Showing posts from April 6, 2014

Daily Inspirational Message for April 12, 2014

“When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me.” - John Wesley I often feel funny about being in the role of spiritual advisor. After all, who am I to tell others what to do or how to live? I certainly don’t have all the answers. I do know, however, how to go about finding them within. I also believe that no matter who we are, feeling lost or unsure does not necessarily mean that we are lacking in wisdom or intelligence. Often, certainty simply belies ignorance. Perhaps feeling uncertain is a sign that we’re growing to view life in more a complex, holistic way. We don’t, after all, truly “know” anything that others have told or taught us; we only know what we personally perceive and experience.

The Power to Choose

The pains, disappointments and frustrations tug at you. And yet, you are infinitely more powerful than all of them put together. With your very next thought, you can rise above any kind of negativity. With your next action, you can begin to put real distance between yourself and whatever was bringing you down. You have the power to choose the way you see life, and the way you experience life. You can take whatever comes, and make something positive out of it. The more you make a conscious, intentional choice about how to live, the stronger you become at doing so. Over time, as you continue to exercise your power to choose, you add real richness and fulfillment to your life. Look at this day, with all its problems and challenges, and see the positive possibilities. Look inside yourself, and find the dreams, goals and desires that have the strength to push you forward. Choose to live a life of unique greatness, and to give that greatness to your world. In every moment you have

Owen & Haatchi: A Boy And His Dog

"The day that Haachi met Owen was utterly incredible. It was electric. It was spiritual...they immediately understood they were going to work together as a team," Colleen Drummond, Owen's stepmother. Owen is a 7-year old boy with a rare syndrome that leaves his muscles in a constant state of tension. Haatchi is an Anatolian Shepherd that was left to die on the railroad tracks, but managed to escape with a severed leg and tail. The shy little boy and the giant three-legged dog have been best friends since the day they met. "Everything changed in my life with him," says Owen of Haatchi. Drummond adds: "Owen and Haatchi simplify everything with pure love."

Daily Inspirational Message for April 11, 2014

“Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.” - Ken Blanchard We’re supposed to love ourselves, and yet we’re also supposed to be humble. How can we do both, without one negating the other? Being humble just means we don’t put ourselves above others, that we love and respect others as much as we do ourselves. Instead of viewing anyone as above anyone else, we see the goodness of humanity, and live in awareness that we’re all divine.

Make the Effort to Make it Happen

Don’t just hope to get it done. Take the time and make the effort to make it happen. The things you get done are the things you make a specific time for in your schedule. If it’s important enough to be an intention, then it’s important enough to get it scheduled. Don’t relegate your valuable intentions to an open-ended to-do list. Put them on your calendar. There’s only so much time in each day, so scheduling your intentions will force you to prioritize them. That will help you make sure the most important things actually get done. Thoughts and intentions are important because they can define your direction. For your direction to actually matter, though, you must get yourself in motion. Go beyond wishing, hoping, planning and talking. Take the time, take the action, and get it done. — Ralph Marston

Two Children Teach the World About Love

Trenton and Lindsay Cochran are best friends, brother and sister, support and inspiration. 10-year old Lindsay, who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, has been in a wheelchair since she was 2. Trenton understands deeply that his life would have been very different if he didn't have a disabled younger sister. Not only is this mature 12-year old a helper and protector, he is an advocate and ambassador for kids with disabilities. "I would take a bullet for her," he says, as his grateful sister looks on. Warning: you might want to have some tissues on hand for this beautiful video.

Daily Inspirational Message for April 10, 2014

“Accept yourself as you are. Otherwise, you will never see opportunity. You will not feel free to move toward it; you will feel you are not deserving.” When we approach self-improvement out of loathing for who and what we are now, we tend to fail, for we don’t actually feel deep down like we deserve or are capable of anything better. We can see this clearly in dieters who try to lose weight because they hate their bodies. For a period of time, they may hang in there and do what they think they should via sheer willpower, but then something happens that awakens their self-loathing, and they’re “off” again. Unless we embrace positive change out of self-love instead of self-hatred, we’ll relapse time and time again into self-defeating behaviors. Loving ourselves as we are does not mean that we don’t want to change and grow; it just means that we approach self-improvement with kindness and compassion for all of who we are.

