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Daily Inspirational Quote June 7 2014

“True religion is the life we live, not the creed we profess.” - J.F. Wright Recently, a wonderful friend of mine actually seemed offended when I said he was a great Christian. Sadly, he has come to associate that word with people who are judgmental, rigid, uneducated and unable to think for themselves. When I explained that I simply observe him living his life in accord with Christ’s true teachings and following in Christ’s footsteps by questioning what is right and listening to his own heart for the answers, he felt much better. Who is more Christian – those who follow the rules set forth in the Bible because they’re “supposed to,” or those who look within for the highest Truth the way that Christ did?

Relax And Get Busy

It might seem like a contradiction to be active and involved while at the same time being relaxed and joyful. But there’s really no contradiction at all. Activity and effort add great richness to life. And there’s no reason why you must be stressed and uptight about making that effort. It’s idleness, not positive effort, that can bring so much despair to life. Avoid that despair by doing something valuable and meaningful every chance you get. It’s great to be peaceful, relaxed, and enjoying life. And you can be all those things while putting forth disciplined, persistent, effective effort. Don’t assume that you must wallow in idleness just to relax. Make the choice to relax and to enjoy yourself even in the busiest of times. Life is an adventure, so live that adventure actively and enthusiastically. At the same time, relax and enjoy the process of adding real richness to your life and your world. — Ralph Marston

Arianna Huffington: Can Gratitude Help You Thrive?

"Grace and gratitude have the same Latin root, gratus. Whenever we find ourselves in a stop-the-world-I-want-to-get-off mindset, we can remember that there is another way and open ourselves to grace. And it often starts with taking a moment to be grateful for this day, for being alive, for anything." In an excerpt from her new book, Arianna Huffington explores how gratitude helped her to find meaning in pain and loss.

Daily Inspirational Quote June 6 2014

“The crow does not conceal its food but calls its kind to share it; prosperity will abide with men of such a nature.” - Tirukkural 53:527 One way to keep our own happiness alive is to share it with others. For example, I am blessed to be very happily married, and because I feel so fortunate in love, I am ever looking for ways to share my joy with others. A few years ago I arranged to introduce a friend to a former lover because I felt they would hit it off, and they’re now happily married. More recently, I played cupid with a couple of other friends I could tell were attracted to each other but were too shy to say so, and they’re now wonderfully involved. Throughout it all, my own love life remains vibrant and alive; in fact, it’s getting better all the time. Find a way to share your happiness with others, and instead of dwindling, it will keep growing day by day.

Key To Success

The key to success is not in some particular technique, program, ritual or idea. The key to your success is you, and what you do. There are many great people, products, services, values and philosophies that can be extremely helpful. Yet any authentic, fulfilling success you enjoy will come largely from you. Though you are highly deserving, success in life is not a foregone conclusion. However, you are fortunate to have the opportunity and the ability to make it happen. If you wish to be successful, then give the best of yourself to that success. The extent of your success flows directly from the size of your commitment. Be willing to step up and take full and continuing responsibility for your success. That’s what will make it happen. Nothing will work to bring you success unless you work to bring about that success. Choose a goal that truly means something, do the work, and enjoy all the success you will surely create. — Ralph Marston

The Hidden Joy of Waiting In Line

"Americans spend an estimated 37 billion hours waiting in line each year, much to our individual and collective distaste. Few things inspire as much universal frustration and ire as long queues and lengthy wait times -- many of us even struggle to wait for a sluggish web browser to load." Why do we dislike waiting so much -- and what can we do to transform that familiar feeling of frustration? This article shares more.

Daily Inspirational Quote June 5 2014

“The spiritual weapon of self-purification, intangible as it seems, is the most potent means of revolutionizing one’s environment and loosening the external shackles. It works subtly and invisibly; it is an intense process though it might often seem a weary and long-drawn process. It is the straightest way to liberation, the surest and the quickest, and no effort can be too great for it. What it requires is faith – an unshakable mountain like faith that flinches from nothing.” - Mohandas Gandhi The only way to gain the power to manifest profound joy, peace and well-being is to honestly devote oneself to the endless daily challenge of mastering the ego. When we squarely face our issues, when we root out our darkest thoughts and feelings and expose them to the light, when we give up always looking for the easiest path, then we enter a new realm of creative potential. The more we try to get something for nothing, the more we limit what we can get. Conversely, when we face our inner demo

