Saturday, March 1, 2014

Daily Inspirational Message for March 1, 2014

“As difficult as it seems, you can be sure of this: At the core of the heart, you have the power to move beyond the old issues that are still hindering your freedom. The hardest things – the ones that push you up against your limits – are the very things you need to address to make a quantum leap into a fresh inner and outer life.”
- Doc Childre and Howard Martin

I know several people who are endlessly dealing with the same sticky relationship. The circle just goes on and on. He says this, and she gets him back by doing that, and then he really lets her have it, and she breaks down and cries, then finds her inner strength and pulls it all together again to really show him, etc. How exhausting it all is, and it will continue until one of them lets go – lets go of winning and losing, of keeping tally, and just forgives. Letting go will free her of the whole struggle, and free up all of those emotional and mental resources for building a whole new personal reality. Forgiveness can be hard when things are really bad, but this is when it’s also the most powerful! The harder you find it is to forgive someone, the more you will gain by doing so.

Wrap Your Love

Let each thing that happens plant a seed within your spirit. Then nurture that seed so it bears positive, valuable fruit.

Instead of letting a certain occurrence stir up judgment, let it stir up love. Wrap your love around whatever happens, and make it into something good.

From joy, from pain, from pleasure, from disappointment, you can move in a positive direction. It’s a choice you can make each day that will surely improve each tomorrow.

There is much in life to love, and your love has a character all its own. Use each moment, each incident, each circumstance as an opportunity to express that love in your unique way.

Wrap your love around life, no matter what life may offer. Wrap your love around life, and you’ll make life better in countless ways.

Your love can lift the world higher. Wrap your love around it all, and see how good it can get.

— Ralph Marston

Superheroes Lend A Hand In Children's Cancer Ward

"Superheroes are lending a helping hand to a hospital in Brazil that takes care of kids fighting cancer. Batman, Superman, the Green Lantern and Wonder Woman are just some of the friendly faces taking on chemotherapy treatment alongside kids at the A.C. Camargo Cancer Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil."

Friday, February 28, 2014

Daily Inspirational Message for February 27, 2014

“In one sense, the enlightened life is one of total insecurity; you live and act from the Unknown. We’re used to acting from the distorted sense of security that our mind provides, but Freedom doesn’t operate that way. It’s a paradox. Precisely because you don’t know, and you know you don’t know, the door is wide open to know in each moment. That’s when you know – in each moment. By resting in not knowing, knowing becomes available.” – Adyashanti

Make Joy Your Next Experience

Certainly life has its pains and disappointments, but you don’t have to totally invest yourself in them. Life has its setbacks and injustices, but you don’t have to identify yourself by them.

You can acknowledge and deal with the negativity without letting it get to you. You can live in a world that is sometimes harsh and cruel without choosing to see yourself as a victim.

Sure, there are lots of difficulties that come along. Yet there are even more positive possibilities to live for.

Instead of letting the difficulties get you down, let them inspire you. Let them inspire you to focus more intently on the good, valuable and beautiful aspects of life.

No life is free of pain, inconvenience, frustration or challenge. However, there is no law that says you have to let those negative things completely overwhelm your awareness.

Take the difficulties in stride, and then be sure to move quickly on to the joys. No matter what has happened, remember that joy can always be your next experience.

— Ralph Marston

Moin Khan: A Man, A Motorcycle & A Mission

Moin Khan was born and raised in Lahore but went to the United States to attend university. Frustrated with the way in which his home country was portrayed in the media, he decided to leave his comfort zone and embark on an epic journey back to Pakistan. For 18 month he lived on boiled rice and ketchup, held 3 jobs and worked 70 hrs a weeks to save up enough money to ride his motorcycle from San Francisco to Lahore, carrying only a tent, a sleeping bag, some tools and the will to tell the world that he -- as a Pakistani -- was just as peace-loving as anyone else in the world. He didn't use any maps, because he wanted to get lost and let strangers be his guides. He did get lost. About 50 times a day -- equaling 50 opportunities to talk to people and tell them about his country. After his triumphal return to Pakistan, he continued his 'different agenda' -- staying on to teach women how to ride motorcycles, and distributing warm clothing in rural Pakistan.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Daily Inspirational Message for February 27, 2014

“In one sense, the enlightened life is one of total insecurity; you live and act from the Unknown. We’re used to acting from the distorted sense of security that our mind provides, but Freedom doesn’t operate that way. It’s a paradox. Precisely because you don’t know, and you know you don’t know, the door is wide open to know in each moment. That’s when you know – in each moment. By resting in not knowing, knowing becomes available.” – Adyashanti

Moving Forward

Live this day based on the way you can be, not on the way you have been. Live this day focused on your best possibilities, not on your worst fears.