Feel the Connection

Feel your connection to others. Feel your connection to all of life, and to all that is. Focus your awareness in a place where there is no conflict. Live at a place of acceptance and peaceful power. Realize that you can do no harm to others without doing harm to yourself. Realize that the goodness you give is the goodness you experience. Understand that your negative thoughts actually do create negative reality. See that your love does indeed make the world a better place. Choose to live from a higher perspective, at a higher level of energy than the problems. Rise above the meaningless distractions and invest your time and effort in what truly matters. Live each moment with the simple yet powerful idea that there is goodness and value to be found everywhere. Feel your connection with life’s goodness, and let it grow ever more abundant through your presence. — Ralph Marston

A Father's Love & Heroism

They say a father's love knows no bounds. Yu Xukang, a single father from the Sichuan Province in China is a living example of this. He is a man who wants nothing more than for his child to have the precious gift of education. A rare disorder has twisted his son's limbs making it impossible for him to walk the 9 miles to the only school able to accommodate his disabilities. But, that's no matter to Yu Xukang, who literally carries his son back and forth to class, each day. Read more about this father's beautiful act of love.

Daily Inspirational Message for April 9, 2014

“You have to ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The most delicious fruit I ever ate was given to me at a meditation class. The subject was mindfulness, and we were each doled out a single green grape. Instead of just popping them into our mouths and chewing away, we were to touch them and feel their cool smoothness, to smell them, to KNOW those grapes, and only then to take a bite, so that half of the grape was in our hand, and the other half, that indescribably sweet, pulpy green bit of heaven, was dancing on our tongues. It was unlike any grape I could remember eating before. We have become so immune to much that is beautiful and delicious in the world that we don’t know what we’re missing. Only a beginner’s mind can restore the vividness of full experience.

Your Own Positive Purpose

Imagine letting go of all frustration, anger, resentment and worry. Feel the freedom. Imagine having no bitterness or envy, no anxiety and no fear. Imagine the immense positive power of not being held back by your negative feelings. That is all possible, and it is possible right now. You have imagined it, and you can just as surely live it. Sure, all sorts of disappointing, frustrating and disconcerting things happen on a daily basis. Yet there is no good reason to hold on to the negativity in your life. Choose instead to let it go. Choose instead to be driven by the power of your own positive purpose. This day is too precious and too full of opportunity to let it be contaminated by past negativity. Let it all go, and let yourself live the best life you can imagine, right now. — Ralph Marston

Your Own Positive Purpose

Imagine letting go of all frustration, anger, resentment and worry. Feel the freedom. Imagine having no bitterness or envy, no anxiety and no fear. Imagine the immense positive power of not being held back by your negative feelings. That is all possible, and it is possible right now. You have imagined it, and you can just as surely live it. Sure, all sorts of disappointing, frustrating and disconcerting things happen on a daily basis. Yet there is no good reason to hold on to the negativity in your life. Choose instead to let it go. Choose instead to be driven by the power of your own positive purpose. This day is too precious and too full of opportunity to let it be contaminated by past negativity. Let it all go, and let yourself live the best life you can imagine, right now. — Ralph Marston

Pamela Sukhum & The Beautiful Project

Pamela Sukham's warmth and openheartedness invites us all to find the artist within and to experience life and all it's infinite possibilities on a path for beauty and truth. In this conversation, Pamela shares her journey from one captivating story to the next, beginning with a life-changing realization that she needed to leave a stable career to trust an paint. Read here how her work has touched and served different communities across the country and the world.

The Art of Transcendence

“Transmission theory explains the unusual or above-normal experiences we encounter in life, like extra-sensory perception, mental healing, savant abilities, and mystical or transcendent experiences. Such experiences are simply moments when there is a “crack in the filter,” so to speak, and an influx of expanded or universal consciousness.”

Meditative Prayer Can Be Helpful During Difficult Times

“Life can sometimes throw curve balls. Challenges such as accidents, illness, or loss may occur for little or no reason. How we approach these events determines in large part how we will successfully cope with them. Prayer is one way we may address our concerns.”

3 Simple Steps to Awaken the Divine

“At certain rare moments—sometimes when in quiet reflection or relaxing in nature—we may discover an often surprising yet pleasant experience of temporarily losing our individual perspective and seeing the world from a larger, more encompassing perspective.”

Daily Inspirational Message for April 8, 2014

“Accept your genius and say what you think.” Ralph Waldo Emerson We’ve all done it. Some great problem or question is at hand and we have an answer or an idea, but we don’t say a word, because we’re afraid we’ll look foolish to others. Then someone else delivers our answer or solution and it’s accepted and praised, and we’re kicking ourselves for not speaking up, but most of all for doubting ourselves so much. Most of us know more than we think we do – we just don’t know that we know it. Throw your ideas out there, especially those that suddenly just come to you from out of nowhere on a high, clear note. Those are the ones that are inspired.