Be Truly You

It does you no good to become highly skilled at pretending to be someone you’re not. Be you, enjoy it fully and authentically, and spread the joy around. Don’t waste a lot of time and energy trying to do what you think might impress others. Be you, live what you love, and be impressed yourself at all the great things life has to offer. It doesn’t take a whole big complicated set of circumstances to bring you the life you want to live. It just takes a little honesty with yourself, about yourself. Take a deep, peaceful breath, let go of the burdensome need to maintain pretenses, and be you. Feel the healing joy of living each day true to who you are. You don’t need power or possessions or drama to fulfill your purpose. All you have to do is to be you. The very best you can do is to be truly you. Be you, and enjoy bringing your unique greatness to life. — Ralph Marston

10 Things Creative People Know

Do you consider yourself creative? According to Peggy Taylor and Charles Murphy, even if you don't consider yourself creative, you are more creative than you realize. "Creativity is not found just in the chosen few who exhibit artistic talent. It is a force that flows through every single one of us, allowing us to dream things up and make them happen." Creativity, in other words, is more than art, it's a key that unlocks our basic goodness.

The Effect of Positive Emotions on Our Health

“The best way to overcome undesirable or negative thoughts and feelings is to cultivate the positive ones.” ~ William Atkinson Its important we recognize our thoughts and emotions and be aware of their effect not only on our health but also our relationships and our surroundings. Positive emotions makes you feel happy and joyful. Everything around you seems beautiful, you enjoy the moment and things seem to fall into place.

Daily Inspirational Quote June 4 2014

“To be a person of truth, be swayed neither by approval nor disapproval. Work at not needing approval from anyone and you will be free to be who you really are.” - Rebbe Nachman of Breslov While we may worship youth as a culture and dread growing older, we hear all the time that life begins at forty. This is because it takes about that long for most of us to start living our own lives. Many young people choose their careers for their prestige, their friends for their popularity and their (first) spouses because their family approves of them. They often base their daily decisions on doing what will please others and avoiding anything that could garner disapproval. This approach eventually leaves us so dissatisfied that we quit caring what others think and begin asking ourselves who we really are and what life is all about. When we change like this, everything changes with us, for we’ve reached that key turning point in the spiritual evolution process when one awakens from sleepwalking

Positive Power On the Inside

No matter what may be happening on the outside, you are in charge of the way you are on the inside. And the way you are inside makes all the difference in the value and fulfillment you experience in each day. Will you be overwhelmed by the problems or energized by the opportunities? That depends on the attitude with which you choose to live. Will you be a victim of life’s circumstances or will you take positive control of your own destiny? The inner you makes that choice. You can decide whether to live each day in the darkness of despair or in the light of possibility. You can choose between being a victim or a victor. It is easy to blame your outer circumstances for the way your life unfolds. Yet the most influential factor is the perspective from which you respond to the way life unfolds. At any time and place, in any situation, you can choose a positive, empowering, life-affirming perspective. Keep positive power on the inside, and you can successfully deal with whatever h

The Attention Economy

For all the sophistication of a world in which most of our waking hours are spent consuming or interacting with media, we have scarcely advanced in our understanding of what attention means. Attending is closely connected to anticipation. Soldiers snap to attention to signify readiness and respect. Teachers shout 'Pay attention!' at slumped students whose thoughts have meandered, calling them back to the place they're in. Time, presence and physical attentiveness are our most basic proxies for something ultimately unprovable: that we are understood.

Daily Inspirational Quote June 3 2014

“There are thousands upon thousands of students who have practiced meditation and obtained its fruits. Do not doubt its possibilities because of the simplicity of the method. If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?” - Zen Master Dogen I receive countless emails from people who want to know how to develop their psychic abilities. Among other things, I always prescribe meditation as essential, all the while knowing that this is not the answer they want to hear nor the advice they are likely to act upon. Most of them have already received that answer – they just don’t like it! Perhaps sitting quietly just seems too easy to be so powerful, but how do they know if they don’t honestly try?

