Showing posts from February 16, 2014

Daily Inspirational Message for February 22, 2014

At the core of uncertainty lies a powerful spiritual teaching: a universal teaching of letting go, of coming out of the ‘story’ of your life and turning to face a sacred moment, of discovering what is always present, here and now, beyond certainty, beyond doubt. Your unchanging presence, the presence of God, the familiar taste of life itself, the intimate Certainty you have always sought in the ‘world,’ always here, shining brightly, as everything in your life changes, as it must. The calm in the midst of the chaos.” – Jeff Foster

Richness in Every Moment

You don’t have to live extravagantly to live richly. You can find extraordinary richness and fulfillment even in the simple, ordinary things. You don’t have to wait or hope for some big, impressive windfall before you can begin to fully enjoy life. You can experience immense enjoyment right where you are, with whatever you have. Living a life that’s full and rich is more about your inner attitude than your outer situation. Richness is found not so much in what comes to you but rather in what you make of it all in each moment. Don’t limit your experience and enjoyment of life’s richness by limiting your ideas of what it should be. Open yourself to discover and delight in the richness that’s in every moment. There is so very much available to you right here, right now. Go ahead, let go of the need for this or for that, and live the richness that is always yours to live. Let the experience of great richness come from your choice to live it. Your life is now, so fully and richly

12-Year Old Musician With A Big Heart

Aiden Hornaday was 8 years old when he picked up his brother's dusty harmonica with no idea of how to play it. The next day, waiting for his mother at a restaurant, he took off his cap and started playing, and got 80 unexpected dollars in tips "just for taking his hat off." That night, he decided to donate the $80 to fight intestinal parasites for African orphans, and the seeds of Aiden Cares was born. Now 12, Aiden has raised over $60,000 in 4 years. Aiden believes that everyone has something to give. "It's one of the greatest rewarding things ever; and you get more from it when you help. Blessings just come - it's amazing."

Daily Inspirational Message for February 21, 2014

Sorrow is how we learn to love. Your heart isn’t breaking. It hurts because it’s getting larger. The larger it gets, the more love it holds. - Rita Mae Brown What if you knew that every loss you experienced in life would eventually end up blessing you with bigger love and a deeper, richer happiness? Though it sounds frightfully Pollyanna, I believe it really is true, for it is through loss that we learn to treasure the love, joy and other blessings we have today. Every loss reminds us to remember what is really important, to hug those we love close while we can, and to treasure every moment. In this way, sorrow does indeed expand our capacity for love and happiness.

Thankful For The Past

You can’t change the past. So there’s no point in continuing to rehash it in your mind. Yes, there is much you can learn from the past. Once you’ve learned what there is to learn, move quickly on. Though you can’t change the past, you can choose the way you feel about it. Your best choice is to always feel thankful that your past has brought you to where you are. Where you are now is a place and time filled with great possibilities. Choose the most positive and meaningful of those possibilities, and go with them. Go into the future with a sincere sense of gratitude and purposeful intention. Go into the future informed and inspired by the past, but not burdened by it. The past has been good to you because it has given you the opportunity of now. Wisely use that opportunity and make the future even better. — Ralph Marston

Cancelled Wedding Turned Feast for the Homeless

Willie and Carol Fowler's daughter was getting ready to walk down the aisle. The wedding venue, food, and decorations were all in order. But forty days before her big day, she canceled her wedding. Willie and Carol were left with a fully paid event -- but no guests. What they did next was an unscripted act of radical kindness: they invited 200 homeless people as their honored guests. The event, which spontaneously turned into "The First Annual Fowler Family Celebration of Love", offers a wonderful example of how this family transformed a negative into a positive in the spirit of service.

Daily Inspirational Message for February 20, 2014

All your seriousness is about sandcastles. And you yourself will leave them one day, trampling them down, and you will not look back. The people who take it seriously miss the beauty of playfulness. - Osho The other night, I had dinner with a friend who just earned her doctorate. It has been a very long and challenging journey to this huge accomplishment, but at last she’s made it. When asked what she’s doing with her time now that she’s accomplished this feat, she replied, I’m trying to calm the $%#! down, which elicited a lot of laughs. It also reminded me of how we all get so wrapped up in whatever we think is important in this moment that we start to blow things way out of proportion, take things way too seriously, and forget that everything in life is temporary. Life can be an arduous, woeful trek up a never ending mountain, but it can also be an easy walk on the beach if we simply remember to lighten up and enjoy ourselves.

