Showing posts from April 13, 2014

Daily Inspirational Message for April 19, 2014

“Take full account of what excellences which you possess, and in gratitude, remember how you would hanker after them if you had them not.” - Marcus Aurelius Antonius I know many people who hate to exercise. They either avoid it whenever they can, or they force themselves to suffer through it in misery. If we suddenly lost our health, if we were injured or ill and could no longer walk or run or do sit-ups, we would long to have our abilities back, and when we got them, we’d delight in being able to push ourselves physically again. Exercising with joy is a great way to affirm and underscore our well-being. Even those of us who have physical limitations could always have less mobility and vitality. Don’t wait until you’ve lost it to affirm your health; treat your body with wisdom and respect, and take joy in all that you’re able to do.

With Every Choice

Every choice you make, makes a difference. Remember always to use that power wisely. Every moment you live provides you with opportunity. Transform that opportunity into meaningful value in your own unique way. You have immense power over the quality of your life and the shape of your world. That power is exercised in the choices you make. When you live with positive purpose, a positive attitude and positive expectations, you’ll make positive, life-enriching choices. Those choices will reliably create a life of great fulfillment. What you think, what you feel, what you say and what you do all matter very much. In every moment, with every choice, you move your life in a specific direction. Make the commitment to always make that direction a good and meaningful one. Choose wisely, and live magnificently. — Ralph Marston

Solving the World's Biggest Problems

Echoing Green invests in individuals with the creativity and passion to "solve the world's biggest problems." Its fellowship recipients are young, bold, and talented. Get to know this innovative funding organization by meeting some of its social entrepreneurs and previewing a few of their projects: emergency medical response for urban India, micro-capital investment programs for rural West Africa, and an innovative remedial reading program in inner-city America. See what smart, driven, compassionate young people can achieve when backed with proper support.

Daily Inspirational Message for April 18, 2014

“Sometimes the subconscious mind manifests a wisdom several steps or even years ahead of the conscious mind, and has its own way of leading us toward our destiny.” - Nathaniel Branden Impulses are nudges from Spirit. Often they don’t make sense at the time, or we don’t see how they’re significant, but in retrospect, everything clicks. For example, years ago my workout partner suddenly decided she was going to quit our gym and join a new one. I was a little peeved about the whole thing, but I dutifully followed her. Little did I know that destiny was drawing me into the path of my future husband, who just happened to work out at this new gym at the same time I would be there. Looking back now, I can see how this was in no way random. I’m grateful to my friend for being an instrument of Spirit, and I’m so glad that I was able to go with the flow without knowing if or how it may prove important.

The Richness of Now

Right now is an exceptional moment. Be here with all you are, and experience its richness. Feel the energy that is already available to you. See the value that is already in front of you, right now. Let go of any thoughts of limitation or conflict. Let yourself see the unique beauty that is here and now. Instead of obsessing over how things should be, tap into the great value of how things are. Instead of longing for the past or wishing for the future, live with joy, satisfaction and gratitude in the present. Right now, let yourself be genuinely happy, and you will be. Right now, let yourself be more fully alive than ever. Reach out and touch the exquisite world that is yours to experience right here, at this very moment. Feel the joy, feel the substance, and feel the love as you fully live the richness of now. — Ralph Marston

Truth & Journalism: Reflections From A Pulitzer Prize-winner

This is a piece for all the "independent seekers of the truth" out there. Paul Van Slambrouck, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former chief of the Christian Science Monitor converses with master interviewer Richard Whittaker. They discuss the pursuit of truth in journalism, the power and edges of modern-day mass media, and highlights from Paul's illustrious career, ranging from interviews with Desmond Tutu and Winnie Mandela to his introduction to a curious little group of volunteers called ServiceSpace.