Act in This Moment

Let yourself see the potential value in this moment. Open yourself to the opportunities in this day. You are immersed in a sea of abundance, and it is up to you to make meaningful value out of it. You have the power to make a positive difference, so allow yourself to do so. Take a moment to consider all the good and powerful possibilities that are within your reach right now. Remind yourself of what a shame it would be to let those possibilities go unfulfilled. This is a day that’s like no other, and a day that will never be here again. It’s a day that can add enormous value to your life and your world, but only if you make use of it while it’s here. Breathe in deeply, and fill your awareness with a fresh, invigorating sense of possibility. Feel your useful, beneficial power, and make the choice to immediately engage that power. Act in this moment, on this day, with love, purpose and passion. And capture the unique value that this day offers for all of life. — Ralph Marston

The Honest Truth About Dishonesty

"Most major betrayals within organizations -- from accounting fraud to doping in sports -- start with a first step that crosses the line, according to Dan Ariely, a leading behavioral economist at Duke and author of 'The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone -- Especially Ourselves.' In this interview with Wharton management professor Adam Grant, Ariely helps leaders understand how to prevent people from taking that first step, how to create a code of conduct that makes rules and expectations clear and why good rules are critical to organizations. This interview shares more.

Daily Inspirational Message for April 7, 2014

“To regret deeply is to live afresh.” Henry David Thoreau I sometimes read for people who have really made a mess of things, and who are now really regretting it. I wish I could tell them all that being sorry is enough to undo all they’ve done. Unfortunately, that’s not usually the case, because most people don’t wake up when they’re really making big mistakes until things are irreversibly wrecked: their spouse has walked out the door, they’ve been fired, they’ve hit rock bottom. The good news is that sometimes, it’s the bottom that saves us. When we hit it, our passion for life is jolted awake, and we realize how much we really do love life, and how much we’re willing to do to find happiness.

Focus on Quality

There is only so much quantity you can add to any aspect of your life. Yet there is no limit to the level of quality you can attain. Instead of doing something more and more, consider doing it better and better. Instead of increasing the quantity of what you consume or experience, consider raising the level of quality. Live richly rather than ravenously. Focus not on how much you have but rather on how well you make meaningful use of it. Let go of the wearisome need to have more and more. Embrace, enjoy and nurture your ability to give deeper meaning to what you already have. Even the little things can bring great joy. Even the small moments can make a big difference. Each moment is an opportunity to raise the level of quality in your life. Focus on quality, today and every day, and there is no limit to the richness you can experience. — Ralph Marston

21 Technologies That Will Decentralize The World

"Across the planet new technologies and business models are decentralizing power and placing it in the hands of communities and individuals." Fred Wilson, venture capitalist and futurist speaks compellingly about this transition. Here is a list of 21 technologies that over the next ten years will spur this process of decentralization.

Legalize Medical Marijuana, Doctors Say

A majority of doctors say medical marijuana can deliver real benefits to patients, a new WebMD/Medscape survey finds. See which specialties are most likely to support it.

Daily Inspirational Message for April 6, 2014

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi The Universe’s law of attraction holds that as long as we focus on how oppressed, beat down, torn apart, poorly treated we are – as individuals or as a community – we will always be oppressed, beat down, torn apart, and poorly treated. Your thoughts affect your energy, and your energy only attracts more of that which you focus on and brings it into your reality. So as the empowered, magnificent being you are, give yourself the best gift you could ever possibly give – focus on what you do want rather than what you don’t, count your blessings, engage in discussions, events, projects, friendships, associations, and relationships that make you feel good, and your energy will shift in ways that will bestow blessings far beyond that which you ever thought possible. For individuals and entire communities – it works. Really. Promise. (by Kai Ravariere – Contributing Kajama Writer)

The Woman Who Saved 200 Sloths

"Monique Pool first fell in love with sloths when she took in an orphan from a rescue center. Since then many sloths have spent time in her home on their way back to the forest -- but even she found it hard to cope when she had to rescue 200 at once. It all began in 2005 when Pool lost her dog, and called the Suriname Animal Protection Society to see if they'd found it. They hadn't, but they told her about a baby three-toed sloth they didn't know how to look after. Pool offered to take it -- and was instantly smitten. "They're very special animals to look at," she says. "They always have a smile on their face and seem so tranquil and peaceful." Read on for the story of this special woman and the extraordinary beings she fosters in her home.