Showing posts from May 18, 2014

Daily Inspirational Quote May 24 2014

“Today imagine that you can see the angels walking beside everyone you meet.
See how your perception of people and of life changes when you
recognize that everyone has an angel!”
- Margaret Neylon

It’s hard to stay mad at someone when we remember that they are doing their best just like we are, and are in need of guidance, growth and healing too. When we are aware that others share our relationship to the Universe and the Divine – that they are only human – it’s easier to love and accept them despite their perceived faults.

Fulfill Your Wishes

Looking back on today, what will you wish you had done? Now is your opportunity to fulfill those future wishes.

The most painful regrets are for things not done, for opportunities missed, and for actions not taken. Now is your chance to avoid those regrets by taking action, when you can.

Now is a day to fill with life and love and effort and achievement. Now is the time you’ve been waiting for and working toward your whole life.

You’ll never look back and wish that you had spent more time worrying, or that you should have been more angry or resentful. So keep worry, resentment and anger out of your life today.

Instead, think of what you can do with this day that will cause you to look back on it with gratitude. Remind yourself, over and over again, that this is your chance to actually do those things.

Right here and now, make your future wishes come true. And when you arrive at tomorrow, instead of empty, regretful wishes you’ll have the real satisfaction of a truly fulfilling life.

— Ral…

7 Years Around the World...On Foot

Join Paul Salopek as he goes on one of the most ambitious journey's ever undertaken by any man: circumnavigating the world...on foot. Along the way, the award-winning journalist hopes to chronicle not only the major themes of our time -- such as climate change, mass migration and cultural survival -- but also the stories of those everyday people from some of the most remote places on earth. As he puts it, "the whole objective is to work with local people who then become the windows to the place."

Daily Inspirational Quote May 23 2014

“Every dollar I spend enriches the economy, blesses everyone it touches, and returns to me multiplied.”
- Prosperity Affirmation

“Spiritual” people often have major abundance issues. When I’m counseling them, I sometimes advise them to view money as energy – specifically the energy of love. When it comes right down to it, it’s all the same thing, for everything is energy. It’s interesting how these folks have no problem giving love and believing that all the love they give enriches the world, blesses those it touches, and is returned to them multiplied. When they make this conscious connection between love and money, they find it much easier to feel good about what they spend, and to allow this new thinking to lead them to greater prosperity.

What You Imagine

In your imagination, go again and again to magnificent, beautiful places. In your life, work to bring into being the beauty you have imagined.

Let your imagination inspire you. Feel the power of your imagination as it gets you going.

Allow your imagination to assist you in zeroing in on a meaningful and compelling destination and purpose. Use your imagination to explore ways to get there and to remind you of why you want to get there.

What you create comes from what you imagine. From a well-nurtured imagination comes a well-lived life.

Though imagination doesn’t do all the work, it can serve to powerfully direct and focus the efforts you make. Imagination gives you meaningful, desirable and compelling places to go.

Imagine living with greater energy, more enthusiasm, joy, effectiveness and fulfillment. Imagine it, and you’re well on your way there.

— Ralph Marston

What To Remember When Waking

"There is a small opening into the new day which closes the moment you begin your plans. What you can plan is too small for you to live." These beautiful words from poet, David Whyte capture the very essence of wholehearted living - to cultivate gratitude and joy, in the absence of all self-imposed limitations. Read the complete poem here.

Daily Inspirational Message – May 22, 2014

“To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die.
If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.”
- Alan Cohen

I recently attended school conferences for my teenage son, and heard the same thing from all of his teachers: “He’s a delight to have in class. He’s articulate, interested, bright, respectful, polite. He has fantastic test scores. Now if only he would do his homework…” Instead of scolding him, I told him I was proud of him. When he was surprised, I explained that I believe he will be fine in life so long as he is a good person and feels he deserves happiness and well-being. We all have to love ourselves in order to make wise efforts on our own behalf. So long as we believe that we are basically okay as people, and we treat others as we would wish to be treated, we will find a way to be “okay” regardless of what we encounter in life.

Joyfully Move On

That interruption, setback or disappointment is not the end of the world. So do yourself a favor and stop treating it as such.