Daily Inspirational Message for April 17, 2014

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” - Lao-Tzu We don’t have to ask others’ advice or opinions on how to manage our lives, for we really do have the answers already. I once had a great teacher who was a gifted medium. Instead of asking Spirit my questions for me as I hoped she would, she insisted on helping me to find the answers myself. When I was agonizing over whether or not to end my first marriage, for example, I told her how desperate I was for guidance, and asked her what I should do. She very calmly smiled at me and said, “You already know the answer to that. The real question is, what will it take for you to honor your own truth?” As soon as she told me I had the answer, I realized that she was right. You know very well how to manage your own life, you just need to honor your own truths as much as you do the opinions of others.

Transform Weakness Into Strength

Weakness is nothing to be ashamed of. It is something to be worked on. It’s good to improve on your strengths. It’s even better, though, to make improvements in the areas that are your weaknesses. When you improve on your strengths, you get good incremental gains. Yet when you can transform a weakness into a strength, you get major, life-changing gains. Be willing to admit what you don’t know, what you are not experienced at doing, and what you don’t understand. Then get busy learning, developing your skills, and increasing your understanding. Instead of using your weaknesses as excuses, use them as pathways for improvement. Instead of resigning yourself to whatever’s holding you back, challenge yourself to find a way around it. Be honest and realistic with yourself about where you are coming up short. Then do the work, transform that weakness into strength, and move forward faster than ever before. — Ralph Marston

The Empathy Library

Imagine a library filled with only the very best examples of human empathy. A treasure trove of inspiring books and films to 'spark a global empathy revolution.' This was the goal of author Roman Krznaric, who worked to capture the world's most memorable examples of empathy under one digital roof. His project, dubbed The Empathy Library, is swiftly being recognized as one of the best online community resources for activists, teachers and empathic thinkers worldwide. "Think of it as Goodreads for the empathy revolution," offers Roman.

Daily Inspirational Message for April 16, 2014

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes.” - Proust Spiritual quests often turn into wild goose chases when we get caught up in searching for answers outside of ourselves. We can go to endless seminars, read countless books and study with wonderful teachers, but we’ll never really discover anything if we’re not looking with eyes that are truly seeing. When our hearts and minds are gently open but vibrantly awake, then everything holds a glimmering truth, and everyone has wisdom to offer.

What You Do Next

Don’t define yourself by your past. Define yourself by your possibilities.   The version of you that now matters is the version of you going forward. See your life in those terms, from that perspective.   The only thing that can really hold you back is your reluctance to fulfill your best possibilities. Though progress is rarely easy, it is always possible. You cannot just walk away from the obligations you’ve incurred in the past. However, you absolutely can choose to honor those obligations by going above and beyond them. No matter what the past has been, today is an opportunity. You are alive, capable, motivated and in a position to make a positive difference in some way. Look forward, see that opportunity, and dive into the fulfillment of it. What really matters now is what you do next, so make it something great. — Ralph Marston

Helpful Tips For Your Inner Critic

Many believe that being hard on themselves will make them better people. However, research does not support this belief. Self-criticism has been shown to reduce motivation, increase procrastination, and increase rumination. This article from the Greater Good Science Center summarizes some of the scientifically-proven healthier ways to take an honest look at yourself and learn from your mistakes. From criticizing behaviors rather than traits to practicing self-compassion, learn how to be your own friendly critic and best friend.

Daily Inspirational Message for April 15, 2014

“No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.” - Agnes DeMille If you look back for the turning points that proved pivotal in your life, you’ll realize that very rarely were you aware of how momentous your decisions would prove to be at the time. This is one reason to remain open to guidance from Spirit, to tune in regularly and to maintain an open mind and heart. When we’re regularly dialoguing with Spirit, we act on little nudges and intuitions, any of which may open big new doors and lead us in whole new directions.