Transform Frustration

It’s easy and natural to feel frustrated with life. When you do, step back, experience the frustration, and let it motivate you, but don’t let it control you. There is something good and right, powerful and purposeful within you that makes your frustration possible. Ask yourself what it could be. Frustration occurs when life doesn’t unfold the way you’d like for it to. Instead of letting that extreme sense of disappointment overwhelm you, step back from it and get your bearing. Challenge yourself to come up with a positive, measured response rather than a destructive, impulsive one. After all, you are capable of great things, so use the occasion to engage that capability. Take the raw power of frustration and transform it into the power of positive intention. Let go of the self-defeating need to lash out, and see all the possibilities for moving forward. Then follow through on your intention and take real, effective action. And from a frustrating situation, just as from any s

Trying Not To Try: Cultivating the Art of Spontaneity

"The best way to get approval is not to need it" Hugh MacLeod memorably counseled. We now know that perfectionism kills creativity and excessive goal-setting limits our success rather than begetting it -- all different manifestations of the same deeper paradox of the human condition, at once disconcerting and comforting, which Edward Slingerland, professor of Asian Studies and Embodied Cognition at the University of British Columbia and a renowned scholar of Chinese thought, explores in Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity.

The Changing Face of Magic

“All of us are shaped by many factors: genetic heritage, family structure, our generation, the culture in which we are raised, and how that culture views gender. As we move through the years our experiences also go into making us who we are. Magic gives us tools to cope with the challenges life presents.”

8 Lessons of Alchemy

“Wisdom is only gained through experience and reflection upon that experience, which draws out the lessons it has to offer. A life not reflected upon is a life lived in the shadow of reality. Only by stopping, looking back at where we have started, what we have done, where we are in the present, and how we got here, can we begin to call ourselves wise—and Wisdom is the goal of genuine esotericism, not power, fame, or titles—Wisdom is the fruit of experiences that are understood.”

The Everyday Clairvoyant: What’s Your Gift? (And Does It Help You Clean the House?)

“I’ve shared images with more than thirty thousand individuals and countless groups. That’s a lot of pictures—and questions, which preceded my answers. These questions constitute life’s major concerns, which always fall into one of three categories: relationship, destiny (work), and balance (health). See if you can think of something important that doesn’t edge into one or several of these baskets.”

Daily Inspirational Quote June 2 2014

“Any plan formulated in a hurry is foolish.” - Rashi I always come up with a better plan and rarely regret my words or actions when I wait until I’ve had time to reflect a bit before responding. There is nothing wrong with letting voicemail answer the phone and take messages for us so that we can ponder requests without feeling pressured to give an answer, or telling folks that we’ll think about the situation and get back to them. Wouldn’t you rather wait for an answer than have someone make a plan or a promise they won’t be able to fulfill?

Great Place To Be

Allow what wants to happen, to happen. Allow what is right, to be, and to expand. Don’t fight against your own authentic nature. Embrace the unique beauty of the gifts you have to give. Live with joy and positive purpose in the moment, whatever it may bring. Do what you know is right, what you know is best, and what you know is true. Life is more magnificent than you can ever imagine. Go ahead and imagine anyway, from the perspective of what you love and value the most, and bring what you imagine to life. Look at every little morsel of existence with profound gratitude and ecstatic appreciation. Commit yourself, again and again, to living a life worthy of all the abundance that’s available to you. With each dawning day, dive gleefully into that abundance, eager to create new value and meaning as you journey through it all. Remember that where you are is a great place to be, so give the greatness a faithful life from which to brightly shine. — Ralph Marston

A Blessing For One Who Is Exhausted

"You have traveled too fast over false ground; Now your soul has come to take you back." In this poem, John O'Donohue, Irish poet, author, and philosopher, beautifully expresses the process of slowly returning to oneself that can heal the heart after times of suffering.

Daily Inspirational Quote June 1 2014

“If you know your true worth, you do not need anyone else to confirm it. If you do not recognize your value, you will not gain it by getting others to approve.” - Alan Cohen It can be so hard to ignore what others think of us – especially if we’re not sure we approve of ourselves. Once we begin to live a life in harmony with our own true values, however, then it becomes easy to relax about what others think. Worrying about others’ opinions is a sign that we’re not sure of ourselves, and need to realign in all we say and do with our own personal sense of what is right and best.

6 Mindfulness Practices For Leaders (And Everyone, Really)

As Jon Kabat-Zinn puts it, mindfulness "wakes us up to the fact that our lives unfold only in moments." If we're not fully present for those moments, we may miss what's most valuable in our lives, both personally and professionally. Simply put, mindfulness is about not living in your head all the time and is about paying attention to where you are, what you're doing, or who you're talking to so that you are in touch with the right here, right now. Research shows that mindfulness reduces stress and increases concentration and clarity. Read on for five simple ways to practice mindfulness to improve your personal and professional life.