Don’t make the negative things much worse than they are by getting all upset about them. Seek to let them go as quickly as possible, and to move on in a positive, meaningful way.

Taking everything too seriously weighs you down. Lighten up and let the power of joy into your life.

Problems will arise and disruptions will happen. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, remind yourself how fortunate you are that you’re able to successfully deal with those problems.

A negative development is not the end of the world. It can be the beginning of new skills, capabilities, wisdom and experience.

Let go of the tension and let yourself see the positive possibilities. Lighten up, and allow joy and gratitude to point the way forward.

— Ralph Marston

6 Things Shyness Can Teach Us

Most people have experienced episodes of shyness in their lives, and some may even be naturally inclined towards having a shy personality. Shy people are often deep thinkers, observant, and good listeners who like to be aware of themselves and others. In a world where gregariousness and rapid action has taken center stage, this article points out a handful of things that shyness can teach us about improving relationships, work, and connectedness to oneself.

Daily Inspirational Quote – May 21, 2014

“If, in your course, you don’t meet your equal, your better,
then continue your course firmly, alone.
There’s no fellowship with fools.”
- Dhammapada

I know a lot of deeply spiritual folks who don’t really feel at home here on Earth, or who feel so different from everyone around them that they are often lonely. This happens more and more as we evolve spiritually, for at the upper vibrations for this dimension, we are far from the mainstream, and thus we meet fewer people who are like us. While we can manifest the company of kindred spirits, the path to enlightenment naturally leads us to love the Divine itself – the ALL – more than specific individuals.

See The Richness

The best time to appreciate what you have is when you have it. Stop and think of all you have right now and of how truly valuable it all is.

Once anything is gone, no matter how much you appreciate it and miss it, you will no longer be able to use it. So make good and meaningful use of what you have while you still have it.

You cannot truly enjoy what you have if you’re always grabbing and wishing for more. Remember that fulfillment comes from thankfulness and not from greediness.

Right now, there is much for which to be thankful. Right here, there is much to appreciate and to utilize in bringing new richness and goodness to life.

Everyone is rich in uniquely valuable ways. Unfortunately, not everyone realizes it.

Choose to see the special richness that is yours on this very day. The more you appreciate and make use of what you have, the better your life becomes.

— Ralph Marston

Toy Stories: Children and Their Favorite Things

For over a year, photographer and journalist Gabriele Galimberti visited more than 50 countries and created colorful images of boys and girls with their most prized possessions: their toys. From Texas to India, Malawi to China, Iceland, Morocco, and Fiji, Galimberti recorded the spontaneous and natural joy that unites kids despite their diverse backgrounds. Whether the child owns a veritable fleet of miniature cars or a single stuffed monkey, the pride that Galimberti captures is moving, funny, and thought provoking.

Daily Inspirational Quote May 20 2014

“There is an entire unexplored world available to you even a little bit beyond the familiar.
Open your mind and the universe will rush to show you what you can have.”
- Alan Cohen

We have only to ask to have Spirit answer. We ask by praying, wishing, hoping, longing, yearning, pondering, etc. If we’re not asking, however, the Universe CAN’T answer. A natural seeker just energetically says, “Lead me to what I don’t know, or to whatever I most need now.” This may sound simple, but it creates a very different reality from that of the person who believes he knows and has seen everything, or who has given up on fulfilling his dreams. It fills one’s life with magic, wonder and seeming “miracles.”

What Does Happiness Conceal?

What does happiness conceal? asks John Quiggin. Chiefly this: that there is a reason everyone reads Dante's 'Inferno' and no one reads his 'Paradiso'. 'All happy families are alike,' Tolstoy wrote. Maybe there just isn't anything interesting to say about happiness. Or is there? Read on...

Worth The Investment

Focus not just on what is easy, convenient, comfortable, free of charge or free of risk. Focus on what is valuable and on what is possible.

To get something valuable and meaningful out of any task or experience you must put value and meaning into it. It’s worth a little inconvenience to bring more goodness into the world.

Don’t pass up the opportunity to add rich substance to life just because it is a challenge to do so. Face the challenges, make the efforts, and transform the best possibilities into reality.

You won’t learn very much if you spend all your time with people, places and thoughts that are already familiar. Go out beyond what is comfortable and familiar, and discover how very much there is to discover.

