Showing posts from January 12, 2014

Daily Inspirational Message for January 18, 2014

“Most of us live as if we had all the time in the world. We worry about trifling matters and focus on petty things. We brood about past failures and fret over future events. We rush through life as if it were a dress rehearsal. And then, on our deathbeds, our hearts fill with regret when we reflect on all the initiatives we did not pursue, on all the relationships we did not build, on all the adventures we did not explore and on all the sunrises that we slept through. I’ve always found it ironic that people say they would give anything for a little more time in their days and yet they waste the precious time they already have.” – Robin Sharma


A life of success is not a life free of problems. A life of success is a life in which you acknowledge, accept and deal with the problems and challenges.

Achievement comes not from avoiding the problems. On the contrary, achievement comes from diving into problems and transforming them into positive, meaningful value.

Yes, there are plenty of negative influences in life over which you have no control. However, you have great control over what you think and what you do, so make positive, productive use of that ability.

Convince yourself, without the slightest doubt, that it is possible for you to move forward. Then act on your convictions, and do whatever is necessary to make real progress.

It will not be easy, but when all is said and done, easy is not really what you’re after. What you’re after is a life of meaning, fulfillment, joy and substance.

Instead of running or hiding from the problems, face them with confidence and positive expectations. You are worthy of the best, so work throug…

The Healing Power of Presence

"I was about 12 years old when I found out that my grandfather was born on 12/12/12. If he were alive, he would be exactly 100 years old today. I found out about his birthday, when he came to stay with us in Munich for an eye surgery. He was a diabetic and had been experiencing deterioration in his vision. At that time, it was very difficult to find an eye surgeon in Pakistan who would be able to perform the surgery. My grandfather spoke many languages, such as Punjabi, Urdu, Persian, English, Arabic and some Sanskrit, but he could not speak German. His visit occurred during my school holidays, so I was designated to be his official translator for the doctor visits and his hospital stay." This article shares the simple story of a young boy, Dr. Jalees Rehman, who served as a bridge between Urdu and German for his grandfather, highlighting presence as a powerful gift for healing others.

A Mother, A Son & An iPad

Joshua Seftel is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked on many high-profile film, TV, and radio shows. This video is about a much smaller, much more personal project. Joshua originally bought his mom an iPad to stay in better touch with her after his father passed away last year. Once they began chatting regularly, he quickly realized their talks were something special. And he began filming them so that others could share in the experience. Thus, a heartwarming web series was born.

Daily Inspirational Message for January 17, 2014

I do not believe in miracles. I rely on them.
- Yogi Bhajan

Vibrationally, there is a vast difference between praying for divine intervention with a thimble of faith that hopefully it will come to us, and smiling and moving forward with complete trust that one way or another, everything will work out fine. As there is great power in assuming that whatever we want and need will come to us in a perfect time and way, when we pray, we’re wise to visualize everything working out beautifully, to feel how that will feel on all levels of our being, and then just smile, relax, and move forward knowing that all is well.

Feel The Goodness

There’s something good in your world right now. Allow yourself to see it. 

Peacefully, calmly focus on feeling that goodness. Make it a part of you. 

At any time, in any circumstance, whatever your condition may be, there’s much for which to be thankful. Feel the gratitude in the deepest part of your being. 

Make the good things more prominent in your awareness. That will make the undesirable things much smaller and less powerful. 

See your life in this moment in terms of those things you value and embrace. See the world in terms of the good things to which you can give your energy and your love.

There is very real goodness right here and now. See it, feel it, relish it and move it forward.

— Ralph Marston


Daily Inspirational Message for January 16, 2014

Whoever enters The Way without a guide will take a hundred years to travel a two-day journey.
- Rumi

I believe that we all have spiritual guidance available to us all the time. Sometimes, however, one of the easiest ways for that guidance to come to us is via third parties. When we’re caught up in strong emotions, limiting beliefs and false assumptions, it can be hard to see the right path and to get quiet enough to hear the whispers of our intuition. At those times, we are wise to reach out to someone who can rise above the fray and give us directions to where we’d like to end up. While we’ll all eventually find our way, if we seek wise counsel when we’re feeling lost, we can align with a much faster, smoother journey to fulfillment.

Whatever You Think

If you think the whole world is against you, it might as well be true. If you think there’s a way to move successfully forward, you will find that way. 

What you think about life plays a major role in the way your life unfolds. Whatever you think is going to happen will inform and influence each action you take, so that much of what you think does indeed happen. 