Earning Your Keep

You deserve a life that’s filled with joy and meaning, prosperity and fulfillment. Yet you can’t expect for others to give it to you. You deserve the very best in life. And you deserve the priceless experience of working with commitment, determination and persistence to bring it into being. A free ride is worth precisely what you pay for it. Instead of looking to get stuff for free, honor and respect the immense value of your life by finding ways to give the best you have. You have already been given the miraculous gift of life. Now is your opportunity to find spectacular fulfillment in earning your keep. There are great challenges and injustices that will continue to work against you. But there’s no real value to be gained by seeing yourself as a victim. Instead, see yourself for what you truly are, a loving, caring, unique person who can make a big difference. You owe it to life, and especially to yourself, to make that difference, so work right now to make it in a great bi

A PhD Student Turned Fruit Picker For Her Community

"There's a lot of people who say the problem is so big, nothing we can ever do will fix it," Sarah Ramirez says. "Well, if we all took that position, nothing would ever get done." After getting her PhD from Stanford and becoming Tulare County's epidemiologist, Sarah noticed troubling trends of diabetes, obesity, and food insecurity in her community. She also noticed that much fruit in the region went unharvested because it was deemed unsellable in local grocery stores. Sarah decided to give up the prestige of a high-powered career to start a grass-roots effort she runs with her husband out of their trailer park home. Sarah rescues produce from commercial fields and people's backyards, holds weekend "food labs" (classes to teach people how to incorporate more produce into their diets), and has started a community garden. The improving health of her community is evidence of the power of one person to impact positive change. http://www.dailygood

Daily Inspirational Message for February 19, 2014

“Try to remember. You’re a vortex of fluidic light that has temporarily taken on the form of a human being, suffering amnesia about your true origins. And why did you do that? Because it was the best way to forge the identity that would make you such an elemental force in our 14-billion-year campaign to bring heaven all the way down to earth. I’m not speaking metaphorically here. You are a mutant deity in disguise – not a Buddha or a Christ exactly, but of the same lineage and conjured from the same fire. You have been around since the beginning of time and will be here after the end. Every day and in every way, you’re getting better at playing the preposterously amusing master game we all dreamed up together before the Big Bang bloomed.” – Rob Brezsny

See It as a Blessing

Whatever it is, see it as a blessing. With many things that’s very difficult, yet with everything it is extremely valuable. When you can see it as a blessing, you can also see the positive possibilities. When you choose to see it as a blessing, you connect yourself to the power of abundance. Whatever you see as a blessing brings you new ways to create value. You begin to solve the problem, to heal the pain and to transcend the challenge. That’s a whole lot more positive and powerful than feeling sorry for yourself. It’s a whole lot smarter than ruining your day with anger and resentment. You are extremely fortunate to be exactly where you are. Open yourself up to see that good fortune and you’ll find ways to make great, fulfilling use of it. Accept and embrace the blessings that come your way, whatever form they may take. The more thankful and positive you are, the more those blessings will benefit your whole world. — Ralph Marston

My Mother's Last Words To Me

They say, a mother's greatest gift is the love that she shares -- unconditional in presentation, and with the capacity to permeate even our deepest wounds. When fear and adversity threaten our place, still a mother's love is there. In this beautiful article, author Sohaib Alvi graciously shares his dying mother's final words. And, in doing so, so brilliantly captures the essence of what it means to be a mother.

Daily Inspirational Message for February 18, 2014

“We come into this world with a specific, personal destiny. We have a job to do, a calling to enact, a self to become. We are who we are from the cradle, and we’re stuck with it. Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it. If we are born to paint, it’s our job to become a painter. If we are born to raise and nurture children, it’s our job to become a mother. If we were born to overthrow the order of ignorance and injustice in the world, it’s our job to realize it and get down to business.” – Steven Pressfield

The Future Is Here: Man Gets Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel

It may seem like something out of science fiction but nine years after a man in Denmark lost his left hand in a fireworks accident, he has received a prosthetic hand that allows him to feel objects.

Hey Science, You're Great — But 3 Sticks, A Nail, And A Bucket Solve This Problem Better Than You

We all know we need science for a lot of important things, but watching these people build this piece by piece really made me think: sometimes all it takes to solve deadly problems is very simple solutions. Like, really simple.

