direction you want to go and reminding you of the bigger picture so that you don’t get lost in the day-to-day.”

Yoga Explained

“Americans turn to yoga for various reasons, but in some way or another, they are looking to reap the practice’s many benefits. They’ve heard yoga is good for you. They’ve read that yoga is great for managing stress and dealing with depression and will help them sleep better. Their doctor has told them that practicing yoga can help increase circulation, build bone mass, and lower blood pressure. They were sent by their physical therapist to cultivate postural awareness, increase range of motion, and alleviate back pain. ”

Daily Inspirational Message for January 6, 2014

Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
– Roald Dahl

If life has taught me anything, it’s that what we see, discover and experience is largely governed by what we look for and what we expect to find. If you want more magic in your life, then fill your mind and heart with magic. Read books that expand your thinking regarding what is possible; talk to people who have had the sorts of experiences you long to have. If you want to have a spiritual experience, read about amazing spiritual experiences! The more you immerse yourself in thoughts of magic, the more actual magic flows into your world.

The Time It Will Take

You cannot turn the corner until you get to it. In order to create a breakthrough, you must lay the groundwork for it.

Real value is built with time, effort and commitment. Don’t cheat yourself out of that value by demanding instant results.

When you’re moving in a positive direction, enjoy the ride and give it the time it takes. Even though the fulfillment is not yet complete, you can already begin to experience it.

Don’t be afraid of the time it will take to make real progress. Be thankful for the opportunity to make an increasingly valuable difference as time goes on.

There is great joy to be found in meaningful effort. The longer and more committed the effort is, the more joy you are able to experience.

Cheerfully give yourself and your work the time it takes. Choose a worthy destination, and treasure every step of the journey.

— Ralph Marston


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Daily Inspirational Message for January 5, 2014

No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.
– Buddha

I’ve never understood the statistics that indicate that second marriages are even more likely to end in divorce than first marriages, for I know all sorts of people who have found true love and happiness the second time around. I also know people who experienced devastating loss or betrayal, who for a while believed their love lives were over, but eventually picked themselves up and went on to fall in love again. It takes a lot of courage to start over, to keep our broken hearts open and keep believing in true love, but the rewards for our courage are immeasurable. If you refuse to allow your past to limit what you hope for in the future, you can end up in a much better place than anywhere you’ve been before.

Haircuts for Hugs

"Each Wednesday, barber Anthony Cymerys sets up his chair in the shade of an oak tree in Hartford's Bushnell Park. His clients line up on park benches, some of them also turning out for free meals provided on Wednesdays by a local church. One by one they take a seat in a folding lawn chair above a car battery Cymerys uses to power his clippers. For longtime clients, the homeless, or those just down on their luck, the fee is always the same: a hug for a haircut." This article reminds us that love is expressed in many forms, and has no prejudice.