Life is amazing and absolutely worth the investment of your time and trouble, so make that investment. Life is a grand adventure, so live each day with your own sense of adventure.

Let go of the worn-out excuses and let in some real, rich, fulfilling life. Actually do what y…

What’s Holding You Back?

“There’s some lore about the gates outside Zen monasteries in the old days. Any seeker was refused at the gate until his intentions were clear. Anybody can enter. To pass the barrier, you have to drop your ambivalence and cynicism. You have to be ready, even desperate, before you propel yourself beyond your own fear.”

Ten Things to Nurture Your Zen “Garden”

“In the early summer of 1997, my husband and I found ourselves in the backyard of a house on a quiet street in Sierra Madre, a suburb of Los Angeles. The backyard was Southern California’s oldest private Japanese garden, an oasis of ponds and pines that had stood mostly intact since 1916. It seemed like paradise with our name written all over it.”

You are Born

“You are born and no one—neither doctor, scientist, high priest nor philosopher—knows where you came from. The whole world, and your mother within it, was remade by the mystery of your conception. Her body, mind and heart were multiplied by a magical algorithm whereby two become one and one becomes two.”

Daily Inspirational Message for May 19, 2014

“There is a large school of Angels whose major focus is healing work. They do not themselves do dramatic acts of healing, but they provide an atmosphere of clarity, of comfort and of love, in which healing can take place.”
- William Bloom

Whenever I do healing work during a church service, I am overwhelmed by the power of energy permeating the chapel. It’s vaster and deeper than anything I experience when working alone. It grows from many entities both physical and spiritual sending their combined attention/energy toward the common goal of healing.

Enjoy This Very Moment

You don’t need ideal conditions in order to enjoy an ideal life. You can simply make the choice to do so.

You don’t have to wait until the perfect moment to be happy. Any moment and every moment will do, including this one.

Whatever you’re doing, add a smile and a positive attitude to it. Life’s beauty is everywhere, so make the empowering choice to see it everywhere.

You can choose to complain about your lot in life and to feel sorry for yourself, or you can choose to enjoy the wonder that’s all around you. Keep in mind that there’s valuable opportunity in everything, and a positive perspective enables you to tap into that opportunity.

There are plenty of problems to be fixed, wrongs to be made right, and obstacles to overcome. And the most effective way to move forward is with joy, not with bitterness.

Challenge yourself to enjoy this very moment, fully, completely, sincerely, authentically. And learn to put the power of joy in everything you do.

— Ralph Marston

Don't Be So Sure

Margaret Wheatley explains why now, more than ever, we need curiosity and a willingness to embrace uncertainty in order to deal with the challenges of our time. "I'm not suggesting we let go of our beliefs altogether, only that we become curious about what someone else believes...When we listen with less judgment, we always develop better relationships with [those we thought we couldn't understand]." These relationships, she argues, are one of the keys to developing creative solutions to the world's most pressing problems.

Daily Inspirational Message for May 18, 2014

“As long as the followers of the way hold regular and frequent assemblies, they may be expected to prosper and not decline. As long as they meet in harmony, break up in harmony, and carry on their business in harmony,
they may be expected to prosper and not decline.”
- from the Mahaparinibbana Sutta

One reason “religion” is so enduring an institution throughout the world is because there is great power in coming together with others with a common spiritual intention. Unfortunately, what begins as a celebration of unity and devotion often quickly degenerates into a power struggle riddled with issues of ego and control. To make the most of the power of spiritual community, a spirit of unity and devotion must be nurtured above all the details of belief and practice.

One Simple Wish

A young child wished for a suit so that he might attend a family member's funeral. He is just one of more than 250,000 children in the U.S. who enter the foster care system every year. While this system may provide relief to children in need, the impact of being moved from placement to placement can cause a child to lose hope in the simpler things. Luckily, for this child an anonymous benefactor stepped forward to purchase this suit. In just one of many connections made through the website, One Simple Wish. Founded to help grant the wishes of children in foster care, this nonprofit organization has granted more than 6,500 wishes for children living in 42 states. Read more to discover how one woman is bringing hope to the children who need it most of all.