One big thing that makes life so amazing is the constant opportunity to move forward. As you live this day, choose to make the most of that opportunity.

Whatever the situation may be, whoever may be to blame, your best option is to move forward. No matter how the past has been, or what you have or do not have, your best choice is to move forward.

There is something you can do right now that will make a positive difference and move things forward. Find it and do it.

If you’re dismayed and don’t really feel like doing anything, what will quickly help you feel much better is doing something to move forward. If you’re not sure what to do, move forward just a little and you’ll soon see ways to move forward even more powerfully.

There may be plenty of good reasons to give up, and yet there’s one even better reason to keep moving forward. It will inject new substance and energy into your life, and with that, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.

— Ralph Marston

The Power of Hesitation

Whether lingering too long over the menu at a restaurant, or abrupt U-turns by politicians, flip-flopping does not have a good reputation. By contrast, quick, decisive responses are associated with competency. Steve Fleming, a cognitive neuroscientist, wonders whether the allure of decisiveness might be leading us astray. Perhaps, when faced with a novel scenario, there is a benefit from being slow.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Daily Inspirational Message for February 26, 2014

The Rabbi of Berdichev saw a man running down the street. He asked the man, “Why are you hurrying so?” “I’m rushing to find my livelihood,” the man answered. “And how do you know,” the rabbi asked, “that your livelihood is running ahead of you? Maybe it’s behind you, and all you need to do is stop running and it will catch up to you.” – traditional Chassidic Jewish story

Make Sure It Means Something

The way to get more focused is not to try harder. The way to become more focused on something is to make sure it is meaningful to you.

When you’re genuinely interested and passionate about something, it’s not a struggle to stay focused on it. On the contrary, it’s a joy.

To achieve more focus, the question to ask is not how. The essential question to ask is why.

If you cannot connect what you’re doing to a good, personally meaningful reason, you’re simply not going to be able to focus on it. Life is too precious to spend it doing meaningless stuff, so move on to something else.

Either there is a compelling reason behind what you’re doing or there is not. When you’ve got a good reason and you’ve got a good connection to it, the focus is there.

Whatever you’re doing, make sure you’re aware of why it means something to you. That way, you’ll do it with focus, discipline, commitment and effectiveness.

— Ralph Marston

Fritjof Capra on Nature & Community

"In our science in past centuries, we have learned a lot about the law of gravity and similar laws of physics, but we have not learned very much about the laws of sustainability." In this article, Fritjof Capra (cofounder of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California) discusses what he calls the natural laws of sustainability which he developed from studying natural ecosystems and the ways in which they organize themselves. By uncovering the natural sustainability laws of interdependence, recycling, partnership, flexibility, and diversity, Capra sheds light on how we can create sustainable communities which can "satisfy our needs without diminishing the chances of future generations."

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Daily Inspirational Message for February 25, 2014

“You can accept or reject the way you are treated by other people, but until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed. You can bandage the bleeding with food, with alcohol, with drugs, with work, with cigarettes, with sex, but eventually, it will all ooze through and stain your life. You must find the strength to open the wounds, stick your hands inside, pull out the core of the pain that is holding you in your past, the memories, and make peace with them.” – Iyanla Vanzant

Put Something Positive

Put something positive in your world. Circumstances, events and other people can’t be depended on to do it, so step up and do it yourself.

There are plenty of influences in your life that can lead to dismay and disappointment. Fortunately, you don’t have to be one of those disappointing influences.

You can put something positive in your life any time you choose to do so. Go ahead and choose this day, this moment, and this place to do so.

You know you’ll be much more effective with a positive perspective. So do something good for yourself and for your world.

There are all too many things to feel bad about. Use a little time today to do something you can truly feel good about.

Put something good and positive in your world today. Give yourself the gift and the power of a fresh, new positive outlook.

— Ralph Marston

The Real-life Courage of Harry Potter Fans

When teacher, Andrew Slack, finally conceded to the pleadings of his students - he had no idea what he was getting into. They had been begging him to read the Harry Potter series -- an enchanting story about a teenage wizard who uses his magic to conquer the dark forces world. At first, Slack was mesmerized by the stories -- captivated by the notion that one boy could do so much good. And then one day he realized, that when the 'weapon' is love...nothing, not even the most terrifying of demons, can stand in one's way. Read more to learn how one man's vision is helping to mobilize millions of Harry Potter fans around the world, to tackle the monsters of social injustice, poverty, and equality for all.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Basic Grounding Exercise

“After I have grounded, I visualize the grounding energies moving up through my chakras from the root chakra and out through my crown chakra high up into the sky. I then see my grounding energy mixing with sparkling white spiritual energy and I bring the two energies back down through my chakras starting at the crown chakra through to the base and then around the rest of my body. This exercise adds balance to the body as you are now holding both grounding and spiritual energies in equal measure.”