If you think the task in front of you will be a tedious, boring chore, that’s what it will be. If you think the job will give you a unique opportunity to express yourself and create new value, it certainly will. 

No matter what the reality of your life may be, you can choose exactly what to think about it. The more things you think about in a positive light, the more positive outcomes you will create. 

If you generate thoughts of worry, criticism and complaint, you will end up creating even more things to worry, criticize and complain about. If you focus your thoughts on how to allow, encourage and enrich, you’ll find much more r…

Painter of the Desert

"Three things are important in this world: good health, peace with one's neighbor, friendship with all.' This proverb from Senegal welcomes us on James 'Chip' Thomas' door. We ring the bell. He opens with a smile. Brazilian tunes fill the living room. Outside, sunset dyes the desert with pale pink..." Read on to hear the thought-provoking tale of Chip Thomas, doctor and street artist, and the "Painted Desert Project" -- a global artistic collaboration with the Navajo Nation.

Daily Inspirational Message for January 15, 2014

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy – the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
- Brene Brown

There is tremendous freedom to be found in apologizing, in admitting we made a mistake or were wrong, in letting go of rigid beliefs and opinions and simply saying, I don’t know. There is sweet relief in deciding to allow ourselves to be imperfect and in allowing others to be imperfect too. I’ve decided to relish saying, I’m sorry! I think I was wrong about that! and Who am I to tell you what do to? I sure don’t have all the answers, for it promotes an ease and lightness that actually feel better than needing to have it all figured out.

Purpose And Fulfillment

You cannot do it all, and you wouldn't really want to. Yet you can do what’s truly important.

There’s nothing to be gained from merely being busy. There are all sorts of wonderful things to be achieved by being purposeful.

So very many demands are placed on you by the world and all its systems and all its technology. That makes it more important than ever to make your own choice as to what really matters.

Just because something is urgent doesn’t mean it makes a difference. Just because something is colorful, exciting, trendy and enticing doesn’t mean it will add value to your life.

Step back from the glittery commotion and remind yourself of who you are. Remind yourself of what you truly love, of what really matters to you.

Plenty of things that seem important at first glance will quickly turn out not to be, so let them go. All the while, hold steady to what truly matters and build a life of purpose and fulfillment.

— Ralph Marston

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Giftivism: Reclaiming Our Priceless Inheritance

"Giftivism: the practice of radically generous acts that transform the world. History has seen giftivists in all corners - Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and so forth. People who believed that when we change ourselves, we can fundamentally change the world. But this ability isn't restricted to social change giants. The seeds of giftivism lie in each of us. But to tap into it we have to do something all these people did. We have to upturn one of the core assumptions of economics - the assumption that people always act to maximize self-interest. The assumption that we are inherently selfish beings. Giftivism flips that idea on its head. What practices, systems and designs emerge when we believe people WANT to behave selflessly?" In this heart-stirring talk filled with real-life stories, writer Pavi Mehta describes the path of Giftivism and the vast potential it holds for returning us to the priceless.…

Changing the Brain

“Brain scans show that patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who repeatedly and effectively redirect their thoughts from intrusive or ritualistic impulses not only alleviate symptoms, but over time can actually change their brain biology by ‘rewiring’ neural pathways. The necessary formula is this: When an obsessive thought or ritual begins to take hold, the individual immediately redirects his thinking to something else that is pleasurable and diverting, such as listening to music, watching a favorite TV show, or performing a desirable physical activity. After a time, researchers find, the repeated diversions actually create new nerve-cell structures in the brain, which replace the electro-neural pathways associated with OCD.”

Bill Wanted It with His Whole Soul

“The positive-thinking approach places a demand on us, one that we may think we’ve risen to but have never really tried. And that is: To come to terms with precisely what we want. When we organize our thoughts in a certain way – with a fearless maturity and honesty – we may be surprised to discover what our desires really are. A person who thinks of himself as ‘spiritual’ may discover a deep wish for worldly attainment; someone who has labored to support the work of others, or of family members, may find that he has deeply unsettled yearnings of his own for self-expression; a person who is very public or extroverted may discover that he really wants to be alone.”

The Bucket List

“Statistics are wonderful for measuring odds, but not for measuring the emotional gravity that one attaches to them. It can be argued that emotions are incidental to odds. But not entirely. An event is notable not solely for its odds but for the quality of the event’s meaning given the expectations and needs of the individual. And at such times, an act of positive persistence seems to net a result that goes beyond ordinary cause and effect: something additional seems to occur. Exceptional commitment appears to summon an exceptional factor, neither fully expected nor describable.”