Face Forward

Yes, it’s interesting and somewhat instructive to know how things got the way they are. What’s far more important, though, is what you choose to do going forward. Pay attention to what has happened but don’t waste your precious and powerful energy becoming obsessed by it. Put that energy into moving in a positive direction. It’s what you can do now that really matters. As big as they might have been, the expired opportunities of yesterday are now negligible compared to the possibilities of today. What you can do now is connect with your most treasured dreams. What you can do now is act with passion and the highest expectations to bring those dreams to life. Instead of living with wistfulness, regret, or anger about the past, you can live with positive purpose toward a great and shining future. The direction you face makes all the difference in the world, so make the choice to face forward. This is a new moment, and with it comes the chance for a new start. Take that chance, g

Daniel Goleman on the Art of Attention

"If you go to a restaurant these days, for instance, you see people sitting together, at the same table, staring at their video screens, their phone, their iPad, or whatever it may be -- and not talking to each other," says Daniel Goleman, author of "Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence." In his book, Goleman postulates that our emotional intelligence is directly tied to our own self-awareness -- an awareness of our mind, our emotions, and that of those around us. "That's become the new norm. And what it means is that the connection is being damaged to some extent -- threatened by the fact that we're together, but we're not together. We're alone together."

McDonald’s Angel

“I knew in an instant that I had been touched by an angel and had experienced a powerful moment of grace. My attitude shifted, and I proceeded to the meeting with joy in my heart… I told this story, and it seemed to wake everybody else up the way it had me. I think from now on when people ask me, ‘How are you?’ I’m going to reply, ‘Glad to be alive,’ and remember to mean it.”

Risking the Reach

“As we headed to our gate, my son asked why we had helped her. My answer was simple. We helped her because she needed it. We did it because it is right to recycle the goodness we receive in our own lives. Whether he understood did not matter. What was important was that I felt privileged to have the opportunity to pass the goodness on.”

Secret Agent

“Perhaps I was born to welcome that young woman into the world of strangers. I may have been sent to Denver that day…to meet that one person on the bus. I’ll never know. But from that meeting on, I was clear that the best way for me to live is to treat every event, each stranger, as a potential opportunity to act as an agent of the divine.”

Daily Inspirational Message for February 17, 2014

“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book, or you take a trip, or you talk with someone, and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death.” – Anaïs Nin

Powerful Intentions

Your intentions can be enormously powerful, yet they must be clear, specific and meaningful. If you just have a vague idea of the results you intend, the results you actually get will have little value. Decide what you wish to do today, or this month, or this year, and make it precise. In order to be fully committed, you must know exactly what you’re committed to doing. The more clearly you visualize your intentions, the more powerful you make them. When you can see exactly where you’re going, you can also find realistic and workable ways to get there. The power of your intentions also comes from the strength of purpose behind them. When they’re solidly connected to what’s meaningful in your life, then you’ll put your best efforts into making those intentions happen. Your intentions are powerful precisely because they enable you to focus and harness your substantial energy. Your intentions bring results because they compel you to create those results. Make them clear and mean

Smart Phone? Why It's Time For A Kind Phone

Looking onto the screen of his smartphone, Ted Smith, sees far more than advancements in technology and design -- he sees the faces of the many people whose lives are impacted by the decisions made during the manufacturing process. Each year, millions of tons of discarded American electronics are being ship to India, China, Pakistan, and other developing countries -- where they are sold at auction, and then painstakingly dismantled for the small scraps of gold, copper, and palladium. Day laborers are paid meager wages to perform this task, and in the process are exposed to deadly substances such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. But imagine, if these phones were designed with conflict-free materials, and encased in a shell free of toxic materials? Read more about a new 'benign-by-design' smartphone -- and Ted Smith's efforts to champion more products of this nature.

Daily Inspirational Message for February 16, 2014

“Misdirections can be a blessing…A contractor I know was hired to pave a driveway in a neighborhood where he’d never worked before. He paved the drive and then knocked on the door to ask for payment. A woman he’d never seen before came to the door, and after a few moments of confusion, the contractor realized he had paved the wrong driveway. The woman said her driveway had needed paving and offered to pay him something, but the contractor refused any payment. He told her that he had misread the mailbox, it was his error and that was that. He moved his equipment next door and went to work on the correct driveway. What do you think the neighbors thought when they heard about the contractor who paved the wrong driveway and refused any payment? Did they think he was inept? That they wouldn’t want someone who couldn’t find the right address working for them? No, the neighbors all talked about how nice he was and everyone in the neighborhood who needed their driveway paved hired him. He had

Tapped on the Shoulder...By A Whale

Bryant Austin is one of the few people on earth who can say their life was transformed by a literal tap on the shoulder from a whale. Austin is an experimental multimedia artist whose lifelong passion has been exploring the possibility of connecting humanity with the greatest minds in the water. His drive comes from a deep desire to understand over five million years of evolving culture and communication in the largest brain ever to exist on Earth. In this stunning interview, Austin shares stores of his extraordinary journey and mission to use photography to recreate the transcendent sensation one experiences floating an arm's length away from the eye of an inquisitive whale. He explains how his experiences with whales have given him glimpses of the vastness of the cosmos, helping him to shift from his personal perspective of reality to a grander "earth perspective" of reality.