Make the Changes Work

In order for things to be better, they must be different. If you wish to make improvements, you must make changes. You cannot get improved results by continuing to do exactly what you’ve been doing. To upgrade your life, upgrade your attitude, your expectations and your actions. Moving positively forward means moving into unfamiliar territory. Remind yourself that although it can be uncomfortable, the potential rewards are truly great. It’s easy to get stuck where you are because all you have to do is do nothing. But that’s not what you really want for your life. Don’t waste your days hiding from or fighting against the necessity of change. Put your energy into finding and manifesting the valuable opportunities in an ever-changing world. By very definition, life is always changing. Make the changes work for you, and change your world into an even better place. — Ralph Marston

Carl Sagan & The Pale Blue Dot

"The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena...There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known." These are the words of astronomer Carl Sagan, taken from his book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space. Click through to see his thoughts vividly brought to life through the graphic prowess of Gavin Aust, freelance cartoonist and creator of the online comic "Zen Pencils."

Citrus Partnership with Gemini

“Gemini is the first mutable sign in the zodiac, introducing us to the archetype of Mercury. Mercury moves and Gemini travels through a variety of experiences. Gemini’s have emerged from a chrysalis of experience, so they should get ready to SYNTHESIZE.

Taurus and the Garden Cross

“Taurus is the first fixed sign in the zodiac, introducing us to the archetype of Venus. Venus can attract and Taureans can concentrate. With concentrated attraction, get ready to RECEIVE.”

To Be As Aries as a Sunflower

“Aries is the beginning in astrology. It is potential at the moment of its unleashing, passion no longer held back, the moment when the spark of a match makes its sound and you know the fire is coming. The Aries energy moves, interrupts, engages, plants, leads, and loves.”

Daily Inspirational Message for April 14, 2014

“Make yourself necessary to somebody.” Ralph Waldo Emerson This is a powerful way to boost yourself out of depression, and it’s such a nice way too. The elderly are especially great to be necessary to. They have so many emotional and physical needs that are neglected, and unlike children and busy adults, they will almost always appreciate what you do for them. Don’t forget the elders in your community: your efforts and energy will truly make a difference to them, which can only make you feel good about yourself.

This Is Going to Be...

This is going to be a beautiful day. The way you can know that is because you will make it so. This is going to be a productive day. You can live its moments with your awareness focused on bringing new value to life. This is going to be a unique, memorable day. You have the opportunity right now to make the memories great ones. This is going to be a joyful day. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, whomever you’re with, you can add your own joy to the mix. This is going to be a meaningful day. For you can use its many moments and possibilities in the service of what truly matters. The way this day turns out depends on what you choose to do with it. And what you can choose, right now, is to make it the best one yet. — Ralph Marston

The Daily Routines of Geniuses

In his book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, author Mason Curry examines the schedules of 161 painters, writers, and composers, as well as philosophers, scientists, and other exceptional thinkers. Drawing from the examples Curry provides, Sarah Green of the Harvard Business Review picks out for us a set of compelling commonalities shared by some of history's most brilliant people.

Daily Inspirational Message for April 13, 2014

“We wait all these years to find someone who understands us, I thought, someone who accepts us as we are, someone with a wizard’s power to melt stone to sunlight, who can bring us happiness in spite of trials, who can face our dragons in the night, who can transform us into the soul we choose to be. Just yesterday I found that magical Someone is the face we see in the mirror: It’s us and our homemade masks.” - Richard Bach I believe that as religion has lost its power and influence in our lives, the cult of romance has taken up the slack. Our existential hunger for something more is no longer channeled into prayer or other spiritual practices; instead, we’re obsessed with finding fulfillment through “true love.” Unfortunately, nothing outside ourselves will emotionally sustain us indefinitely. Relationships are so full of heartache, and addictions lead to so much misery, because we’re looking for lasting fulfillment in a temporary source. I believe that in many ways, our fascination

Sprouting Seeds of Compassion

"One day, visiting a friend's house in Malibu, I met an old man who had spent his life planting trees. As we talked through the afternoon, with the blue Pacific murmuring rumors of the world's vastness, and nearness, he explained how trees were the ecological equivalent of one-stop shopping: they could restore degraded soil, increase crops, feed livestock, provide building materials and firewood, restore biodiversity, sustain villages, and bring dormant springs back to life -- all the while sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. I had a minor epiphany: green compassion!" The founder of the Green World Campaign shares the story of how it all began, and offers up a set of insights from his journey.