Daily Inspirational Message for January 14, 2014

The universe is not only queerer than we suppose; it is queerer than we can suppose.
J.B.S. Haldane

I've been watching some Facebook friends who are engaging in a heated debate regarding their spiritual beliefs. One is an atheist who thinks that anyone who isn't an atheist is an ignorant fool; the other is a devoted Christian who is sure that Christianity is the world’s only hope of salvation. I recently came across a story about Albert Einstein’s spiritual views, and I’m with him. Einstein “called himself an agnostic, while disassociating himself from the label atheist, preferring, he said, ‘an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being.’”  Anyone who is sure their spiritual views are the one and only answer is surely overestimating their understanding, for when it comes to the nature of reality, none of us knows anything for sure.

Lumpy Richness

There will be pleasure and pain, triumphs and regrets. Embrace it all as it comes, make the best of it, and move steadily forward.

Disappointments will come, and then new opportunities will soon appear. Each day, each season will have its share of ups and downs, beginnings and endings.

Life is wonderfully rich, and yet that richness is not creamy and smooth like a chocolate milkshake. Life’s richness is highly lumpy and inconsistent, and that’s what makes it so magnificent.

You’re much more able to fully treasure the good times when you’ve been through difficulties. The victories taste so much sweeter after a string of defeats.

Just remember as you go along that it’s all part of the richness. Just as night gives value to day which in turn gives value to night, all life’s experiences mesh together in a truly sumptuous adventure.

On this day, in this moment, it is all yours to take in. Whatever may come, treasure the richness in all its lumpiness, now and always.

— Ralph Marston

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This Will Make You Smarter

Suppose you had the chance to ask the world's top scientists, psychologists and innovators what they believed were the most important concepts to add to your "cognitive toolkit." What might their answers be? To find out, you may want to read John Brockman's book "This Will Make You Smarter." a compilation of 151 answers from some of the brightest minds on earth to this very question. Read on for a small sampling that may change the way you think today.

Daily Inspirational Message for January 13, 2014

“Revere your surroundings by being in a constant state of gratitude for so much of what is taken for granted. Bless the animals, sunshine, rain, air, trees, and ground in silent rituals of thanksgiving each day. Take extra notice of something in your immediate surroundings right now that you may not normally pay much attention to. What is it, and what about it moves you to a state of gratitude?” – Wayne Dyer

Too Much To Do

Are you overwhelmed by all the things you need to do? Then stop needing to do all of them and start actually doing one of them.

The best response to being overwhelmed is not to impress yourself or others with how overwhelmed you feel. The best response is disciplined, focused action.

Don’t be stopped, or even slowed down, by the fact that you can’t imagine getting it all done. Let go of your thoughts about what’s still left to do, and give all your attention to what you are doing, right here and now.

In fact, it’s a good thing you have so much to do. So gratefully accept that blessing and get going on the first task, and then the next, and the next.

You have a continuing stream of opportunities to make a difference. Keep yourself busy transforming those opportunities, one by one, into real value.

When there’s much that must be done, pick the most important thing and get busy. Get on the path to achievement, and keep going.

— Ralph Marston

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Hope Is What We Become In Action

"I believe it is possible that we can turn today's breakdown into a planetary breakthrough on one condition. We can do it if we can break free of a set of dominant but misleading ideas that are taking us down." Francis Moore Lappé began her journey as an environmental author and activist with the publication of her bestselling cookbook, Diet for a Small World. In her latest book, EcoMind, she outlines a new approach to addressing our interconnected environmental crises by shifting from a wholly quantitative framework to a qualitative, relational understanding of the issues we face. These and other insights arise in talking about her book with Fritjof Capra of the Center for Ecoliteracy.

Daily Inspirational Message for January 12, 2014

There are no safe paths in this part of the world. Remember you are over the edge of the wild now, and in for all sorts of fun wherever you go.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

To freely move forward toward with spiritual development, spirit communication, exploring the astral world or any other mystical aim, there is one thing that is essential: your curiosity must be greater than your fear. If you remain afraid but move forward anyway, you are sure to have all sorts of undesirable experiences. When you no longer feel a need to protect yourself from perceived darkness, that is when your great spiritual adventure will really begin.

How To Eliminate Junk Stimulus

Does your life feel busy or cluttered? Clearing out our mental and emotional closets starts with an honest appraisal of where and how we live, and letting go of what is simply taking up space. In an era when filling our homes and our calendars has become a cultural fixation, this can mean breaking old habits and the severing of ties with our beloved "stuff." While it may not be easy, the Greater Good Science Center in Berkeley lays out four steps to get us started.