“I strongly suggest that Empaths should use several grounding techniques at the same time. I personally use exercise, crystals and visualizations in combination every day to help me stay grounded. Other things that can help include gardening, walks in nature, eating chocolate, yoga, meditation, using Rescue Remedy and drinking lots of water. It is also suggested that eating a large meal containing protein is very grounding. ”

Dealing with Non-Empathic People

“As Empaths, it is very difficult for us with our sensitive natures to witness some of the cruel things that go on in the world, and we can be deeply affected by the problems we see on the news. We can also struggle with the way we are treated by other people who are not so sensitive, and we also have a strong sense of fairness about what is right and what is wrong.”

Daily Inspirational Message for February 24, 2014

“Forget about enlightenment. Sit down wherever you are and listen to the wind that is singing in your veins. Feel the love, the longing, and the fear in your bones. Open your heart to who you are, right now, not who you would like to be. Not the saint you’re striving to become. But the being right here before you, inside you, around you. All of you is holy. You’re already more and less than whatever you can know. Breathe out, look in, let go.” – John

Be Amazing

You’re not here today to just get by. You’re here to be amazing.

There are a lot of challenges and obstacles, yet there is no reason to be anything less than amazing. Feel the true passion that lives in you, and let the passion push you to do something amazing.

Look around, and see how beautiful and filled with wonder the world is. You are part of an amazing universe, and can be just as amazing in your own unique way.

Today is not just a couple dozen hours to struggle through. Today represents your opportunity to express your amazing nature in new ways.

Focus your attention and energy on what you love and treasure most. In that love is the power to be authentically and uniquely amazing.

This is a one-of-a-kind, amazing day. You’re here to make it even more so, so starting right now, do it.

— Ralph Marston

Why Are We So Wired To Connect?

What drives our powerful need for social interaction? And what makes being alone difficult? These are just a couple of the questions that Matthew Lieberman, a social neurologist from the University of California, explores in his newest book, Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect. Through his research, Lieberman has identified compelling evidence demonstrating the neuroscience behind our human interactions -- with broad implications for how we live our lives. For example, we now know that the connection between physical and social pain is very real -- in that, they are both processed through the same neural pathways. From an evolutionary standpoint, this begs the question -- that perhaps our social connections are more than just a mere luxury, that perhaps they are, in face, a necessity. Our brains are continuously working, and in order to better respond to our environment. "This is what our brains were wired for: reaching out to and interacting with others," writes Lieberman. This article shares more.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Daily Inspirational Message for February 23, 2014

Holding on to anything is like holding on to your breath; you will suffocate. The only way to get anything in the universe is by letting go of it. Let go and it will be yours forever.
– Deepak Chopra

If what you’ve been trying to make happen isn’t happening, it may be time to step back, take a deep breath, and let go. This doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dreams; it means you may have gotten mired in the details of what has to happen and how it all has to come together, which will weigh you down and crush your creativity. To break free, just sit back and ask some new questions, ponder new paths and possibilities, and go with the flow instead of trying to battle your way upstream. Ironically, as soon as you let go and lighten up, what you’ve been after all along may fall right into your lap. If not, odds are good that you’re being guided to something even better.

Two Days of Infinite Love in South Texas

"Four mothers started Infinite Love in Southern Texas, as a way to transform the suffering in their own lives into compassion. One went through a tough divorce, another's son fell off a third story and is now paralyzed from waist down, another lost her husband to cancer. As biological sisters, they nurtured each other but the tipping point came when their 30-year-old nephew, Vishal, passed away from a rare form of cancer he had been fighting since he was 18. "He was a bright light in our family, and as it got closer to the time when we knew we were losing him, he would remind us -- 'I'm not leaving you. I'm just merging into the grass, the trees, the stars -- I will be part of everything.' We sat down and on Valentine's Day of 2012, we decided to honor him by spreading love in the world. And our movement was born." Infinite Love has been steadily sowing the seeds of empathy, fellowship, and compassion in one of the toughest parts of America. On a two-day trip to Southern Texas, Nipun Mehta shares stories of a community transforming itself from the inside out.